Cloudflare acts as a middleman to handle requests through its global network of data centers. Cloudflare will determine the fastest routes to provide content, much like a CDN, to present it at local speeds as requests come in. What separates Cloudflare from a CDN is that it can handle all requests to a website.
What Does Cloudflare Do? What Are The Benefits?
Cloudflare acts as a buffer between you and the visitor, much like a secretary handling appointments for their boss. As requests come in, Cloudflare determines whether they are valid or malicious and serves the necessary information. To speed up the process, Cloudflare will cache common static information for higher amounts of requests.
When you sign up for Cloudflare, you get the following benefits: