With the upcoming MaxCDN retirement scheduled for December 31, 2022, we created this guide to help you migrate your account and zones from MaxCDN to the StackPath platform.
Step 1: Create a StackPath account
The first step is to create a new StackPath 2.0 account by navigating to control.stackpath.com and then select Sign Up! After registration, please select CDN under Website & Application Services and continue through the rest of the Sign Up process.
You will find a detailed guide on how to setup your first site in the StackPath 2.0 Help Center: Get-Started-with-StackPath
Step 2: Create a site
A StackPath Site is the equivalent to the MaxCDN Pull Zone. The next step in the migration process is to duplicate your CDN configuration settings from each MaxCDN Pull Zones onto unique Sites on the StackPath 2.0 platform.
Under Pull Zone-> Settings you will find zone configuration settings:
Simply match all Edge and Cache settings to your newly created site on the StackPath platform under Site->CDN Settings:
In order to avoid misconfiguration and confusion when replicating the zone settings, here are a few terms with the same functionality, but the different names on the StackPath 2.0 platform:
CDN URL/SSL URL <=> Edge Address URL
Custom Domain <=> Delivery Domain
Use Stale <=> Content Persistence
You will find a detailed guide on our official support website: Create-and-Configure-a-Site
Step 3: Additional Configuration Settings
Edge Rules- On the StackPath 2.0 platform, our Edge Rules come with a few predefined rules and the option to create completely custom delivery rules. The Syntax and UI are updated to be more user-friendly, but the functionality is similar to the MaxCDN platform.
You will find more details on the StackPath 2.0 Help Center located at: Create-Manage-and-Validate-Custom-CDN-EdgeRules
Advanced Configuration Options - StackPath provides a robust RESTful API and advanced Configuration section of the Control Portal that can be used to further tune your CDN Policies as desired. Please review our API documentation and Help Center articles to learn more:
Site Configuration Editor
StackPath API Quick Start Guide
Step 4: Create and Manage SSL Certificates
By default, when you create a site, StackPath automatically provides a default SSL cert to cover the Edge Address associated with the site. You can use the Edge Address for a Static Assets Integration for secure delivery from the CDN. This cert would be the equivalent of using the SSL URL on MaxCDN or the Shared SSL option.
If you want to upload your own SSL certificate, the SP2.0 platform offers the ability to upload a custom SSL certificate option. This method is identical to the SNI option in the MaxCDN panel, where you would upload a custom SSL certificate with the appropriate form (Certificate, Private Key, CA Bundle).
The last option would be to request a free custom SSL certificate through our new platform. StackPath 2.0 offers a free SSL certificate to help protect your web traffic through your site's domain. This certificate will cover any domain or subdomain listed in the Delivery Domains (Custom Domain) table.
The dedicated SSL feature offered on MaxCDN is not supported on StackPath 2.0.
You will find a detailed guide on our official support website: Create-and-Manage-SSL-Certificates
Step 5: Complete the CDN Integration
The last step in this process is to go-live using StackPath 2.0 with your website/application. For a Full Site integration, the Control Portal Wizard will guide you through the site setup process and help you adjust DNS records to our AnyCast IP address. For a Static Asset integration, you can use Edge Address URL and rewrite your assets.
Now that you are sending live traffic through the new StackPath platform, we recommend monitoring traffic through the MaxCDN Usage Overview. During the transition ensure to perform manual validation by testing your site and ensuring that its functionality has not changed.
Additional Details can be found in our How-To use the StackPath Edge Address article.
Final Step: MaxCDN Cancelation
Once traffic has shifted and you verify StackPath 2.0 CDN works properly, you would proceed to MaxCDN account cancelation. Make sure all Configuration/Edge Rule settings are replicated as we do not have a way of restoring or checking zone settings after cancelation.
This article will help you How-to-cancel-your-MaxCDN-Account
Optional Step: Push Zone
Push Zone - While MaxCDN provides push zones, we offer Object Storage on the StackPath 2.0 platform. You can use object storage buckets to store, manage, and serve files remotely without the need for a personally managed server. For more information, please view our Help Center articles here:
Create a CDN Site with an Object Storage Origin
For any additional questions feel free to reach out to our support team at firstname.lastname@example.org.