Web startup - long Proxy negotiation

September 17, 2016 3.3k views

So - I have got my website using Digital Ocean up and running and I am looking at performance in terms of startup/loading times.

When starting the web page in Chrome using Chrome tools the first line in the network tools reports 1.24 seconds of which proxy negotiation is 1.01 seconds - which is almost 25% of the total time it takes to load the whole website.

Link to Chrome report

I have know idea what is meant by “Proxy negotiation” or what to reasonably expect in terms of what time it should take.

So my question is two fold - firstly what to expect in terms of loading a website hosted on Digital Ocean, and secondly how to make it as fast as possible - i.e. increase size and memory of the droplet?

1 Answer
kamaln7 MOD September 19, 2016
Accepted Answer


Do you have a proxy configured locally on your computer or Chrome? If so, try disabling it. Also see if the same happens on a different computer connected to a different network.

Your website loads quickly in ~200ms on my end and I do not see a Proxy negotiation delay:


  • @kamaln7

    Many thanks for your help.

    Tried it out on a different laptop and only 377ms with no proxy negotiation delay. This is really strange as original computer was connected directly by wire to the modem whilst the second was wireless - so you would expect the cable connection to be a lot faster. No proxy settings in Chrome on the original pc either.

    I suppose one benefit of working with a slower pc and internet connection is that you pay more attention to the speed! When I get some free tome I might do a clean install on the pc and see if that improves things.

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