Cloudflare DNS Review – The Uses and How to Setup

CloudFlare is one of the biggest companies on the internet. They have many products like SSL, DNS and other things. In this content, I will discuss with you about Cloudflare DNS Review.

A product from Cloudflare is called CloudFlare DNS.

I will tell you the pros and cons, the features, how to use, how to set up and also I will make a quick review of the great tool.

So let’s get started telling you what Cloudflare DNS really means.

What’s CloudFlare DNS?

CloudFlare DNS is one of the products from CloudFlare. It is used for DNS (Domain Name System) i.e the setting up of domain names.

The main function of the product is to connect your domain names faster with some great features, I will discuss the features in this content also.

Even domain name registrar like Godaddy trust and recommend CloudFlare DNS for the people.

Checkout; How to buy a domain name and setup.

Features of CloudFlare DNS

The product isn’t the only one on the internet, but some features made it unique and my favourite tool for DNS.

Here are the features of CloudFlare DNS:

  1. Fast, Powerful and Secured DNS: CloudFlare DNS works perfectly, it propagates faster and it is secured. I used one of their products i.e the Free SSL on my domain name, so before 24 hours the DNS is done and working perfectly.
  2. Built-In DNS Security: Cloudflare DNS is DDoS protection for domain resolution. It sits behind the same 15 Tbps network that protects over 9 million Internet properties from denial-of-service attacks.

  3. Authoritative DNS Built for Performance: Cloudflare DNS is powered by the same network as our lightning-fast CDN.

  4. Easy DNS Management: CloudFlare make DNS easy. All your domains can be managed through their user-friendly interface or via an API, regardless of where your Internet properties are hosted. They don’t set query limits and can support millions of records in a single domain.

  5. DNS Analytics: A great feature from the tool, you can check the analytics of the DNS i.e getting insight to the DNS traffic on domain-by-domain or specific DNS record basis

Do you love the features?

Let’s discuss Cloudflare pricing.

CloudFlare DNS Pricing

CloudFlare DNS is having it pricings i.e different plans, Though when you register the plan you will be able to use the products. So let’s quickly discuss that.

1. Free

cloudflare free plan

CloudFlare has its free plan which is mainly for personal websites, blogs, and anyone who wants to explore Cloudflare.

It costs $0 i.e free.

Get started with the Free Plan; CloudFlare Free Plan.

2. Pro

cloudflare pro plan

CloudFlare has it own second plan called “pro”. It has more features compared to the free plan. It is meant for professional websites, blogs, and portfolios requiring basic security and performance.

It costs $20 per domain for a month.

Get started with the Pro Plan; CloudFlare Pro Plan.

3. Business

cloudflare business plan

CloudFlare has its third plan which is called the business plan. It is meant for small eCommerce websites and businesses requiring advanced security and performance, PCI compliance, and prioritized email support.

It costs $200 per domain for a month.

Get started with the Business plan; CloudFlare Business Plan.

4. Enterprise

CloudFlare has it biggest plan called enterprise. It meant for companies requiring enterprise-grade security and performance, prioritized 24/7/365 phone, email, or chat support, and guaranteed uptime.

The price isn’t shown public, you can get the plan by contacting them; get in touch.

How to use Cloudflare DNS: Settings and Setups

Actually, there are many ways to use CloudFlare DNS, you can use it to speed up and secure your internet,  you can also use it to propagate domain name (if you want to use free SSL).

How to connect your website with CloudFlare DNS

When you want to make use of CloudFlare SSL, you will make use of CloudFlare DNS. So I will tell you how to connect your website with Cloudflare DNS.

Follow all these steps to connect your website with Cloudflare DNS:

Step 1: Go to CloudFlare Sign Up to get started, so enter your email and password for registration. Then click on Create account.

cloudflare signup page

Step 2: Then you will be redirected to a page where you will add your blog/website, so enter your URL mine is bluecabal.com, then click on “add site”.

add website to cloudflare

Step 3: The next page will be about CloudFlare DNS, so click on next.

cloudflare dns query

Step 4: The next page is to select a plan, so you can choose any of your desired plans. I chose the free plan. So click on “Confirm Plan”.

cloudflare plans

Step 5: You will see a popup which is named confirm plan, so click on “confirm”.

cloudflare-free-plan-policy

Step 6: The next thing is the DNS Query Result page, the page shows where your domain name is pointing to. So click on continue.

cloudflare dns record

Step 7: The next thing is to change your nameserver to Cloudflare’s own (it won’t affect your website), so you can search on google or ask your hosting support to change your nameserver to Cloudflare’s own. So after changing click on continue.

cloudflare-nameserver

You’ve successfully connected your website with CloudFlare DNS, so you can start using Cloudflare Products either SSL, CDN or other things.

How to speed up and secure your internet with CloudFlare DNS

CloudFlare DNS can also be used to speed up and secure your internet connections. I am going to tell you how to speed up and secure your internet with some devices.

So let’s get started:

Router

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If you’re using a router for your office network DNS settings — and you probably are — log in and find your DNS server settings. Once there, note down your existing DNS records and replace them with the following:

  • For IPv4: 1.1.1.1 and 1.0.0.1
  • For IPv6: 2606:4700:4700::1111 and 2606:4700:4700::1001

That’s it. The next time your computers look up a website, they’ll use the 1.1.1.1 DNS services.

Windows

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With Windows, click on the Start menu, then click on Control Panel, and do the following:

Step 1: Click on Network and Internet.

Step 2: Click on Change Adapter Settings.

Step 3: Right-click on the Wi-Fi network you are connected to, then click Properties.

Step 4: Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (or Version 6 if desired).

Step 5: Click Properties.

Step 6: Write down any existing DNS server entries for future reference.

Step 7: Click Use The Following DNS Server Addresses.

Step 8: Replace those addresses with the 1.1.1.1 DNS addresses:

  • For IPv4: 1.1.1.1 and 1.0.0.1
  • For IPv6: 2606:4700:4700::1111 and 2606:4700:4700::1001

MacOS

macOS

For macOS, open System Preferences, and then do the following:

Step 1: Search for DNS Servers and select it from the drop-down.

Step 2: Click the + button to add a DNS Server and enter 1.1.1.1

Step 3: Click + again and enter 1.0.0.1

Step 4: Click Ok, then click Apply.

Linux

With Linux, use Network Manager. There, click the IPv4 or IPv6 tab to view your DNS settings, and then do the following steps:

Step 1: Set the “Automatic” toggle on the DNS entry to Off.

Step 2: Provide the 1.1.1.1 DNS addresses in the DNS entries field:

  • 1.0.0.1
  • For IPv6: 2606:4700:4700::1111,2606:4700:4700::1001

Step 3: Click Apply, then restart your browser.

iPhone

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From your iPhone’s home screen, open the Settings app.

Step 1: Tap Wi-Fi, then tap your preferred network in the list.

Step 2: Tap Configure DNS, then tap Manual.

Step 3: If there are any existing entries, tap the – button, and Delete next to each one.

Step 4: Tap the + Add Server button, then type 1.1.1.1

Step 5: Tap the + Add Server button again, then type 1.0.0.1. This is for redundancy.

Step 6: Tap the Save button on the top right.

Android

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On Android, it’s far harder to set up DNS than with other operating systems.

The easiest way, which works across most Android devices, is to install DNS Changer. This works by creating a local VPN work on your device. This VPN only exists within your device and your mobile or Wi-Fi connection. To use it, you place 1.1.1.1 and 1.0.0.1 in as your DNS entries.

CloudFlare Primary DNS vs CloudFlare Secondary DNS

There is also another thing you need to know about CloudFlare DNS i.e the primary and the secondary DNS.

Actually, I don’t have much to say about the primary and secondary DNS because Cloudflare has made it easy.

You can read more about primary and secondary DNS from CloudFlare’s Blog.

Cloudflare DNS vs Google DNS vs OpenDNS

There are other DNS servers like Google DNS, OpenDNS but CloudFlare DNS is faster than any other DNS, they are just too good.

Here the results of Cloudflare (1.1.1.1) vs. Google vs. OpenDNS vs. Quad9 vs. Neustar vs. Norton vs. SafeDNS vs. Verisign vs. Comodo vs. Yandex (by DNSPerf):

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The less is better

Here are the other contents that review CloudFlare DNS, Google DNS and OpenDNS:

Before you go

CloudFlare is a very good company with good products that will surely improve your website speed and security. It has free versions that have functions like a paid versions.

CloudFlare DNS without any doubt is a great product from Cloudflare, it even improves the company’s reputation because it is even faster than Google DNS, that shows it is really good.

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Malik Olabiyi

Author: Malik Olabiyi

Hello, I'm Malik. I'm a blogger and a digital marketer. I'm a believer in all things good and dig the idea of simple living.

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