Earlier this week content distribution provider CloudFlare announced that they would be providing free SSL certificates for all of their accounts, both paid and free.
So I pulled the trigger, after adding CloudFlare to my domain for this blog I signed in and and selected Flex SSL. This provides an SSL tunnel between the client and CloudFlare; the connection from there is unencrypted HTTP. Still, this is a free and easy way to add, not only security for the end user, but also boost ones SEO score on Google.
While it’s taking CloudFlare a little longer than they expected to roll this out, I am not faulting them. They have something like 2 million websites to which they are trying to add this. And it’s hard to complain about waiting for a free valid SSL cert.
Other features I switched on include SPDY, Always Online, Geolocation, Railgun, E-mail Address Obfuscation, Server side exclude, Browser Integrity Check, Aggressive Caching, Auto Minify, and Rocket Loader. Lot’s of cool names and even cooler ideas, all for free.