Support for SSL

SSL support for Cloudflare originally required a Business plan (formerly “Pro account”) but is now freely available to everyone, including free accounts. Please read if you want to upgrade your FREE account.

Cloudflare supports either Full SSL (strict) or Flexible SSL. Full SSL requires your web server to run over SSL whereas Flexible SSL will only use SSL from the client to Cloudflare but then your web server will still operate on port 80. This extension is able to deal with Flexible SSL and will automatically set the HTTPS header to “on” if Flexible SSL is detected, allowing you to generate links containing the “https://” prefix.

You may enforce SSL either at the Web Server level or using Page Rules in Cloudflare. If using Apache, please read

Full SSL

As explained full SSL means Cloudflare provides its own wildcard certificate for your end-users but still connects using SSL to your server. This is of course the most secured option. The common problem with SSL on your own servers is when having virtual hosts (multiple domains on the same IP).

Year ago I successfully checked if Cloudflare would support SNI (an extension to the TLS protocol that indicates what hostname the client is attempting to connect to at the start of the handshaking process) and self-signed certificates and this is the case.

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If you choose “Full SSL (strict)” instead of “Full SSL”, you will not be able to use a self-signed certificate but may generate proper edge certificate for your zone within Cloudflare’s dashboard.