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    Sign up and create your first service

      Last updated March 26, 2019

    To get started using Fastly, sign up for an account and then create your first service. Once you've created your service you can explore various configurations as much as you need before going live. Fastly won't start serving your traffic until you specifically set the CNAME DNS record for your domain.

    Sign up at Fastly.com

    Before you do anything else, you must sign up for a Fastly account.

    1. Click on any Sign Up button on the Fastly.com website or simply point a browser to the signup form.
    2. When the signup form appears, fill in all the fields with your contact information. All the fields are required.

      the form at https://www.fastly.com/signup used to sign up for a Fastly account

    3. Click the Sign up for Fastly button. The confirmation screen will appear with instructions on what to do next and you'll be sent an e-mail that contains a verification link.

      the confirmation screen that appears at https://www.fastly.com/signup when you sign up for a Fastly account

    4. Check your inbox and find the confirmation email we sent you.
    5. Click the verification link (we need to make sure you're not a spam robot and verify your email). The verification link will immediately take you to your empty home page.

    Experiment with your first service

    Once you’ve signed up at Fastly.com, we’ll guide you through the process of creating your first service. When you receive your account verification email from us, we’ll log you into the application automatically. All you’ll need to do to start creating your first service is click the Get Started button.

    Use our configuration page with your first service to experiment with and test initial configurations safely, without impacting any traffic to your origin (traffic won’t flow there until you update your DNS records). When you’re ready, we’ll guide you through the process of creating a domain and a host, setting up your TLS, and finally activating your first service.

    Test your configuration experiments

    As you experiment with service configurations, you can test their success before you start serving traffic through Fastly. Simply open http://www.example.com.global.prod.fastly.net in a new browser window, replacing www.example.com with your own website's domain name. Your website should appear, though it may take up to 60 seconds for new configuration settings to take effect.

    You can continue to explore various configuration settings for as long as you like, testing things repeatedly as you go.

    Start serving traffic through Fastly

    Once you’re ready, all you need to do to complete your service setup and start serving traffic through Fastly is set your domain's CNAME DNS record to point to Fastly. For more information, see the instructions in our Adding CNAME records guide.

    Next steps

    Consider exploring these areas next:

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