You and I know it’s plain HTML, even static HTML. But Cloudflare can’t assume any “.html” is static. Or any other page extension for that matter. So CF will always hit your server to get a fresh copy of that page.
If you’ve minified and gzipped your html, CF is just in the way. It’s most likely going to slow the page download time (not overall page+resources load time).
The exceptions are:
- You did not optimize your html. CF may speed up the resulting download time.
- You have a page rule to cache that url. CF will server the html from it’s cache.
I’m sure minification does help overall, regardless of gzip:
- Cloudflare will not have to strip out whitespace while optimizing.
- User’s browser will not have to strip out whitespace while parsing.
Can you post the URL in question?
See here… the wait time of a cached page url is 20ms. After that, the html loads so fast it doesn’t even register (“Receiving”). This suggests the html loaded within a single round trip, which is very good.