As of this morning I updated the Stop Spammers plugin after reading the changelog and was happy to see the progress and even the possibility of faster client sites.
I had read through these support tickets and understood about the cloudfare plugin and did my work in this order
- updated Stop Spammers plugin
- in the Hosting Activated the Cloudfare service
- installed the cloudfare plugin.
- waited nearly 3 hours, knowing the CDN needs to replicate
Result....site not online
I DELETED the Cloudfare plugin from the directory and then fully refreshed the browser only to see this message.
Error 1001 Ray ID: 107a8ba369bb0719
DNS resolution error
You've requested a page on a website (www.dharlenemariefahl.com) that is on the CloudFlare network. CloudFlare is currently unable to resolve your requested domain (www.dharlenemariefahl.com). There are two potential causes of this:
Most likely: if the owner just signed up for CloudFlare it can take a few minutes for the website's information to be distributed to our global network.
Less likely: something is wrong with this site's configuration. Usually this happens when accounts have been signed up with a partner organization (e.g., a hosting provider) and the provider's DNS fails.
I am now working with the Hosting company to resolve this and they stated if your website is NOT using the format of http://wwww.sitename.com, cloudflare will have issues.
Suggestions to help resolve were to
1) CHANGE your WP General settings to http://WWW.sitename.com (may have to do that through phpmyadmin)
2) Check your Google DashBoard also to see if it rewrites and fix (webmaster or Analytics however you have it configured)
3) Purge your CloudFlare Cache
4) Purge your Browser Cache and Cookies for the domain OR use a browser you can complete reset
5) use ping and tracert to monitor how the internet is looking for the site....chances are you will see, what looks like random ip numbers or something like http://www.sitename.com.cdn.cloudflare.net (yea...ugh)
6) EVEN look at the hosting DNS records and remove the cloudflare A and C records AFTER you purge Cloudflare and then AFTER you turn off Cloudflare.
AND it still may take 10-90minutes for all the caching of routers on the Internet to get a clue. It took one site about 20minutes after doing all those things above...and in step 1...it was phpmyadmin
So Lesson Learned... I will report back on a demo site I am messing with to see if has similar issues.