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As getButterfly started growing and new themes were added, the need for speed increased dramatically.

I never thought a 5 minutes operation would make the site benefit from cloud hosting and caching, but CloudFlare thought differently.

CloudFlare is a free service which caches and delivers copies of your web site pages to non-logged in users. It claims to cut bandwidth in half and reduce database queries.

Two weeks after installing it, I have these (more than satisfying results):


I saved a lot of bandwidth, traffic increased steadily as a result of a more performant site, and my site is more alive than ever. There is also a threat control module which presents known bots a Captcha challenge and logs them to you Dashboard.


Read a more detailed article about CloudFlare here, the source of my inspiration. I’m quite happy about this, I had 0 downtime, as opposed to 0.01 as provided by the server. A cached copy is always available if you manage to find that 0.01 percent.

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