Creating a Cloudflare account and adding a website

Cloudflare account sign-up takes less than 5 minutes. Learn to successfully create an account and add your first website. This article formerly appeared under the title Step 2: Create a Cloudflare account and add a website.


To experience the benefits of Cloudflare, first create a Cloudflare account and add a domain to Cloudflare. When you create a new Cloudflare account, adding an initial domain is included in the workflow.

Create a Cloudflare account

  1. Visit
  2. Enter your Email address and Password.
  3. Click Create Account.

Use an email alias or distribution list (i.e. This email alias is the main point of contact for Cloudflare billing and service-related email notifications. Ensure that the email alias can both send and receive emails for account recovery and troubleshooting.

4. The Cloudflare UI asks you to add a site to Cloudflare.

Add a domain to Cloudflare

If adding a new domain while in the workflow of creating a new account, skip to step 3 below.

1. Log in to your Cloudflare account.

2. Click on Add site from the top navigation bar.

3. Enter your website’s root domain and then click Add Site. For example, if your website is, type

4. Cloudflare attempts to automatically identify your DNS records. This process takes approximately 60 seconds to complete.

5. Click Next.

You may see the remaining Enterprise domain quota, if applicable. Contact your Cloudflare Account Team if you have reached your Enterprise domain quota.

6. Select a plan level.

7. Click Confirm in the Confirm Plan window that appears.

8. Review whether all DNS records were identified in the DNS query results window.

Some records, like MX, cannot proxy through Cloudflare and don’t display a Cloud icon.

9. Click Continue.

10. Copy the 2 Cloudflare nameservers displayed and click Continue.  

Once assigned, Cloudflare Support cannot move your domain to a different nameserver or a different Cloudflare IP address.

11. To finish domain setup and activate your domain on Cloudflare, change your domain nameservers to Cloudflare.

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