How to disable Email Address Obfuscation?


Cloudflare injects the script to our site, blocking the page rendering until the script loads, thereby slowing down the site. Because of this, Google metrics are falling and, accordingly, impressions in search results suffer, which is very important to us.

Their scripts devour up to 1700 m s when loading the page, i.e. all this time they interfere with the normal loading of the page.

I can see this script using inspect my page in the directory cdn-cgi/scripts/5c5dd728/cloudflare-static/email-decode.min.js. On cloudflare, I turned off Email Address Obfuscation and Server-side Excludes in the Scrap Shield section, cleared the CDN cache, turned off the proxy. None of this helped to remove the script.

Then I checked the test domain that Digital Ocean issues and found the same script along the same path. It turns out that it’s not about CloudFlare.

I had an idea that Digital Ocean could use CloudFlare as a CDN and automatically enable the Email Address Obfuscation function. Is there any way to check this and turn it off or clear the cache in CDN Digital Ocean?

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Wanted to echo that this is still an issue. In my use case, my DigitalOcean app is rendering HTML to be sent as an email body. Any JavaScript workaround is not an option as email clients do not allow any JavaScript. Unfortunately this hampers our ability to effectively use DigitalOcean.

Unfortunately <!--email_off-->``_your_ _email addresses go here_``<!--/email_off--> does not work. It adds links to Cloudflare page which are of type Dofollow, surprising a bit ;)

If you want just to have email visible you need to add it with js on client site. If you want the email to be indexed… I was raising a ticket for that several times. I’m afraid DO does not have solution yet.

Bobby Iliev
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July 24, 2023

Hi there,

I believe that when using the DigitalOcean App Platform you don’t have a direct control over the Cloudflare CDN settings.

But according to the Cloudflare docs here, in order to prevent Cloudflare from obfuscating emails you can add the following comment in the page HTML code:

  <!--email_off-->``_your_ _email addresses go here_``<!--/email_off-->

Let me know how it goes!



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