Give your site's configuration a test drive

After you review your configuration settings and before you go live and start serving traffic through the Akamai network, you should preview your site and test that it opens, that it functions as expected, and that all configuration settings are working correctly.

If your site uses SSL, you don’t need to wait for your certificates to be active before previewing and testing your site’s Akamai configuration. A dummy certificate lets you preview and test until your actual certificate is ready.

Note: The dummy certificate will result in a certificate error when testing, but you can safely ignore this error. Then, once your actual certificates are ready, you can check that this certificate error disappears before you go live.

There are different levels of testing available. The most basic level of testing verifies that your site opens. Optionally, for best results, you should fully test your site’s functionality and make sure that all your configuration settings work as specified.

Make sure that your site opens

As a way to test before you go live, use your browser to navigate directly to the Akamai domain or edge hostname that you will eventually CNAME to (such as, www.example.com.edgesuite.net). Basically, you make requests to your site via an Akamai server, confirming that the server can retrieve content from your origin, and that your base page returns the correct response. Beyond this minimal level of testing before going live, you can and should probably test your site’s functionality further.

For example, if you have aliases, you should have multiple links on the Preview and Test page that have the same content.

Note: At this point in the onboarding process, your end users are still accessing your site directly from your origin.

False positive results can occur at this basic testing level. Because you’re using the Akamai domain and not your actual domain, the Akamai server won’t send cookies, which can impact your site’s functionality.

False negative results can also occur at this basic level. For example, if you have absolute URL links or embedded objects on your site, you can accidentally bounce from www.example.com.edgesuite.net to www.example.com, at which point you'd be making requests directly to your origin server and not to the Akamai servers anymore. If you're going to use this approach to click through your site, keep a careful eye on the domain in both your browser’s URL bar and in your browser’s network inspector.