I have conversations about WordPress speed problems pretty regularly…i.e. people asking me for help in with their WordPress speed problems.
These conversations often frustrate the hell out of me because usually:
1. Its not the first time I’ve had the conversation with this person and they ignored the advice I gave them last time we talked.
2. They’re running a business that is generating decent $$$ off this website yet they think that paying any more than 5 bucks a month for hosting is wasting their money!!!
I’d say probably 75%+ of problems you’re having with WordPress and speed can be fixed by moving to WPEngine.
Yep sure its not 5 bucks a month but if you’re generating several thousand a month in revenue off this site is it really going to kill you to pay a little bit more than that?
Moving to Cloudflare will often knock another 0.5-1 seconds off your load time too (for free). There’s also a bunch of other things you should probably check through just in case. Here’s the full breakdown in my Troubleshooting WordPress Speed Issues post over at my TSES site.
These two posts are also worth a look: