Google has been keeping data on sites which aren’t verified on Google Webmaster Tools all this time which isn’t such a bad thing as it sounds. I haven’t used Google Webmaster Tools in a while and decided to re-verify this site today.
I began migrating the server and DNS from Hostmonster to Rackspace on 4/5 and got the majority of the website back up and running on 4/6. The 80% decrease in download time occurring on 4/8 was most likely Googlebot taking 48 hours to update its DNS records to point to the Rackspace server.
The pre-4/7/Hostmonster download time looks horrible in retrospect as the Rackspace server is much more responsive and isn’t a shared server. But two months ago, it seemed pretty dandy. I guess you really do get what you pay for. In my previous post on migrating from Hostmonster to Rackspace, my current plan on Rackspace is about 35% greater per year.
Was it worth it? I sure think so. I now have to freedom to configure the server with whatever I need. In the migration article, I also mentioned I am running Nginx on the Rackspace server to serve up pages. Hostmonster uses Apache.
In 2011, Apparent Etch’s 404 page was featured on Mashable’s 33 More Entertaining 404 Error Pages. It was also hosted on Hostmonster at the time. I remember the site slowing down and grinding to a halt for a few hours from a few hundred visitors (not completely sure due to lack of statistics, I checked Hostmonster’s AWStats for info back then).
Fast forward to this year, on 5/12 I posted a fun find in the SC2 Editor to Reddit, I got about 15,000 views in the following 24 hrs. The lowest cost Rackspace server (1 CPU, 512MB RAM) handled the traffic spike without a problem. …Although the bandwidth charges should be interesting.