Google has introduced its new PageSpeed Service for speeding up websites and blogs. Blogger blog’s udually don’t face load speed issues due to robust servers of Google, but if your WordPress blog is slow either due to your host’s bad performance, your blog’s heavy scripts, un-optimized images or heavy theme, Google PageSpeed Service will run it faster. A good news is that Google is offering a free trial of PageSpeed Service for limited webmasters.
How it Works?
When you signup for Google PageSpeed Service and add your domain to the service, traffic will pass through Google PageSpeed’s servers to your blog and thus, the robust servers of Google PageSpeed increase your blog’s speed greatly by fetching your blog content and delivering it to your audience.
How to Setup Google PageSpeed Service for Your Blog?
To setup Google PageSpeed Service for your blog, you need to request for the trial by filling out their form. You can fill the form here. Once you will submit the form, you will be invited to use the service in a welcome email if they accept your site for trial. When they invite you to try their service, follow below instructions:
- Click on the activation link in email which Google PageSpeed Service sends you
- On appeared page, log in using your Gmail ID credentials at which you have received email
- Google PageSpeed will ask you either you accept their TOS or not. Read and accept the terms
- In appeared window, look for “PageSpeed Service” on left navigation bar and click it
- On next page, click “Add New Domain” option and enter URL of your blog or website you want to speed up
- After adding the domain, verify it through provided options. If you have Google Webmaster’s Account for concerned URL on the same Gmail ID, the verification will automatically complete
- Next, you need to setup origin host. It will be the domain name which will be kept redirected to your hosting servers. To simplify the setup, I would recommend you to add your domain without www in this field. i.e. enter just yourdomain.com, not www.yourdomain.com
- In Serving Domain field, enter your domain name followed by www. i.e. enter www.yourdomain.com
- After adding the domain, you need to modify DNS of your top-level domain (with www) to point it to Google PageSpeed servers, so GooglePageSpeed will be able to fetch content from your servers and will deliver it to your visitors. To modify the DNS, follow below steps:
- Go to your domain’s DNS management
- Delete any A or CNAME records for your top-level domain (www.yourdomain.com)
- Add a new CNAME record as www in host field and pagespeed.googlehosted.com in target or points to field and save configuration
- Don’t modify any settings for your naked domain. i.e. keep the settings intact for yourdomain.com
- DNS will take a few hours to take effect and once your top domain redirects to Google PageSpeed servers, you will feel a good change in your blog’s load time
Remember to add the CNAME record for the domain which you have added as Serving Domain in Google PageSpeed service. Otherwise issues may be created.
Once you will successfully complete the setup, your blog’s load time will greatly reduce and it will load quickly. At the moment, Google is offering this service for free. If it starts charging for the service, still it will be much affordable than purchasing a fast VPS or Dedicated hosting. So give it a try and don’t forget to come back here for sharing your experience either Google PageSpeed service increased your blog’s performance or not.
If this tutorial didn’t make you understand about the setup procedure, read Google PageSpeed’s official instructions here!
I am thankful to my friend Vijay of ComboUpdates who first recommended me to try this service!