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How to enable PageSpeed Module on LSWS

Mod_pagespeed is a web server module developed by google, which automatically applies chosen filters to pages and associated assets, such as stylesheets, JavaScript, and HTML files, as well as to images and website cache requirements. It does not require modifications to existing content or workflow, meaning that all internal optimizations and changes to files are made on the server side, presenting modified files directly to the user.

Since version 5.2, LSWS provides pagespeed support. PageSpeed and lscache can be enabled and work together at the same time. However, when a page gets cached it can not be run through pagespeed for html improvements but the optimizations to css, js, and img files will still be in effect.

The followings outline the steps on how to enable pagespeed module on LSWS.

  • LiteSpeed Web Server 5.2+
  • 64-bit Linux
  • PageSpeed must be enabled via Apache configuration or LiteSpeed Web Server native configuration.
  • VPS users cannot enable or disable mod_pagespeed from the web admin. Access to the console is required.
  • LSWS's PageSpeed binary is installed at $SERVER_ROOT/modules/

PageSpeed and LSCache can be enabled at the same time. One thing you may need to be aware, PageSpeed can do in place optimization (no URL change) for images, css, js ,etc (these are static files and won't be cached by LSCache), but the cached html pages won't go through pagespeed filter to be optimized. Pagespeed optimization for html is based on browser signature and apply the different filter to the different browser. PageSpeed is anti-caching and the optimized result cannot be cached easily.

In another word, for a page such as a homepage, you will see HTML improvements because of full page cache (lscache), and you will also see css, js, img static file optimization, which will reduce the page load time.

The drawback of pagespeed is very resource intensive.

For a control-panel server, PageSpeed must be enabled through Apache configuration. Enabling through LSWS Web Admin will only impact the virtual hosts that were created through the LSWS native configuration. By design, it will not affect any virtual hosts set up through Apache configuration.

To enable PageSpeed, loadModule and FileCachePath are required at the server level. ModPagespeedFileCachePath should not be set at virtual host level. Independent Pagespeed filecache for each vhost is very costly. It takes a lot of resources and should be avoided in shared hosting environment. ModPageSpeed On at the server level will turn on PageSpeed server wide. This is not recommended for shared servers, as PageSpeed can be resource heavy and may negatively impact performance. We recommend setting ModPageSpeed unplugged|off at the server level, and ModPageSpeed on for the vhosts which need it. ModPageSpeed unplugged bypasses mod_pagespeed hooks. ModPageSpeed off goes through mod_pagespeed hooks but PageSpeed is turned off.

You can set “ModPagespeed off” in the Apache main configuration, then, you can turn it on via virutal host configuration or .htaccess.

Enabling PageSpeed for LSWS Using cPanel

Install PageSpeed Through Existing cPanel RPM Package

Installing the cPanel EA4 package ea-apache24-mod_pagespeed will enable PageSpeed for Apache and LiteSpeed at the same time.

yum install ea-apache24-mod_pagespeed

Install PageSpeed Through rpm-build

For CentOS:

yum install rpm-build cpio ea-apache24-mod_version
rpmbuild --rebuild ea-apache24-mod_pagespeed-latest-stable.src.rpm
rpm -ivh /root/rpmbuild/RPMS/x86_64/ea-apache24-mod_pagespeed*.rpm

If you got an error on rpmbuild step, then run this command and back to rpmbuild command run again.

cat <<EOF>/etc/rpm/macros.apache2
%_httpd_mmn 20120211x8664
%_httpd_apxs /usr/bin/apxs
%_httpd_dir /etc/apache2
%_httpd_bindir %{_httpd_dir}/bin
%_httpd_modconfdir %{_httpd_dir}/conf.modules.d
%_httpd_confdir %{_httpd_dir}/conf.d
%_httpd_contentdir /usr/share/apache2
%_httpd_moddir /usr/lib64/apache2/modules

Check the PageSpeed File

The package includes the PageSpeed binary for Apache modules/ and conf files such as conf.modules.d/456_pagespeed.conf

vi /etc/apache2/conf.modules.d/456_pagespeed.conf

Make sure pagespeed_module is loaded and On and also ModPagespeedFileCachePath is set.

LoadModule pagespeed_module modules/
ModPagespeed on
ModPagespeedFileCachePath  "/var/mod_pagespeed/cache/"

Restart LSWS

service lsws restart

Turning on PageSpeed through 456_pagespeed.conf will turn on PageSpeed globally, which is not recommended for a shared hosting environment. We recommend turning off PageSpeed on a global level and only enabling is for the virtual hosts that need it.

Enabling PageSpeed for LSWS Using Plesk

Install PageSpeed Through Existing RPM Package

Install the module by pulling the pre-built packages via yum from Google.

cat <<EOF>/etc/yum.repos.d/google-mod-pagespeed.repo

yum install mod-pagespeed

Restart LSWS

service lsws restart

Default PageSpeed module settings are enabled.

Enabling PageSpeed for LSWS Through Apache's Configuration

If you use this method, you don't need to install any packages, and it will work on LSWS.

Set Server Level PageSpeed File

Create a file named pagspeed.conf in the following directory depending upon your system:

  • For CentOS, the /etc/httpd/conf.d/ directory
  • For Debian, the /etc/apache2/conf.d/ directory
  • For Ubuntu, the /etc/apache2/conf-enabled directory

This pagspeed.conf file should contain the following:

<IfModule Litespeed>
 LoadModule pagespeed_module /usr/local/lsws/modules/
 ModPagespeedFileCachePath  /var/pagespeed/cache/
 ModPagespeed on

Enabling PageSpeed on LSWS Using DirectAdmin

There is no PageSpeed module available in the DirectAdmin repo at the time of this writing, but you can enable PageSpeed for LSWS through Apache's configuration

Set Server-Level PageSpeed File

You can set the server-level PageSpeed setting at /etc/httpd/conf/extra/httpd-includes.conf .

<IfModule Litespeed>
 LoadModule pagespeed_module /usr/local/lsws/modules/
 ModPagespeedFileCachePath  /home/pagespeed/
 ModPagespeed on

Set Virtual-Host-Level PageSpeed File for all Virtual Hosts

Create a /usr/local/directadmin/data/templates/custom/cust_httpd.CUSTOM.2.pre file with: link here.

<IfModule Litespeed>
   ModPagespeedFileCachePath  lspagespeed
   ModPagespeed on

This is done to set each virtual host's PageSpeed directory to its user home directory (/home/<user>/lspagespeed).

Apply these changes to all virtual hosts by running the following command:

cd /usr/local/directadmin/custombuild
./build rewrite_confs

Note: It is recommended that you set the server-level PageSpeed directory to /home/lspagespeed/ or to a disk partition with enough space.

Restart LSWS

service lsws restart

Set Server Level PageSpeed File Path

  • Navigate to WebAdmin Console > Configuration > Server > PageSpeed
  • Set Activate PageSpeed to Yes
  • Set Enable PageSpeed to Yes
  • Set PageSpeed Settings to pagespeed FileCachePath /tmp/lshttpd/pagespeed;

Once you have enabled mod_pagespeed Optimization, we can verify it works by either Dev tool or page source

Method 1: Dev Tool

After enabling PageSpeed module, you can check if it is enabled by reviewing the response headers though your browser's developer tools.

We can also check headers by curl command.

curl -s --head | grep -i pagespeed
>>> X-LS-Pagespeed: 2.1-
curl -s --insecure --head | grep -i pagespeed
>>> X-LS-Pagespeed: 2.1-

Method 2: Page source

View page source by open the browser then press “Ctrl+U”

  1. Without Pagespeed, image in html will show like this:
  2. With Pagespeed, image in html will show like this:

Method 3: 3rd party tool

Performed some testing by 3rd party data testing online tool GTmetrix

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  • Last modified: 2017/09/13 14:08
  • by Eric Leu