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Pull Zone Settings

Updated on January 28, 2020

Here is a list and description of the CDN features that are Pull Zone specific:

Origin Shield

Predefined shield servers, instead of our edge servers, will pull the content from your origin server if enabled. This will reduce the traffic on your origin server but adds an additional request from the edge server to the shield server if the content has not yet been cached. Additional HTTP response header field: X-Shield: active

Max Expire

This value specifies the maximum time for which cacheable HTTP documents will be retained without checking the origin server. Applies only if NOT defined by the origin either by X-Accel-Expires, Cache-Control, or Expires.

Ignore Cache Control

Disables processing of Cache-Control response header fields from the origin server (ignores X-Accel-Expires, Cache-Control, and Expires). Max Expires has precedence if enabled.

Ignore Query String

The feature ignore query string tells the cache to reply with a cached reply even if the query string differs. From a caching point of view the request is treated as if having no query string when this feature is enabled.

Forward Host Header

Commonly used for full site acceleration, this option forwards the Host header Host: to the origin server as received from the client instead of the host from the origin URL.

Cache Key Scheme

Scheme based caching as requested by the client, http or https. The Cache Key Scheme and Origin Shield feature are not supported to be both enabled. It is not recommended to enable this feature as it will lower the cache HIT percentage.

Cache Key Host

Dynamic caching based on the host header Host: that matches the Zone Alias. It is required to enable this option if you want to host multiple sites in one Zone. It is not recommended to enable this feature as it will lower the cache HIT percentage.

Cookie variable based caching as received in the client request header. It is not recommended to enable this feature as it will lower the cache HIT percentage.

Cache Key Device

Device-based caching, such as desktop, mobile and tablet. It is not recommended to enable this feature as it will lower the cache HIT percentage.

Cache Key WebP

Cache WebP images based on the Accept: image/webp header. It requires to enable the feature Image Processing or the origin server to deliver WebP images.

Cache Brotli

Cache Brotli compressed assets from the origin server (Content-Encoding: br). Only enable this feature if your origin supports Brotli compression.

Cache Cookies

By default, files with cookies are not cacheable. However, enabling this option will ignore the presence of cookies and therefore force the edge servers to cache these files.

Strip Cookies

This feature strips the cookies received from the origin server. The client will not receive the Set-Cookie response header. It is highly recommended to enable this directive if you enable Cache Cookies, otherwise it may create a security risk.

X-Pull Key

Specify a X-Pull request header key to have the possibility to restrict access to your origin server (X-Pull: [key]). Default if empty: X-Pull: KeyCDN

Canonical Header

Add a canonical header in order to improve SEO. Reference is your Origin URL (e.g Link: <>; rel="canonical").


Block crawlers from indexing the content in your Zone.

Optimize for HLS

Sets the Zone settings for HTTP Live Streaming (HLS). The index file .m3u8 will not be cached and it overwrites the directives as follows:

  • Expire: -1 (Cache-Control: no-cache)
  • Max Expire: 5 (relevant for the .ts files)
  • Ignore Cache Control: enabled

Generic Error Pages

Disable this option to forward an error page as received from the origin to the client. This applies to 4xx and 5xx errors.

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