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.


  2. Tony Zeoli

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


    • 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…


  3. Brian Hillier

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


    • Carrie Dils

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


    • 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.


  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.


  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


    • 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.


  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


    • 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.


  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 .


  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.


  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 :)


  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?


  11. Alessio

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


  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.


    • 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).


  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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