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About the web interface controls

  Last updated September 25, 2017

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 stopwatch link

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

About the All services page

The All services page displays a summary of all your services, sorted by requests per second. This page appears automatically when users with the appropriate access permissions log in to the Fastly web interface. You can access the All services page by clicking the stopwatch icon.

stopwatch icon selected

You can click the Dashboard link to jump to a service's Dashboard page, or click a link in the CDN Configuration column to open the active configuration version page for a service. The Requests Per Second column shows the number of requests received per second for your service by Fastly, and the graphs in the Last 2 Hours of Requests column display the total number of requests received for your service by Fastly over a two hour time period.

the all services page

You can also search for a specific service associated with a domain by typing the domain name in the Search by domain field. The domain name you type must be an exact match to find the desired service.

About the Dashboard page

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.

dashboard link selected

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:

Interacting with graphs

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

The average line appears as a dashed line on some graphs. To hide the average line for a graph, deselect the Avg checkbox.

average graph line

Resizing graphs

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 to display an expanded view of the graph or special features it offers. Specifically:

Disabling smooth scrolling

The Dashboard graphs update continuously. Leaving the Dashboard open for long periods of time, however, can occasionally lead to higher CPU utilization. To improve performance, you can deselect the Smooth scrolling checkbox. The graphing animations may not be as smooth when this checkbox is deselected.

dashboard smooth scrolling checkbox

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. When set to average, the graph displays the average as a dashed line.

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 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.

the Configure link

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 controls

Selecting Account from the user menu displays account-related details for your login including specifics about your Company Profile which include:

You'll also find Personal Profile information here. Specifically:

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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