Web Site Acceleration with Page Speed Technologies

Bryan McQuade (Google), Joshua Marantz (Google)
Web Performance Ballroom EFGH
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The best practices for creating fast web pages are both established and evolving. Page Speed is an open-source web page analysis and optimization tool that helps web developers to make their sites faster. Page Speed Automatic is a technology for dynamically accelerating web pages by rewriting them as they are served. Its initial implementation is mod_pagespeed, an open-source Apache module.

In this talk we will discuss:

The evolving state of the art of fast web design

  • The newest Page Speed suggestions
  • Optimizing sites for modern browsers vs older browsers
  • Optimizing sites for Mobile vs Desktop

Technology to help you implement these best practices

  • Page Speed run from desktop browsers and other tools
  • mod_pagespeed on Apache httpd
  • Page Speed Automatic: open source APIs to add acceleration to web software

Best Practices in Action

  • How Page Speed has helped to improve individual sites
  • mod_pagespeed’s impact on the web: a data-driven review of best practices and their measured improvements on latency and bandwidth across a large number of web sites

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Bryan McQuade


During Bryan’s time at Google, he has contributed to various projects that make the web faster, including Shared Dictionary Compression over HTTP, optimizing web servers to better utilize HTTP, and most recently, the Page Speed web performance tool. Prior to working on web performance, Bryan was the first full time engineer on the Google TV Ads team, where he helped to build some of Google’s TV ad auction and video management systems.

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Joshua Marantz


Joshua Marantz is a software engineer at Google, where he is tech-lead of mod_pagespeed, a project to build an open-source Apache module for automatically improving website latency and reducing bandwidth consumption by rewriting HTML, CSS, Javascript, and Images. At Google he has also worked on latency improvements in web caching infrastructure and scalable social networking. Prior to Google, Josh spent 20 years in the Electronic Design Automation industry, much of working on accelerated functional simulation. He holds BS and MS degrees from MIT, in Computer Science and Engineering, and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

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Steve Souders
05/19/2011 8:20am PDT

I love being a performance guru, but in order to spread the word it’s important to have tools that help developers understand their site’s performance and the appropriate fixes. Page Speed is doing a great job of that by codifying the latest performance best practices and providing tools to automatically apply the appropriate optimizations. There’s so much going on here it’s going to be hard to cover it in one session.

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