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‚ÄčAkamai‚Äč helps deliver your sites and apps faster and more securely. Follow this workflow to deliver a basic, secure site using ‚ÄčAkamai Control Center‚Äč or APIs.


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Check out Get to know ‚ÄčAkamai‚Äč to understand how ‚ÄčAkamai‚Äč handles content delivery over the Internet.

Many ways to get the job done

Every website delivery scenario is unique, so ‚ÄčAkamai‚Äč offers a wide range of tools and delivery methods. To help speed up the process, we've picked a specific, easy-to-follow workflow you can use to get started. Don't worry though. When there's an advanced or alternative way to do something, we call it out and point you to the instructions.

What you can expect when finished

Here's what you'll achieve when you're done:

  • 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 a secure connection. The connection between your customers and your site content on the ‚ÄčAkamai‚Äč edge network will be protected by HTTPS using a standard transport layer security (TLS) connection.

  • You'll have origin services that are easy to use. You need to store all of your website files on an origin server that‚Äôs accessed to deliver your site to requesting clients. We'll use ‚Äč‚ÄčAkamai‚Äč's NetStorage service for this. No need to fuss with separate origin software, setup, and maintenance. NetStorage is integrated into the ‚Äč‚ÄčAkamai‚Äč edge network so it's secure. It's also globally distributed. So, access is quicker and you won't have to worry about overload on your own origin server.

  • 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.

The workflow

Onboarding follows a phased approach. You can complete each phase using either ‚ÄčAkamai Control Center‚Äč or 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.

Use ‚ÄčControl Center‚Äč | Use an API

Get your certificate. For requests between a client and the ‚ÄčAkamai‚Äč network, you'll first need to set up a certificate to secure that connection.

Use ‚ÄčControl Center‚Äč | Use an API

Ready your origin server. Use ‚ÄčAkamai‚Äč's NetStorage to store and manage your content for delivery.

Use ‚ÄčControl Center‚Äč | Use an API

Define your property. Create and apply an edge hostname to redirect requests to the ‚ÄčAkamai‚Äč edge network, set NetStorage as your origin, and configure how you want to deliver your content with rules and behaviors.

Use ‚ÄčControl Center‚Äč | Use an API

Test and go live. We recommend that you test your property and then you can push it to production to start delivering your site through the ‚ÄčAkamai‚Äč network.

Use ‚ÄčControl Center‚Äč | Use an API