Thursday, July 28, 2011

New Google Page Speed Service offers 25 to 60 % faster viewing of your site

By Vasudev Ram - | @vasudevram |

Saw this on TechCrunch via LinkedIn.

Google Offers To Re-Write Your Webpages On The Fly, Promising 25% To
60% Speed Improvements:

[ UPDATE: I tried the speed test on my own site - - and found that it does help: it gave a 27% improvement for "Page Load Time" (down from 3.69 to 2.69 seconds) and 17% (down from 2.68 to 2.21 seconds) for "Repeat View Page Load Time". They also have side-by-side videos that show the original and the speeded-up pages loading. I didn't try it for my site since my load times are so small. ]

Some details:

It'll be free on a trial basis to a limited number of users at first, then will be a paid service.

"Now you don't have to worry about concatenating CSS, compressing images, caching, gzipping resources," Google says. I assume that means they will do that for you, programmatically. A good application of
their skills, methinks :-)

Here are some relevant links to Google Page Speed Service:


Try it:

Page Speed Service Gallery (sample tests):

The above link has side-by-side videos (not embedded, click on the link above) of some sites loading without ("Original") and with ("Optimized") Page Speed Service.

They use this site to do the tests.

Interestingly, was apparently first developed by AOL and then the software running it was open-sourced under the BSD license. Now, different partners support the service by providing hosting for it from multiple locations around the world. In return, they get to put a banner on the site. I saw and's
banners there (see below).

The about page for - - says:

"The software is also packaged up periodically and available for download if you would like to run your own  instance."

If you want to try your site (on Google Page Speed Service), note that it may take a while, since due to the launch  news, there are others in the queue.

Finally: I had blogged about a few other such services in the recent past, including Torbit ( and Blaze (

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- Vasudev Ram - Dancing Bison Enterprises

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