What you need to get started

To set up your Web Performance product, you need specific information about your contract and account, as well as your website.

Before starting the setup, make sure you have the information listed here. You need it to activate your configuration, so keep it handy.
Note: If you don't have the information needed to activate your configuration or you need help finding it, contact your account team.
Item Description
Web Performance product you want to set up. At the start of the setup, you need to select a Web Performance product. Your Web Performance products are specified in your contract.
Administrator username and password for Control Center You receive credentials for accessing Control Center.
Administrator username and password for the content storage servers (if applicable) Depending on your contract, your administrator log in provides access to Akamai content storage servers (for example, NetStorage).
Property hostnames Your property hostnames are the fully qualified domain names (FQDNs) for your property, which consist of the property (for example, www, m or images), and your main hostname (for example, example.com) together.

Property hostnames might also include variants for mobile requests or for localization in different countries:

  • www.example.com
  • rn.example.com
  • images.example.com
  • www.example.co.uk
  • www.example.fr
  • www.example.jp
Origin server hostname This is a variant of your hostname that you need to register. We use your origin server hostname to find your origin server.

End users should not be able to identify your origin server hostname, so choose something that isn’t easy to guess. One way might be to prefix your main hostname with an unpredictable string, for example, somecharacters-www.example.com.

If you're ready to get started, let’s go ahead and set up your property.