I use hostgator and I've heard some pretty negative things about them lately and I'm wondering if that's the root cause of all this. I'm not excluding my site design by any means, but I just recently upgraded to Genesis and I noticed it was still moving at the same speed.
Is there a way to test the speed of my host provider somehow? Also if I needed to find a new hosting provider is there a way to just copy all my wordpress files and upload those to my new hosting provider? Would it be as easy and just copying all the files and transferring them via FTP? Thanks!