Cloudflare to speed up millions of Websites

This announcement today is a pretty big deal. (Bolding is mine.)

"Cloudflare today announced it’s the first to implement server support at scale for Early Hints, a new Internet standard that can help speed up websites on its network by 30% or more for free. By working with prominent browsers, Cloudflare will save Internet users time and create faster, more seamless experiences for businesses and their users.

Today when you visit a website, browsers cannot load it for you until they receive instructions from a server about all of the different elements, like images and text, that need to be displayed. Now Cloudflare is working directly with browsers to save an extra step, and time, for websites to load. Cloudflare will provide early hints to browsers to let them know to start loading critical webpage elements before the server even completes the processing time to load the page. This reduces the time between someone typing in a website URL and that website completing loading. What’s more, Cloudflare is able to do this, without requiring any additional action from the server, due to a combination of the scale and speed of its global network and its use of machine learning."

https://www.yahoo.com/now/cloudflare-speed-millions-websites…

There’s more on the tech behind this at Cloudflare’s blog:

Early Hints: How Cloudflare Can Improve Website Load Times by 30%

https://blog.cloudflare.com/early-hints/

-Ron
Long NET

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