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the incredibly lazy guide to installing mod_pagespeed

November 12th, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

You hate reading? you want to try out mod_pagespeed? you run a ubuntu or other debian based server? Well then just follow the following steps.

  1. get the binary package based on your architecture. (to check which one run “uname -m”. If it says x86_64, they you have a 64bit server)
    • 64 bit.
      wget https://dl-ssl.google.com/dl/linux/direct/mod-pagespeed-beta_current_amd64.deb
    • 32 bit.
      wget https://dl-ssl.google.com/dl/linux/direct/mod-pagespeed-beta_current_i386.deb
  2. install the package (substitute am64.deb with i386.deb if you don’t have a 64bit version)
    sudo dpkg -i mod-pagespeed-beta_current_amd64.deb
  3. open up the following file with your favorite editor
    /etc/apache2/mods-available/pagespeed.conf
  4. add all the cool features you want, i currently run this. (line 47 in the file, but it doesn’t really matter)
    ModPagespeedEnableFilters collapse_whitespace,elide_attributes
    ModPagespeedEnableFilters combine_css,rewrite_css,move_css_to_head,inline_css
    ModPagespeedEnableFilters rewrite_javascript,inline_javascript
    ModPagespeedEnableFilters rewrite_images,insert_img_dimensions
    ModPagespeedEnableFilters extend_cache
    ModPagespeedEnableFilters remove_quotes,remove_comments
  5. restart apache
    sudo service apache2 restart
  6. done.

I haven’t fully looked into mod_pagespeed and all its filters and implications there of myself, but I always like following these kinds of lazy quick guides myself to start poking around instead of actually reading something for a change. So i figured I should just make one as well.

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