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Adding my sites to Cloudflare

I added my domains to Cloudflare. Cloudflare offers many cool features that my domain providers don’t offer. Well, they didn’t need to offer those features. In Cloudflare, I get to see features such as:

  • Web traffic analytics
  • Set up DNSSEC
  • Configure network transport options and/or optimisations
  • Run speed tests on my site
  • Configure caching
  • Run JavaScript workers
  • Restrict image hotlinking

This list is non-exhaustive. There are more features in the Pro and Enterprise subscriptions. Below are the steps I took to add my domains to Cloudflare.

Steps for Namecheap:

  • Login
  • Click the “Manage” button to the right of your domain name in the domains table
  • In the “Domain” tab, change the “Nameservers” option value from whatever it was to “Custom DNS”.
  • Do your thing!

Steps for Netim:

  • Login
  • Click “My Account” at the top right corner
  • Click “Domain Services” in the menu on the left-hand side
  • Click “Domain Management” when the menu item expands
  • Click “Domain name management” in the Overview tab on the right-hand side
  • Choose “Nameservers management”.
  • Select “Custom nameservers”.
  • Do your thing!

Setting the DNS records (i.e. updating the NS records) didn’t help. I had to go into the specific configuration or tab for nameservers in each of the domain providers to set them up.

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