Cloudflare: Forwarding with HTTPS support

Cloudflare provides basic support for forwarding your domain. Unfortunately it's not targeted for redirect specific features. automatically installs & manages an SSL certificate and makes sure it never expires, and provides redirect specific analytics. Let's get started!

Step 1: Create a account

Get started today by creating an account:

Step 2: Add your domain to

Add your domain you wish to redirect. For our example, we have a domain with Cloudflare ''. Add the domain to the 'Source URL' field. We recommend adding www & the apex (non-www). Cloudflare create redirect

You see the DNS 'checking' as the detected & required values are different.

Note: In the screenshot below we've detected that 'proxy mode' is enabled in Cloudflare. Our redirect will not work when this mode is enabled.

Cloudflare DNS not pointed

Step 3: Navigate to Cloudflare

To allow redirecting via, we need to make a one-time DNS change at Cloudflare. Login with your Cloudflare credentials and click on your domain.

Cloudflare DNS setupNow click on 'DNS' in the menu on the left.

Cloudflare DNS setup

Step 4: Changing the DNS

We are now ready to change the DNS. You will probably see a screen that looks something like the screen below. Before adding the correct DNS records, make sure any existing A record for 'www' and '@' are removed. All other records may remain intact. You can do this by pressing 'Edit' and clicking the 'Delete' button for these records.

Cloudflare DNS setup

Then add the following records.

- Record with Type 'CNAME' Name '@' and Content ''
- Record with Type 'CNAME' Name 'www' and Content ''

Important: When adding these records, make sure the Proxy mode is disabled. See the screen below:

Proxy mode disabledAfter adding these records, your screen should now look like this:Changed DNS

Step 4: DNS verification in

The DNS changes have been made! This takes some time before the internet picks up these changes. In most cases, it should be done within a few hours, depending on the TTL set on those records. will automatically keep checking the DNS records. If it's detected to be correct, a SSL certificate will be automatically requested & installed. 

CloudFlare redirect verified


That's it! You've succesfully setup with Cloudflare. The domain now has full HTTPS support and is redirecting via 

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