These days, it's difficult for a company to thrive without a website. And selecting the right Web hosting service is a vital part of building a Web presence. Yahoo Small Business (starting at $3.74 per month) lets you quickly build a basic website, but its sometimes-confusing interface and lack of dedicated and VPS hosting may drive you toward a more feature-packed service such as Arvixe or Dreamhost, the PCMag Editors' Choice winners for Web hosts. I tested Yahoo Small Business's Advanced Web hosting (a plan that supports WordPress—the Basic plan does not!) and e-commerce packages, and I spent a total of $29.94.
Shared Web Hosting Packages
Yahoo Small Business, like Arvixe and Dreamhost, charges a monthly fee for its hosting services, but it reduces the price if you commit to a multi-month or annual package. The Basic shared hosting package (starting at $5.99 per month and dropping to as low as $3.49 per month with a five-year commitment) includes a free domain, 100GB of disk space, 100GB of monthly data transfers, 10 website pages, and the Yahoo Site Tools website building software.
The Advanced plan (starting at $9.99 per month, and going for as little as $5.99 per month with a five-year commitment) builds upon the Basic package by adding 500GB of disk space, 1000GB of bandwidth per month, unlimited website pages, third-party site-building tools, WordPress support, secure FTP, password protection, and shared Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) security.
The Premier hosting option (starting at $14.99 per month and dropping to as low as $8.99 per month with a five-year commitment) adds private domain registration and unlimited disk space and bandwidth.
No Dedicated or VPS Web Hosting
Unfortunately, Yahoo Small Business doesn't offer virtual private server (VPS) or dedicated Web hosting packages. If you'd like to build a website on a dedciated server, you'll need an alternative Web host such as HostGator, the PCMag Editors' Choice for dedicated hosting services. HostGator offers decent prices, solid specs, and operating system flexibility (you can opt for either Linux or Windows hosting).
Yahoo Small Business has a 30-day money-back guarantee, but Arvixe one-ups it with an impressive 60-day money-back guarantee. Read Yahoo Small Business's terms of service for full details.
Setting Up a Web Site
As soon as you finish signing up for a hosting plan, you click Get Started to build a website. Doing so takes you to the Web Hosting Control Panel section. Click Create & Update to launch the free Yahoo Site Solution drag-and-drop site-building tool.
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