Wordpress https://gateslosangeles.com godaddy shared hosting. Running through Cloudflare free subscription. Working with different caching tools to see what works. Minify tools in these always speed page but break different aspects of the site, and gtmetrix continues to show minify errors regardless. Working with image optimization (piio) but, so far, these have inflated the page size.
Site only gets a few hundred paid visitors a day. Do you have a suggestions for a road map of things to do to make pages load more quickly?
you need to understand unless you enable “cache everything” there is not so much they can do to make your site faster because your server is taking around 3-2 second just to return the html(in my case), you need to fix that first.
after that you will need to combine all your css and js files
you can shave off around 3-5 seconds of your loading time by just doing that
Please note this is what I tend to do everyones setups vary
Never use a Shared Host (they are designed to offer all around for every customer)(Restrictive)
Build the website
Use tools like optipng and jpegoptim to search and optimise images (no point bloating the websites code base)
Disable WP-Cron replace it with a real crontab (Sometimes suprising how much difference this makes)
Make sure you are using only the best plugins for the task you want Chrome Developer tools are showing me 2 errors and 31 warnings on your home page each of these slows your site down how much depends on the error.
Use Redis for a session store and object cache
Use a performance plugin (i personally use WP-Rocket (Cloudflare module built in to it)
Extend WP-Rocket with Rocket-Nginx (Depends on Nginx and WP-Rocket)
Tweak your Cloudflare settings to milk that last bit out
Consider upgrading to a paid tier.
I very much appreciate your suggestions. As #4 was so easy to do, I implemented right away. It does seem to be helping!
I am studying the other tools that you suggest. I already had some of wp-rocket implemented, but I need to give it more study.
It seems that upgrading to dedicated server would bring the most immediate and dramatic results. Even though all the other things should be done as well, this would bring about the greatest improvement, am I right?
Do you have any suggestions for hosting company that has a good price to benefit ratio for a dedicated server?
Send me your affiliate link with vultr. I am going with them. Might as well get you recompensed. You interested at all in managing the transfer host to host? If so, I have answered your email and we can talk about that.