Just had a chat with tech support and while most of us use caching plugins for Wordpress, I got a little tip (sure the super techies here already know this) but I can admit I didn't. He gave me some commands to add to the .htaccess file of my domains root directory that I build sites off of as well as my own sites and it definitely speeds things up tremendously.
I just added the below code to the top of my .htaccess file (I know this is a file most shouldn't mess with) but I added this code exactly as it appears. Just figured I'd share with anyone who may have issues with site loading speeds. I'm with Hostgator and typically don't have issues (been with them for years) but felt I had to share this for those who haven't tried before:
# Netscape 4.x has some problems...
BrowserMatch ^Mozilla/4 gzip-only-text/html
# Netscape 4.06-4.08 have some more problems
BrowserMatch ^Mozilla/4\.0 no-gzip
# MSIE masquerades as Netscape, but it is fine
# BrowserMatch \bMSIE !no-gzip !gzip-only-text/html
# NOTE: Due to a bug in mod_setenvif up to Apache 2.0.48
# the above regex won't work. You can use the following
# workaround to get the desired effect:
BrowserMatch \bMSI[E] !no-gzip !gzip-only-text/html
# Don't compress images
SetEnvIfNoCase Request_URI .(?:gif|jpe?g|png)$ no-gzip dont-vary
# Make sure proxies don't deliver the wrong content
Header append Vary User-Agent env=!dont-vary
# Enable expirations
# Default directive
ExpiresDefault "access plus 1 month"
# My favicon
ExpiresByType image/x-icon "access plus 1 year"
ExpiresByType image/gif "access plus 1 month"
ExpiresByType image/png "access plus 1 month"
ExpiresByType image/jpg "access plus 1 month"
ExpiresByType image/jpeg "access plus 1 month"
ExpiresByType text/css "access 1 month"