Sign up and create your first service

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. 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.

  3. Click the Create my account 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.
  4. Check your inbox for the confirmation email we sent you and click the email confirmation link. The account sign in page appears (we need to make sure you're not a spam robot and verify your email).
  5. Fill in the Email and Password fields to log in to your new account. A getting started page appears, showing you how to get started with Fastly and showing you important areas of the web interface.

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. Once you've logged in, 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 by opening http://www.example.com.global.prod.fastly.net in a new browser window (be sure to replace 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

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