These articles and step-by-step tutorials present essential concepts and introduce Fastly products and services.
Essentials is a collection of guides that introduce you to core concepts essential to understanding content delivery networks (CDNs) and Fastly.
Introduction to Fastly's CDN
This is a step-by-step tutorial that shows you how to use Fastly with an example website and domain name. It guides you through the steps of caching and delivering a static website using the Jekyll static site generator, Amazon AWS, and the Fastly CDN.
In this section, we'll explore some of the edge features available to our Fastly service. For example, we'll configure Fastly to serve synthetic responses to certain types of requests, enable compression of our assets, and configure a streaming logging endpoint so we can see who's visiting our website.Read more
When it comes to caching your website or web application's content, Fastly provides a wide variety of options. Fastly caches most content by default, but most people will want or need to customize their caching settings. You have complete control over what content is cached, and for how long that content is cached.Read more
In this section, we’ll provide some tips and tricks for dealing with those day-to-day website issues and headaches that come with the territory. Call it advanced configuration. We’ll talk about using custom VCL to add redirects, using the API to purge the cache, and purging with surrogate keys.Read more
That’s a wrap! We’ve successfully started using Fastly to cache our static website. Go ahead, visit https://www.tacolabs.com — or whatever domain name you’ve been using to follow along with — and marvel at how fast the site loads. And give yourself a pat on the back for doing all of the legwork!Read more
Introduction to Fastly Image Optimizer
This is a step-by-step tutorial that shows you how to set up Fastly's Image Optimizer ("Fastly IO") for a real website. It builds on the concepts introduced in Introduction to Fastly's CDN, and it guides you through the steps of optimizing the images for Taco Labs, the static website we previously used as an example.