I just recently acquired and installed a SSL certificate, but my HTTPS links are as slow as can be. My website went from consistent 1.4-1.9 second load times to 3-3.9 second load times. It actually loaded in less than a second with lower quality images in the home page. My current host is HostGator Cloud, which is relatively fast.
Just to be clear, I am forcing HTTPS (and also fixing WP partially encrypted errors) by using a 301 Redirect via WordPress plugins. I would doubt that these are causing the issues, considering that I have disabled them and noticed less than a 20ms difference for HTTPS load times.
My website is currently significantly slower than my competitors using HTTPS; They are seeing between 1.6 and 1.9 seconds, and I am seeing 3+. Why are my load times twice as long when they have MORE requests and a similar amount of data to load?!
Thanks for your help guys.