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 and how caching and CDNs work.

Access to 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.

If it's your first time logging in, the controls may appear a bit empty. As you get started and create your first service, however, you'll begin to see more, including:

  • the Home page where you view summarized details about all your services
  • the Stats page where you monitor real-time and historic caching-related details about a specific service
  • the Configure controls where you define the settings that specifically control how cached content should behave and be delivered
  • the account menu where you access account-specific settings, personal profile information, and billing-related details

Keep in mind that the controls that appear will be based on the roles and permissions assigned to you by whoever manages your company's account access. Also, not all Fastly service features are enabled by default. The appearance of the web interface controls may change from the defaults displayed once these services are enabled for your account.

Changing the appearance of the web interface

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

  1. Log in to the Fastly web interface and click the Account link from the user menu. Your account information appears.
  2. Click the Appearance link.
  3. To enable dark mode, click the Dark mode switch.

    dark mode theme

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

Browser recommendations

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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