Google mod_pagespeed for a faster web

Google early this week has released mod_pagespeed open-source module for Apache. It's an essential tool that will perform many speed optimizations, automatically, in order to reduce page load time and latency by up to 50%, making websites run 2x faster. Wow!

“Xxx today, we’re introducing a module for the Apache HTTP Server called mod_pagespeed to perform many speed optimizations automatically. We’re starting with more than 15 on-the-fly optimizations that address various aspects of web performance, including optimizing caching, minimizing client-server round trips and minimizing payload size. We’ve seen mod_pagespeed reduce page load times by up to 50% (an average across a rough sample of sites we tried) -- in other words, essentially speeding up websites by about 2x, and sometimes even faster,” posted Richard Rabbat, product manager at Google who also heads the ‘Make the Web Faster’ initiative.

This tool has been confirmed by Google to be available on websites that are hosted by Go Daddy. “We’re working with Go Daddy to get mod_pagespeed running for many of its 8.5 million customers,” Rabbat wrote.

Although it was not mentioned if this tool will be available for Blogger blogs, the video below shows the mod_pagespeed-optimized Google Adsense Blog, which is hosted on Blogger (Blogspot), as a sample.

Meanwhile, Cotendo - an innovator of software-based website acceleration technologies - now offers mod_pagespeed as part of their Content Delivery Network (CDN) service.


A great innovation like this is what's making Google reeaaaally awesome!