(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) January 4th, 2012 – Certified Hosting, a leading web hosting provider offering shared web hosting, reseller hosting, and dedicated server hosting plans, announced today the introduction of CloudFlare functionality through all shared hosting and reseller hosting services. The service, which is fully integrated with Certified Hosting’s existing cPanel web hosting setup, improves website performance and security for a better, safer, and more dependable end-user experience.
“We have been in discussions with CloudFlare for a while now, and we have worked hard to bring this incredible new technology to our customers,” says Kacy Carlsen, co-founder and CEO of Certified Hosting. “With the click of a button on their existing cPanel installation, our shared hosting and reseller hosting customers can now provide a faster, more responsive service to their end-users, without worrying about downtime or threats to their security.”
Launched just over a year ago, CloudFlare was initially developed with a focus on securing websites and protecting them against a range of potentially crippling online attacks. Developers Matthew Prince and Michelle Zatlyn began creating a “firewall in the cloud” where visitor traffic passes through one of 13 data centers before it reaches your website. Here, traffic can be monitored, and in the event of a traffic spike, CloudFlare automatically checks for signs of spamming, Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, and bot crawling. Most distinctively, since the CloudFlare servers act as proxies to numerous websites, the CloudFlare security system actively learns from attacks and grows progressively more intelligent over time. As a result, Certified Hosting users who opt for CloudFlare functionality can be confident that their website is robustly defended at all times.
“CloudFlare takes security off of the list of things our users have to manage for themselves,” explains Carlsen. “After selecting a security level for their website, our shared web hosting users can let CloudFlare manage their security with no further input required. Even better, in the event that a web hosting server does become overloaded with disruptive traffic, the CloudFlare system automatically calls upon a cached version of the website from one of the distributed cloud servers. Our customers can be completely assured that their website is available to end-users consistently, and is always performing at its best.”
The cloud-based distributed nature of CloudFlare does not only impact website security – Certified Hosting customers will also notice significant improvements to the speed and performance of their website. Usually, when an end-user logs on to a page, the content must be transmitted from one static server to their home computer. Potentially, this requires traffic to be routed around the entire world. When using CloudFlare, a mirrored version of the website can be accessed on the CloudFlare server that is geographically nearest to the user. As a result, page loading times decrease dramatically and customers are able to view website content or place orders quicker than ever before.
“We are pleased to add Certified Hosting as a partner,” says Matthew Prince, CEO and co-founder of CloudFlare. “Certified Hosting has integrated CloudFlare into their control panel, making it simple to offer improved website performance and security to all of their customers.”
“CloudFlare makes accessing websites lightning-fast, while also making sites more secure,” says Carlsen. “But I guess the thing I like most about CloudFlare is that it works perfectly, without requiring our customers to learn a completely new system. At Certified Hosting, we are always looking for new ways to give our customers better service on their unlimited web hosting plans, without introducing complexity.”
As Certified Hosting has grown, the company’s commitment to improving its flagship unlimited hosting services has always remained at the forefront. Now, with the addition of easy-to-deploy CloudFlare functionality, every customer can enjoy new and improved features at no extra cost.
About Certified Hosting
Certified Hosting was established in 1999 as a Southern California-based unlimited web hosting company to provide shared hosting, reseller hosting, and managed dedicated servers to Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, and individuals throughout the world. Recognizing that each client has unique goals, Certified Hosting tailors hosting services to meet the individualized service needs of clients in many specific industries. Some, but not all, Certified Hosting services include unlimited FFmpeg hosting, Flash hosting, WordPress hosting, Dolphin hosting, Elgg hosting, Magento, Joomla, Drupal, and PHPmotion hosting, among many other technologies used by webmasters and business owners.
For more information about Certified Hosting, visit certifiedhosting.com.