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CloudFlare vs jsDelivr: What are the differences?

CloudFlare and jsDelivr are both content delivery networks (CDNs) that help optimize website performance, enhance security, and improve user experience. However, they have several key differences that set them apart.

  1. Pricing Model: CloudFlare offers both free and paid plans, allowing users to choose the level of service that best fits their needs. In contrast, jsDelivr is completely free to use for all its features, making it an attractive option for budget-conscious website owners.

  2. Focus: CloudFlare is primarily focused on providing a range of security features, including protection against DDoS attacks, web application firewall, bot mitigation, and SSL encryption. On the other hand, jsDelivr focuses solely on accelerating content delivery, providing a lightning-fast global network and efficient caching mechanisms.

  3. Supported Technologies: CloudFlare supports a wide range of web technologies, including HTTP/2, IPv6, DNSSEC, and TLS 1.3. It also offers numerous integrations with popular website platforms. In contrast, jsDelivr specializes in delivering JavaScript, CSS, and other static files, making it ideal for developers and webmasters looking to optimize the delivery of these assets.

  4. Ease of Use: CloudFlare provides a comprehensive dashboard with numerous settings and features, which can be overwhelming for novice users. On the other hand, jsDelivr has a simple and intuitive interface, making it easy to configure and start using without any technical expertise.

  5. Performance Optimization: CloudFlare employs a range of optimization techniques, such as image compression, minification, and caching to improve website performance. Additionally, it has a global network of data centers for faster content delivery. jsDelivr, however, specializes in providing a fast and reliable delivery infrastructure specifically for JavaScript and other static files, resulting in optimized load times for these types of assets.

  6. Anycast Network: CloudFlare operates an Anycast network, which means that requests are routed to the nearest data center, reducing latency and improving overall performance. jsDelivr, on the other hand, does not have its own Anycast network but leverages multiple CDN providers to ensure content is delivered efficiently.

In Summary, CloudFlare offers a comprehensive range of security features and broader support for various web technologies, while jsDelivr specializes in accelerating the delivery of JavaScript and static files and provides a simpler, free-to-use solution.

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Francesco Boffa

I don't think I have registered a domain in the last 10 years that hasn't been linked to CloudFlare within the first 2 hours from registration.

The benefits you get from even the free version of CloudFlare are amazing. From day 0: - 30/80% of bandwidth savings thanks to their CDN - Origin IP address protection - Managed SSL

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Pros of CloudFlare
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    Easy setup, great cdn
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    Free ssl
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    Easy setup
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    Security
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    Ssl
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    Great cdn
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    Optimizer
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    Simple
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    Great UI
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    Great js cdn
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    Apps
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    HTTP/2 Support
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    DNS Analytics
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    AutoMinify
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    Rocket Loader
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    Ipv6
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    Easy
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    IPv6 "One Click"
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    Fantastic CDN service
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    DNSSEC
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    Nice DNS
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    SSHFP
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    Free GeoIP
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    Amazing performance
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    API
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    Cheapest SSL
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    SPDY
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    Free and reliable, Faster then anyone else
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    Ubuntu
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    Asynchronous resource loading
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    Global Load Balancing
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    Performance
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    Easy Use
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    CDN
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    Registrar
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    Support for SSHFP records
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    Web3
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    Прохси
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    HTTPS3/Quic
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    Its fast
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    Diverse POPs and support
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    Free
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    Many packages available
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    Load multiple files with single HTTP request
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    Auto-minification by changing url extension to .min.js
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    View pkg download statistics per week/month/year
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    Can add OSS packages I use
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    Worked in China
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    Easy setup, great cdn

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Cons of CloudFlare
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    No support for SSHFP records
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    Expensive when you exceed their fair usage limits
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    What is CloudFlare?

    Cloudflare speeds up and protects millions of websites, APIs, SaaS services, and other properties connected to the Internet.

    What is jsDelivr?

    jsDelivr is a free CDN for open source developers, with advanced features for javascript projects with access to NPM and Github It uses multiple CDN providers, resulting in the best possible uptime and performance.

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