Tom, that is interesting to note and thanks for letting us know.
Sorry for the outage everyone. It was our DNS provider, ZoneEdit. Not impressed with their service!
Cloudflare is a great service, but it's a CDN and would not have helped fix the issue we just had.
Everything seems up and running and OK now, we'll be taking steps to move to a new DNS service as soon as possible.
I did take a look through CloudFlare's blog and they touch on them being in the top tier with an excerpt quoted below from this post and with the service being Free for the overwelming majority of its users it is just icing on the cake, so to speak.
"A report from SolveDNS was just released that shows CloudFlare as the second fastest authoritative DNS provider, well ahead of companies EasyDNS, UltraDNS, and Verisign."
From the chart in this report it looks like zoneedit came in ninth.
In the end, it looks like the two services mesh with one another, but CloudFlare seems like it is "... one of the largest, fastest, easiest, and most resilient authoritative DNS networks in the world." at least according to their blog post and the SolveDNS August 1, 2012 report.
Some of the other blog articles I looked at in no particular order which were helpful are below for your reference with many more available in their blog and throughout their site too.
Never Deal With DNS Propagation Again
CloudFlare's New UI: Managing DNS records
How to Launch a 65Gbps DDoS, and How to Stop One
Again, it is great to have the site up and running again and I do not mind saying that one of the first things I looked at when it was down was doing a quick whois lookup and was gratified to see that the domain name was paid up until 14-Jun-2017.
All kidding aside, it is good to be able to access the site and obviously I have no interest in promoting CloudFlare beyond saying for the sites I have used their services I have had no problems DNS and otherwise.