Cloudflare Registrar now offers domain name registration at the lowest cost. similarly, with other domain name registrars (like NameCheap, Domain.com, etc), It offers essentially the same services but without markups, nor increased renewal fees, and with some additional security features. In essence, Cloudflare Registrar is free – the only cost is what is charged by registries and by ICANN.
I personally don’t do much on my Cloudflare dashboard, but logging into it now seems they have been busy with adding more features to services, Cloudflare.
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Why you may want to use Cloudflare services
Well since Cloudflare stops any malicious traffic so yes, it will help in reducing CPU and ram usage on your server, but if the Traffic is as usual, the CPU and RAM usage will be as it is under usual circumstances. It helps to reduce the server bandwidth usage.
It’s easier and faster to integrate other services into your domain since it’s on the same spot you register the domain and still utilize other services they offer.
How to Sign up Cloudflare account
Creating the account is simple, use the following steps to complete your Cloudflare registration;
- Visit www.cloudflare.com and click on the “Sign Up” link. Or click here to open form.
- Complete the registration demands.
Your email and password is first needed, then you have to verify the email through the mail sent to you after submitting the form.
Cloudflare Login Page
Visit the main website www.cloudflare.com and click on the “Log In” link. Or click here to open the Cloudflare login form.
Your email and password are demanded to access your Cloudflare dashboard.
Adding a Payment Method
The next step that comes up next will be to “add a payment method” before starting any domain transfer or buying/registering new domains.
Clicck on “Manage Account” to open more tabs, then select “Billing”, then “Payment Info”. Select which method of payment between PayPal and Card payment.
For any payment monthod selected, there is always an additional information to provide, “Billing address”, that will show in your couldflare recipt.
How to Transfer Domain Registrar to Cloudflare
You should have several ways to access the “Transfer domain” feature in Cloudflare if you have already added your site to the platform.
For example, the domain I will be using was registered with NameCheap, but the Nameserver is pointing to Cloudflare, while the host is Bluehost. But now, since Cloudflare also offers the same domain Privacy that Namecheap offers for free, then it is time to say goodbye to Namecheap and focus on Cloudflare where I use other services that Namecheap doesn’t offer for free.
Accessing “Transfer to Cloudflare”
There are several ways to gain access, one of the short-cut is from the “Overview” tab of the domain (if the domain is already added to Cloudflare) by the right-side of the page, under “DOmain Registration” you should see “Transfer to Cloudflare”.
The main way of accessing the same service is from the main menu tab, on the left-side of the page after logging in.
You get to the page when you click on “Buy Domains”, then select “Transfer”.
Processing Domain Transfer in Cloudflare
Please, note the following before making move to transfer your domain from another registery to Cloudflare, or another
– Unlock the domain from the current registry
– Remove WHOIS privacy
– Request an authorization code
You should see the list of your sites in Cloudflare that are not yet registered by Cloudflare. All checked by default.
You can uncheck those you wouldn’t want to transfer the domain registery to Cloudflare yet, while process with the rest (please note that this applies to you if you have list of domains in cloudflare already).
Enter the authorized code and click “Continue”. Then fill in your contact detail correctly. Don’t worry, your contact will be redacted. Then click on “Confirm and Finallize Transfer” button.
You should now get a confirmation page that “Your transfers are now underway!”.
Now you have no more task to complete at your end. So just relax while the transfer process is completed. Usually 5 to 7days.
How to Register A New Domain Name on Cloudflare
- From the home page, Click on the “Buy Domains” menu tab
- Then select “Buy Domains”
- search for the domain you want to buy, this process covers the availablity check of the desired domain. That is to check if the domain is available for you to register.
- The puchase button will indicate for you if the domain is available. Click the button to proceed.
- Select the number of years you would want to register the domain. It’s 1year by default. Then click on the “Continue” button.
- Fill in your contact details (if you haven’t or want to make few changes on the already existing contact details).
- Then review payment details, click on “Submit” if you’re happy with what youve set already.
- You should get a page confirmation as; “We are setting up your domain!”
Viewing your registered list of domain
You can always view list of domain registered the “Buy Domains” tab, and from theat page you can further manage individual domain.
Once you click on “Manage”, it simply means the menu list at the left-side belongs to that perticular domain you’re managing. And you can always switch to different domain from the top drop-down menu.
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