Now that you have successfully configured the origin and URL-endpoint, it's time to test ImageKit.io. It is recommended that you test ImageKit.io on your staging or UAT environment before making changes in the live production application.
You should create a separate URL-endpoint for dev, stating/UAT, and production environment. This is critical for maintaining separate caches on CDN and ImageKit.io.
Suppose, you are running a website https://www.example.com, and you have three different environments:
Dev - accessible over http://dev.example.com (via host file entry) or http://localhost:8000/
Staging - accessible over https://staging.example.com
Production live website - https://www.example.com
We will add three origins in the ImageKit.io dashboard for these three environments. And configure three separate endpoints to access these origins.
Testing on the local machine
Please note that your origin must be accessible over the internet for ImageKit.io to fetch images. You can use a tool like ngrok to make your dev site accessible over the internet.
Start ngrok in a command prompt with the same port number that you have configured for your server (e.g., ./ngrok http 8000). You should see information about your tunnel sessions such as status, expiration, and version. Take note of the Forwarding addresses (e.g., https://xxxxxxxx.ngrok.io -> localhost:8000) as this is required while adding the origin for dev.