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Announcing our partnership with Cloudflare – Including Railgun™!

Today, Hugoton Hosting is excited to announce our partnership with Cloudflare, the website performance and security company!

Cloudflare is a content delivery network (CDN) that increases the performance and security of every website on its network, protecting from a broad range of threats and attacks. Over 13,000,000 websites run on the Cloudflare network—ranging from individual blogs to e-commerce sites to the websites of Fortune 500 companies to national governments. Cloudflare powers almost a trillion monthly page views—more than Amazon, Wikipedia, Twitter, Zynga, AOL, Apple, Bing, eBay, PayPal and Instagram combined—and over 25% of the Internet’s population regularly passes through the Cloudflare network.

 

Faster web performance

Cloudflare was designed to take a hosting platform like Hugoton Hosting and make it faster, more secure, and even more reliable.

Cloudflare runs 165 data centers strategically located around the world. When you sign up for Cloudflare through Hugoton Hosting, we begin routing traffic to the nearest data center.

As your traffic passes through the data centers, Cloudflare intelligently determine what parts of your website are static versus dynamic. The static portions are cached on Cloudflare servers for a short period of time, typically less than 2 hours before they check to see if they’ve been updated. By automatically moving the static parts of your site closer to your visitors, the overall performance of your site improves significantly.

Cloudflare’s intelligent caching system also means you save bandwidth, which means your web application will run faster and more efficiently than ever. On average, Cloudflare customers see a 60% decrease in bandwidth usage, and a 65% in total requests to their servers. The overall effect is that Cloudflare will typically cut the load time for pages on your site by 50% which means higher engagement and happier visitors.

 

Broad web security

At the beginning of 2016, Cloudflare experienced and mitigated against some of the largest distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks ever seen. As attacks like these increase, Cloudflare is stepping up to protect websites.

Cloudflare’s security protections offer a broad range of protections against attacks such as DDoS, hacking or spam submitted to a blog or comment form. What is powerful about our Cloudflare’s is that the system gets smarter the more sites that are part of the Cloudflare community. Cloudflare analyze the traffic patterns of hundreds of millions of visitors in real time and adapt the security systems to ensure good traffic gets through and bad traffic is stopped.

In time, Cloudflare’s goal is nothing short of making attacks against websites a relic of history. And, given Cloudflare’s scale and the billions of different attacks they see and adapt to every year, they’re well on our way to achieving that for sites on the Cloudflare network.

 

CloudFlare Railgun™

As a CloudFlare Optimized Partner, we are thrilled to offer the CloudFlare Railgun™ technology to all our customers completely free for all new & existing customers!

Railgun is CloudFlare’s latest performance optimization technology that gives you significant improvements in site load times. To activate Railgun, log into your cPanel, select the Cloudflare option, enable Cloudflare and then select Railgun “On”. If you don’t have the toggle to enable Railgun just open a support ticket and will get you up & running in now time.

Railgun ensures that the connection between our network and the CloudFlare network is as fast as possible. Railgun achieves a 99.6% compression ratio for previously uncacheable web objects by using techniques similar to those used in the compression of high-quality video. The average website can expect a 1.43x performance increase.

When a request is made to a CloudFlare server for a web page that is not in cache CloudFlare makes an HTTP connection to the origin server to request the page. It’s that HTTP connection that Railgun accelerates and secures.

Railgun consists of two components: the sender and the listener. The sender is installed at every CloudFlare data center around the world. The listener is a software component that Hugoton Hosting has installed on our network for customers, on all of our nodes.

The sender and listener establish a permanent TCP connection that’s secured by TLS. This TCP connection is used for the Railgun protocol. It’s an all binary multiplexing protocol that allows multiple HTTP requests to be run simultaneously and asynchronously across the link. Or in other words, a persistent connection is opened between CloudFlare’s network and ours and eliminates the overhead of TCP.

 

Activating Cloudflare and Railgun™

Any website can deploy Cloudflare and Railgun, regardless of your hosting package or hosting location with us. By integrating closely with Hugoton Hosting, Cloudflare make the process of setting up “1 click” through your existing Hugoton Hosting control panel (cPanel). Just look for the Cloudflare icon, choose the domain you want to enable, and click the orange cloud, you can then enable Railgun straight after!

We’ve kept the price as low as possible, and the basic plan offered through Hugoton Hosting are free. Moreover, we never charge you for bandwidth or storage, therefore saving you tons via reduced bandwidth costs.

For site owners who would like to take advantage of Cloudflare’s advanced offerings, we also offer a ‘Pro’ tier of service for $20/month. The ‘Pro’ tier includes all of the ‘Free’ tier’s offerings, as well as extra features like image optimization, mobile acceleration, basic web application firewall (WAF), and 3 page rules.

 

If you have any questions about our new partnership ands the benefits it brings our customers check out our new CloudFlare dedicated pageCloudFlare & Railgun knowledge base articles or let us know via our contact us page!