Last week and today, I’ve been setting up databases for clients on a number of large hosts. I’m really amazed at the variety of upload speeds as I’m FTP’ing a big batch of files for each of them. Looks like the larger the company, the slower the service (these are all shared hosting situations).
Feeling even more pleased with Hostgator now. Even when I had shared hosting, FTP was never at a crawl like this one site I’m working on right now. I think 12 minutes is a bit too much to upload a fresh copy of WordPress!