This guide will help you get started with load balancing and walk you through setting up your first FlexBalancer App.
FlexBalancer is a great way to manage your traffic between Multiple CDN providers, Databases, API's and more! This guide will help you create your first FlexBalancer App.
Step 2 - If you have no FlexBalancer's currently created, you will see the following screen. Simply click on the button labeled "Create new FlexBalancer" to begin. If you've already created a FlexBalancer App, you will see a button on the top right of the screen labeled "Create new FlexBalancer".
Step 3 - After clicking on Create new FlexBalancer. You will be taken to Step 1 of the setup process as shown below.
Name: Give your FlexBalancer a Name which will be associated with the hostname for your FlexBalancer. Once you're ready to send traffic to FlexBalancer, you can use the provided hostname or create a CNAME record that points to your hostname.
Description: Your description should be meaningful and help you identify the purpose of your FlexBalancer. Adding a description is optional and not required.
Once you've filled in the Name, Description (optional) and chosen the FlexBalancer Type. Click on "Next Step" to proceed.
Step 4 - In this step, you will configure a Fallback Domain as well as the DNS TTL for FlexBalancer Responses.
Fallback: The hostname or IP address entered here will be used as the Fallback response if FlexBalancer encounters a problem or your settings do not provide an answer for a specific request.
TTL: The DNS time-to-live for FlexBalancer Responses. This is the time you tell your DNS resolver to cache responses from your FlexBalancer App. A higher TTL will keep your FlexBalancer App response in cache longer and reduce the number of requests made from your DNS Resolver to us. A low TTL means less caching at the DNS Resolver. We've found a 10 seconds TTL to provide the best experience.
After you've defined your Fallback Response and TTL, click on "Create New FlexBalancer" to finish setup.
Congratulations, you've just created a FlexBalancer App and you're now ready to start adding logic to your load balancer. To continue, please check the "Adding Logic via the Smart UI" guide (coming soon).