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Google Releases Their New Page Speed Service

Written on July 29, 2011 by Adam Eve

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Google promises to make your web pages load faster with their new Page Speed Service.

Engineering manager, , announced the company’s new Page Speed Service last Thursday. The new promises to speed up page loads, translating and re-writing web contents on your servers, and spitting it back to Internet surfers.

Initial tests have shown speed improvements of 25 – 60% on several sites as seen below. Moreover, users won’t see anything different in how they access the site, except that the page only loads faster.

test on Tom's Hardware website

Ram Ramani explained how Google’s Page Speed Service can be used:

“To use the service, you need to sign up and point your site’s DNS entry to Google. Page Speed Service fetches content from your servers, rewrites your pages by applying web performance best practices, and serves them to end users via Google’s servers across the globe. Your users will continue to access your site just as they did before, only with faster load times. Now you don’t have to worry about concatenating CSS, compressing images, caching, gzipping resources or other web performance best practices.”

As for the pricing and availability, Ram Ramani added:

“At this time, Page Speed Service is being offered to a limited set of webmasters free of charge. Pricing will be competitive and details will be made available later.”

If you’re interested to use the speed test browser, just head to the Page Speed Service’s site, enter your website’s URL, choose a test location and browser, and click the Start Test button. The test may take a couple of minutes to complete, depending on the load on the test servers. In case you don’t get impressive results, Google advises to run test on other pages, or visit your site later.

Have you given Google’s Page Speed Service a spin already? What’s your impression? Let it be known by dropping a comment.

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