earlier this year the Page Speed Online API to provide developers with specific suggestions to make their web pages faster. Last year we released mod_pagespeed, an Apache module, to automatically rewrite web pages. To further simplify the life of webmasters and to avoid the hassles of installation, today we are releasing the latest addition to the Page Speed family: Page Speed Service.
Page Speed Service is an online service that automatically speeds up loading of your web pages.
I heard of Google’s new Page Speed Service from episode 312 of the This Week in Tech. One of the tech commentators (Ryan Block of gdgt.com) mentioned that their own website was slower using Google’s service. It turns out that this was a bug.
I experienced the bug myself this morning when I tested a couple of sites. On the second test things were working correctly (running the test twice with a proper url is how you get it to work). Kind of a strange bugfix Google!
Despite that awkwardness the service made a significant improvement in speed (20-30%) on the two websites I tested.
It’s free for now but eventually Google will charge for it.
via twit.tv episode 312 of This week in Tech with Leo Laporte.