About the web interface controls

Fastly provides web interface access to all of its features and functions, which are also accessible using Fastly's application programming interface (API).

Before you begin

Before you begin learning about the Fastly web interface controls, it's useful to know the basics of content delivery.

Accessing Fastly's web interface controls

Access to Fastly's web interface controls requires you to sign up for a Fastly account. Creating an account is free. Once you've created an account, you can navigate to the controls via the Fastly login page at https://manage.fastly.com, either directly using any standard web browser or by clicking a link at the top right of almost all pages at the Fastly website.

About the web interface controls

If it's your first time logging in, the basic controls may appear a bit empty. More details will begin to appear as you start working with services.

Top navigation bar

The top navigation bar appears across the top of the Fastly web interface. It contains primary navigation elements that include the name of the company for the account you're logged into, the search field, a link you can use to give Fastly feedback, and a switcher menu that provides direct access to both the Fastly and Next-Gen WAF control panels from a single location.

The primary navigation elements in the top navigation bar

The user quick links menu appears to the right of the switcher menu. You can use the user quick links menu to access account-specific settings, billing-related details, and support links.

The navigation sidebar provides access to:

  • the Home page, which appears by default when you log in, where you view summarized details about all your services
  • the Observability controls that you can use to monitor real-time and historic caching-related details about a specific service
  • the Deliver page where you define the settings that specifically control how cached content should behave and be delivered
  • the Compute page where you define how each instance of your Wasm services should behave and interact with its data sources
  • the Secure controls that you can use to access the different security products Fastly has to offer
  • the Resources controls that you can use to access data stores shared by your services
  • the Account controls that you can use to access account-specific settings, personal profile information, and billing-related details

Check with a superuser on your account if you don't have access to the links you expect to. The roles and permissions assigned by whoever manages your company's account can change which of the navigation links you have access to.

Enabling dark mode for the web interface

You can change the theme of the Fastly web interface. Follow these instructions to enable dark mode for your personal profile:

  1. Log in to the Fastly web interface and select Account from the navigation sidebar.
  2. Go to Account > Personal profile > Appearance.
  3. To enable dark mode, click the Dark mode switch.

You can click the switch again to change the theme back to light mode.

Browser requirements and recommendations

To access the Fastly web interface, your web browser must be configured to support cookies, JavaScript, and site data (also referred to as local storage or web storage).

We support a minimum display width of 768 pixels on the latest version of the following browsers:

If you aren't using one of these browsers, then some visual styling may not be correct when using the Fastly web interface.

We strongly recommend updating your browser before beginning any debugging of Fastly services and before reporting problems to Fastly Customer Support. You can find the latest, downloadable versions of all major browsers online. The list at Browse Happy may help you.

What's next

Dig deeper into details about all areas of the web interface controls before you move on to using them to work with services.

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