Google PageSpeed is very helpful when you want to optimize your website speed. You can test your website speed on Google PageSpeed here. Google PageSpeed also provide a module for your server to optimize your content delivery currently they support NGINX and Apache. In this tutorial, I will explain to you how to configure PageSpeed on your NGINX Server. For this tutorial, I am using Digital Ocean Droplet you can create your account using this link and get a credit of 10$ in your account. Now not wasting any time I can give simple step which you can follow to Install NGINX, PHP, MySQL and PageSpeed on your cloud or in Digital Ocean Droplet.

Configure GooglePage Speed with NGINX

Install NGINX, PHP, and MySQL Server on Droplet

Step 1. First login to your server using a terminal. Once login successfully to your server run below commands. First, we can update our local packages using apt

sudo apt-get update

Step 2. Now after updating and indexing packages we can now install NGINX to our server using below command.

sudo apt-get install nginx

Step 3. Now we can allow some port in our NGINX using commands.

sudo ufw reset
sudo ufw app list

sudo ufw app info OpenSSH
sudo ufw allow 22/tcp
sudo ufw allow 80/tcp
sudo ufw allow 443/tcp
sudo ufw allow 80/udp
sudo ufw allow 443/udp
sudo ufw disable
sudo ufw enable

Run all above commands one by one and after running all this command check firewall status using below command.

sudo ufw status

Step 4. Now if everything works fine you can open your browser and type your IP address in address bar and hit enter you will get the welcome page of NGINX.

Install NGINX on server

Step 5. Now we can install MySQL on our server run below command

sudo apt-get install mysql-server

after running this command server prompt you to enter a password and confirm the password for your MySQL.

Step 6. Now install PHP using FastCGI process manager PHP-FPM run below command to install by default it will install PHP 7.0 version on the server.

sudo apt-get install php-fpm php-mysql

Step 7. Now open default configure file of fpm/php.ini and search for cgi.fix_pathinfo and uncomment this and set its value to 0

Open the file in the editor using below command

sudo nano /etc/php/7.0/fpm/php.ini

and to search press cntrl+w and enter the term and hit enter and remove the comment and set the value to 0.

cgi.fix_pathinfo=0

Now restart your PHP FPM using below command

sudo systemctl restart php7.0-fpm

Configure NGINX to run PHP

To configure NGINX to run with PHP we need to edit default virtual host of NGINX, to do so run below command to open default config file.

sudo nano /etc/nginx/sites-available/default

Remove comments from the open file so that your file looks like this

server {
    listen 80 default_server;
    listen [::]:80 default_server;

    root /var/www/html;
    index index.php index.html index.htm index.nginx-debian.html;

    server_name _;

    location / {
        try_files $uri $uri/ =404;
    }

    location ~ \.php$ {
        include snippets/fastcgi-php.conf;
        fastcgi_pass unix:/run/php/php7.0-fpm.sock;
    }

    location ~ /\.ht {
        deny all;
    }
}

Now verify your editing and reload the configuration

sudo nginx -t
sudo systemctl reload nginx

Now we can check if PHP is running or not to create a file in which we can check phpinfo

sudo nano /var/www/html/info.php

and enter this code

<?php
phpinfo();

save file and exit from the editor.

Open browser enters your IP address/info.php and you can check your phpinfo page.

PHP File Configuration

Now we successfully install NGINX, PHP, and MySQL on our server.

Configure PageSpeed with NGINX server

To configure PageSpeed follow simple steps. You can also check the official documentation here.

Step 1.  Run Automated install to install all dependencies and the latest version of PageSpeed Module

bash <(curl -f -L -sS https://ngxpagespeed.com/install) \
     --nginx-version latest

Step 2. When the installation process is running it will prompt you to add some extra configuration. Below is some recommended module you can add them to your configuration.

--prefix=/etc/nginx --sbin-path=/usr/sbin/nginx --modules-path=/usr/lib/nginx/modules --conf-path=/etc/nginx/nginx.conf --error-log-path=/var/log/nginx/error.log --http-log-path=/var/log/nginx/access.log --pid-path=/var/run/nginx.pid --lock-path=/var/run/nginx.lock --http-client-body-temp-path=/var/cache/nginx/client_temp --http-proxy-temp-path=/var/cache/nginx/proxy_temp --http-fastcgi-temp-path=/var/cache/nginx/fastcgi_temp --http-uwsgi-temp-path=/var/cache/nginx/uwsgi_temp --http-scgi-temp-path=/var/cache/nginx/scgi_temp --user=nginx --group=nginx --with-http_ssl_module --with-http_v2_module

Step 3. You will ask to build NGINX press Y and hit enter to continue.

Step 4. If your build is successful you get this message as shown in below screenshot

If successfully installed and you get the message as shown above you need to restart your server.

sudo systemctl restart nginx

Step 5. Now create PageSpeed Cache folder check if not create at this location first at this location./var/cache/ngx_pagespeed/ If not then create one with owner access

mkdir /var/cache/ngx_pagespeed/
chown root:root /var/cache/ngx_pagespeed/

Step 6. Now add PageSpeed to your server block in your NGINX virtual hosts.

To edit your default host file enter below command in your terminal

sudo nano /etc/nginx/sites-available/default

after this add code inside server block.

pagespeed on;

# Needs to exist and be writable by nginx.  Use tmpfs for best performance.
pagespeed FileCachePath /var/ngx_pagespeed_cache;

# Ensure requests for pagespeed optimized resources go to the pagespeed handler
# and no extraneous headers get set.
location ~ "\.pagespeed\.([a-z]\.)?[a-z]{2}\.[^.]{10}\.[^.]+" {
  add_header "" "";
}
location ~ "^/pagespeed_static/" { }
location ~ "^/ngx_pagespeed_beacon$" { }

You need to add this code to your server block. After adding code to your default virtual host your file looks like this.

# Default server configuration
#
server {
	client_max_body_size 24000M;
	listen 80 default_server;
	listen [::]:80 default_server;

	# SSL configuration
	#
	# listen 443 ssl default_server;
	# listen [::]:443 ssl default_server;
	#
	# Note: You should disable gzip for SSL traffic.
	# See: https://bugs.debian.org/773332
	#
	# Read up on ssl_ciphers to ensure a secure configuration.
	# See: https://bugs.debian.org/765782
	#
	# Self signed certs generated by the ssl-cert package
	# Don't use them in a production server!
	#
	# include snippets/snakeoil.conf;

	root /var/www/html;

	# Add index.php to the list if you are using PHP
	index index.php index.html index.htm index.nginx-debian.html;

	server_name _;

	location / {
		# First attempt to serve request as file, then
		# as directory, then fall back to displaying a 404.
		try_files $uri $uri/ =404;
	}

	# pass the PHP scripts to FastCGI server listening on 127.0.0.1:9000
	#
	location ~ \.php$ {
		include snippets/fastcgi-php.conf;
	#
	#	# With php7.0-cgi alone:
	#	fastcgi_pass 127.0.0.1:9000;
	#	# With php7.0-fpm:
		fastcgi_pass unix:/run/php/php7.0-fpm.sock;
	}

	# deny access to .htaccess files, if Apache's document root
	# concurs with nginx's one
	#
	location ~ /\.ht {
		deny all;
	}

	pagespeed on;
	pagespeed FileCachePath "/var/cache/ngx_pagespeed/";
	pagespeed RewriteLevel OptimizeForBandwidth;

	location ~ "\.pagespeed\.([a-z]\.)?[a-z]{2}\.[^.]{10}\.[^.]+" {
		add_header "" "";
	}

	location ~ "^/pagespeed_static/" { }
	location ~ "^/ngx_pagespeed_beacon$" { }
}

Now verify your editing and restart NGINX

sudo nginx -t
sudo systemctl restart nginx

Now PageSpeed Configuration part is done.

Test if PageSpeed module is running (on NGINX)

To test page speed is running on the server you open the terminal and enter the command

curl -I -X GET {ip addresss | web address}

Configure GooglePage Speed with NGINX

If your output contains X-Page-Speed then its mean page speed is working on your server but if not then follow simple steps to verify your installation of PageSpeed.

Step 1. Login to your server and enter

nginx -V

Now look for page speed if unable to find that its mean PageSpeed is not installed on the server you can recheck installation steps.

Configure GooglePage Speed with NGINX

Step 2. If you find page speed in module list but still page speed is not working then you can do one more thing you can create pagespeed.conf  inside NGINX config.d folder

Configure GooglePage Speed with NGINX

and add below code in that file

pagespeed on;
pagespeed FetchWithGzip on;

pagespeed FileCachePath /run/shm/pagespeed_cache;
pagespeed RewriteLevel CoreFilters;

Now after this try again hope this trick will work for you. Please share and like this post if this helps.

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