Google has announced trial of its Page Speed service. It will be an online service that automatically speeds up loading of web pages. In order to use this service, webmasters have to sign up and point their site’s DNS entry to Google. According to Google’s blog post
Page Speed Service fetches content from your servers, rewrites your pages by applying web performance best practices, and serves them to end users via Google’s servers across the globe. Your users will continue to access your site just as they did before, only with faster load times. Now you don’t have to worry about concatenating CSS, compressing images, caching, gzipping resources or other web performance best practices.
As of now, Page Speed Service is being offered to a limited set of webmasters free of charge.
Google promises that pricing will be competitive and details will be made available later.
We tried it with one of our test blogs and noticed negligible improvements. Google claims to have observed speed improvements of 25%-60% on several sites.