Cloudflare Pages vs. Simply CDN
Cloudflare Pages is a popular hosting service for your static website.
However, due to its several limitations, we decided to create Simply CDN as a cheap and reliable way to host your static website.
Take a look at the comparison:
|Feature||Cloudflare Pages||Simply CDN (Starter)|
|Number of Files||Maximum of 20,000 files||No limitation|
|Builds||500 builds per month||No limitation|
|Proxy URLs||Proxy URLs to send data from your static site to WordPress.|
Cloudflare Pages offers unlimited storage, but you are only allowed to store 20.000 files, and you are not allowed to upload files > 25 MB.
That isn’t very clear. Do you know how many files your static website will have? No? Me, neither. Limiting the number of files makes absolutely no sense and is just a clever way of marketing (unlimited storage & unlimited bandwidth).
That’s why SimplyCDN offers 3 GB within the starter plan. You can also upgrade the storage from within the dashboard.
Cloudflare Pages offers unlimited bandwidth for your project. That’s really good! The bandwidth is used to deliver the cached files to your visitors.
Builds are the number of updates you can trigger within a given timeframe. Most static hosting providers use this to limit the number of updates you can push to your static website.
This isn’t a problem if you never update your static website that often, but for a frequently visited blog, for example, this can be a problem.
Cloudflare Pages does not offer any forms integration. Because of this, you will need an external tool to handle that. I wrote an article about a couple of providers here.
Due to the attached pricing tag and the requirement to rebuild all of your forms with that the new tool, we decided to integrate that directly into Simply CDN. Add an e-mail address and use your WordPress plugin to create forms.
Cloudflare Pages does offer custom header tags to control caching. However, you must set it up yourself while it’s already pre-configured in Simply CDN.
Like most static hosting providers, Cloudflare Pages requires you to update your website from a GitHub repository. This comes with its own limitations. For example, you can only push 20.000 files per day and no files over 1 MB. These limits do not exist in SimplyCDN.
Cloudflare Pages does not allow proxy URLs. Simply CDN has a built-in solution to send requests send from your static website to your dynamic WordPress website.
Cloudflare Pages does not offer dedicated support. You can use the community forum, but that’s it. Simply CDN offers fast and reliable e-mail support for your use case and project.
*This feature list is not legally binding. It could be that they have updated features that are not reflected properly here. We will always do our best to keep these lists up to date, if you notice we’re running behind, be sure to notify us about any changes.
Last updated on 31 January 2023.