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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 miserably in the Uptime test, with an average result of 99.76 percent. Its best run was 100.00 %, but has been as bad as 82.78 %. Yahoo Small Business's most recent result on Jan 18 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
2017-01-18100.000 %0 mins01035 ms
2017-01-17100.000 %0 mins0967 ms
2017-01-16100.000 %0 mins01019 ms
2017-01-15100.000 %0 mins0907 ms
2017-01-14100.000 %0 mins0970 ms
2017-01-13100.000 %0 mins0957 ms
2017-01-12100.000 %0 mins0964 ms
2017-01-11100.000 %0 mins0980 ms
2017-01-10100.000 %0 mins01061 ms
2017-01-09100.000 %0 mins0997 ms
2017-01-08100.000 %0 mins0865 ms
2017-01-07100.000 %0 mins01008 ms
2017-01-06100.000 %0 mins0955 ms
2017-01-05100.000 %0 mins0883 ms
2017-01-04100.000 %0 mins01005 ms
2017-01-0399.931 %1 mins1999 ms
2017-01-02100.000 %0 mins0956 ms
2017-01-01100.000 %0 mins0908 ms
2016-12-31100.000 %0 mins0949 ms
2016-12-3099.583 %6 mins1988 ms
2016-12-29100.000 %0 mins01043 ms
2016-12-28100.000 %0 mins0893 ms
2016-12-2799.931 %1 mins1943 ms
2016-12-26100.000 %0 mins0927 ms
2016-12-25100.000 %0 mins0989 ms
2016-12-24100.000 %0 mins01018 ms
2016-12-23100.000 %0 mins0993 ms
2016-12-22100.000 %0 mins01043 ms
2016-12-21100.000 %0 mins01046 ms
2016-12-20100.000 %0 mins01037 ms
2016-12-19100.000 %0 mins0963 ms
2016-12-18100.000 %0 mins01000 ms
2016-12-17100.000 %0 mins0963 ms
2016-12-1699.931 %1 mins11045 ms
2016-12-15100.000 %0 mins01054 ms
2016-12-1499.931 %1 mins11057 ms
2016-12-13100.000 %0 mins01015 ms
2016-12-12100.000 %0 mins0934 ms
2016-12-11100.000 %0 mins0937 ms
2016-12-10100.000 %0 mins01034 ms
2016-12-09100.000 %0 mins0959 ms
2016-12-0891.875 %117 mins41939 ms
2016-12-07100.000 %0 mins0905 ms
2016-12-06100.000 %0 mins0921 ms
2016-12-05100.000 %0 mins0911 ms
2016-12-04100.000 %0 mins0870 ms
2016-12-03100.000 %0 mins0889 ms
2016-12-0299.931 %1 mins1915 ms
2016-12-01100.000 %0 mins0908 ms
2016-11-30100.000 %0 mins0767 ms
2016-11-29100.000 %0 mins0753 ms
2016-11-28100.000 %0 mins0754 ms
2016-11-2799.931 %1 mins1748 ms
2016-11-26100.000 %0 mins0756 ms
2016-11-25100.000 %0 mins0745 ms
2016-11-2499.931 %1 mins1743 ms
2016-11-23100.000 %0 mins0766 ms
2016-11-22100.000 %0 mins0754 ms
2016-11-21100.000 %0 mins0765 ms
2016-11-20100.000 %0 mins0755 ms
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