Wednesday, October 10, 2012
If your page is on the web, speed matters. For developers and webmasters, making your page faster
shouldn't be a hassle, which is why we
mod_pagespeed in 2010.
Since then the development team has been working to improve the functionality, quality and
performance of this open-source Apache module that automatically optimizes web pages and their
resources. Now, after almost two years and eighteen releases, we are announcing that we are
taking off the Beta label.
We're committed to working with the open-source community to continue evolving
mod_pagespeed, including more, better and smarter optimizations and support for other
web servers. Over 120,000 sites are already using
mod_pagespeed to improve the performance of
their web pages using the latest techniques and trends in optimization. The product is used
worldwide by individual sites, and is also offered by hosting providers, such as DreamHost,
Go Daddy and content delivery networks like EdgeCast. With the move out of beta we hope that
even more sites will soon benefit from the web performance improvements offered through
mod_pagespeed is a key part of our goal to help make the web faster for everyone.
Users prefer faster sites and we have seen that faster pages lead to higher user engagement,
conversions, and retention. In fact, page speed is one of the signals in
search ranking and
ad quality scores.
Besides evangelizing for speed, we offer tools and technologies to help measure, quantify, and
improve performance, such as Site Speed Reports in
PageSpeed Insights, and
PageSpeed Optimization products. In fact, both
mod_pagespeed and PageSpeed Service are based on our open-source
PageSpeed Optimization Libraries
project, and are important ways in which we help websites take advantage of the latest performance
To learn more about mod_pagespeed and how to incorporate it in your site, watch our recent Google Developers Live session or visit the mod_pagespeed product page.