Cloudflare and Clickfunnels have something in common: both offer URL shortening services and anti-fraud measures. But beyond the fact that they’re both reliable and popular, the two companies don’t really work together. That is, until now.
If you’re unfamiliar, a URL (Uniform Resource Locator) is a string of text that serves as an address for a specific website or web page. As the internet grows, so does the number of sites with URLs. This leads to a unique situation where one service (Cloudflare) is handling the DNS (Domain Name Servers) for billions of websites, while the other (Clickfunnels) helps with the web content.
Cloudflare and Clickfunnels have both acknowledged the benefits of a well-oiled partnership, so it’s not like they’re enemies. But until recently, integrating the two services was more difficult than it should’ve been. That is, until now.
Cloudflare And Clickfunnels Serving Different Purposes
While both Cloudflare and Clickfunnels are very reliable services that serve their intended purpose, they each do so in a slightly different way. For example, Cloudflare is focused on providing the infrastructure for websites, while Clickfunnels is more of a content distribution platform.
As previously stated, Cloudflare provides the infrastructure for websites, creating DNS servers that direct internet users to the right place regardless of whether that’s the website owners’ domain or not. This is a very vital role because if Cloudflare stopped doing its job, then every single site on the internet would cease to exist. Imagine the chaos that would occur if one day Cloudflare decided that it no longer needed to point certain domains to specific web pages.
But even more importantly, Cloudflare also provides security measures for websites, using an advanced security system that prevents fraud and abuse. This is again, a very vital role because without this security measures, all of the sites that are built on Cloudflare’s platform would be wide open to spam and malicious activity.
On the other hand, Clickfunnels helps with web content by providing a simple to use landing page builder that enables non-technical users to easily create and design their own landing pages. In addition to the landing page tool, Clickfunnels also provides marketing material such as email templates and online shopping carts. Furthermore, the service offers analytics and tracking features that allow website owners to easily track the results of their campaigns.
Integrating Cloudflare and Clickfunnels is actually a very simple process that involves only a few steps:
Step One: Create An Application On The Cloudflare Side
On the Cloudflare side, you’ll first need to create an application. This is literally just a form with a database attached to it. When a user submits the form with valid information, the database is updated and a new token is generated. This token will then be used to access the Clickfunnels side.
The application is fairly simple to create and only takes a few minutes to set up. Simply fill in the form with your details, choose a username and password and you’re all set. Your Cloudflare account will then be verified, and you can begin building your web content and distributing it through Clickfunnels.
A few things to note about the Cloudflare side of things:
Keep Your API Key A Secret
It’s a good idea to keep your API key a secret. This is especially important if you’re distributing your content through third-party platforms or services, like MailChimp and ClickFunnels. Otherwise, those third parties could potentially use your API key to perform actions on your behalf without your permission.
Use An Authorization Header
One more thing to point out about the Cloudflare side of things is the use of an authorization header. This is a simple way to ensure that the requests that are being made to the ClickFunnels side are coming from the correct source. In other words, it prevents a replay attack or someone else from using your API key to access your account.
Cloudflare handles all the heavy lifting so that you don’t have to. While creating an application is not a difficult process, doing so from the confines of a web browser is not the most convenient way to go about it. Especially since you’ll have to log in to your Cloudflare account from each individual browser. This could become cumbersome if you’re trying to build an online store or are using multiple browsers throughout the day.
Step Two: Create A Landing Page On The ClickFunnels Side
On the ClickFunnels side, you’ll need to create a landing page. A landing page is simply a web page that is designed to convert website visitors into paying customers. With a landing page, you can display product information, promote a specific deal or simply provide a simple way for potential customers to contact you.
To create your landing page, you’ll use an easy to use drag and drop interface that allows you to simply drag elements (such as photos, videos, text and other content) into a design that suits your needs. When finished, you’ll simply need to click on the “publish” button to make your page live.
The great thing about the ClickFunnels landing page tool is that it provides pre-made templates that you can select from. If you don’t have the time to design a custom-made landing page from scratch, these pre-made templates can still give you a good start. Simply pick the template that suits your needs and modify it to fit your requirements.
Once you’ve got your landing page, it’s time to tackle the next step.
Step Three: Link Your Cloudflare Account To Your ClickFunnels Account
Once you’ve created an application on the Cloudflare side and a landing page on the ClickFunnels side, the final step is to connect the two accounts. To do this, you’ll need to edit your application on the Cloudflare side and then visit the ClickFunnels dashboard. From here, you’ll see a list of all your applications and click on the one that you just created.
You’ll then be redirected to the Cloudflare login page where you can simply login with your username and password. Once logged in, you’ll see a list of your domains with a button next to each one. Click on the button to see the landing page for that domain.
From here, you can click on the “Integrate” button to connect the two accounts.
Once integrated, a new section will appear in the dashboard that lists all the URLs and shows the status of Cloudflare’s request to point those URLs to the right place. To verify that everything is working correctly, click on the Status link next to any of the URLs.
If you’ve followed these steps and everything is working correctly, you’ll see a confirmation screen that states “URL updated”. From here, you can give additional permissions to specific users, delete outdated records or change your API key if needed. If everything is still working correctly, click on the “Save Changes” button at the top left of the page.
That’s it. From here, you can start using ClickFunnels to distribute your content and drive sales.