Understanding the grey cloud in your Cloudflare dashboard

In this article, we’ll be talking about the grey cloud in Cloudflare. Subdomains that have been Cloudflare-enabled are marked with an orange cloud. Subdomains that are not Cloudflare-enabled are marked with a grey cloud. This means they will pass through the Cloudflare system and benefit from all its advantages. If you purchased a Business Pro hosting package and activated Cloudflare, Cloudflare Railgun will also be automatically activated as well.

Only A and CNAME records have the option to be powered by Cloudflare, meaning that only A and CNAME records may show an orange cloud. However, not all A and CNAME records are appropriate to pass through the Cloudflare system. Cloudflare makes suggestions for which records should be orange, but you can easily change this by clicking on the cloud.

To decide which records pass through the Cloudflare network, you need to understand what type of content appears on that subdomain.

You should enable Cloudflare for any subdomain that gets web traffic. You should not enable Cloudflare for subdomains that handle non-web traffic, such as mail, ftp, and ssh. A grey cloud should mark these types of records.

Note: If you have purchased Protection Power, SiteLock Perform, or SiteLock Shield, DO NOT enable Cloudflare because it will conflict with the Content Delivery Network (CDN) included in your SiteLock package.

Please log into your Cloudflare dashboard and go to Your Websites > Settings > DNS Settings to view Cloudflare’s protection options.

Common records that should have a grey cloud (in alphabetical order):

calendar
cpanel
cvs
dev
direct
email
exchange
feed
feeds
ftp
ghs.google.com
git
google
host
imap
irc
jabber.tcp
local
localhost
mail
mobilemail
mx
ns1
ns2
panel
pda
pop
repo
secure
sftp
sites
smtp
sql
ssh
ssl
svn
video
webmail
webstats

If you need help with your HostPapa account, please open a support ticket from your dashboard.

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