Mod_pagespeed support?

Any plans to add Google’s page speed module mod_pagespeed?


[quote]mod_pagespeed is an open-source Apache module that automatically optimizes web pages and resources on them. It does this by rewriting the resources using filters that implement web performance best practices. Webmasters and web developers can use mod_pagespeed to improve the performance of their web pages when serving content with the Apache HTTP Server.
mod_pagespeed includes several filter that optimize JavaScript, HTML and CSS stylesheets. It also includes filters for optimizing JPEG and PNG images. The filters are based on a set of best practices known to enhance web page performance. Webmasters who set up mod_pagespeed in addition to configuring proper caching and compression on their Apache distribution should expect to see an improvement in the loading time of the pages on their websites.[/quote]

Not yet — mod_pagespeed was just released earlier today, so we really haven’t had any time to look at it yet. :slight_smile:

Looking into my crystal ball for a second here, if we do add support for mod_pagespeed, it will almost certainly be optional: many of the optimizations it performs have the potential, however slight, to cause problems on some sites.

Thanks for the prompt reply Andrew! I understand the concerns and agree it should be made an optional feature.

If there’s a beta program or a way for DreamHost customers to try it out please let me know. I’d be more than willing to sacrifice my clients’ users and turn them into testers.

In that case, I can give you some news you’ll like: I’ve coded up support for Page Speed, and it should become available within the next week or so as an option for fully hosted domains (right along the existing checkboxes for mod_security and Passenger).

Thanks! I’ll try it as soon as it becomes available and let you know my results with my Joomla, Wordpress, Gallery2, and MediaWiki sites.

I’m very excited to see this in action. Great response time!

mod_pagespeed is now available to all customers on web servers running the Debian Lenny release. This covers most customers, and in particular will include anyone who’s signed up or been moved to a new server within the last year or so.

We’ve got a blog post up with more information:

Andrew, thanks for adding support for mod_pagespeed so quickly after it was released. Do you have any plans to add an interface to choose which filters are enabled?

I was happy to see this posted – the link to “more information” no longer works. Is the pagespeed module still installed? Is information on it posted elsewhere?