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Optimize Your Web Performance with Akamai’s Simplified Product Configuration Settings

October 13, 2020 · by Sara Munzinger ·

It’s now easier than ever before to onboard new hostnames and update your existing configurations to ensure your Ion and Dynamic Site Accelerator (DSA) properties are configured for optimal performance. As part of Akamai’s Platform Update this October, we’ve updated our default configuration settings for Ion and DSA to include Akamai-recommended rules to help you efficiently set up new hostnames and optimize your content delivery performance.  

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What’s Changed?

The new default settings include the latest best practices for modern websites, web applications, and APIs.  The settings are grouped together into easy to understand rulesets that are easy to maintain.  These changes help accelerate onboarding and give you better visibility into all of the granular capabilities you can leverage to help tune your performance.  

Now, you’ll have fine-tuned control over your properties and you’ll be able to: 

  • Enter basic origin server hostname information to start delivering content
  • Review data collection and reporting settings to gain insights that enable you to make data-driven web performance decisions 
  • Set up prefetching to deliver objects to clients faster
  • Adjust offload settings by object type to reduce bytes and hits at the origin
  • Restrict API method types to strengthen your security
  • Improve the availability of your content even if your origin goes down
  • Apply compression to increase responsiveness and decrease bandwidth costs

We added new default features to help you optimize your settings. We made updates to timeouts, headers, compression file types, and the methods allowed.  Let’s take a look at each of the new default rule groups to understand how they can help speed up and protect your website or app:

New Rules

 

  • Augment Insights
    Control the settings related to monitoring and reporting. This gives you additional visibility into your traffic and audiences. You can now fine-tune your settings for functions such as traffic reporting, log delivery, geolocation, and real user monitoring (mPulse).
  • Accelerate Delivery
    Control the settings related to improving the object delivery performance.  This includes functions such as origin connectivity, protocol optimizations, prefetching, and adaptive acceleration.
  • Offload Origin
    Control the settings related to caching content at the edge and in the browser. This means that fewer requests need to go to your origin, fewer bytes leave your data centers, and your assets are closer to your users. This includes functions such as static objects, dynamic content, redirects, and GraphQL.
  • Strengthen Security
    Control the settings that minimize the information your website shares with clients and malicious entities to reduce your exposure to threats. This includes functions such as allowed methods, obfuscate debug and backend info, and HTTP strict transport security (HSTS).
  • Increase Availability
    Control how to respond when your origin or third parties are slow or down to minimize the negative impact on user experience. This includes functions such as site failover, origin health, and script management.
  • Minimize Payload
    Control the settings that reduce the size of the delivered content and decrease the number of bytes sent by your properties. This allows you to cut down the network overhead of your website or API. This includes functions such as compressible objects, and removing unwanted headers.

Update Existing Configs for Better Performance

If you’d like to leverage these same rules for hostnames you’ve already configured on Akamai, that’s easy to do!  

To update your existing configs:

  1. Navigate to Property Manager Editor (you’ll need to be signed into Control Center to use this link) and locate the hostname you’d like to update.

  2. Within the Property Configuration Settings panel, click on “Add Rule."

    Add Rule

     

  3. A new pop-up modal will appear, titled “Add new Rule”.  Select “Ion” in the “Available Rules (by Category)” drop-down menu.
     

    Add new Rule

     

  4. Click on the rule you’d like to add (ie. Accelerate delivery).

  5. Click on the “Add Rule” button and adjust your settings accordingly. 

There you have it. You can now easily adjust your settings to optimize user experience. For more information on Dynamic Site Accelerator (DSA), you can read the docs. 

Note: DSA customers will not be able to view or add the rules “Accelerate delivery” or “Increase Availability” because these rules include Ion-specific features such as Adaptive Acceleration and Script Management.