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 hostname youcould 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 use the Property Hostnames content panel to create and manage "associations" between a Property Hostname and an Edge Hostname within a property. Later, when you're ready to go live with the property, you first change the DNS record for your hostname to "CNAME" it to the Edge Hostname, in order to acknowledge this association. End-user requests to your Property Hostname are then 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 established in the configuration).

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

Do you need secure delivery (HTTPS)?

You can create these associations to support either HTTPS (secure) or HTTP (non-secure) delivery. If the Property Hostname for the site, application or content is secure, you must provision a certificate and select it as part of the process when setting up this association.

How do I set up these associations?

Property Manager is used for this process, and it encompasses a host of products outside of Media Delivery. To maintain consistent instructions, this process is covered in the Property Manager documentation.