I’m using the Cloudflare free plan and hosting on Cloudways. Performance is pretty good, but, it seems like the lag before the landing page starts to paint is longer than it should be. Waterfall charts show a server wating time of 250 to 375 milliseconds. This is slightly shorter with Cloudflare bypassed (but Cloudflare generally speeds the overall page load time).
I would think this wait time for the server could be much less than this, especially because my site is mostly cacheable (it’s a photography site without any kind of blog or forms) and because I have caching up the wazoo on my server: WP Rocket plugin (a lot of work gone into the settings), redis cache, Varnish.
In addition, I’ve tried to create a page rule to get Cloudflare to cache all content on the landing page. It’s hard to know if my page rule is working. If it did work, shouldn’t TTFB be very very fast?
What else should I be looking at?
Thank you for any thoughts.