Reduce DNS lookup time by pre-resolving at the browser.
The 'Pre-Resolve DNS' filter is enabled by specifying:
pagespeed EnableFilters insert_dns_prefetch;
in the configuration file.
DNS resolution time varies from <1ms for locally cached results, to hundreds of milliseconds due to the cascading nature of DNS. This can contribute significantly towards total page load time. This filter reduces DNS lookup time by providing hints to the browser at the beginning of the HTML, which allows the browser to pre-resolve DNS for resources on the page.
This filter inserts the tag
<link rel="dns-prefetch"> (or
<link rel="prefetch"> for IE9) in the HEAD section, for all
domains present in the HTML document.
The example below shows the HTML before rewriting:
<html> <head> </head> <body> <img src="www.domain1.com/image1.jpeg"> <script src="www.domain2.com/script1.js"> </body> </html>
and after rewriting:
<html> <head> <link rel="dns-prefetch" href="//www.domain1.com"> <link rel="dns-prefetch" href="//www.domain2.com"> </head> <body> <img src="www.domain1.com/image1.jpeg"> <script src="www.domain2.com/script1.js"> </body> </html>
This filter will be applied only on Firefox 3.5+, Chrome, Safari 5+ and IE 9+.
This filter is considered minimal risk.