Getting Started With CloudFlare™
- This article covers adding CloudFlare through your sxi.io Web account and enabling it for a site you host here.
- In this example, we’ll be setting up a new CloudFlare account for an existing domain that will continue to use its current nameservers.
- Please note that to accurately log website visitor IP addresses and prevent unwanted behavior, we recommend that you activate the mod_cloudflare module on your server as detailed in Part III: How To Configure Your Server to Log Real Visitor IPs. Without this, your server’s firewall may block CloudFlare’s IP addresses, making your site inaccessible. If you need to check whether the module is already enabled or need assistance installing it, please open a ticket and Heroic Support® will be happy to help.
Step #1: Add CloudFlare to Your Account
- In your Manage interface, click on Domains in the left menu and select the CloudFlare tab.
- Enter the email address you want to associate with your account in the Email field and click the Let’s Get Started button to continue.
- Within a few moments, you’ll receive an email from CloudFlare acknowledging that you’ve created the account.
- The email will come from [email protected]
- Its subject will be “Welcome to CloudFlare, in partnership with sxi.io Web”.
- The email will include your CloudFlare username, a link to set your password, and a brief description of the service.
- In the email, click the Claim your CloudFlare password at: link to set your password at CloudFlare’s website.
Note: You’ll notice that the confirmation window at CloudFlare prompts you to “Reset Your Password”. Despite appearances, that does not indicate that you previously had set up a CloudFlare account using that email address; it simply uses the same language as the “forgot password” process on their site.
- Enter your password twice to confirm it and then click the Reset Password button. Be sure to record your CloudFlare username and password in a safe location. It is separate from your sxi.io Web account and not stored in our system. As such, we do not have the ability to provide it to you should it be lost. We can, however, assist with resetting it should that be necessary.
Note: You’ll also receive an email confirmation from CloudFlare with the subject “Your CloudFlare password has been changed”. Once again, the word “changed” is due to the use of their password reset process to set your password, and — in this one specific instance — does not indicate that an existing password has been overwritten or that anyone besides you has made changes to your account.
Step #2: Add a Site to CloudFlare