Prefetching is a technique employed by web browsers and proxies to anticipate user actions and load resources in advance. While prefetching aims to enhance page loading speed, uncontrolled prefetching can lead to excessive server load and potential privacy concerns. The "Prefetch Proxies Traffic Advice" recipe empowers website owners to influence how prefetching proxies interact with their site, ensuring optimal performance without compromising resources or user privacy.

Why Install This Recipe?

Resource Optimization: Prefetching proxies, including those employed by browsers, can significantly improve website performance by preloading resources. However, improper configuration may lead to unnecessary server load and bandwidth consumption. This recipe allows website owners to strike a balance, optimizing resource usage.

Privacy Considerations: Unrestricted prefetching may inadvertently disclose user behavior and preferences, raising privacy concerns. By configuring prefetching advice, website owners can mitigate potential privacy issues associated with excessive resource preloading.

Server Load Management: For websites with limited server resources, controlling prefetching becomes essential. By advising proxies on the extent of prefetching, website owners can manage server load more efficiently.

Opting into Early Access Program for Google Chrome's Private Prefetch Proxy

The Early Access Program (EAP) for Google Chrome's Private Prefetch Proxy introduces an innovative approach to prefetching, aiming to enhance web performance. By opting into this program, website owners can take advantage of advanced prefetching capabilities provided by Google Chrome, potentially improving the overall user experience.

Configuration Options

There are three configuration options available for this recipe:

  • Disallow Prefetching: Choose this option if you wish to entirely disallow prefetching proxies from preloading your website's content. This is suitable for scenarios where resource consumption or privacy considerations are paramount, or if you consider that the gains offered by content prefetching are not worth the potential issues that could arise.
  • Fractional Prefetching: Control the proportion of traffic that prefetching proxies are allowed to preload. This option provides a balanced approach, optimizing performance while managing server load.
  • Google Chrome's Private Prefetch Proxy EAP: Opt for this configuration to participate in Google Chrome's Early Access Program, enabling advanced prefetching capabilities. This option is recommended for those seeking cutting-edge technology to enhance website performance.

How to install this recipe on my website with

Installing this recipe on your website requires the following steps:

  1. Choose Prefetching Configuration: in the form below, choose to allow or disallow prefetching. If prefectching is allowed, you can choose which opercentage of traffic should be prefetched, and you can also opt-in to Google Chrome's Private Prefetch Proxy EAP.
  2. Click on the "Install on my website" button: Execute the installation process by clicking the "Install" button. This action creates the necessary rule in "Draft" mode for applying the chosen prefetching configuration to your website.
  3. Review the created rule: Review the created rule to make sure that it accurately reflects your configuration. If necessary, you can edit the rule before publishing it on your website.
  4. Publish on your website: Finalize the installation by publishing the rule on your website. The "Prefetch Proxies Traffic Advice" recipe ensures that your website's prefetching strategy aligns with your preferences, optimizing performance and managing resources effectively.