In this tutorial, am going to show you how to speed up WordPress sites with NitroPack in under a minute without have to tweak things around.
Infact, this website optimization plugin will make you delete all other page optimization plugins you have installed in your website.
The beauty is, its light and comes with a free starter version and you’re able to improve your Google page speed score to up 100% both on mobile and desktop devices in just a few clicks without spending a single penny.
Okay, first things first..
What is NitroPack?
NitroPack is a powerful performance optimization service for both WordPress and Non WordPress websites that improves there performance and loading speeds.
Based on a Cloud optimization infrastructure they setup, It is designed to meet the ever-improving page speed requirements of the modern web. It can be installed and configured in less than a minute.
With the different stages of optimization, NitroPack gives you the ability to enhance your website performance with just a click of a button.
Several configuration settings have been set up in there cloud infrastructure so that by choosing between standard – medium – strong – ludicrous or manual your website performance is optimized for higher speeds and access.
Why would you Need NitroPack?
You need NitroPack in order to boost your website loading speed, improve your website conversions, and improve search engine page ranking. NitroPack is Google-PageSpeed-focused speed optimization tool. But also performs really well when tested with other platforms like GTMetrix.
You may need NitroPack for your WordPress website?
Because it will help you reduce the clutter of other WordPress speed optimization plugins or WordPress cache plugins installed.
The list may include premium plugins like WpRocket as its users have since been seen switching to NitroPack for better results. On the list of free and freemium plugins, its endless. The likes of W3 Total cache, WP Fastest Cache, Autoptimize among others could be eliminated.
Therefore, it is advised that you backup your website and then deactivate those plugins so you get started with NitroPack.
What Makes NitroPack Unique and Different?
Unlike all WordPress optimization plugins, NitroPack optimizations happen on the cloud and not on the site owners’ servers.
This effectively results into
i) No USE of site CPU and RAM
NitroPack doesn’t use your website’s CPU and Ram to perform heavy optimization tasks, so this frees up the web server resources that can be used for serving clients rather than optimizing the website itself.
ii) No Special Server Requirements
There are ZERO server requirements needed for NitroPack to work well on any website as all the optimization software is already deployed on our cloud infrastructure.
iii) Better Support and Compatibility
NitroPack is multi-platform and it’s cloud optimization software has been tested on wider range of technologies.
iv) More New Features on the GO
NitroPack says that often times, they’re adding features and improvements without the need of installing a new version of the plugin.
Diving into NitroPack Backend Technology
- NitroPack provides automatic no-setup-required out-of-the-box CDN (AWS-based on all edge locations)
- They provide Cache Invalidation – a feature that refreshes the cache on the background and does not require Clear/Purge
- NitroPack have home-built optimization features that greatly impact speed timing and scores, like advanced resource loader, critical fonts preloading, font rendering improvements, etc.
- For starters, NitroPack got you covered. There is a FREE starter pack with 5000 monthly optimizations.
Out of the box, here is what you can do with NitroPack
Sample Website/WordPress Speed Test
Found this really interesting as you’re able to test and get an idea on how fast your website will run even before you configure it with NitroPack.
Ofcourse, the test might take some time as they have to fetch unoptimized resources and make different tests using recommendations from Google PSI and lighthouse. Remember, all this is done by a simple click of a button upon feeding in your domain name.
Under A Min Set Up
Setting up NitroPack is simple and seamless. You don’t need any technical know-how on how performance or optimization systems work.
All you have to do is to signup, login into there website and get started. Within the dashboard, you have options to connect your websites, optimize pages, go to settings or setup your billing details. That’s if you joined the premium team.
Not forgetting that actually you’re in position to add a new website. Every new website added is given 5000 free monthly optimizations and once you think you’re not enough, you’re free to upgrade anytime.
PS: as of writing, it is not yet clear on how many websites you can add to this platform.
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Seems the future of NitroPack is very interesting. Under the setting menu option, there lays the opportunity to make integrations with platforms like Varnish, Cloudflare and Sucuri. This means that if you’re already signed up with them, then you’ll simply just hook them up with NitroPack and get going.
PS: As of writing this blog, i was unable to connect my Cloudflare account with NitroPack. Since i’m already using Cloudflare as my CDN provider, i thought linking it up would be awesome and an amazing opportunity to test the feature. However, it is not active (available) yet.
Speeding Up Site with NitroPack
The actual optimization or speeding up your website is DONE by the amazing NitroPack infrastructure. What you only have to do is to integrate you website whether WordPress or not with there site.
WordPress users can use the NitroPack WordPress plugin and for non WordPress users can simply integrate using an API provided by NitroPack.
Upon integrating with NitroPack, here is What I Could Achieve
Before (GT Metrix Test)
After (GT Metrix Test)
Before (Google Page Speed Test – Desktop)
After (Google Page Speed Test – Desktop)
Before (Google Page Speed Test – Mobile)
After (Google Page Speed Test – Mobile)
Here is A Video Tutorial How You To Can Integrate With NitroPack
NitroPack comes with as starter plan of $19/m which is billed annually and is described as “Essentials to get your pages load faster on a small, rarely updated website.”
Next is the $39/m also billed annually as described as “Great for growing businesses who want to do more.”. List goes on with packs of $159/m and $399/m respectively.
Packs come with different in the number of monthly optimizations a website needs and first pack offers Up to 20,000 page optimizations per month, next is 50,000 page optimizations, and next with up to 200,000 page optimizations and lastly 500,000 page optimizations per month respectively.
Here are Great NitroPack Optimization Features
- CSS Compression
- CSS Minification
- Defer JS loading
- DNS Prefetching
- Faster Painting
- Faster Speed Index
- Global CDN (Amazon)
- HTML Compression
- HTML Minification
- HTTP-2 Support
- Image Optimization
- Improved TTFB (Time to First Byte)
- JS Compression
- JS Minification
- Key Requests Preload
- Lightweight Page Cache
- Minimized Main-thread Work
- No CPU Overhead
- PageSpeed Optimization
- Smart Invalidation
- Container-specific Image Resizing
- Deferred Offscreen Images
- Image Lazy Loading
- Next-Gen Image Formats
- Browser-aware Caching
- Cookie-aware Caching
- Device-aware Caching
- eCommerce Friendly
- Optimization Reports
- Session-aware Caching
- 24/7 Monitoring
- CloudFlare Compatibility
- Free Integration
- Free Support
- Money-back Guarantee
- Regular Updates
If there is one thing great thing that has happened to me this month, was getting to know about NitroPack. Sorry if this sounds kinda exaggerated, but i have to mention that two days before i got to know this tool.
I had switched from two different cloud hosting providers as in search of a hosting platform that could offer me faster loading speeds.
Getting to know and test NitroPack with my website currently on a shared hosting environment is a good opportunity for me to only scale to cloud or VPS provider when actually my website traffic requires so and NOT just to speed up a website.
Thank you for reading all way down here. Let me know in the comments sections how this tool has performed regarding your web application speeds and setup.