Google releases new website optimization tool

Tags: page speed optimization

Does that title look a little vague? Well, making it clear; Google has made a really big and rather very important announcement last week.  It is about the release of a new and easy to use module for the Apache web servers. It is called mod_pagespeed. This module has the potential to make websites load twice faster than before.

mod_pagespeed combines together a set of server-side speed optimizations in to a user friendly module, making it easy for web developers to manage it.  With the help of appropriate configuration options, mod_pagespeed module will do a lot of tasks including compressing and combining HTML, CSS and JavaScript files, optimizing the settings of the cache, removing the comments & unnecessary white space from the files and optimizing images (JPEG & PNG).  mod_pagespeed has 18 configurable filters now. As of now, developers need 'root access' to install these to their server. But Google has started working with GoDaddy to make this available for shared hosting customers too.  Web developers are now working hopefully, expecting more developments soon.

mod_pagespeed is an open source module which is very easy to install. Developers don't have to work hard to recompile apache from the source to install and use mod_pagespeed.

mod_pagespeed module can accessed through svn (Apache Subversion). This module is now available for CentOS/Fedora and Ubuntu/Debian systems.  Web developers can also try to use mod_pagespeed with 'RPM-based Linux distributions’.
 
mod_pagespeed filters are turned off by default.  To change this you will have to edit the configuration.

mod_pagespeed also has some simple ways to calculate the statistics of page performance. This can be done by adding small JavaScript snippets in to the top and bottom part of your page. These JavaScripts are used to report the load time to the server.

Visit http://code.google.com to know more about mod_pagespeed.

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