So, Yahoo! Inc. which claims that they host more number of web sites than any other web hosting company, has introduced a dream plan – unlimited bandwidth, unlimited web space & unlimited email storage for $11.95.
Earlier, you’d get about 5Gb of web space, 200 Gb of bandwidth and 200 email accounts, each with 2Gb storage. That too, was a good plan. But should you rush to Y! for web hosting? Read on…
- Root Access: Yahoo! WH does not provide root access to its servers. This is done mainly for the security reasons. I was happy with this until I came to know the power & advantages of having root access to your server. As an advanced user, you’d always prefer root (or shell) access to your server.
- Control Panel: Yahoo! WH has its own customized control panel for web administrators. I think its not as powerful and easy as the industry standard C-panel. Don’t be baffled by C-panel’s meant-for-advanced-users-look if you are a newbie to web hosting stuff. Its damn easy to use and you won’t need more than 1 hour to get used to it. Trust me.
- Server uptime: My experience was not very good with Yahoo’s servers. The SQL server would crash for hours after every 3 months. I notified the teams to look into the problem, but nothing improved.
- Zend/ionCube support: Yahoo! for some strange reason, does not support zend/ionCube. 🙁
- …and the differentiator: The Support Team!
- Trust me, I won’t mind paying extra if the web host offers a great support. You’re going to need their support at some point of time. If you are a new web administrator, then you should take my advice very seriously.
- My experience with Yahoo’s support team was not very good. First of all, they take almost 24 hours to reply to questions sent to them by email. That’s very (very) bad.
- Yahoo’s Telephonic support is pain in the bum. When your website is down and you are frustrated with your attempts to restore the website; you have to spend 10 minutes spelling your Yahoo ID to their support executives 😀 . People from India, with weird names (rather, weird Yahoo IDs) have lot of trouble with this. Even if you get through, there is no guarantee that your problem will be solved. I was once told “Sir, at the most we can ‘reset’ (meaning “Delete”) your database”. What the heck!
- Access Speed: Test it before you invest your money.
These are just few pointers that you should consider. My experience with Yahoo wasn’t very great. Anyway, let’s hope that with their new offering, they have improved their services.
Good Luck, Yahoo! WH! 🙂