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  1. SchaOn

    The Real Visitor IP setting is now fixed with this (that rolled out yesterday) – so security plugins like Wordfence now work correctly again when using this product from Cloudflare.

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  2. Tony Zeoli

    Does this change or eliminate the need for optimization plugins like Autoptimize and ASYNC?

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    • Robert

      Superb update! When I first heard about Cloudflare years ago, I was like, “Why the heck do I need to use it? After using Cloudflare for over four years, I highly recommend you to use it. Setting up Cloudflare may sound a bit technical initially, but it’s fairly simple…
      Cheers!

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  3. Brian Hillier

    My WordPress websites are all AMP, so would APO still help please?

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    • Carrie Dils

      APO would still theoretically speed up your sites for non-mobile users.

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    • Weston Ruter

      That being said, it sounds like this is primarily about improving server-side performance, reducing hits to WordPress so that PHP doesn’t have to run to serve a page. If this is the case, then it will absolutely improve performance for AMP pages generated by the AMP plugin as well. We strongly encourage sites using the AMP plugin to have a page caching solution in place since there is added processing time to serve AMP pages.

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  4. Wyatt L Malcolm

    This is great news. I already use Cloudflare’s “cache everything” rule to cache html on the free plan (a bit hack-ish and some things don’t work properly). The only way to setup proper html caching previously was their $200/month Business plan. $5/month is way more enticing.

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  5. John Cook

    I won’t use it and for good reason.
    I’m based in Australia with 90% plus Australian traffic. Cloudflare redirects traffic for users on the 3 largest ISP’s to the USA, EU or Asia. This causes sites that would normally load in 2 seconds to take 30+ seconds to load. The only option Cloudflare offers is the business level plan, which is a ridiculous rip-off.
    Until they can come up with reasonable pricing solutions and keep traffic within the country, I won’t use it and will continue to recommend all of my clients avoid using it

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    • Anthony Blears

      Have you spoken to Cloudflare about this? I have no idea why any requests would be routed outside of Aussie considering Cloudflare have edge locations in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

      I am in NZ and do sysadmin for around 100 country-specific sites, and we have zero issues with Cloudflare routing in any territory. I use Argo and APO for the higher value sites and it’s even faster than WP Rocket, Redis and Varnish.

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  6. Mathukutty P V

    Using page rules for cache everything, admin caused problems of not clearing cache when a page is updated. I was thinking to remove cloud flare, but using their free ssl

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    • Lee

      The Cloudflare plugin and a few other plugins like ServeBolt provide automatic cache purge for either the whole site or single pages. The official CF plugin is a bit buggy.

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  7. Ankit Singh

    Cloudflare is always a big help for me since the start of my online journey ,well i didn’t know about this until now thanks for update .

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  8. Dave

    Started out awesome but 2 days in, had to deacticate APO. Firstly, post cache wasnt clearing at all. Had to manually purge. Second, I run an ecommerce website and in those 2 days, customers received 403 Forbidden notices on PayPal and/or Stripe checkout – meaning no sales came through. I assume it has something to do with the caching mechanism. I use wp-rocket which had Cloudflare addon disabled. I’m guessing APO should run without any other caching plugin on site? Mmmh. Otherwise saw a significant change in TTFB.

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  9. Vishwajeet Kumar

    I am a big fan of Cloudflare as it helps me to protect my site from hacking and malicious traffic. The optimization feature is just awesome. I am using it for my WordPress blog and the results are just amazing :)

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  10. Bryan

    I’m currently using Lightspeed (LS Cache) from Cyberpanel installs on Digital Ocean. The one-click WordPress installs are optimized for Lightspeed with Nginx/Redis, as opposed to the more traditional Apache install. It doesn’t sound like this plays well with other caching solutions. Has anyone tested APO on this type of setup?

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  11. Alessio

    Will be interesting to see if this makes much difference for website performance with caching already in place.

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  12. Dan

    There’s a lot of conflicting info about using APO with WP-Rocket right now. It seems to me that WP-Rocket has quite a few features that APO does not. Things like JS defer, lazy loading etc. Would be nice if they played nicely together, or if APO became a one-stop-shop solution.

    Is anyone successfully using WP-Rocket and APO?

    I run WP-Rocket on sites hosted by Kinsta, and this means the actual caching is already being handed off to Kinsta’s own cache plugin. So for me, WP-Rocket is used for all the other optimization features.

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    • Dave

      Hi, I also use WP-Rocket. I’m no expert but from what I’ve read elsewhere and practiced on my own website you can use both BUT – disable the page cache, disable the Cloudflare addon within WP-Rocket and install the official Cloudflare plugin. Within the Cloudflare pugin setting, enable APO and also select purge everything on update. To disable WP-Rocket page caching, there is a small addon plugin you can get from the developers website (wp-rocket no cache).
      It’s working great on my site, for the past 10+ days (touch wood).

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  13. VM

    Cloudflare’s automatic optimization being “Incredible news for the WordPress community is at best an exaggeration, at worst it’s a blatant manipulation of the truth.

    In all fairness to Cloudflare, their new service technically “worked” for me, but I use the term worked loosely. It didn’t seem to speed up anything, and that was before the thing completely broke.

    I got no error message other than the script not found. Of course, this was after it had no errors for a week, and I made no changes. I was sitting there, and it crashed. Basically, the only way for my site to be unbroken was disabling automatic optimization.

    One expects something like that on a free service. I’m not paying 5 bucks for something that doesn’t “deliver.”

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