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​Akamai​'s content delivery network (CDN) helps deliver your sites and apps faster and more securely. We also offer cloud-based compute instances you can quickly set up to store and manage your website. This tutorial incorporates both to deliver a basic, secure site.

What to expect

Here's what you can expect to achieve when you're done with this tutorial:

  • Your website will be accessible on the largest, globally distributed content delivery network (CDN). This brings your site physically closer to your customers, dramatically speeding up its delivery time.

  • You'll have an enhanced secure connection. The connection between your customers and your site content on the ​Akamai​ edge network will be protected by HTTPS using an enhanced transport layer security (TLS) connection. The connection will support the exchange of personally identifiable information (PII), that's typically required for a secure e-commerce site.

  • You'll have multiple Linodes in the cloud to store your site. You need to store all of your website files where they can be accessed by ​Akamai​ edge servers to deliver your site to requesting clients. We'll set up multiple cloud-based compute instances ("Linodes") to apply load balancing for failover.

  • Your site will be delivered faster and more securely. Through the creation of a delivery configuration, also known as a property, you'll add rules and behaviors to help speed up your site and secure it even more.


Looking for something simpler?

We also offer a workflow that covers how to onboard a simple secure site, using Standard TLS (no PII) and ​Akamai​'s NetStorage for origin services. Check out Deliver your first site.

The workflow

Onboarding follows a phased approach. You can complete each phase with some form of user interface or via an application programming interface (API).

Get access. Add a group, roles, and users to your contract to get access to the tools and products you'll need to set up delivery. Review your website make-up to get storage requirements.

User Interface | API

Set up Linodes. Set up multiple Linode compute instances to serve as containers for your website. When delivering content via a CDN, this is what we refer to as an origin server.

User Interface | API

Get your cert. For requests between a client and the ​Akamai​ network, you'll first need to set up a certificate to secure that connection. We call this your edge certificate.

User Interface | API

Define your property. Create and apply an edge hostname to redirect requests to the ​Akamai​ edge network, apply your Linodes as your origin server, and configure how you want to deliver your content with rules and behaviors.

User Interface | API

Test and go live. Test your property to make sure it's delivering your site like you want it to. Push it to production to start delivering your site through the ​Akamai​ network.

User Interface | API