Back when I first converted this site from BlogEngine.NET, I posted this comparison: WordPress at Go Daddy Slow Compared to BlogEngine.NET. It showed that Google’s crawler was often taking 1000ms and more to read each page from Go Daddy.
I finally got tired of the poor (and sometimes hung) performance of the Go Daddy server and moved the site to HostGator on October 20, 2010. The improvement was immediate: HostGator serves the site twice as fast as Go Daddy, and much more consistently:
The faster performance has continued, averaging under 500ms per page:
In fairness, I have to add that a client’s non-WordPress site at Go Daddy loads much faster than mine did. I don’t know if Go Daddy’s slow performance is related to MySQL (required for WordPress, and hosted on a separate server by Go Daddy), or if my site I just landed on an overloaded server, but I’m much happier with HostGator as a shared Linux host.