Since December 2020, SEO Consultant Hampshire has been testing a new WordPress Plugin called NitroPack, both on the SEO Consultant Hampshire website and on some of our client’s websites too. The NitroPack WordPress Plugin helps to increase your Google Page Speed Score.
For a number of years now Google has treated page loading times as an important user performance metric for measuring user experience both on Mobile & Desktop devices. Let’s face it, nobody likes a slow loading page on a website, whatever device you are using and wherever in the world you are!
As Google treats page loading times and your overall website speed as an important metric, it therefore uses this information to support ranking your website in Google Organic Search. Let’s take a look at the difference it made to the SEO Consultant Hampshire Google Page Speed Score below.
Google Page Speed Score For Mobile Before Installing NitroPack WordPress Plugin…
Google Page Speed Score For Mobile After Installing NitroPack WordPress Plugin…
Google Page Speed Score For Desktop Before Installing NitroPack WordPress Plugin…
Google Page Speed Score For Desktop After Installing NitroPack WordPress Plugin…
As you can see the Google Mobile Speed Score increased the most From 73 To 92 and the Google Desktop Speed Score increased From 97 To 100. These metrics are only for the SEO Consultant Hampshire HomePage using the Google Page Speed Insight Tool.
It’s worth considering that the SEO Consultant Hampshire website is very basic in terms of Content. For example, at the time of testing I didn’t have many Images or Videos on the website, which can slow down loading times even more.
There are many things that can impact loading times on a website, which can therefore impact your Google Page Speed Score. As mentioned, Content heavy sites with lots of Images & Videos being one and other factors such as Shared Hosting or not using Content Delivery Networks etc.
However, as you can see from the above test on the SEO Consultant Hampshire website, the NitroPack WordPress Plugin, certainly helped to improve the Google Page Speed Score and it’s helped several of my clients to improve their Google Organic Search Rankings & Traffic.
If you run a WordPress website for your business in Hampshire and you’d like support installing the NitroPack WordPress Plugin for increasing your Google Page Speed Score, please Contact Hampshire Consultant Hampshire today!
NitroPack WordPress Plugin Technical Considerations…
1 – Incompatible WordPress Plugins – WordPress is designed to have only a single active page cache solution at a time, otherwise conflicts can arise. It’s not recommended to use NitroPack together with any other caching plugin. For example, please see below a list for your information:
- WP Rocket
- Swift Performance
- WP Fastest Cache
- WP Fastest Cache Premium
- Powerpack (WPTouchPro)
- W3 Total Cache
- WP Super Cache
- Litespeed Cache
- Swift Performance
- PageSpeed Ninja
- Comet Cache by WP Sharks
- SG Optimizer
- WP-Optimize – only the page caching must be disabled, not the entire plugin
- Smush – only the lazy load option must be disabled, not the entire plugin
- JetPack – only the lazy load option must be disabled, not the entire plugin
- ShortPixel – only the WebP conversion option must be disabled, not the entire plugin
This information was taken from the NitroPack Plugin Page on the WordPress Website.
2 – NitroPack Free Plan Limited To 50,000 Page Views Per Month – If your Website receives more than 50,000 Page Views Per Month, then you’ll need to upgrade your NitroPack Plan from the NitroPack Free Plan, to ensure NitroPack continues to optimise your Google Page Speed Score.
3 – NitroPack Appears To Interfere With Contact Forms On Websites – I’ve discovered from personal experience that NitroPack interferes with Contact Forms on Websites. For some reason, it prevents the user from submitting the Contact Form, which obviously is very important to User Experience.
The best solution to prevent this Technical Error from occurring; is to Exclude URL’s on your Website from NitroPack optimising that Landing Page. This can be implemented from within the NitroPack Dashboard Settings, once you’ve setup your NitroPack Account, on the NitroPack Website.
For example, as I have done on the SEO Consultant Hampshire Website, I’ve excluded NitroPack from optimising my Contact Landing Page and various other Landing Pages as well. I do believe there is another option to prevent this Technical Error, but to date I haven’t as yet tested it.
Please note – All the NitroPack Links on this SEO Blog Post are Affiliate Links and I will receive sales commission, should any user sign up to a Paid Plan on the NitroPack Website. I only recommend Affiliate Websites & Links; that I’ve personally tested and are happy to recommend.