Maybe we should make the most of a content delivery network (CDN) such as MaxCDN or the Amazon S3 service or even Dropbox CDN. But that all sounds technical, costs money and what if it goes down like Amazon did earlier this year messing up services like FourSquare that rely on it.
Well, it sounds like Google is getting in on the game…
Apparently Google will do it all for you with their new Page Speed Service. It makes sense… After all, who has the fastest servers that are always working and delivering the top ten search results in a third of a second from all over the world?
In typical Google “invite-only” style, Google has announced to “a limited group of webmasters” it’s new Page Speed Service which promises to speed up the internet by fetching content from your servers, rewriting it using best practice methods and then serving it up through Google’s own worldwide network of servers.
Once you sign up for their service, all you’ll need to do is point your DNS Cname entry to Google’s special address.
Now, that sounds like my kinda easy!
Google says it should give a speed increase of between 25% and 60%. And great news… you can test the service before committing to it.
As an example, I ran www.Babble.com through the test and, as you can see from the screenshot, the tests showed a 43% improvement. Click here to see the detailed test results.
There has been no announcement on pricing apart from it being competitive and that it will come later. For those that are lucky enough to get on the test, it is free.
If you are wondering how it works and if it will work for your type of web site, here is a huge page full of FAQs.
When I ran 5 Minutes For Mom through the test it showed a huge improvement so I put our name down for the test program and have my fingers crossed.
What about you?
Have you taken steps to try and speed up your site? If so, what?
And, would you rather let Google do it for you?