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  • #16
    I should also note that the fake/obvious-spam customer registrations I received dropped by about 50% the day after I installed CloudFlare, from about 17 to about 8.

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    • #17
      Apex,

      Went with the Pro account, needed the SSL.

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      • #18
        CloudFlare User

        I've used CloudFlare almost since it went live for my client websites (now have 18 websites using the Pro service). So far everything works great, and page load speeds have increased 20-80% depending on the website. In my mind even the 20% increase is worth $5 per month!

        We've also had a significant decrease in spam activity in blogs, comments, etc... Plus I like the easy ability to block IP addresses or ranges.

        We have one SSL secure website using CloudFlare (not a 3D cart site) and have had no issues. At the end of December I plan on using my first secure 3D cart website with CloudFlare...

        Feel free to contact me if you have any specific CloudFlare questions. Also, feel free to contact them directly, as they are a small outift and their support is very quick and helpful.

        Greg B

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        • #19
          Update...

          Just had a short email conversation with CloudFlare... and NO, I don't work for them in any way, ha... just a satisfied customer.

          If any of you have any specific questions about their service, Damon would be happy to answer... and you can email him at [email protected]

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          • #20
            I am having a heck of a time getting 3DCart support to do what is required to make the CloudFlare SSL work. Basically all we need on the server is an expired or self-signed certificate. Takes a couple of minutes to create a self-signed cert in the IIS server. We've been going back and forth with support for over a week now trying to get them to do this.

            How did you guys who use CloudFlare manage this?

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            • #21
              Thanks for the heads up on CloudFlare! I'm using the free version for my 3dCart store that will open in Jan 2011. CloudFlare also allows me to point all my other domains (.biz, .info, etc.) to my 3dCart site rather than to Danica Patrick. :D

              Given that 3dCart charges $99 to install certs bought elsewhere, I just ordered their GeoTrust EV SSL offering.

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              • #22
                in-depth review

                http://www.hostcult.com/2010/12/clou...ou-use-it.html

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                • #23
                  3Dcart service has let me down BIG TIME

                  Normally support is pretty good at getting problems solved but not with Cloudflare. I do not have an SSL - expired or current on my site. Contacted support before adding Cloudflare and was told to use the FLEXIBLE setting with Cloudflare - I did that but I cannot get the site to work.

                  When I change the setting in 3Dcart to the HTTPS url I get a page not found error and the checkout goes to http://www....... instead of an HTTPS://www address

                  Cloudflare reply..

                  You are serving a permanent redirect to Location: http://www...........com - so you might need to check the configuration of the software on your web server to understand why this is happening.
                  Cheers
                  Simon

                  OK so I tell this to support and I indicate that I am on the Flexible setting and the reply I get.... (PRICELESS)

                  Thank you for your inquiry, I would be happy to assist you with this. The error message you are receiving sounds like it is due to the fact that since you do not have a Dedicated SSL certificate on our end, your store's "Secure URL" - which is used for any pages that use SSL - is set to your .3dcartstores.com address, which is its actual location as you are using our free Shared SSL certificate. This setting can only be changed once you have purchased a dedicated SSL certificate from the link below. I found the following article from Cloudflare regarding this error message.

                  https://support.cloudflare.com/hc/en...rking-Why-not-

                  So essentially, Cloudflare is trying to use the SSL certificate and domain https://www..............com, while the store automatically redirects to https://..............3dcartstores.com to use the stores Shared SSL certificate. I would contact Cloudflare and reference the information I told you above to see what the proper settings should be (maybe attempt the "off" setting and see if that works), or you can purchase a dedicated SSL certificate to change your "Secure URL" setting to https://...........com at the link below. Please let me know if there is anything else I can do to assist you.

                  E-commerce SSL Certificates | Holiday Promo

                  Thanks,
                  Have a wonderful day!

                  Michael A.
                  3dcart Support Specialist


                  ARGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                  Rob

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by Awesome View Post


                    ARGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                    I have that feeling every time I contact 3dcart support. The ONLY reason they would do this is so they can gouge the customer on SSL costs. Its why they set the fee to install your own certificate from a 3rd party as higher then if you buy it from them.

                    This is why I stopped using theirs all together and went with cloud-flare. I suppose it works for my site because I once had a certificate, and then let it expire.

                    Now it seems like I have to worry about them wondering over to my site and saying "oh look, we can get another 100 bucks from this user, lets flip the switch that forces them to buy our certificate"

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                    • #25
                      Wtf

                      Hello Rob,

                      Thank you for your reply, I am happy to assist you with this. I apologize for any confusion regarding this. However, your cart comes automatically with a Free Shared SSL certificate, which is necessary for our integration with shipping carriers and payment providers. This is present on all stores opened with us, so you do in fact have an SSL certificate for your store. However, we do not support the "Flexible" option within Cloudflare. In order to use Cloudflare, you must first purchase a Dedicated SSL certificate for your store. I have verified this information with our server administrators to be sure. You can purchase your dedicated SSL certificate at the link below. Please let me know if there is anything else I can do to assist you.

                      E-commerce SSL Certificates | Holiday Promo

                      Thanks,
                      Have a wonderful day!

                      Michael A.
                      3dcart Support Specialist
                      Rob

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                      • #26
                        Our SSL expires in three months and I am considering signing on to Cloudflare and using their SSL. I have a couple of questions if users of cloudflare would be so kind to answer:
                        1. do I need to wait for my SSL to expire to switch over, or does it matter?
                        2. Are there any issues with 3rd party add-ons, or JS. Add-this, 4-tell, etc..
                        3. Cbsteven, are you still using this? Any issues?

                        Thanks to NMteaco for posting about this.

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by elightbox View Post
                          Our SSL expires in three months and I am considering signing on to Cloudflare and using their SSL. I have a couple of questions if users of cloudflare would be so kind to answer:
                          1. do I need to wait for my SSL to expire to switch over, or does it matter?
                          2. Are there any issues with 3rd party add-ons, or JS. Add-this, 4-tell, etc..
                          3. Cbsteven, are you still using this? Any issues?

                          Thanks to NMteaco for posting about this.
                          I no longer use CloudFlare, I just couldn't resolve the issues between CloudFlare and 3DCart. This was more than year ago now so maybe its better.

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                          • #28
                            I have been using the CloudFlare free service for about a year. I started using it primarily to cut the bandwidth and it probably saves me about 40 to 50% overall from compression and a bit more from blocking known spammers.

                            It has also almost eliminated the raft of incomplete orders I would get from Spam bots.

                            I am using it with the free 3Dcart SSL and have had no issues. Since the URLs are different for the https pages, I imagine that my secure pages are not going through Cloudflare for optimization.

                            I am quite happy with the service. The only issue I have is that the McAfee PCI scans routinely pick up low level issues with some of Cloudflares cookie handling for site access. There isn't really a security vulnerability but just the fact that the scan brings it up, causes a bit of a hassle to resolve. Also, if you do use Cloudflare, the 3Dcart support folks aren't going to give you much help on PCI issues.

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                            • #29
                              I activated Cloudflare about two weeks ago and have not had any problems.
                              I had to add some DNS text and mx records for Google Apps Mail and Mandrill, otherwise it was pretty straight forward with no issues.
                              We have our own SSL that is still active. I will see what happens when it expires.

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