So check this out. Google Webmaster Tools fills you in on some metrics related to Google’s crawling of your site. Here’s what I found:
Time spent downloading a page (in milliseconds)
Notice that huge drop off towards the end. That means that HostGator was able to serve the pages at least twice as fast as MediaTemple was.
Now here’s where it really matters. So what if it took Google longer to download my pages – as long as they’re all there, then they accomplished what I wanted. Right?
Number of kilobytes downloaded per day
Crazy! So here I found out that Google may have been downloading all of my pages, but may not have been indexing everything on those pages – or maybe they were just taking a long time to do it. Now, it seems they must be getting everything, and probably getting it faster and making my pages appear in search engines quicker.
Moral of the Story: Find a Good Host
I’ve been with several hosts now and all have their ups and downs. For instance, MT was great when I first started with them and they have good support and a really well designed control panel. They obviosuly lost it when it came to speed though (at least on their grid servers).
So, I’m now impartial to HostGator and suggest that everyone else host through them. The difference is clear.