How to Setup Squarespace on Cloudflare CDN (Content Delivery Network)

I have searched both Squarespace and Cloudflare Support as well as blogs. I don't have any specific instructions on the best way to utilize the Free version of the Cloudflare CDN with Squarespace. If its even possible. I get a notification of SSL on the site.

Squarespace Support gave me this link:

Cloudflare Support DNS Setup instructions

If you can't do it on the Free plan, whats the best method on the Cloudflare premium plan? Change to the Cloudflare Name servers?

asked Oct 01 '13 at 20:02 by webbroi 465248

@squarespace Any word on this? It would be nice to have some sort of CDN protection. Especially after the recent issues with DDos attack.

(Dec 30 '13 at 17:33) webbroi

I stumbled on this post by mistake, but I'll give you the rundown.

  1. Point your nameservers at Cloudflare
  2. Set up the www domain, as instructed
  3. Send the @ name back to your domain provider's default IP address. I use Hover, so that address is
  4. At your domain host, forward the domain as though you had never pointed your DNS at Cloudflare.

You're basically sending the nameserver to Cloudflare then bouncing the non-www record back to the original host, who still has your DNS setup even though it's inactive. Your host then forwards the domain on to the correct destination.

I'll attach a couple of screenshots from a friend's site, whom I just walked through the process.

(I lack the 'karma' to actually post the setup images, which is somewhat ironic given the circumstances)

Cloudflare Setup:

Hover Setup:

EDIT: You could almost certainly make this work with Cloudflare's new Page Rules / Forwarding system as well but I haven't tested it yet.

answered Jan 02 at 16:24 by Imperative Ideas 512


Great..I'm going to try this now. Let you know how it works out.

(Jan 02 at 18:25) webbroi

You could probably make CloudFlare's new page rules system do the same thing, but I haven't had a chance to play with it yet:

(Jan 02 at 18:39) Imperative Ideas

How did it work out for you, Webbroi?

(Jan 06 at 21:29) Imperative Ideas

It's worth noting that the system works and is reliably forwarding the domain I just set this up on. Squarespace still thinks it's broken (it's not). We'll see if that resolves itself. I'm guessing they are just on a different DNS timer.

answered Jan 02 at 16:54 by Imperative Ideas 512


I'm wondering the same thing. Opening a CloudFlare ticket now— especially with this DDoS garbage.

answered Dec 19 '13 at 17:32 by alanhouser 9682511


@squarespace. Any word on if this is a feature that will ever be offered?

answered Dec 30 '13 at 17:32 by webbroi 465248

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