Google’s Push to Make the Web Faster

The Internet is like a teenager, still growing and it seems like it won’t ever stop. This is because companies and people alike want to make it bigger and better. It helps us with just about everything from communicating with others using email to looking up dinner recipes.

Some companies have “reinvented” the Internet time and again to make it something “new.” One of those companies is Google. With its search engine, the Internet will never be the same as what it was before. It’s hard to imagine a time before Google was present.

Now Google is making another change to the Internet. It’s not so drastic, but you never know how much it could change our web-based world like the way their search engine did.

In an effort to “make the Web fast” Google has released a mod_pagespeed extension for Apache. This has been in the works for two years and finally had the beta removed this week. What this software will do is make webpages that use Apache servers load faster. While that may not sound that incredible, Google uses page-load time as a partial indicator of where the site lands on the results page. The faster the page loads, the higher you’ll end up in the results.

It’s been a long time since we had to hear that annoying modem connecting sound and deal with dial-up speeds, but still, websites could load just a bit faster in most people’s opinions. Google realizes this and is attempting to work with it. Some 120,000+ sites are already using this extension. Will this become the new norm?