Make Your Site Faster with Google’s mod_pagespeed

By Daniel Scocco

As you probably know a couple of months ago Google announced that it would start taking into consideration the load speed of web pages when determining the its search rankings. In other words, the faster your page, the higher the chances of your rankings going up, and vice-versa.

Luckily for webmasters and site owners Google is also trying to help us to get there. This week one of its tools for this purpose went out of beta. It’s called mod_pagespeed.

Here’s how Google describers it: “mod_pagespeed is an open-source Apache module which automatically applies web performance best practices to pages, and associated assets (CSS, JavaScript, images) without requiring that you modify your existing content or workflow.”

Among other things it will:

  • Image optimization, compression, and resizing
  • CSS & JavaScript concatenation, minification, and inlining
  • Cache extension, domain sharding, and domain rewriting
  • Deferred loading of JavaScript and image resources

I still haven’t tried it, but when I get some free time I’ll install on my server and see how it works. Did any of you guys installed it already?

If you want to read more about the tool or watch a video about it check out the official announcement here.



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11 Responses to “Make Your Site Faster with Google’s mod_pagespeed”

  • Richard Ng

    Never heard of it before but it does sound like a great tool. I hope you can install it and share your guide/review here when done.

    Thanks.

  • Angraj

    Really gr8 information Daniel!

  • Manoj Rawal

    Oh reallly mind blowing information daniel, hope you can do better with it. thnx a lot for sharing

    Manoj Rawal

  • Ehsan Ullah

    Seems great tool Daniel. I have never heard of it before.

    Which server are you talking about to install it?

  • Sridhar Katakam

    I take it that this doesn’t apply to those of us using shared hosting?

  • Chan Huu

    Wow… it’s an amazing news 😀 I’ll try to install mod_pagespeed today.

    Thanks Daniel 😉

  • Daniel

    I am just checking it out now, Daniel..

    Mod page speed spend 2 years in beta mode before the 1.0 release…

    If it is compatible with my current set up, and does not cause conflicts, this could be a great help for getting page(and overall site) speed up..

    Doing all that manually would take a lot of compressing and combining files, and much more….

  • Johan

    Well, as I am on shared hosting, I will contact my provider. To find out what their plans are on installing mod_pagespeed.

  • mike

    Really useful post for me, Thanks!
    I try to stay on top of the seo news, but this had actually slipped by me.

    I’ll be getting into this right away since I am optimizing a couple of my sites right now.

    Keep ’em coming!

    /Mike

  • mike

    Really useful post for me, Thanks!
    I try to stay on top of the seo news, but this had actually slipped by me.

    I’ll be getting into this right away since I am optimizing a couple of my sites right now.

    Keep ’em coming!

    /Mike

  • Carlos

    Google has great resources for web masters. It is sad that so few people take the opportunity to improve their web sites. For example, I feel that lots of people get discouraged when they go to a slow blog or web site, because we all have better things to do other than waiting for random pages of the web (and huge graphics) to load. Thanks for this tip!

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