Nitropack vs Wp Rocket: How their features compare

Updated on February 4, 2023 | By

Nitropack and Wp Rocket are plugins aiming at WordPress Pagespeed and Core Web Vitals Optimization. What is the best solution for improving your WordPress website speed and who has the best price?

Nitropack’s main difference from Wp Rocket might be its CDN solution, but as Wp Rocket continues to launch new Core Web Vitals features, it might be an alternative.

Features and Price Comparison

The main difference between Nitropack and Wp Rocket is that Nitropack offers a built-in CDN feature, that stores all your assets on a CDN(Content Delivery Network).

Nitropack has an interface with “optimization levels” allowing you to perform 5 different optimization sets within a single button.

Those pre-configured sets are based on trial and error testing by Nitropack and are defined by how much Nitropack optimizes the website, which may include delaying all javascript, how it loads fonts, and other optimizations.

Aggressive optimization levels may not be compatible with your website as they may change your layout/functionalities. If you want to go with them you need advanced testing, you can hire us for this.

FunctionalityWp RocketNitropack
Tools to improve Core Web Vitals LCP✔️✔️
Tools to improve Core Web Vitals CLSCritical CSS and Remove Unused CSS filters
Delay Javascript until user-interaction✔️✔️
CDN(RocketCDN $9/mo)✔️
Critical CSS✔️✔️
Cloudflare integration✔️✔️
Cloudflare APO integration
Database Optimization✔️(Advanced Database Cleaner)
Lazyload + Image Optimization + WebP(Imagify $10/mo)✔️
HTML/CSS/JS minification & compression✔️✔️
DNS prefetching, preloading✔️✔️
Remove unused CSS✔️✔️

The pricing (1 year) on each product would be as follows:

  • Nitropack 5.000 pageviews/mo limit(1GB max bandwidth), 1 year plan: Free*
  • Wp Rocket 1 site: $59/year
  • Nitropack 50.000 pageviews/mo limit(25GB max bandwidth): $199/year
  • Wp Rocket 1 site $59 + $100/year Imagify: $159/year
  • Nitropack 200.000 pageviews/mo limit(100GB max bandwidth): $485/year
  • Nitropack 1.000.000 pageviews/mo limit(500GB max bandwidth): $1672/year

Those are approximate figures, each plugin has its features and a different UX approach. *Free users have a NitroPack badge in the footer.

Core Web Vitals and Pagespeed

Google’s Pagespeed doesn’t check or have a user-interaction feature to give your website a real user testing experience, and because of that, you must ensure you’re passing Core Web Vitals field data.

Having good lab data(test) with Nitropack while using any of their Javascript optimizations, doesn’t guarantee a good score. You must also certify you’re passing with field data.

With the new 3.9 update of Wp Rocket, the same applies, due to it now delaying all Javascript but not internal javascript files/Jquery/inline scripts.

The Core Web Vitals Technology report ranks Nitropack slightly above Wp Rocket on mobile and desktop metrics with a minor margin percentage advantage as of June 2022. Nitropack also does have a better median Pagespeed(Lighthouse) and lower page size (kb) than other plugins.

Nitropack ranks below Wp Rocket on CLS for mobile, even as Nitropack has a built-in CDN. While choosing an option for improving your Core Web Vitals, have in mind that Nitropack may lack features to improve CLS.

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WordPress Caching plugins having good CWV mobile results – June 2022

Nitropack

Nitropack is a CDN + Cache/Performance plugin solution, also described as an all-in-one speed optimization solution. It stores your entire website assets on the cloud to improve all areas of Pagespeed and has a built-in “script manager”, which delays Javascript based on the selected optimization level.

Nitropack stores your entire assets on the CDN, and it can speed up even the worst of websites, with the power of its script manager, it can offer the highest Pagespeed scores possible. But that comes with a prize, Nitropack may lower your CLS and LCP if you use it incorrectly.

Wp Rocket

Wp Rocket is an open-source developed plugin. WpRocket has RocketCDN as an option for a CDN service, priced at $8 monthly to speed up all your assets, similar to Nitropack.

Wp Rocket has strong technical documentation, detailing each of its features with a page including examples, and in some features, it adds issues debugging, with a guide on how to solve the issues. Alongside its strong and immense development community, covering the most edge cases from regular users.

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