Less successful? Or less profitable?
Google has announced the impending retirement of its PageSpeed Service web optimization tool, and potentially causing headaches for sites that don't account for the move. The Mountain View advertising firm said that effective August 3rd, PageSpeed Service will be given the axe, though plugins and third-party implementations …
Thursday 7th May 2015 06:33 GMT heyrick
Thursday 7th May 2015 07:01 GMT Charlie Clark
PageSpeed is actually two things: a web speed performance analysis tool and an add-on for an http server that applies some of the lessons learned from the analysis.
The analysis tool is built-in into things like Firebug and WPT and isn't going away. mod_pagespeed and the equivalent for other http servers (including IIS) are also not going away and many CDNs make use of them in their service.
So all that's happening is that Google is getting out of the business of providing free optimisation. This makes sense both for Google (lots learned in the process but expensive to maintain) and also for users (much better to install the add-on on their own servers or use a professional third-party).