This is a guest post written and contributed by Cloudflare. Cloudflare makes it easy for any site to be as fast and secure as the Internet giants.

Cloudflare, a web performance and security company, is excited to announce our partnership with Creative Web! If you haven’t heard about Cloudflare before, our value proposition is simple: we’ll make any website twice as fast and protect it from a broad range of web threats.

We power more than 400 billion monthly page views – more than Amazon, Wikipedia, Twitter, Zynga, AOL, Apple, Bing, eBay, PayPal and Instagram combined – and over 1.2 billion monthly users regularly pass through our network. We’re really glad Creative Web has partnered with Cloudflare.

Faster Web Performance

Cloudflare is designed to take a great hosting platform like Creative Web and make it even better.

We run 180 data centers strategically located around the world. When you sign up for Cloudflare, we begin routing your traffic to the nearest data center.

As your traffic passes through the data centers, we intelligently determine what parts of your website are static versus dynamic. The static portions are cached on our servers for a short period of time, typically less than 2 hours before we 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 saving money, and decreases the load on your servers, 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

Over the course of 2011, Cloudflare identified a 700% increase in the number of distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS) we track on the Internet (see the chart). As attacks like these increase, Cloudflare is stepping up to protect sites.

Cloudflare DDoS AttacksCloudflare’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 approach is that the system gets smarter the more sites that are part of the Cloudflare community. We 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, our goal is nothing short of making attacks against websites a relic of history. And, given our scale and the billions of different attacks we see and adapt to every year, we’re well on our way to achieving that for sites on the Cloudflare network.

Signing up

Any website can deploy Cloudflare, regardless of your underlying platform. By integrating closely with Creative Web, we make the process of setting up Cloudflare “1 click easy” through your existing Creative Web cPanel dashboard. Just look for the Cloudflare icon, choose the domain you want to enable, and click the orange cloud. That’s it!

We’ve kept the price as low as possible and plans offered through Creative Web 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 SSL, full web application firewall and faster analytics.

We’re proud that every day more than a thousand new sites, including some of the largest on the web, join the Cloudflare community. If you’re looking for a faster, safer website, you’ve got a good start with Creative Web, but the next step is to join the Cloudflare community.

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Page Speed Histogram of the Top 250 websites in the World

Page Speed Histogram of Top 250 Websites
Only 10% of the Top 250 websites are Fast (Grade A90 to 100), even if Hosted on a Dedicated and Powerful Servers. More than 77% sites Failed the Page Speed Test (Grade F0 to C79) and need improvement. The distribution does not follow a Normal distribution, so the true center is the Median = D61% which Failed.

Median = 61, Mean = 59.43, Standard Deviation = 22.83, N = 250 websites
Graph Source: GT Metrix of Top 1000 Sites

Fully Load Time Histogram of the Top 250 websites in the World

Fully Loaded Time Histogram of the Top 250 Websites
The distribution does not follow a Normal distribution, so the true center is the Median = 10.6 secs which is Slow. The tolerable loading time is within 5 secs to avoid viewers from leaving the website before it loads. This shows that a poorly developed and slow website cannot be redeemed by a Powerful server.

Median = 10.6, Mean = 16.91, Standard Deviation = 17.31, N = 250 websites
Upon further analysis of the data, 79% of the Top 250 websites are Slow and above 5 secs Loading Time.
Graph Source: GT Metrix of Top 1000 Sites

Header Security Bar Graph of Random websites

Header Security Rating Bar Graph of Random Websites
77% of the 34.85 Million of websites Failed Security with a Rating from C to F. Only 2% are highly Secure like Creative Web and their Customers with A+ Security Header rating.

Graph Source: Header Security Table