My domain is : https://unihow.ru
My host is : A2Hosting (shared - I understand this is not ideal)
Details : built with Elementor free, OceanWP theme, has some popups with Icegram, using NinjaForms, and got Woo (but not in the first page).
My problem : After swapping to CloudFlare my ‘Fully loaded time’ in GTMetrix went from 5.3 seconds to 11-12 seconds.
I decided to take care of my slow load time the past couple of days.
And according to GTMetrix after deleting some unneeded plugins and using the CleanUp plugin to minimize loading of some files, I managed to get to 5.3 seconds (This is whithout using much optimization, not even images etc).
Later I installed the following plugins for optimization : ShortPixel (for pictures), W3 Cache, and A2 Optimize (which I used to a minimal extend but dont mind deleting).
Those 3 improved my load time by an additional second getting me somewhere areound the 4.4 seconds mark when using the Vancouver server of GTMatrix.
After I connected CloudFlare to my A2Hosting acount and site, changed the DNS of my register to point to CloudFlare, and connected W3 Cache to CloudFlare as well. I saw an insane increase in load time each time I try a new server from GTMetrix (around the 11-12 seconds for the first couple of tests).
My question is : what am I doing wrong? I clearly see in WaterFall that I spend most of my time on “Waiting” but even in that case, I cant entirely blame my Hosting plan since it already provided me with 4.4 seconds so how did I get to 12 now
I am new to all this, so please if you got tips for me I would appreciate every detail and steps to achieve 2 seconds to fully load preferably (from first access if possible - if it requires adding money please suggest low budget solutions, this is my first personal business and a POC of sorts).