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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 99.77 percent. Its best run was 100.00 %, but has been as bad as 82.78 %. Yahoo Small Business's most recent result on Mar 23 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
2017-03-23100.000 %0 mins0840 ms
2017-03-22100.000 %0 mins01050 ms
2017-03-21100.000 %0 mins01009 ms
2017-03-20100.000 %0 mins0992 ms
2017-03-19100.000 %0 mins0928 ms
2017-03-18100.000 %0 mins0967 ms
2017-03-17100.000 %0 mins01027 ms
2017-03-16100.000 %0 mins0893 ms
2017-03-15100.000 %0 mins0797 ms
2017-03-14100.000 %0 mins0935 ms
2017-03-13100.000 %0 mins0712 ms
2017-03-1299.931 %1 mins1858 ms
2017-03-1199.931 %1 mins1975 ms
2017-03-10100.000 %0 mins0759 ms
2017-03-09100.000 %0 mins0969 ms
2017-03-08100.000 %0 mins0907 ms
2017-03-07100.000 %0 mins0963 ms
2017-03-06100.000 %0 mins01025 ms
2017-03-0599.931 %1 mins1825 ms
2017-03-04100.000 %0 mins0861 ms
2017-03-03100.000 %0 mins0786 ms
2017-03-02100.000 %0 mins0983 ms
2017-03-01100.000 %0 mins0986 ms
2017-02-28100.000 %0 mins0906 ms
2017-02-2799.861 %2 mins1920 ms
2017-02-26100.000 %0 mins0999 ms
2017-02-25100.000 %0 mins0946 ms
2017-02-24100.000 %0 mins01099 ms
2017-02-23100.000 %0 mins0971 ms
2017-02-22100.000 %0 mins0917 ms
2017-02-21100.000 %0 mins0986 ms
2017-02-20100.000 %0 mins0978 ms
2017-02-19100.000 %0 mins0938 ms
2017-02-18100.000 %0 mins0882 ms
2017-02-17100.000 %0 mins0989 ms
2017-02-16100.000 %0 mins0894 ms
2017-02-15100.000 %0 mins0868 ms
2017-02-14100.000 %0 mins0821 ms
2017-02-13100.000 %0 mins0879 ms
2017-02-12100.000 %0 mins0835 ms
2017-02-11100.000 %0 mins0830 ms
2017-02-10100.000 %0 mins0847 ms
2017-02-0999.931 %1 mins1931 ms
2017-02-08100.000 %0 mins0904 ms
2017-02-07100.000 %0 mins0887 ms
2017-02-06100.000 %0 mins0879 ms
2017-02-0598.750 %18 mins15861 ms
2017-02-0497.431 %37 mins30823 ms
2017-02-0399.722 %4 mins4877 ms
2017-02-02100.000 %0 mins0919 ms
2017-02-01100.000 %0 mins0880 ms
2017-01-31100.000 %0 mins0812 ms
2017-01-30100.000 %0 mins0803 ms
2017-01-29100.000 %0 mins0893 ms
2017-01-28100.000 %0 mins0866 ms
2017-01-27100.000 %0 mins0863 ms
2017-01-26100.000 %0 mins0901 ms
2017-01-25100.000 %0 mins0819 ms
2017-01-24100.000 %0 mins0823 ms
2017-01-23100.000 %0 mins0855 ms
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