October 13, 2012, 9:40 PM — After two years and 18 releases, Google this week took the beta label off mod_pagespeed, its Web page speed technology.
Mod_pagespeed is an open source Apache module in use at more than 120,000 sites, Joshua Marantz and Ilya Grigorik, of the Google PageSpeed Team, said in a blog post. "If your page is on the Web, speed matters. For developers and webmasters, making your page faster shouldn't be a hassle, which is why we introduced mod_pagespeed in 2010."
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Google said users include hosting providers GoDaddy and DreamHost. "We're committed to working with the open-source community to continue evolving mod_pagespeed, including more, better and smarter optimizations and support for other Web servers," Marantz and Grigorik said.
Core filters are featured in mod_pagespeed to optimize content of a site without affecting look or behavior, Google said. More advanced filters also are provided that can be turned on by the site owner for higher performance improvements. Mod_pagespeed can be deployed and customized for individual websites.