I use CloudFlare to power my main WordPress Website and love what CloudFlare offers. I fortunately received an invite to try out the Google PageSpeed Service and am very interested to see just how effective the PageSpeed service is. I’m also curious in understanding whether PageSpeed and CloudFlare are competing services or how they differ.
Using PageSpeed with WordPress
First impressions of the PageSpeed Service
It’s probably best to note that I’ve only just begun to use the PageSpeed service so some of my findings may be misguided. Saying that, I really love how simple it is to setup a domain to use the service. I also like that the PageSpeed service runs by using a CNAME record and therefore doesn’t need to host the DNS records (I’m a fan of AWS Route53 DNS and wish that CloudFlare allowed for using an external DNS host … although CloudFlare DNS is actually very good).
Besides the video showing the apparent speed improvements of the Home Page it’s still too early for me to provide comments on the speed. I have seen ‘though that content is being served via PageSpeed (specifically the 1-ps.googleusercontent.com domain) in the network tab in Firefox Firebug.
Google PageSpeed Service is certain to be awesome in improving the load speed of Webpages (great for SEO). Much will depend on how much Google charges to use the service. At present setting up PageSpeed isn’t as slick as setting up CloudFlare. CloudFlare also offers a different offering in that much of CloudFlares competitive advantage centres on it’s inbuilt security. As PageSpeed matures we’ll get a better idea of just how good it is (it’s still very early days for PageSpeed).
Video Comparing Page Load Speed before and after Google PageSpeed Service
For your viewing pleasure, here is a riveting example of a WordPress Website Page load speed both before and after PageSpeed service implementation (tests for Singapore as the facility doesn’t exist to compare load speeds in Australia).
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