Activate your domain on Cloudflare by following the steps below:
Step 1: Create a Cloudflare account and add a website
Step 2: Use Cloudflare nameservers at your domain registrar (not required for Business and Enterprise domains on CNAME setups)
Additionally, Cloudflare recommends several best practices for newly activated domains. If you run into issues setting up your first Cloudflare domain, refer to our Troubleshooting FAQ for new Cloudflare customers.
Best practices for active Cloudflare domains
Cloudflare recommends the following actions and enhancements for each new domain added to Cloudflare:
Ensure successful interaction between your origin web server, third-party services, and Cloudflare:
- Allowlist Cloudflare IP addresses at your origin web server, and
- Allowlist third-party services your site uses via Cloudflare IP Access rules.
Learn which Cloudflare features improve your site speed and optimize security:
Secure traffic over HTTPS for both your site visitors and for traffic between Cloudflare and your origin web server.