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About the web interface controls

In addition to being accessible via Fastly's application programming interface (API), Fastly services can also be accessed via a web interface for users with the appropriate access permissions.

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 the Login link at the top right of almost all pages at the Fastly website.

Once logged in to a Fastly account, the web interface controls appear as appropriate based on the roles and permissions assigned to you.

the Dashboard link

The default control groups appear as follows from left to right across the top of the interface:

About the Dashboard page

dashboard link selected

The Dashboard page allows you to separately monitor caching for each of your services in real time, as they operate on a second-by-second basis. The Dashboard link appears automatically for logged in users with the appropriate access permissions; however, data on the page may appear grayed out or blank to some users, with no information displayed in the controls, when a customer's service does not receive enough requests for Fastly to display meaningful information about it in real time.

real-time cache activity for a service per second from all datacenters

In addition to a menu allowing you to select the specific datacenter from which to view data (it defaults to data from all datacenters), the top of the dashboard includes the following real-time cache activity:

Below the real-time cache activity summary data, several graphs appear:

Individual dashboard graphs

The graphed cache activity includes:

One minute after Dashboard measurement data in these graphs rolls off the screen, it becomes available for retrieval on the Stats page. You may not see any traffic right away because of the following:

You can expand and minimize the view of some of the graphs using the quadruple arrow button in the right-hand corner of the graph. In addition, the Miss Latency graph includes a small gear icon in the upper right corner that allows you to change the interval limit displayed by the graph from the default 15 second interval. Finally, hovering the cursor over any part of a graph displays a timestamp indicator that updates itself as you move the mouse.

hover animation for graph timestamp

About the Stats page

Fastly's Stats page provides a visual interface to our Stats API that displays a series of graphs derived from your site's metrics statistical information. The Stats link appears automatically for logged in users with the appropriate access permissions.

stats link selected

The displayed caching and performance metrics help you optimize your website's speed. These metrics include the following:

The traffic metrics analyze your website's traffic as it evolves over time. These metrics include the following:

Controlling the historical information displayed

You can control how you view the historical information.

the Historical status

For all displayed graphs, you can choose:

You can change the statistics displayed in each graph. For example, notice the Average button on this Requests graph:

controlling the types of displayed stats via the menu next to each value

Clicking this button on any graph (including those on the Dashboard) lets you change the display of the graph's data to an average, a 95th percentile, a minimum, a maximum, or a total.

You can also exclude certain data entirely. For example, in this Caching Overview graph, hovering the cursor over the word "Hits" next to any of the data values displays a small, clickable hide link. Clicking this link will hide that value in the graph's display.

Requests overview graph with Hits hidden

Notice that the actual numbers of the hidden data still appear grayed out in the controls, but the hide link changes to a show link and the graph itself doesn't display the hidden data at all.

About the Configure page

the Configure link

The Configure page allows you to define exactly how each instance of your cache should behave and deliver content from data sources. The Configure page appears automatically for logged in users with the appropriate access permissions. You use the Configure page to create versions of each of your service's configuration settings and then use the controls to activate or deactivate them.

Specifically, you can configure and manage:

With the appropriate permissions, you can activate configuration changes immediately and roll back those changes just as quickly should they not have the intended effect. The Configure page also allows you to compare differences between two configuration versions.

About the user menu

The user menu appears at the far right of the default control group:

the Account settings menu

Depending on your access permissions, it provides access to a variety of account-specific and personal settings information. Specifically, it gives you access to Account details, Billing information, Help information, and What's new references. It also provides a way for you log out of the web interface.

About the Account page

The Account page allows you to manage various user access and control settings including not only the personal settings for your account but also certain roles and access permissions of other users you have invited to use the account. In addition, this page allows you to manage account access and security and even cancel your account should the need arise.

About the Billing page

This page shows you at a glance whether or not your account is paid in full.

paid in full indicator on billing

The Month-To-Date tab on this page provides information about month-to-date account changes for the current billing month, including complete details about the bandwidth and requests consulted when calculating your bill.

The Invoice History tab on this page provides a complete billing history for your account. You can review details for any given month by clicking on the desired link in the Date column.

The Pricing Plan tab on this page provides information about your current pricing plan, and allows you to switch to a paid plan once your development trial period ends. You can use it to change details about the credit card we'll charge when you pay your bill.

The Tax Address tab on this page allows you to add or update the tax address.

About the Help page

The Help page allows you to search Fastly documentation for immediate help with questions you may have about using and accessing Fastly services. If you can't find what you need in the documentation, you can also use this page to submit a request for help directly from Fastly Customer Support.

About the What's new panel

The What's new panel provides a brief overview of the changes most recently made to the Fastly web interface.


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