Reactivate Google Page Speed


#1

Please consider re-adding the Google page Speed module on shared hosts. It was a valuable feature that enhanced my website speed and resulted in a higher google rank.


#2

Unlikely, sorry. One of the major reasons that we removed the Google Page Speed module was because we identified it as a frequent cause of web server slowness and instability.

For what it’s worth, you can duplicate most of the performance benefits made by Google Page Speed by optimizing images on your web site, and/or by combining and minifying Javascript and CSS files on your site. Making these optimizations yourself may actually yield better performance than Google Page Speed did.


#3

Google’s PageSpeed service (mod_pagespeed on DreamHost or optimising your site based on Google’s PageSpeed Insight results) does not improve your rank. Google for now only use TTFB (time to first byte) for speed as one of the 200+ ranking signals but it has a very low influence. It’s not that faster sites gain rank, it’s that slower sites are penalised. Google is a public company - they are accountable for everything they do. They legally cannot “discriminate” against companies that can afford dozens of load balanced servers and content delivery networks versus a small businesses owner or start-up. Google intentionally massage everything they write in the most cryptic way possible so people work towards improving their website performance and user experience, rather than just improving bits that they believe will improve their rank. You’ll find majority of the sites that rank #1 for most common keywords are actually slower than a lot of the sites that don’t. Also, many of Google’s own websites rank poorly using their own PageSpeed Insights tool ( https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdevart.withgoogle.com%2F ). Finally, PageSpeed Insights is all about user experience and page rendering performance. A minified file will save the user bandwidth and removing render blocking references will result in faster page rendering. The PageSpeed Insights tool or SDK can’t account for responsive websites. No matter how much you optimise your images based on the desktop tab, it still expects lower resolution images for mobile devices. The tool for now is more of a novelty.