Looking for new host with faster server response time and question about domain (NameCheap vs Cloudflare)

Have been with HostWithLove since 2016. Good company overall. Little to no downtime. Support usually answers within 12-24 hours via ticket. But server response times always slow. WordPress dashboard slow and use of NextGen Gallergy pushes CPU and RAM to limits (and has locked me out at times). Also have had issues with (I think) cron not firing consistently so WP scheduled posts don’t always go out as supposed to. Now prices going up so looking elsewhere before renewal date.

Currently have 5 sites (2 main – one medical office and other photo side job; 3 minor). On their Reseller 2 hosting with 1 core CPU, 1 gig RAM, 50gb storage. I use 22gb of storage and usage stats on their login page shows bandwidth of 39,425M (not sure how to pull more usage info).

My two main sites get 7,800 and 6,000 user visits each over last 90days per Google SiteKit. In that time, combined about 25,000 pageviews. Google shows initial server response time of 0.89 to 1.35 seconds and first contentful paint of 1.9 to 2.8 seconds.

I have looked at Knownhost and Nixihost from the sidebar. Prefer former mostly because Niki does not seem to provide any CPU/RAM specs for their reseller accounts. Knownhost Pro Reseller seems perfect with 2 vCPU, 3 gigs RAM. Not sure what I might gain from their Basic Semi-Dedicated plan in comparison.


* **What is your monthly budget?**

Currently on a biennial plan and due to pay $488.38 but looked at recommended hosts here and fine with the $300-400 range per year

* **Where are you/your users located?**

US – East Coast/New England specifically

* **What kind of site are you hosting (WordPress, phpBB, custom software, etc) or what is your use case?**

WordPress only

* **Do you have a monthly traffic volume? Estimates are ok**

As above, can give busiest two sites over 3 months of 6-7,800 so roughly 2,500 per month each for those two

* **If you’re looking at VPSes: Do you have experience administrating linux servers and infrastructure?**

No experience nor interest in doing backend sysadmin stuff

* **Did you read the sidebar/check out the hosts listed there? I’ve personally vetted these companies and their services are a good fit for 99% of people.**


Ignore the domain question – decided better to keep NameCheap as allows flexibility if want to leave Cloudflare DNS for some reason


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