Best practices and use case-based provisioning

Every Download Delivery property automatically includes a set of best practices behaviors in the Default Rule that have been optimized for best performance. You can also apply use case-based provisioning to further optimize a configuration based on your specific use case.

Best practices in the Default Rule

These behaviors are automatically applied in the background of the Default Rule to optimize delivery. You don't see them as an actual behavior in the rule for your Download Delivery property:

  • Allow All Methods on Parent Servers
  • Cache HTTP Error Response
  • Cache HTTP Redirects
  • Caching
  • CORS
  • LDS (Log Request Details)
  • Tiered Distribution

So, you don't need to add these individual behaviors and configure them for best results. There are a few points to consider with these behaviors:

  • These behaviors can be overridden as an optional behavior. You can optionally add them to the Default Rule as separate behaviors to have them override these best practices settings. If you add one of these behaviors, you'll see a warning message. This is informational only.

  • Some Best Practices behaviors are internal only. Some behaviors are specific to core platform features for Download Delivery or other operations, and you won't see them in the Property Manager catalog. They're enabled by default to improve delivery performance. If you need to provide custom settings, you may be able to apply them in an advanced rule. Talk to your account representative for details.

  • Advanced rules override best practices. If your account representative internally adds a behavior in an advanced rule that conflicts with an established best practice, the advanced rule settings override the best practices settings.

Mandatory behaviors are used to employ use case-based provisioning

Every new Download Delivery configuration includes three behaviors in the Default Rule‚ÄĒOrigin Characteristics, Content Characteristics, and Client Characteristics. These let you provide information about your specific use case for the Download Delivery property, and let you apply optimizations, based on how the configuration is used.

For example, if you're using a custom origin for your content, you can provide your specific Origin Location use case information. Then, Download Delivery creates an appropriate Tiered Distribution hierarchy to improve offload.


If you're unsure of what to enter, leave these fields set to Unknown. ‚ÄčAkamai‚Äč won't apply specific use case-based provisioning, but will still try to optimize delivery.

Use case-based provisioning is recommended, but customization is still available

We recommend that you configure the mandatory behaviors to meet your specific use case, and let ‚ÄčAkamai‚Äč optimize the network for your Download Delivery property. However, if you want to deploy custom settings, then the behaviors you (or your account representative) add take precedence over the settings used by use case-based provisioning.

For example, if you manually add the Tiered Distribution behavior to your Default Rule, what you've set there will take precedence over the use case-based optimizations that are automatically included when you define your specific Origin Location in the Origin Characteristics behavior.

We also offer use case-based edge maps and mixed mode configuration

Using these behaviors in the Default Rule to apply use case-based provisioning applies their optimizations to all requests managed by this Download Delivery property. This is because the Default Rule applies to all requests, and by default, these behaviors are only available for use in the Default Rule.

However, what if you want to apply different optimizations settings for different requests? We also offer additional functionality to support this:

  • Mixed Mode Configuration for Download Delivery. This lets you add these use case-based behaviors in other rules outside of the Default Rule. This way, you can set unique match criteria for a request and apply different optimizations for those requests. This is fully discussed in Mixed Mode & Download Delivery.

  • Use case-based edge mapping. This lets you specify the download mode‚ÄĒFOREGROUND (large files) vs. BACKGROUND (smaller files)‚ÄĒwhen setting up a property hostname. By selecting a mode, requests to the property hostname are routed to the best ‚ÄčAkamai‚Äč edge map to optimize delivery, based on file size. Details are discussed in Use Case-based Edge Mapping & Download Delivery .