Cloudflare Pages vs. Simply CDN

Cloudflare Pages is a popular hosting service for your static website.

However, due to it’s 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:

FeatureCloudflare PagesSimply CDN (Starter)
StorageUnlimited5 GB
BandwidthUnlimited100 GB
Number of FilesMaximum of 20,000 filesNo limitation
Builds500 builds per monthNo limitation
Forms
Caching
Easy Setup
Proxy URLs
Proxy URLs to send data from your static site to WordPress.
Technical Support

Storage

Cloudflare Pages offers unlimited storage, but you are only allowed to storage 20.000 files and you are not allowed to upload files > 25 MB.

That’s quite confusing. 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 5 GB within the starter plan. You can also upgrade the storage from within the dashboard.

Bandwidth

Cloudflare Pages offers unlimited bandwith for your project. That’s really good! The bandwidth is used to deliver the cached files to you visitors.

Builds

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 problem.

Forms

Cloudflare Pages does not offer any kind of 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 in Simply CDN. Add an e-mail address and keep using your WordPress plugin to handle form submissions.

Caching

Cloudflare Pages does offer custom header tags to control caching. However, you have to set it up yourself, while it’s already pre-configured in Simply CDN.

Setup

As most static hosting providers, Cloudflare Pages requires to update your website from a GitHub repository. This comes with it’s 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.

Proxy URLs

Cloudflare Pages does not allow to proxy URLs. Simply CDN has a built-in solution to send requests send to your static website to your dynamic WordPress website.

Support

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 dedicated to 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 get us notified about any changes. Last updated on 19 June, 2022.