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Is Yahoo Small Business fast? Yahoo Small Business Page Speed Stats

Yahoo Small Business Web Hosting is known for their simple site design tools make it easy to create your own website.

I have purchased a hosting plan on Yahoo Small Business and set up a typical web site. I use that example website to run these tests. Learn more about how I test.

Here's the plan information I chose:

Plan NameAdvanced
Disk Space500GB
Uptime Guarantee99.9%
Money-Back Guarantee30 days
NotesTheir setup process was the most frustrating. They forced me to create a YahooID, tried to transfer my domain from my registrar to them, and my admin panel was disabled for an hour due to an error that magically went away. Also you have to manually install phpMyAdmin, and look up FTP instructions on your own. This was after upgrading from their Basic plan because it didn't support FTP (what plan doesn't have FTP?!)

Page Speed Test

This test measures the total time it takes to load a standard web page. Lower is better.

This test is performed by submitting a typical web page served on the host to WebPageTest and recording how long it takes to load. This test web page is 56 KB of HTML, 287 KB of JavaScript, 51 KB of CSS, and 1,128 KB of images (these are typical according to the HTTP Archive). WebPageTest (a 3rd-party, vendor-neutral organization) uses servers located in Virgina and California to measure the page load waterfall in the latest version of Chrome, on a very fast internet connection. The test is ran 5 times each, and the middle (median) result is what is counted from each location. Then the east coast and west coast times are averaged, which should eliminate any bias due to server location. We're interested in first page load, not the repeat/cached view.

If you're really interested, I use the 'Load Time' measurement that's returned from WebPageTest for ranking page speed. I still collect other metrics such as TTFB (time to first byte), fully loaded time, and the speed index, in addition to server setting scores which are translated to grades. You can see these detailed values in the "Raw Results."

This test is important if your site resembles a typical website and you're concerned about speed (which you should be!)

Measuring page speed with WebPageTest.org

In September 2014 I updated this test to be more accurate, and you'll notice page speeds were a bit higher before then. The test used to be run only 3 times from one location using a simulated cable internet connection on Internet Explorer 11. The new method provides much more consistent results.

Yahoo Small Business Page Speed Test Results

Yahoo Small Business (full benchmark) performs miserably in the Page Speed test, with an average result of 4.22 seconds. Its best run was 2.82 s, but has been as bad as 60.95 s. Yahoo Small Business's most recent result on Jul 21 was 3.17 seconds. Yahoo is not someone I'd expect to do well, but they're nothing to laugh at when it comes to speed. Their performance headers could be optimized a bit, but overall they're not going to leave you waiting for your site to load.

Let's see if Yahoo Small Business is consistent in its page speed stats:

Recent Raw Results for Yahoo Small Business

Date Location Load time TTFB Fully loaded Speed index Keep-alive Score Compress Score Caching Score
2017-07-21Dulles, VA3.1s0.3s3.6s1.8sAFC
2017-07-21San Jose, CA3.2s0.3s3.9s1.5sAFC
2017-07-20Dulles, VA3.2s0.3s3.8s1.6sAFC
2017-07-20San Jose, CA3.0s0.3s3.8s1.7sAFC
2017-07-19Dulles, VA3.2s0.3s3.7s1.4sAFC
2017-07-19San Jose, CA3.1s0.3s3.8s1.5sAFC
2017-07-18Dulles, VA3.4s0.3s4.0s1.9sAFC
2017-07-18San Jose, CA3.0s0.3s3.7s1.6sAFC
2017-07-17Dulles, VA4.2s0.5s4.8s2.7sAFC
2017-07-17San Jose, CA3.0s0.3s3.7s1.4sAFC
2017-07-16Dulles, VA3.5s0.8s4.0s2.0sAFC
2017-07-16San Jose, CA3.0s0.3s3.7s1.7sAFC
2017-07-15Dulles, VA3.1s0.2s3.6s1.4sAFC
2017-07-15San Jose, CA3.0s0.3s3.7s1.5sAFC
2017-07-14Dulles, VA2.8s0.3s3.4s1.4sAFC
2017-07-14San Jose, CA3.0s0.3s3.8s1.5sAFC
2017-07-13Dulles, VA3.1s0.4s3.7s2.0sAFC
2017-07-13San Jose, CA3.0s0.3s3.7s1.8sAFC
2017-07-12Dulles, VA3.2s0.3s3.7s1.6sAFC
2017-07-12San Jose, CA3.0s0.3s3.8s1.5sAFC
2017-07-11Dulles, VA3.2s0.3s3.7s1.8sAFC
2017-07-11San Jose, CA3.0s0.3s3.7s1.6sAFC
2017-07-10Dulles, VA3.2s0.3s3.8s2.1sAFC
2017-07-10San Jose, CA3.0s0.3s3.8s1.6sAFC
2017-07-09Dulles, VA3.6s0.8s4.1s2.1sAFC
2017-07-09San Jose, CA3.0s0.3s3.8s1.6sAFC
2017-07-08Dulles, VA3.4s0.8s4.0s2.2sAFC
2017-07-08San Jose, CA3.1s0.5s3.9s1.8sAFC
2017-07-07Dulles, VA3.3s0.8s3.8s1.9sAFC
2017-07-07San Jose, CA3.5s0.9s4.2s2.1sAFC
2017-07-06Dulles, VA3.2s0.8s3.7s2.0sAFC
2017-07-06San Jose, CA3.5s0.8s4.2s2.2sAFC
2017-07-05Dulles, VA2.9s0.3s3.4s1.6sAFC
2017-07-05San Jose, CA3.1s0.4s3.8s1.8sAFC
2017-07-04Dulles, VA3.4s0.8s3.9s2.0sAFC
2017-07-04San Jose, CA3.0s0.3s3.8s1.5sAFC
2017-07-03Dulles, VA3.3s0.6s3.8s2.0sAFC
2017-07-03San Jose, CA3.0s0.3s3.7s1.6sAFC
2017-07-02Dulles, VA3.1s0.3s3.7s1.8sAFC
2017-07-02San Jose, CA3.4s0.8s4.4s2.0sAFC
2017-07-01Dulles, VA3.1s0.4s3.6s1.7sAFC
2017-07-01San Jose, CA3.4s0.8s4.2s2.0sAFC
2017-06-30Dulles, VA3.0s0.4s3.5s1.8sAFC
2017-06-30San Jose, CA3.1s0.3s3.8s1.5sAFC
2017-06-29Dulles, VA3.3s0.4s3.8s1.6sAFC
2017-06-29San Jose, CA3.0s0.4s3.7s1.6sAFC
2017-06-28Dulles, VA3.2s0.7s3.7s1.9sAFC
2017-06-28San Jose, CA3.5s0.8s4.3s2.0sAFC
2017-06-27Dulles, VA2.9s0.3s3.4s1.3sAFC
2017-06-27San Jose, CA3.5s0.8s4.2s2.0sAFC
2017-06-26Dulles, VA3.4s0.8s3.8s2.1sAFC
2017-06-26San Jose, CA3.5s0.8s4.2s2.0sAFC
2017-06-25Dulles, VA3.4s0.7s3.9s1.8sAFC
2017-06-25San Jose, CA3.0s0.4s3.9s1.6sAFC
2017-06-24Dulles, VA3.1s0.3s3.5s1.3sAFC
2017-06-24San Jose, CA2.9s0.3s3.7s1.6sAFC
2017-06-23Dulles, VA3.4s0.8s3.8s2.0sAFC
2017-06-23San Jose, CA3.0s0.3s3.8s1.6sAFC
2017-06-22Dulles, VA3.5s0.8s4.0s2.0sAFC
2017-06-22San Jose, CA3.0s0.3s3.7s1.5sAFC
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