Cloudflare will speed up one web site for free. I’ve used it a fair bit over the years for my main blog, and it seems to have been pretty good.
Recently I struck some issues:
- I could not save a post with the word “Casin0” in it. (actually spelt with an “o”; I was referencing the town in NSW.)
- Sporadic “Updating failed. you are probably offline” errors from WordPress when trying to save (existing) posts
- Sporadic image upload failures
On the first I temporarily gave up and spelt it with a zero. This is still unresolved, and it affects this blog too. It’s probably a web host issue – a security filter somewhere.
But while researching the second issue, I saw a reference to Cloudflare, and tried turning it off. It resolved it immediately. I suspect it was the cause of the third problem too.
Now I’ll need to more thoroughly investigate WordPress caching. The W3 Total Cache free plugin seems to do an okay job.
UPDATE: And then the error started coming back, but only for saving new posts – not editing existing ones. It seems I need to keep investigating.
One problem I’ve had is WP Multi-site seems a bit dodgy, at least with my setup. There are instructions for turning it off here.
Still worth trying turning off Cloudflare if you’re having issues though.