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Is Yahoo Small Business reliable? Yahoo Small Business Uptime 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?!)

Uptime Test

This test is performed by measuring the % uptime of a host. Higher is better.

I use Pingdom to report website uptime. Pingdom is configured to make an HTTP request to the host every minute, and report if it is unreachable. It'll also report an error if the host takes longer than 30 seconds to respond (Yes, that's not actually down, but if your site takes that long to respond it is unusable in my opinion). Pingdom performs this test from at least 3 servers worldwide, and reports a problem if 2/3 servers do no respond.

This test is important if you are concerned about the reliability of your web host (this is important!)

Measuring uptime with Pingdom

Yahoo Small Business Uptime Test Results

Yahoo Small Business (full benchmark) performs pretty poorly in the Uptime test, with an average result of 99.80 percent. Its best run was 100.00 %, but has been as bad as 82.78 %. Yahoo Small Business's most recent result on Jul 20 was 100.00 percent. Yahoo started out strong with their reliability, but tanked in November. Several outages lasting hours at a time - almost every day for two weeks straight. Unless they get their act together fast, I'd be careful with Yahoo.

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

Recent Raw Results for Yahoo Small Business

Date Uptime Downtime Outages Avg Response Time
2017-07-20100.000 %0 mins01006 ms
2017-07-19100.000 %0 mins0978 ms
2017-07-18100.000 %0 mins0989 ms
2017-07-17100.000 %0 mins0947 ms
2017-07-16100.000 %0 mins0937 ms
2017-07-15100.000 %0 mins0927 ms
2017-07-14100.000 %0 mins0923 ms
2017-07-13100.000 %0 mins0960 ms
2017-07-12100.000 %0 mins0846 ms
2017-07-11100.000 %0 mins0833 ms
2017-07-10100.000 %0 mins0824 ms
2017-07-09100.000 %0 mins0832 ms
2017-07-08100.000 %0 mins0852 ms
2017-07-07100.000 %0 mins0888 ms
2017-07-06100.000 %0 mins0836 ms
2017-07-05100.000 %0 mins0874 ms
2017-07-04100.000 %0 mins0921 ms
2017-07-03100.000 %0 mins0920 ms
2017-07-02100.000 %0 mins0884 ms
2017-07-01100.000 %0 mins0843 ms
2017-06-30100.000 %0 mins0864 ms
2017-06-29100.000 %0 mins0869 ms
2017-06-28100.000 %0 mins0888 ms
2017-06-27100.000 %0 mins0844 ms
2017-06-26100.000 %0 mins0848 ms
2017-06-25100.000 %0 mins0866 ms
2017-06-24100.000 %0 mins0854 ms
2017-06-23100.000 %0 mins0870 ms
2017-06-22100.000 %0 mins0882 ms
2017-06-21100.000 %0 mins0876 ms
2017-06-20100.000 %0 mins0893 ms
2017-06-19100.000 %0 mins0876 ms
2017-06-18100.000 %0 mins0913 ms
2017-06-17100.000 %0 mins0911 ms
2017-06-16100.000 %0 mins0902 ms
2017-06-15100.000 %0 mins0895 ms
2017-06-14100.000 %0 mins0881 ms
2017-06-1399.792 %3 mins2885 ms
2017-06-1299.861 %2 mins2871 ms
2017-06-11100.000 %0 mins0865 ms
2017-06-10100.000 %0 mins0842 ms
2017-06-09100.000 %0 mins0841 ms
2017-06-08100.000 %0 mins0844 ms
2017-06-07100.000 %0 mins0881 ms
2017-06-06100.000 %0 mins0896 ms
2017-06-05100.000 %0 mins0895 ms
2017-06-0499.931 %1 mins1900 ms
2017-06-0399.583 %6 mins4909 ms
2017-06-02100.000 %0 mins0901 ms
2017-06-01100.000 %0 mins0897 ms
2017-05-31100.000 %0 mins0900 ms
2017-05-30100.000 %0 mins0895 ms
2017-05-29100.000 %0 mins0885 ms
2017-05-28100.000 %0 mins0886 ms
2017-05-27100.000 %0 mins0886 ms
2017-05-26100.000 %0 mins0942 ms
2017-05-25100.000 %0 mins0960 ms
2017-05-24100.000 %0 mins0947 ms
2017-05-23100.000 %0 mins0911 ms
2017-05-22100.000 %0 mins0929 ms
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