John connor wrote: ↑
Sat Mar 02, 2019 2:09 am
It is as I say it is. They are a "middle man." When you make a request to your domain, it hits your domain register first. Then from there it's routed to CloudFlare and then CloudFlare contacts your host.
I say man in the middle because they are a reverse proxy. They stand in the middle
of your host and domain provider.
Your registrar is used to list the nameservers, a critical link in the DNS chain. A nameserver can be located anywhere including the registrar, your own server etc., you can even have multiple nameservers for backup but typically two are listed. As far CF goes unless you are on the enterprise or business plan you are required to use their nameservers if you want to utilize their proxy service. The nameserver is not a man in the middle service.
What a nameserver does is hold all the records specific for that domain and what IP to use. In CF's panel you can decide how traffic is handled and whether it is proxied or not, for example the hostname cannot be proxied if you are using it for email.