After you activate the Alibaba Cloud Content Delivery Network (CDN) service to accelerate content delivery, you can configure Alibaba Cloud CDN based on business requirements in the console or by calling API operations. This topic describes the layout of the Alibaba Cloud CDN console, operations that you can perform in the console, and features that you can configure in the console.

Layout of the console

The following figure shows the Alibaba Cloud CDN console.

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No. Benefit
1 Left-side navigation pane: displays features of Alibaba Cloud CDN that can be configured in the console.
2 Resource usage: displays the usage of Alibaba Cloud CDN resources.
3 Quick start: displays popular features, user guide, and FAQ.
4 Resources and billing: displays the current billing method and all resources under your account.
5 Related products: displays related products and other relevant information.

Functions of the console

Alibaba Cloud CDN supports domain management and service management. You can configure domain names and query, monitor, or configure CDN resources in the console.

The following table lists the domain management features.

Feature Reference
Copy one or more specific configurations of an accelerated domain name to another one or more accelerated domain names. Copy configurations
Monitor accelerated domains based on metrics, such as peak bandwidth, proportions of HTTP status codes, and hit ratios. Set an alert rule
Attach tags to a domain name or group domain names by tag. You can use the tags to filter domain names, manage groups, and query data. Attach tags to a domain name, Use tags to manage domain names, and Query data of domain names by tag
Modify the accelerated region or origin information. Modify basic information and Configure an origin server
Modify the domain name of an origin server, set the maximum amount of time that CDN waits for a response after a request is redirected to the origin server, and configure other back-to-origin features. Configure an origin host, Configure the origin protocol policy, Enable private bucket back-to-origin authorization, Configure an origin SNI, Customize an HTTP header, and Set the origin request timeout period
Customize cache expiration rules for specific resources, customize the expiration rules for the status codes of the resources in the specified directories or with the specified file extensions, associate full URLs with error codes that are carried in HTTP or HTTPS responses, and configure other cache features. Create a cache expiration rule, Create a status code expiration rule, Create an HTTP header, Customize an error page, and Configure a rewrite rule
Require an end-to-end HTTPS secure acceleration solution. Configure an SSL certificate, Enable HTTP/2, Enable force redirect, Configure TLS, and Configure HSTS
Identify and filter visitors to prevent unauthorized access to resources on an origin server. Configure hotlink protection, Configure URL signing, Configure an IP blacklist or whitelist, and Configure a User-Agent blacklist or whitelist
Optimize service performance to accelerate content delivery. Configure HTML optimization, Configure intelligent compression, Configure Brotli compression, and Configure parameter filtering
Improve resource access efficiency, secure data transmission, and protect accelerated domains. Configure bandwidth cap
Set audio and video files to improve content delivery. Configure object chunking, Configure video seeking, Configure audio or video preview, and Audio extraction
Enable IPv6 communication clients and Alibaba Cloud CDN. Configure IPv6 settings

The following table lists the service management features.

Feature Reference
Obtain up-to-date information about Alibaba Cloud CDN by using resource monitoring and real-time monitoring, and query and manage bills and other relevant data. Monitor data, View statistics, Query resource usage information, Query bills, Export a bill, Export billing details, and Resource plans
Retrieve the latest resources from an origin server, and prefetch frequently requested resources during off-peak hours. Configure the refresh and prefetch features
Manage and analyze real-time logs and locate issues at the earliest opportunity. Download logs and Log storage
Check whether an IP address belongs to an Alibaba Cloud CDN node. Diagnostic tools

Operations in the console

Before you perform operations described in this topic, make sure that you have created an Alibaba Cloud account and passed real-name verification.

  1. Log on to the Alibaba Cloud CDN console.
  2. In the left-side navigation pane, you can perform the following steps to go to a specific page:
    • Choose Domain Names > Manage to manage a domain name and configure features.
    • Click Monitoring & Usage Analytics, Refresh & Prefetch, Logs, Tools, or Dynamic Route for CDN to configure features based on your business requirements.

Reference

You can read the following documents to learn more about the features of Alibaba Cloud CDN: