It’s here. As of Hummingbird’s latest release (3.0) you can now integrate and control Cloudflare’s powerful APO feature straight from your Hummingbird dashboard.

A lot of awesomeness came with Hummingbird 3.0 (check out the full feature list and changelog), including an exciting new integration with Cloudflare’s Automatic Platform Optimization (APO) feature.

Why is it a big deal and how can it benefit you or your clients? You’ll find out in this article.

You’ll also learn how easy it is to activate and control this feature, right from your Hummingbird dashboard, and how using it alongside our hosting can result in even better performance.

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What is Cloudflare’s APO?

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Take your WordPress site’s performance to the next level with APO from Cloudflare.

Cloudflare’s Automatic Platform Optimization (APO) is an additional cache feature that serves all site content from their network (including 3rd-party scripts), ensuring that your site is blazing fast.

If your business depends on successful, fast loading websites, it’s hard to ignore the benefits of APO.

The best news? It now integrates seamlessly with our Hummingbird performance plugin.

It used to be that in order to handle Browser Caching and APO from Cloudflare through your site, you had to activate their plugin.

However, this new integration changes all that, and installation of the Cloudflare plugin is not needed.

It also means you can avoid a separate login to Cloudflare every time you make a change on your site.

With the new Automatic Platform Optimization integration in Hummingbird, Cloudflare can also cache dynamic content and third-party scripts, so the entire site is served from cache.

The Perfect Trifecta

Hummingbird, Cloudflare, and hosting by WPMU DEV (which is quickly rising in the ranks among the best WordPress hosts on the web) are all powerful on their own…

Put them all together and it’s lightning in a bottle. The best part is, both Hummingbird and Cloudflare can be used completely free.

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Hummingbird’s newest release takes it from rock star to rock legend.

Before we get to activating Cloudflare’s APO, let’s first take a look at how to integrate Cloudflare with Hummingbird.

Cloudflare Integration Setup

In Hummingbird, the Integrations feature enables you to connect third-party providers to gain more control over your caching.

The first step in doing this is routing your DNS to Cloudflare, which you would do through your account on their website. Once propagation completes, your traffic is now routed through Cloudflare.

From Hummingbird’s dashboard, click on the menu item Caching, then Integrations. Click on the blue plus sign to the right of Cloudflare, under Available Integrations.

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Cloudflare Integrations settings are in the Caching menu in Hummingbird.

In the popup window, enter your Cloudflare account email address and Global API Key.

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Hummingbird provides a quick guide on how to locate your Cloudflare Global API Key.

If you get an error message when trying to connect, it’s likely due to recently adding DNS information through your Cloudflare account, and the settings not having propagated yet.

Give it a few minutes and try again.

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Make sure you give your DNS records in Cloudflare the chance to propagate if newly added.

Now that we’ve officially joined the happy couple, let’s see what’s on the menu.

Automatic Browser Caching

Connecting your Cloudflare account through Hummingbird’s Integrations will automatically configure your Browser Caching settings.

You can adjust if needed under the Browser Caching tab by clicking the Configure link.

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Get one-click configuration for your Cloudflare browser caching via Hummingbird’s integration settings.
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Server Type, Expiry Time, and Cache Clearing can all be handled through Cloudflare’s browser caching integrations in Hummingbird.

And now… drum roll please… away we go to APO!

Enable Automatic Platform Optimization (APO)

First things first, APO for WordPress does come with a monthly cost (see latest Cloudflare plan prices) on Cloudflare’s Free plan, and is already included in their Professional, Business, and Enterprise plans.

You can purchase the APO right from Hummingbird’s interface, click on “here” beneath the APO header (see screenshot below).

This will open a link to Cloudflare’s site, offer payment options, and take you through the checkout process. You can go directly through CF’s website for this process, if you prefer.

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To enable their APO feature, you need to purchase a plan through Cloudflare.

After you’ve acquired the APO service, you can turn the Enable APO switch ON, under Automatic Platform Optimization, from Hummingbird’s Dashboard > Caching > Integrations.

Once enabled, you can also set an additional option inside to cache content, according to the device types used by your site visitors.

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Cache by device type ensures only needed assets are cached and delivered to the user’s browser, depending on the device used (mobile, tablet or desktop).

Click the Re-Check Status button at any time to ensure that data displayed is up to date.

Alternatively, you can disconnect the Cloudflare integration from your site at will by clicking the Deactivate button.

Be aware that Cloudflare will still handle your browser caching, as your traffic is routed through them, but you’ll no longer be able to manage those settings from WP, and will have to do it directly through Cloudflare.

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Simple one-click settings for all Cloudflare integrations are available via Hummingbird’s dashboard.

For more details on this Cloudflare APO integration read Hummingbird’s full documentation.

Also keep in mind that WPMU DEV’s 5-star support team is available for assistance, 24/7, should you run into any issues or questions during setup.

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DJ Hbird keeps the Cloudflare party going.

(Cloud)Parting Thoughts

No matter your site’s purpose, getting and keeping optimal loading speeds is mission critical.

Hummingbird’s seamless integration with Cloudflare delivers an incomparable experience.

If you want to really blow your page loading speed out of the water, it’s worth considering a paid service from Cloudflare, and taking advantage of all that their APO offers.

Add a trusted, fully dedicated hosting solution (WPMU DEV hosting provides one of the best individual WordPress site experiences, backed by Digital Ocean), and your site can experience warp speeds.

Give it a go yourself with our 7-day free trial. You’ve got nothing to lose, and everything to gain.

If you engage the above trio, you get performance, speed, protection, and world-class support, all with the ease of a single source of input via Hummingbird’s streamlined dashboard settings.

Your site will zip and hum with enviable aplomb.

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