Google initiatives towards making the Web faster are setting new dimensions now. Google latest release, A free software that could make many sites load twice as fast, is one such result.
Web performance is a primary issue today. Increasing the speed of a web page, whether by serving less bytes -through better compression or caching-, minimizing round-trips and optimizing the order of resource download for the browser as some ways to achieve high performance.
The software is known as mod_pagespeed is an open-source Apache module that automatically optimizes web pages and resources to improve the performance of their web pages when serving content with the Apache HTTP Server. The software will be automatically updated.
Google already offers a tool called Page Speed that measures the speed at which a website loads and suggests ways to make improvements.
- CentOS/Fedora (32-bit and 64-bit)
- Debian/Ubuntu (32-bit and 64-bit)
- Apache 2.2
Installing mod_pagespeed will add the Google repository so your system will automatically keep mod_pagespeed up to date. More on Installation[...]
To install the packages, on Debian/Ubuntu, please run (as root) the following command:
dpkg -i mod-pagespeed-*.deb apt-get -f install
For CentOS/Fedora, please execute (also as root):
yum install at (if you do not already have 'at' installed) rpm -i mod-pagespeed-*.rpm
Where it can be used?
Performing on-the-fly optimization in the Apache™ 2 HTTP Server, it can help:
- Companies using content management systems.
- Web developers
“We think making the whole Web faster is critical to Google’s success,” says Rabbat, Product Manager for the new project.
Google tested mod_pagespeed on a representative sample of websites and found that it made some sites load three times faster, depending on how much optimization had already been done.