ScaleSimple works by offloading your origin servers and serving your content from our network of caching devices. Getting up and running is as simple as creating a hostname in our portal, assigning a ruleset to that hostname and updating your DNS to point to our network.
ScaleSimple is made up of a few key parts. Hostnames, Rulesets and Rules. Below are sections dedicated to each of the major components of our platform to get you going as quickly as possible.
First, you create a new hostname in the portal. When this is done, a new DNS entry is created in our network that you must CNAME your hostname to. Assuming the hostname you create is www.foo.com, the CNAME you must create for www.foo.com in your DNS provider is www.foo.com.edge.scalesimple.net. This means that when someone tries to go to www.foo.com, it will resolve to a ScaleSimple IP address and that user will be routed to the closest destination in our network. We will also then cache your content from our edge nodes. Once your hostname is setup, you must assign a proper Ruleset, see below for more details on rulesets and rules.
If you need help on configuring your CNAME, please check here for our DNS help howto.
When creating a ruleset, you have the option of creating a blank ruleset, or using a "Template". A template is an easy way to bootstrap the rules needed for your ruleset. Templates are shared across all of our customers and are there for very common use cases. Some of the common uses for a template are popular CMS systems like Wordpress, Drupal and Joomla. These systems have very specific rules needed to ensure you are caching properly, so we use templates to prevent you from having to rewrite these rules yourself. Once you build a ruleset based on a template, we simply copy the rules into your ruleset so you are free to modify any of the default configurations to suit your needs. If you need a template built for you, just contact us and we will be more than happy to help you out.