Connecting Blogger and Cloudflare needs calibration of various technical aspects of Blogger (the host) and Cloudflare (CDN and DNS manager).
In this short blog post, I discuss my decision of using Cloudflare for my Blogger-based website. I hope that my blog post can help you to decide whether you want to connect your Blogger-based website with Cloudflare or not.
Benefits or False Promises? | Connecting Blogger-based Websites with Cloudflare
Many blogs have been written on how to map Blogger-based website (with a custom domain) with Cloudflare. I too have written a post on how to add a custom domain in Blogger through DNS managers like Cloudflare. Most of those tutorials have been promising the benefits of Cloudflare's global CDN, free SSL certificates, and protection against bots among many.
In my experience, I began to experience several problems when I mapped my Blogger-based website with Cloudflare. Yes, I too started things by updating my domain's NS to my Cloudflare, and then used Cloudflare as my domain's DNS Host. There, I updated by Blogger site's 2 CNAME records and 4 A records.
In my case, Blogger's https version was not released to my site as long as I had kept the proxy option 'on' in Cloudflare DNS records. Hence, I turned off proxy in Cloudflare and tuned on https version in Blogger dashboard. Eventually, I got Blogger's https version which enabled me to enjoy various Blogger features flawlessly.
Then, I asked the question to myself. Do I need Cloudflare for my Blogger site? I have SSL (and https version) from Blogger, and unmetered bandwidth with super-fast speed when it comes to loading the website.
When it comes to blocking the bot traffic, Blogger (or Google) has not mentioned anything to us as customers. Having got several emails from Cloudflare about the bot traffic coming to my website, I decided to keep Cloudflare and enjoy Google's SSL.
Hence, I decided to keep the proxy 'turned off' for each DNS records in DNS editor of Cloudflare and tried out working settings of the SSL/TLS encryption, and https redirect. On the Blogger side, I turned on https version and https redirect option, which I believe is an essential thing needed to do when it comes to enjoying full Blogger advantage.
In this blog post, I just wrote my experience and opinion regarding technicality of Cloudflare-Blogger mapping. Should you have more input, queries and/or suggestions, do comment below.
In my subjective thought, we do get benefits of Cloudflare CDN and other free (and paid) services when we map Blogger site with Cloudflare.