If you’d like to start using Cloudflare as your DNS provider:
1. Create a Cloudflare account here
2. Add your domain
3. Select the free plan
4. Cloudflare will try to pull in your existing DNS records which is pretty sweet since it saves you an extra step of copying in your DNS records manually.
5. Cloudflare will present you with NS records which you’ll need to add to your domain registrar (e.g. GoDaddy, name.com, etc)
PLEASE NOTE: If your email is configured through your DNS records, this step will likely result in a few minutes of downtime for your email.
How to set up a “www” domain on Cloudflare
1. In your Strattic Dashboard, go to your site, and then click on “Details” and then “Domain settings”
2. Enter your custom domain (i.e. www.yourdomainname.com)
3. After you click submit, you'll see a CNAME record displayed that is used to verify domain ownership so that the SSL certificate can be generated.
4. Add the CNAME into Cloudflare like in the screenshot below. For the “Name”, you’ll only need the initial part (e.g. _d2d081aafd36c470a1b632f29ddb63d5111) and you don’t need to include the domain name. Please make sure to use Proxy status of “DNS only” by clicking on the cloud icon
5. Please wait up to 30 minutes for this verification process to complete.
6. Click “Next” in the Strattic Dashboard and you'll see the next set of DNS records:
7. Add those CNAME records from the Strattic Dashboard into Cloudflare (see screenshot below) with “www” as the “Name”. Please make sure to use Proxy status of “DNS only” by clicking on the cloud icon.
8. Add the A records as follows with “@” as the “Name”
9. Cloudflare then leads you through a few optimization questions - you can leave all the defaults.
10. Please allow up to 24 hours for the new DNS records to propagate.
11. Woohooo! Your site is live on Strattic 🎉