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.

If you own a website or application, you need to find the best way to deliver it to users. Using a content delivery network (CDN) can speed up your website or application by caching it closer to users. Fastly's Full-Site Delivery provides powerful tools that allow you to customize caching and delivery rules for a fast user experience, all while increasing availability and lowering hosting costs.

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Let's get started by creating a Fastly account and logging in to the Fastly web interface. We can sign up for a free trial — no credit card information is required.

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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.

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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.

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We've done a lot of work to prepare our Fastly service for the Taco Labs website! Now it's time to put the finishing touches on things so we can go live and start using Fastly for our production website.

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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.

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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!

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