Trying out Google’s PageSpeed service
I always enjoy a good experiment and if it involves a new web service the all the better. Tonight I am testing out the Google PageSpeed service:
So far the results look promising. 🙂
As of right now only a small number of visitors are getting the PageSpeed enhanced version of this site. Tomorrow will be the real test, as that will be when the required DNS changes have propagated out to all visitors. As such, if you notice anything wonky with jdhodges.com it is probably related to PageSpeed.
I will keep you posted as to how I like PageSpeed, so far it has been exceedingly simple to setup and again, the initial results look good. 🙂
PS If you have any trouble with the site, please drop me a line in the comments or on twitter. Thanks!
Looks like I forgot to add deflate to the vhost template, hence unless you added a declaration to your .htaccess some performance measures were left on the table. After a quick tweak I have a result that they can’t optimize for speed.
That is awesome news John! Is it something we can easily put in place for all our bloggers?
The first one, which enables DEFLATE compression for most compressable resources (text files, not binaries such as images), is in the new vhost template. Just have to roll it out to everyone, probably will do when we transition to Apache 2.4.
Perfect John! Would you be able to do a quick post up on your blog showing a sample .htaccess that has DEFLATE appropriately enabled? If so, then I could post a link to it on the Weblogs.us twitter and Facebook pages so anyone that wants to preemptively enable the feature could do so. 🙂
Sure, I’ll do that tomorrow morning. Writing up the announcement that I’m speaking at WordCamp Minneapolis 2013 at the moment.
PS I am giving Google PageSpeed a week, then I plan to switch back to straight up http://weblogs.us/ hosting 🙂 Especially since I can easily implement your great speed tips!