Define Property Hostnames

You use this content panel to create your Property hostname to Edge hostname associations. These associations play a key role in getting your site, application or content out to our Edge servers, for access to requests from your clients.



You need to understand how the association works

Property hostnames and Edge hostnames play a key role in getting your site, application or content out to Edge Servers.

  • Property Hostname: This is used to verify that a request belongs to you as our customer, as well as determine which Property Manager configuration ("property file") to use for delivery settings. Property hostnames are the full hostname or domain name that end users target to access your content, without the “http(s)://”. For example, www.mymedia.com, travel.media.com, and my.travelmedia.com are examples of hostnames you could use as a Property hostname. This can also be referred to as the "vanity hostname."
  • Edge Hostname: This is a domain name that you establish using the "Akamai Intelligent Platform" to map requests for your site, application or content to Akamai Edge servers. For example, your site, www.mymedia.com might point to the Edge hostname, www.mymedia.com.akamaized.net, which in turn resolves to individual servers on the Edge network. The Edge server then accesses the property file to read its settings and determine how content is to be delivered—for example, to implement security settings or cache your content.

You create and manage "associations" between a property hostname and an edge hostname within a property. Later, when you're ready to go live, you change the DNS record for your hostname to "CNAME" it to the edge hostname to acknowledge this association. End-user requests to your property hostname are redirected to the edge hostname. These resolve to an edge server that reads from the association's property to determine how to deliver your site, application or content. (This delivery is based on rules and behaviors you establish in the configuration).

Edge hostnames work behind the scenes and are not visible in the URLs of content served to end users.

How to set up these associations

You'll use Property Manager for this, and the process is predominantly the same regardless of product. To maintain consistent instructions, this process is covered in the Property Manager documentation.