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  • Resolved ACEkin


    After adding a WordPress site to CloudFlare, is it necessary to install this plugin? I cannot “Apply” all the recommended settings, the spinning wheel never stops. And, I seem to get “CloudFlare time out (501) errors when it is in use, it seems more so.

    In case necessary, my site is at


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  • I would like to know this as well. When I upgrade to version 3.1.1 (from v1.3.24), I just get a blank white screen.

    Do I even need this plugin to make my site work or is it just a convenient way to access CloudFlare site settings?

    The plugin is not necessary. It offers some extra features, but wordpress site will run fine on Cloudflare without it.

    It’s probably more valuable in a situation where a wordpress admin does not have access to the Cloudflare account — I have the plugin installed and working on my sites, but I am not sure what it really does for me at this point, and I find it just as easy to open the cloudflare dashboard in another browser window or tab if I want to clear the cache or enable development mode while working on the web site.

    I think that the older plugin offered some features that extended the capabilities of Cloudflare….but I am not sure if any of those features apply.

    I hope someone from the Cloudflare team will jump in here to tell us what, if anything, the plugin now offers as an extra that we can’t get simply by using the Cloudflare dashboard. (I’m sure there are some benefits, but I don’t think they impact core functions)

    Thread Starter ACEkin


    Thank you @abigailm, I have deactivated the plugin already and all seem to be fine. I have been a long time CloudFlare user and I have had this plugin installed since when they first made it available. But I have not fully understood what exactly it does. But your explanation makes sense, giving access to some CF features without having full access to it to Webmasters.

    It will remain off! Until I hear to the contrary from CloudFlare staff for a reason why I should keep it on and how to keep off the ClourFlare timeouts.


    Plugin Author icyapril


    As a platform, Cloudflare is designed to work with any website within reason.

    This plugin provides some useful features however:
    * optimising your WordPress site for performance and security whilst using Cloudflare
    * making sure the correct visitor IP address is recorded (e.g. for comments)
    * making sure Flexible SSL works transparency
    * providing a way to easily access various features
    * insight into various analytics

    The most common reason for this plugin failing is the lack of having an up-to-date PHP installation – though the plugin supports some older versions of PHP, we recommend using officially supported versions of PHP.

    Thread Starter ACEkin


    Thanks @icyapril. I wish plugin developers incorporated error checking and reporting as a matter of course. Many years before WordPress was even an idea, I did a fair amount of coding where error checking was top priority along with meaningful reporting of it.

    That said, I will mark this as resolved. At least for the time being I removed my site from CloudFlare, it was getting all too confusing what was causing the problem for the site to go down.


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