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Google's Mod_speed for Go Daddy makes sites Load Faster

Go Daddy, the top web hosting provider and world's largest domain name registrar, announced that they would roll out the mod_pagespeed feature for their Linux Web hosting customers. As part of Make The Web Faster initiative, Google announced the availability of mod_pagespeed, an open-source module for Apache web servers to automatically accelerate the sites they serve.

Google revealed the mod_pagespeed module for the Apache web server. The module optimizes a web page's code and resources, making the site load faster, last year and now mod_pagespeed, a module for the Apache HTTP Server is introduced by Google to perform many speed optimizations automatically.

Page Speed -> Mod_pagespeed

Previously, Page Speed is a tool which gives developers suggestions to speed up web pages, usually pretty straightforward for developers and webmasters to implement these suggestions by updating their web server configuration, HTML, JavaScript, CSS and images. But the latest module mod_pagespeed make it even easier, Google.

"The feature is now available and is in use by Go Daddy customers who have already started to report faster webpage load times," it announced.

The module is now available to anyone using Go Daddy, but it's also available to anyone else under an open-source license. Google provides packaged versions of the module for Debian and Red Hat-based Linux distributions.

Mod_pagespeed - Reduces page load times by up to 50%
Mod_pagespeed works by deploying several optimizations, 17 at the moment, in a web page's source code but also its resources, like image files.

"By using several filters that implement web performance best practices, mod_pagespeed rewrites web page resources to automatically optimize their content. The filters improve performance for JavaScript, HTML and CSS, as well as JPEG and PNG images," Google explained.

Extracting code, minimize the number of resources
It is fully configurable so you can choose what optimizations to use.
It makes full use of caching, for example by extracting code, CSS or JavaScript, from a HTML file and placing it in a separate file. Conversely, it can also collapse several files into just one HMTL file, to minimize the number of resources to be downloaded.

The module can also optimize the content of the files, for example by removing whitespace or minifying JavaScript or CSS, to make the files smaller. Webmasters can enable or disable any of the filters to suite the particularities of their websites.

For Go Daddy customers currently using the Linux 4GH web hosting platform, find out how to enable mod_pagespeed for your own website here. Other webmasters can install mod_pagespeed binaries or build directly from source.

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