10 Dec 2015, posted by Michael Lederstatter
Yahoo Hosting Company Overview
Yahoo! is one of the mega-companies in internet business and we all know them. However, only a few people know, that Yahoo! provides web hosting services as well.
Yahoo! was founded in 1994 and went public in 1996. However, hosting services started in 2002 labeled "Yahoo! Small Business". Yahoo! has its headquarters in Sunnyvale, California and runs many additional offices on all continents, employing more than 13,000 people.
Due to their substantial brand power, Yahoo! became one of the largest web hosting providers in the world. Their hosting plans are aimed towards individuals and small to medium-sized businesses. The features they offer ar rather aimed at beginners, than towards experienced power users. They offer shared hosting plans only, focusing the Linux operating system.
Yahoo! Hosting strives to provide their customers with 99.9% uptime - we were not able to find an explicit guarantee for that on their web site, however. But they offer an explicit 30-day-money-back guarantee. They also offer 24/7 technical support via telephone and email.
Compared to other providers in the web hosting industry, Yahoo! web hosting packages are quiet simple. It seems, their hosting offers are not aimed at programming freaks, but rather designed for newbies with little knowledge and basic requirements. However, the package comes with highlights as well.
The basic hosting plan starts at $9.99 /month (if purchased as a one year plan) and the first 3 months' price is even lower: only $6.47/month. This price is slightly higher, than similar web hosting plans cost at other hosting providers .
The package offers unlimited storage space, unlimited bandwidth, unlimited email and a free domain name. However, we recommend you to read the disclaimer on the Yahoo! Hosting site, so you fully understand what "unlimited" means in this context for them.
Yahoo! offers a good site builder application and an online store builder with credit card processing, that can be integrated into a Yahoo! mall. The website of Yahoo! Hosting provides a lot of information about how to get a website up and running, market it online and so on.
For unexperienced users, Yahoo! hosting offers a good package. Experienced users will feel limited by the package though, because a lot of details in programing languages, databases, multimedia features and web based applications such as forums, content management systems, galleries, will simply not work.
We think the price value of this package is a little too high, compared to the features other professional web hosting providers give with lower prices.
Reliability and Performance
Because Yahoo! runs data centers of enormous size for their other services, it's no surprise they offer very high performance and reliability. Can you imagine Yahoo!'s website being down or extremely slow? That will never happen and they installed the infrastructure to assure that. Yahoo! Hosting clients enjoy the benefits of this equipment and know-how. The 99.9% uptime, that is mentioned on the Yahoo! Hosting web site will usually be 100%. We were not able to find an explicit guarantee for that, though - like many other professional hosting companies give.
It was not possible for us to find out, what exact hardware Yahoo! Hosting uses. However, that can be due to they have many data centers in different locations and since a long time. So we suppose, the hardware they use is mixed and will be organized in server-pools with backening mirrored RAID storage units, that hold the files. This setup is known in the professional hosting industry to assure both, the highest reliability and the fastest performance. When measuring speeds of web sites hosted by Yahoo!, we found out, the performance was extremely fast and stable. Yahoo! Hosting performs data backups to remote data centers for security on a regular basis.
Considering all this, we rate performance and reliability of Yahoo! web hosting to be extremely high.
Features and Control Panel
Yahoo! deploys a self-developed control panel, that has excellent features. It helps unexperienced users to maintain every aspect of their web hosting account. The site can be built with it, files can be transferred by FTP, it shows visitor statistics, can be used to perform site backups, create email addresses and much more.
Yahoo! Hosting's control panel is an easy to use and excellent tool for managing hosting accounts.
Yahoo! Hosting offers 24/7 toll free support by telephone and help desk ticket system in various languages. Because their hosting package is rather aimed at newbies to hosting and web site building, their staff is trained to help customers even with the most basic issues.
Additionally to live support, Yahoo! Hosting offers an extensive knowledgebase, "getting-started" guides and many video tutorials.
Although, there are even higher support levels in the hosting industry (like a guarantee to pick up a phone call in less than 2 minutes), support quality at Yahoo! web hosting is very high.
Yahoo! is one of the largest players in world wide internet business. Their giant infrastructure, brand and technical know-how is a real advantage in hosting with them, because the customer will participate in these benefits.
The price value is a little low, compared to the features and prices of other web hosts. However, we see it through the exes of experts, and we are not the aimed clients of Yahoo! Hosting, wich rather aims at beginners and newbies. They would not even ask some features, that we would like to have. Other features are great for beginners however, like the built in site builder, e-commerce applications and visitor statistics.
The reliability and performance of the Yahoo! data centers is outstanding. The proprietary control panel and the support are of very high quality.
Yahoo! Hosting is great for beginners and unexperienced customers, wich will appreciate the many features designed for them. Power-users will feel limited and are better off with other hosting providers, offering much more features for experts.