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This short guide will walk you through the process of adding your domain to CloudFlare. As a CloudFlare Certified Partner, we can offer their simple and free solution to help protect and accelerate your community and provide you with everything you need to keep your community safe!

Before you get started make sure you have done the following:

  1. You have bought your domain name at an domain name registrar (NameCheap, BlueHost, GoDaddy etc)
  2. You have access to the management of the domain name via their control panel.

Done both? Let’s get started!

Why add your domain to CloudFlare?

Take a look at the video below to learn more about why we partnered with CloudFlare to keep your community safe and performant.

By adding your custom domain to CloudFlare you’ll benefit from:

  • HTTPS / SSL Certificates for your entire site
  • Free CDN 
  • Spam / Hack / Attack Protection
  • Advanced Site Analytics
  • Always Online Protection
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Create a CloudFlare account.

Create Your CloudFlare account by clicking here

 

 

Go through the CloudFlare Wizard

After you have created your account you’ll be taken through the CloudFlare getting started wizard.

In the Add a Website box fill in your domain name.

 

CloudFlare will automatically copy the DNS records of your domain. What does this mean? It means nothing about your domain configuration will change. If you are already using this domain (for example if you are migrating an existing community) everything will remain working as is. 
Press Continue. 

Now it’s time to select a plan. All you need is the Free Plan, and it offers all the features you need. If you are running an enterprise community or are a developer, you can always update to a Pro or Business plan at any time. But let’s start with the Free plan!

Changing Your NameServers

To complete the migration of your domain to CloudFlare, you need to update your domains nameservers. This sounds a lot more complicated than it is, and we would like to refer you to the following guide written by our partners at CloudFlare.

How do I change my name servers?

Here’s an example screenshot of how it could look like with your provider.

Verifying that your Migration to CloudFlare has completed

Now that you have changed your Nameservers you’ll have to wait until these changes take affected. CloudFlare will keep you up to date about this process and will let you know when the migration is complete. Your migration is complete once you see the following screen:

Question: How do I know the migration was successful?

Your domain migration to CloudFlare was successful if your domain is showing up as “Active” in CloudFlare and your domain. You will also receive an email from CloudFlare confirming that your domain was successfully set up.

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