The last step to setting up my new was to use it from my own domain.

I debated using it exclusively at but I want to work on my own blog for that address.

So I’m going to use as… my microblog… at

Instead of doing it by hand on Cloudflare’s website I wrote it down as code.

Infrastructure as Code

Writing down your infrastructure as code has a lot of benefits:

  • it’s in one central place instead of spread out in different UIs on different sites
  • it can be version controlled
  • it can be readable by robots as well as other humans

You can use tools like Terraform, OpenTofu or Pulumi to do this.


I’m using Terraform at the moment. I might look into Pulumi in the future.

Terraform uses HCL for its configuration.

terraform {
  required_providers {
    cloudflare = {
      source  = "cloudflare/cloudflare"
      version = "~> 4.0"

My domain is managed by Cloudflare so at the start of my code I tell Terraform to use the cloudflare/cloudflare provider. This means I can manage different things in Cloudflare using a few settings.

provider "cloudflare" {
  api_token = var.cloudflare_api_token

Next I tell the Cloudflare provider to use a variable for my API token.

data "cloudflare_zone" "paultibbetts_dot_uk" {
  name = ""

Originally I asked ChatGPT how to do this, and it was technically correct, but it wanted me to go on the Cloudflare site, go to my domain, and copy the zone_id to pass in as a variable. Which is missing the point of doing this with code.

Instead, using data means this block is a data source, called paultibbetts_dot_uk, which uses Cloudflare’s cloudflare_zone module to get a zone (domain) with a name of

I don’t know or care what the ID is and I can automate the process of finding it out.

resource "cloudflare_record" "microblog" {
  zone_id =
  name    = "micro"
  type    = "CNAME"
  value   = ""
  ttl     = 300

When I create a cloudflare_record resource, called microblog, I can use the data source to get the ID of the zone for which domain the CNAME record should be added to.

variable "cloudflare_api_token" {
  type        = string
  description = "api token"

Because I don’t want to write down my API token in my code I set it up as a variable.

I can now pass in the token when I run Terraform:

terraform apply \ 
-var cloudflare_api_token="********" \ 

but I prefer loading it in as an environment variable.

You can do this by prefixing the variable with TF_VAR:

export TF_VAR_cloudflare_api_token=********

and remembering to source this file before you run Terraform commands

terraform apply


Now I can run terraform apply, confirm the proposed changes, and Terraform will use the Cloudlfare API to add the CNAME to my domain for me.

After making a quick change in I’m live at my own domain 🥳