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Published author, small business owner and skeptical consumer D. Alan Carter has personally developed over 50 websites. Carter brings this practical experience to bear on his reviews of some of the more popular website hosts... including Yahoo Web Hosting.

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Yahoo Web Hosting Review

Below, my take on the popular hosting service Yahoo Web Hosting. Specifically, pros & cons and my recommendation. Also, Pricing Points, Fast Facts, details from Better Business Bureau reports, and Complaints Summary. --D. Alan Carter

Yahoo Web Hosting Review...
Pros & Cons, Recommendation
About Yahoo Web Hosting...
Pricing Points, Fast Facts, BBB, Complaints

With a name practically synonymous with the Web, Yahoo Web Hosting is a logical offshoot of parent company Yahoo! Inc. Housed under the company's Small Business banner, the service is a shared IP hosting service (no dedicated or VPS servers), and is particularly well suited to beginners.

The Pros

Some of the most inexpensive pricing around, if all you need is a basic site and are willing to accept limited resources.
Domain name is included with all plans.
Around the clock telephone tech support.
Create a website in 3 easy steps with the company's easy-to-use site design tools and templates. This is where the company steps out from the competition. If this is your first time venturing into website building and you're not a code wizard, you'll appreciate the simplified process, specifically, Pick Your Look, Personalize, and Publish. 
Beyond the simplicity of website design, there's an added bonus: you can access and edit your website from any computer that has an internet connection, as the website creation tools are web based.

The Cons

Price of $3.49 per month sounds good, but it's a 5-year plan and the company's Web Hosting Basic, meaning you're limited to 10 site pages and 10 GB disk space. That's OK for a small personal site. Think you might need more? Opt for the Advanced or Premier plan which offer increasing allotments of disk space, data transfer and email addresses. -- for a price.

BBB score has slipped.

The Wrap Up

While a good option for small businesses or individuals seeking a personal website, the service is not ideal for resource-intense commercial enterprises or technically savvy types looking beyond basic functionality. Those latter two categories of users should look elsewhere.

But if simple is beautiful in your eyes, this could be a good match. Forget Dreamweaver, Photoshop or other expensive design software and FTP sites; build and edit your website from any computer with internet access, and with no additional expense. Still, from a company with a long and storied reputation on the Web, a B- rating from the Better Business Bureau gives me pause.

I give a cautious recommendation to...

Yahoo Web Hosting

Best of luck,
D. Alan Carter

Pricing Points:
Shared IP Hosting
starting at $3.49 (5-year plan)
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Fast Facts:
Company founded in 1995.
Parent company: Yahoo! Inc..

Mailing Address: 701 First Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94089-1019

Company claims 99.9% uptime.
Beyond hosting, Yahoo provides small business services and tools such as Yahoo DomainKeys, Yahoo Merchant Solutions, Yahoo Business Email and Yahoo Store, greatly facilitating the startup of online stores.
  Learn more about Yahoo, the company (Wikipedia).
Learn about Shared IP Hosting Services (Wikipedia).
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Better Business Bureau:
"B-" on a scale of A+ to F.

A BBB Accredited Business since June, 1996.

Link to the company's BBB Business Review.

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Complaints:

898 complaints were filed against the BBB in last 3 years. Of those, 12 complaints were not resolved -- and factored in lowering Yahoo's BBB score.

As per all top-tier website hosts, complaints posted on Internet forums are plentiful. A good collection can be found at ComplaintsBoard.com.

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