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CloudFlare vs Netlify: What are the differences?

CloudFlare: The Web Performance & Security Company. Cloudflare speeds up and protects millions of websites, APIs, SaaS services, and other properties connected to the Internet; Netlify: Build, deploy and host your static site or app with a drag and drop interface and automatic delpoys from GitHub or Bitbucket. Netlify is smart enough to process your site and make sure all assets gets optimized and served with perfect caching-headers from a cookie-less domain. We make sure your HTML is served straight from our CDN edge nodes without any round-trip to our backend servers and are the only ones to give you instant cache invalidation when you push a new deploy. Netlify is also the only static hosting service with integrated continuous deployment.

CloudFlare can be classified as a tool in the "Content Delivery Network" category, while Netlify is grouped under "Static Web Hosting".

Some of the features offered by CloudFlare are:

  • CDN
  • WAF (Web Application Firewall)
  • DDOS Protection

On the other hand, Netlify provides the following key features:

  • Global Network
  • Global Network
  • Instant Cache Validation

"Easy setup, great cdn" is the primary reason why developers consider CloudFlare over the competitors, whereas "Fastest static hosting and continuous deployments" was stated as the key factor in picking Netlify.

Stack Exchange, Lyft, and Udemy are some of the popular companies that use CloudFlare, whereas Netlify is used by Startae, Ratio, and Flat. CloudFlare has a broader approval, being mentioned in 2328 company stacks & 727 developers stacks; compared to Netlify, which is listed in 85 company stacks and 104 developer stacks.

Decisions about CloudFlare and Netlify
Howie Zhao
Full Stack Engineer at yintrust · | 7 upvotes · 114.3K views

We use Netlify to host static websites.

The reasons for choosing Netlify over GitHub Pages are as follows:

  • Netfily can bind multiple domain names, while GitHub Pages can only bind one domain name
  • With Netfily, the original repository can be private, while GitHub Pages free tier requires the original repository to be public

In addition, in order to use CDN, we use Netlify DNS.

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Pros of CloudFlare
Pros of Netlify
  • 420
    Easy setup, great cdn
  • 273
    Free ssl
  • 194
    Easy setup
  • 184
    Security
  • 178
    Ssl
  • 94
    Great cdn
  • 76
    Optimizer
  • 69
    Simple
  • 43
    Great UI
  • 26
    Great js cdn
  • 11
    HTTP/2 Support
  • 11
    DNS Analytics
  • 11
    AutoMinify
  • 11
    Apps
  • 8
    Easy
  • 8
    Ipv6
  • 8
    Rocket Loader
  • 7
    IPv6 "One Click"
  • 6
    Cheapest SSL
  • 6
    Amazing performance
  • 6
    API
  • 6
    Free GeoIP
  • 5
    Fantastic CDN service
  • 5
    Free and reliable, Faster then anyone else
  • 5
    SSHFP
  • 5
    Nice DNS
  • 5
    SPDY
  • 5
    DNSSEC
  • 4
    Ip
  • 4
    Asynchronous resource loading
  • 3
    Easy Use
  • 3
    Performance
  • 3
    Ubuntu
  • 3
    Global Load Balancing
  • 1
    Maker
  • 1
    Support for SSHFP records
  • 43
    Easy deploy
  • 41
    Fastest static hosting and continuous deployments
  • 21
    Free SSL support
  • 21
    Super simple deploys
  • 15
    Easy Setup and Continous deployments
  • 9
    Free plan for personal websites
  • 9
    Faster than any other option in the market
  • 7
    Deploy previews
  • 6
    Free Open Source (Pro) plan
  • 4
    Easy to use and great support
  • 4
    Analytics
  • 4
    Great loop-in material on a blog
  • 3
    Great drag and drop functionality
  • 3
    Fastest static hosting and continuous deployments
  • 2
    Custom domains support
  • 1
    Canary Releases (Split Tests)
  • 1
    Tech oriented support
  • 1
    Supports static site generators

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Cons of CloudFlare
Cons of Netlify
  • 1
    No support for SSHFP records
  • 8
    It's expensive
  • 1
    Bandwidth limitation

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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 Netlify?

Netlify is smart enough to process your site and make sure all assets gets optimized and served with perfect caching-headers from a cookie-less domain. We make sure your HTML is served straight from our CDN edge nodes without any round-trip to our backend servers and are the only ones to give you instant cache invalidation when you push a new deploy. Netlify is also the only static hosting service with integrated continuous deployment.

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