Well, I guess it was a long time coming. Despite having initial reservations about running CloudFlare, it seems that I have little choice but to do it to help improve load times and reduce loading on my already ailing web host, Ziphosting.
Recent checks of the site have seen load speeds of no less than 3 seconds to first byte and 6 seconds to get the whole HTML page before then loading resources. Most sites are well and truly done within 1 second. At peak times, roughly twice a day, this spikes to over 10 seconds which is completely unacceptable. Even I get frustrated visiting my own website. How ironic.
As a result, I’ve now gone with the CloudFlare free plan, turned on a moderate amount of optimization and lets see how well that works. Its distributed CDN nature should improve speeds for non-Australian visitors (as Ziphosting uses NetRegistry’s hosting platform in Sydney). Hopefully there won’t be any strange behaviour or anything – but if you do spot something, do let me know.