Backblaze B2 to Cloudflare Using Page Rules

Two companies I really like are Backblaze and Cloudflare. I have trusted Backblaze for years with my personal computer backup and I have been a long time customer of Cloudflare since 2011 at least. Both companies are part of the bandwidth alliance, meaning you don’t have to worry about bandwidth fees when you are transferring data between a Backblaze B2 bucket and Cloudflare if you set up the Backblaze B2 bucket to run through Cloudflare. Backblaze even gives you a tutorial on how to set it all up, except that is not the tutorial I followed years ago using page rules.

I understand that things change and people might want to host their cdn data on a private Backblaze B2 bucket but it is interesting to me that they replaced an easy to use tutorial on how to use Backblaze B2 with the Cloudflare CDN using page rules with a much more complicated tutorial involving Cloudflare Workers. This is the opposite of a user friendly option. If you are a developer sure, but the page rule tutorial was much more simple and was easy for the average user to setup. I would not even think of sending a client to try and follow the new tutorial.

If you are looking for the old Using Backblaze B2 with the Cloudflare CDN with Page Rules tutorial I have found the Wayback Machine copy here. It is much easier to setup and while it does require a public Backblaze B2 bucket if you are making this content available over the Internet do you really need to make it a private bucket?

Things don’t always have to be made more complicated to work. I have to admit I am a little disappointed in both Backblaze and Cloudflare for removing a good solid easy to use tutorial in favour of a more complicated one.

How To Delete the Uncategorized Category

Depending on the purpose of your WordPress website one of the tasks you might want to consider before going live is to delete the Uncategorized category. This might not apply to everyone but if you have a very targeted website you probably don’t want that Uncategorized category to be the default one on your blog posts.

However, if you go into the Category screen, you cannot delete it either individually or using the Bulk Actions.

This is because it is set as the default category when you first install WP. This guide will show you how to change the default and delete the uncategorized category.

1. Create a New Default Category

Click on Posts and then Categories. WordPress always needs a default category so you need to decide what yours will be.

The left side of the screen is where you add a new category. Fill in the name and click Add New Category. If you want to adjust the Slug, Parent or Description, feel free but you don’t need to change them for this process.

2. Change the Default Category

Click on Settings and then Writing. Here you will see a dropdown called Default Post Category.

Click on it and your new category and Uncategorized will appear in the menu.  Choose your new category and click Save Changes at the bottom of the page.

You have now changed the default category but Uncategorized still exists.

3. Delete the Uncategorized Category

Go back to Posts and Categories. Now when you roll your mouse over Uncategorized, the Delete option is available. Click on Delete.

You have now deleted the Uncategorized category. Bear in mind that you can never delete the default post category. So if you want to delete a category and the Delete option doesn’t appear, you have set it as default. In that case follow this routine for the new category.