Google Mod-PageSpeed

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This howto covers how to setup and deploy Google's mod_pagespeed apache module on SME Server 10 to improve website performance and optimize web content for Googles SEO algorithms.


This howto is maintained by Greg Zartman

About Mod_PageSpeed

mod_PageSpeed is an Apache, and ngix, module that automatically optimizes web content using a variety of method including compression. Alot of the optimization that mod_PageSpeed does are based upon recommendations seen through Google's PageSpeed Insights testing utility ( My experience with my production web content, especially CMS content, is that this module can result in a significant performance increase to your web content.

The project and detailed documentation can be found here: However, for most deployments, mod_PageSpeed works out of the box to provide the best optimization for your website.


The latest mod_PageSpeed rpms for CentOS can be found here: You can either download the proper package manually then upload to your SME Server or use wget from an SSH session:


Then perform a yum local install:

yum localinstall mod-pagespeed-stable_current_x86_64.rpm

The mod_PageSpeed Apache module is now installed on your SME Server, but the module is not yet integrated into the Apache configuration. To do this, we will create a custom template fragment to include the property configuration information in httpd.conf to load the module.

First, let's create the custom-template fragment:

[root@sme ~]# mkdir -p /etc/e-smith/templates-custom/etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf
[root@sme ~]# touch /etc/e-smith/templates-custom/etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf/20LoadModule99Pagespeed

Next, let's add the mod_PageSpeed configuration information to the fragment:

[root@sme ~]# vi /etc/e-smith/templates-custom/etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf/20LoadModule99Pagespeed
#Load Google Pagespeed module config
Include /etc/httpd/conf.d/pagespeed.conf

Then, save and exit the editor.

Next, we'll expand templates and then restart Apache to load the new configuration.

[root@sme ~]# expand-template /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf
[root@sme ~]# systemctl restart httpd-e-smith.service

Now, let's verify the mod_PageSpeed module is loaded:

[root@sme ~]# apachectl -M | grep pagespeed
 pagespeed_module (shared)
[root@sme ~]# 

That's it, you are good to go and mod_PageSpeed should now be optimizing your web content.

Testing That mod_PageSpeed is Optimizing Content

To test your web content to see if mod_PageSpeed is optimizing content, you can use the curl command to view headers and look for the X-Mod-PageSpeed header or use this website utility: Simply input your website URL and websniffer will report the page headers for the URL. Look for the X-Mod-Pagespeed similar to this: output.png

If you are seeing the X-Mod-Pagespeed HTTP response header, then your web content is being optimizing.