Sign up and create your first service

  Last updated August 13, 2018

To create a Fastly account and set up your first service, follow the steps below.

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 signup form

  3. Click the Sign Up For An 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.

    the signup confirmation

  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 the first step of the quick start process so you can create your first service. The Provide details about your current setup page appears.

    Provide details about your current setup

Create your first service

Once you've verified your email, we log you into the application automatically and immediately take you through the quick start process to create your first service. If you have many servers, you can configure the rest later.

To create your first service, follow the steps below:

  1. Fill out the Provide details about your current setup page as follows:
    • In the Domain field, type the domain name of your website. We need this information to properly route requests to your website and to make sure your cache updates properly.
    • In the Address field, type the IP address (or hostname) for your website's origin server.
  2. Fill out the Transport Layer Security (TLS) area as follows:

    • Leave the Enable TLS? default set to Yes if you want to enable TLS and secure the connection between Fastly and your origin. To enable TLS, a valid SSL certificate must be installed on your origin server and port 443 (or the specified port) must be open in the firewall. You can select No if you do not want to use TLS.
    • Leave the Verify certificate? default set to Yes if you want to verify the authenticity of the TLS certificate. Selecting No means the certificate will not be verified.

    • In the Certificate hostname field, type your certificate hostname associated with your TLS certificate. This value is matched against the certificate common name (CN) or a subject alternate name (SAN) depending on the certificate you were issued.
    • In the SNI hostname field, optionally specify your SNI hostname. This is generally only required when your origin is using shared hosting, such as Amazon S3, or when you use multiple certificates at your origin. See Setting the TLS hostname for more information.
    • In the TLS CA certificate field, optionally include your TLS CA certificate. You may want to provide the CA certificate if you're using a certificate that is either self-signed or signed by a Certificate Authority (CA) not commonly recognized by major browsers. See Specifying a TLS CA certificate for more information.
  3. Click the Continue button.

    Optional settings to enhance your service

  4. Optionally enable the following features:
    • Gzip to dynamically gzip content, resulting in smaller file sizes and faster transfer speeds.
    • Logging to automatically store logs with a third-party service, resulting in the ability to view cache activity and to troubleshoot.
    • Health checks to monitor the health of your origin server so that Fastly will stop attempting to send requests to it when it is unhealthy.
  5. Click the Continue button. The system configures your service.
  6. To test whether or not the configuration was successful, open yourdomain.global.prod.fastly.net in a new browser window (replace yourdomain with your own website's domain name). Your website should appear, but it may take up to 60 seconds for the new configuration settings to take effect.

Add CNAME DNS records

You must set the CNAME DNS record for your domain to point to Fastly. For more information, see the instructions in our Adding CNAME records guide.

CNAME DNS record configuration

Once you've completed this step, you should be all ready to go!

If you have any problems, feel free to contact us at support@fastly.com.

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