After successfully installing and connecting NitroPack to your site, you will be able to:
- Manage different settings;
- Check your resource usage (page views & CDN);
- Change your preferred optimization mode;
- Keep track of the number of optimized pages
- And purge cache.
All that straight from your WordPress dashboard:
Once you connect to NitroPack, our service begins optimizing your website’s pages. The first thing NitroPack does is send a request to your home page to initiate the optimization for its desktop and mobile versions.
Proof that the optimization process has started is the green text in the “Optimized Pages” section that says ”Processing 2 page(s) in the background”:
At this stage, Nitropack is optimizing your home page’s desktop and mobile versions.
When this process is completed, the optimized page number will change from 0 to 2. Hence, your home page has been successfully optimized.
As for the rest of your website pages, NitroPack will optimize them once an organic visit occurs.
To further increase the effectiveness of NitroPack, we have introduced Cache Warmup.
In essence, Cache Warmup will simulate an organic visit on every page of your site and queue them for optimization, eliminating the need for a real organic visit to occur. That way, it helps keep your site optimized at all times.
You can enable it either from your WordPress dashboard:
Or your NitroPack dashboard:
We recommend visiting our Cache Warmup article for further details on how to configure it.
After NitroPack has been running for some time, you can easily check which pages have been successfully optimized.
You need to login into your NitroPack account and visit the Cache Status panel from the navigation menu.
A list of all your pages will appear, and most URLs should have “Optimized” as their Status:
As an additional step, you can manually check if NitroPack is serving the optimized versions to your visitors.
You can do that by following this guide.
Once you confirm that NitroPack is optimizing and serving your pages, you can proceed with testing your website with a speed testing tool like Google PSI and see the improvements made.
The link to Google PSI can be found here: https://pagespeed.web.dev/.