Yahoo hosting web hosting does not have a good track record, historically. However it boasts of a recent overhaul and offers a 30 day money back guarantee. The three plans available are competitively priced but increase in cost after the first three months. Even with the price increase, they are not much more expensive than most other hosting plans from other companies and there are no setup fees.
The Basic plan comes with 100 GB disk space and 1,000 GB per month data transfer (bandwidth). You can have 10 site pages and up to 250 e-mail addresses. You can also have up to 100 subdomains. At this lowest level, you can still use Yahoo’s online SiteBuilder to design your site but it does not include the desktop version. The entire plan falls apart when you consider the fact that it does not include FTP or a file manager – at least it does not list either – forcing one to wonder how, exactly, you manage your site. It also excludes all programming languages and WordPress hosting. In fact, one wonders what, if anything, any webmaster can do with this stripped-down, barebones plan aside from pay for it.
The second tier package is the most popular and includes most everything you find from other hosting companies, including everything not included in the Basic Plan. It also gives webmasters 500 GB space, 500 e-mail addresses, and 5000 GB data transfer per month. The number of site pages you can include is unlimited.
The most expensive package, the Premier package, features unlimited disk space, bandwidth, and site pages, but still only 1000 e-mail accounts. Of course, almost no website or business will ever need that many.
There are few advantages to hosting your site through Yahoo although it bears mentioning that your site will benefit from being so closely tied to everything else Yahoo offers. This is particularly true when it comes to marketing; Yahoo web hosting offers a whole lot of marketing and promotional features, including a grand opening e-mail tool to announce your site’s launch. There are also detailed tutorials on search engine optimization, online advertising, and online marketing that will help you better market and promote your site. Automatic search engine submission is a given and all webmasters receive $75 Microsoft adCenter credits for advertising.
Yahoo also has its own tracking and reporting tools which provide numerical data that can help you better target audiences and improve traffic, among other things. Many webmasters use these tools in conjunction with similar plans from companies such as Google to better understand what visitors are looking for and accessing on their sites. The “comprehensive online help center” includes 24-hour e-mail and toll-free phone support as well as a library of video tutorials.
Yahoo web hosting boasts 99.9% uptime with redundant, geographically distributed data centers to improve speed and performance. Yahoo web hosting uses Apache servers running under Unix. As one of the premiere web portals on the Internet, it is safe to assume that Yahoo’s available technology is more than sufficient for your website’s needs.