I’ve had CloudFlare running on my site for a little over a week, and there have already been two occasions where I got the orange box at the top that says “Your hosting is down but CloudFlare is showing a saved version so your site still works.” Repeated attempts to reload the page resulted in a “502 bad gateway” error.
I was suspicious of this because I’ve been on this hosting for a year and a half, and I’ve never seen it go down, so on both occasions I changed my DNS name servers back to the ones provided by most host (instead of CloudFlare’s). Sure enough, my page came back. The first time it happened I was willing to give CloudFlare another chance, but it just happened again and I’ve had it.
So here’s my question: How much do you really think I’m going to lose by not using a CDN? My site isn’t making money yet so I really don’t want to pay for a CDN at this point, and obviously CloudFlare isn’t working out. Honestly I didn’t notice a difference in load speeds when I was using CloudFlare.
Alternatively, does anyone have any idea how I could fix these CloudFlare errors? I didn’t find anything on CF’s help site that I haven’t already done.
Also, I don’t know how to confirm this, but I THINK I got a bit of a boost in search engine traffic shortly after turning on my CDN on March 25. Could a CDN explain better treatment by Google? I know they favor sites that load faster, so I guess it’s possible.
If CDNs help search results, this decision gets even harder…