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Topic # 87458 29-Jul-2011 13:17
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I was looking at the new google page service for caching and speeding up websites. That sounds really handy, since my server's in the US having static resources and even some generated html cached in New Zealand would probably give the website a good speedup. That sounds easier than manually setting up a New Zealand web host and configuring a CDN.

When I used the google pagespeed testing service, testing from the US and Asia, I found it actually slowed the site down. They probably have bigger pipes to the US than us though, so the results may be different in practice.

Does google have servers in New Zealand?




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  Reply # 499401 29-Jul-2011 13:19
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Some ISPs have Google caches (basically Google CDN nodes) installed. The top three do, for example.

Do they have their own hosted here? I don't know 100% but I'm fairly sure the answer is no.




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  Reply # 499403 29-Jul-2011 13:20
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Google has servers colocated with some ISPs, for example TelstraClear. Also their Page Speed service is not priced yet... I found out my current combination of Aptimize and CDN is faster than what Google proposes.






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  Reply # 499406 29-Jul-2011 13:23
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I wonder if those nodes at ISPs will be involved in page caching.

It's not really worth much money to me, since my home page loads in 3 seconds, and later pages with resources cached load more quickly. It's really for SEO, and i'm already well up page 1. It helps user experience though.




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  Reply # 499408 29-Jul-2011 13:25
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timmmay: I wonder if those nodes at ISPs will be involved in page caching.

It's not really worth much money to me, since my home page loads in 3 seconds, and later pages with resources cached load more quickly. It's really for SEO, and i'm already well up page 1. It helps user experience though.


Why don't you just use their pagespeed site: http://pagespeed.googlelabs.com/

Follow all of it's best practices until you get your page speed up to a good score.  For example my Drupal site with the addition of a couple of modules get 97/100, serving up dynamic content.

I think for the half second you might save, keeping total control of what's yours is vital.  As I understand it, even a private message sent between two people would now be seen in-transit by this service if you were using it.






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  Reply # 499414 29-Jul-2011 13:40
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Thanks for the suggestion muppet. I'm at 90/100 after my most recent changes, so there's not really a lot more that can be done. Combining a few more js/css files, shaving off a few bytes here and there. It's a bit hard using a purchased theme, when it's upgraded I lose all my changes.




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