Make your website more SPDY

by Stephen Fluin 2012.04.18

Google's relentless quest to improve performance for all things technologic continues. They have just hit a huge success with SPDY, their replacement for HTTP for web transactions. Now, with a few simple linux commands, you can download, install, and activate an Apache module that will speed up everything for all of your supporting Chrome and Firefox users.  This is a great thing to do because it is one half of the SPDY adoption question, and will help move the entire web forward into a faster, newer generation. Fortunately there is no downside. Users not yet capable of SPDY will imply failover to the slower HTTP transaction.

Install SPDY on Apache by doing the following (assuming a 64 bit system):

sudo dpkg -i mod-spdy-beta_current_amd64.deb
sudo apache2ctl restart

That's it, you are done. You will now see Chrome users negotiating with SPDY. YOu can verify this by visiting Chrome Network Internals