DDoS protection

Started by evejones, Jul 06, 2022, 03:40 AM

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I have never experienced this situation before and I lack knowledge to handle it, so I require assistance. Our website was targeted by a DDoS attack and we resorted to using Cloud Flare, however, there are some issues that need clarification:

1. Will a 5-second delay have an impact on our SEO? Also, will search engine bots like Bing or Google be added to Cloud Flare's white list?

2. Apart from the 5-second delay, are there other negative implications of using Cloud Flare for SEO?

3. Are there any DDoS protection services available that do not cause any delays in loading pages?

Hemanth malli

The implications are as follows:

1. A 5-second delay is undesirable as it may cause some visitors to abandon the website.

2. Although unlikely, there is a possibility that some users may experience lag while using the website. However, Cloudflare offers a vigilance mode which can be adjusted to minimize this.

3. The available options include migrating to the Yandex cloud which provides DDoS protection at an affordable rate for cleared traffic or hiding behind their shields then changing the server's IP address. Once hidden, there may still be some bots that can find the website, but they can be filtered out using botguard.


Is it possible that the website crashed due to requests overloading the server or database?

Have you checked the logs on your web hosting and sought technical support regarding the site crash?

Alternatively, have you considered upgrading to a more expensive hosting tariff?

If your website is popular, there should be no reason why it would be targeted by DDoS attacks. Popular websites are housed on separate servers from less popular ones as shared hosting is not feasible.

My diagnosis is to increase the disk space, CPU, and database load by upgrading to the most expensive hosting tariff. There is no evidence of a DDoS attack, and it is unlikely to occur due to its significant cost.


1. A 5-second delay may have an impact on your website's SEO because search engine algorithms consider page load speed as a ranking factor. However, Cloud Flare offers optimization features that can help mitigate this impact. As for search engine bots, Cloud Flare typically allows them through without delay.

2. Apart from the potential delay, there shouldn't be any negative implications for SEO when using Cloud Flare. In fact, Cloud Flare's caching and content delivery network (CDN) capabilities can actually improve website performance and SEO.

3. There may be DDoS protection services available that prioritize minimizing delays in loading pages. It's worth exploring other DDoS protection providers to find one that aligns with your specific requirements.

I'll provide some additional information:

1. Regarding the impact of a 5-second delay on SEO, it's important to note that page load speed is a ranking factor for search engines. While a 5-second delay may not have a significant impact on your website's rankings, it can affect user experience and potentially increase bounce rates. Search engine bots like Google and Bing are generally whitelisted by Cloudflare and should not experience delays.

2. Negative implications of using Cloudflare for SEO are generally minimal. As mentioned earlier, Cloudflare offers optimization features such as caching and CDN capabilities, which can improve website performance and load times. However, improper configuration or misuse of Cloudflare features may cause SEO issues. It's important to follow best practices and consult with SEO professionals when implementing Cloudflare or any other security measures.

3. There are DDoS protection services available that aim to minimize or eliminate delays in page loading. These services use techniques like rate limiting, traffic analysis, and advanced filtering mechanisms to mitigate DDoS attacks without noticeably impacting performance. Some popular DDoS protection providers include Akamai, Radware, and Arbor Networks. Keep in mind that each service has its own features and capabilities, so it's recommended to thoroughly research and compare different options based on your specific requirements.