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Google Launches Apache Server Speed Module

Google has rolled out a new module for the Apache HTTP Server, designed to enhance the speed of websites hosted on system.

In a blog post, the company explained that the new Apache module, called 'mod_pagespeed', is capable of optimising the speed of a web page automatically.

According to Google the page speed module is can make changes to web pages built by Content Management Systems (CMS) without the need to alter the CMS in any way.

The module is a part of Google's Page Speed initiative, under which the company provides regular tips and updates to developers and webmasters on how to increase the speed of the web pages by updating their server configuration, HTML, JavaScript, CSS and images.

Richard Rabbat, of Google's ‘Make the Web Faster’ initiative, wrote on the Google Code blog: “We’ve seen mod_pagespeed reduce page load times by up to 50% (an average across a rough sample of sites we tried) -- in other words, essentially speeding up websites by about 2x, and sometimes even faster.”