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Testing DNS-prefect and preconnect
10-17-2015, 08:40 AM
Post: #1
Testing DNS-prefect and preconnect
At the Velocity New York conference, I learnt about resource hints using the <link> tag. I was trying to check this on a test site. When I test the sample page on WebPageTest, I don't see the preconnect or DNS prefetch kicking in.

Is there some kind of a heuristic that prevents the resource hint from being considered?

Here's my WPT result:
http://www.webpagetest.org/result/151016...1/details/

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10-20-2015, 06:46 AM
Post: #2
RE: Testing DNS-prefect and preconnect
I was searching through the forum posts and found this interesting. In an old post (http://www.webpagetest.org/forums/showth...id=12382), there is a reference to a site that had "dns-prefetch" resource hint enabled. I checked the site and it still has the same code.

However, when I re-run the test, DNS prefetching failed:
http://www.webpagetest.org/result/151019_2T_14F6/

Since this test was in IE, I switched the browser and ran a test on Chrome. Prefetch failed here as well:
http://www.webpagetest.org/result/151019...b48dd9910/

Now I am confused if this feature has changed in some way and hence fails to work on WPT across the browsers.

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11-05-2015, 08:39 AM
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RE: Testing DNS-prefect and preconnect
I figured out that the WPT I had already showed a preconnect. After speaking to a few others, I realized that the site I am using has so few resourced and all of them statically referenced that preconnect may not help since browser may have discovered the links normally. I tried on another site and it has worked as expected. So I am good.
http://www.webpagetest.org/result/151102...05fcf981f/

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