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Using CloudFlare with WPengine

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My client goes from

(register) Godaddy to CloudFlare (DNS) to my server at WPengine.

Here are my questions.

1. Does CloudFlare simply index and cache the site to get page for their CDN?
2. Without the WP CloudFlare plugin, will CloudFlare still work without the server connecting to it or does having the DNS go to it enough?  I guess this goes back to question 1.
3. Is it it a good idea to have 2 CDNs running, one from CF and the other from the host?

Anything else that you think I need to know would be helpful.

Thanks
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1. Pretty much

2. Yes.  The plugin just adds a little bit of control of some CloudFlare functions from your site, but doesn't really affect caching operations.  

3. You do not need CloudFlare if you using WPEngine's CDN.  No benefits are achieved.
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thanks, if you had to guess, who has a better cdn, CloudFlare or WPengine?
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thanks
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Overall, I would stick with just WP Engine.  CF is great but the WP engine solution is fully integrated with their hosting.
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thanks and one last question, would the site load faster if I skipped CF and went from Godaddy to WPengine? or is that millaseconds I should not worry about.
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Your site will load faster running on WPEngine than GoDaddy and also be more secure.
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I am sorry I phrased that wrong, write now the register is godaddy, then it goes to CF then to WPengine, would it be faster to set the A record in go daddy and bypass CF?
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Ah.  No, not tremendously. Your earlier comment of "milliseconds" applies.
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cool, thanks for the insight.
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