DreamHost vs Yahoo Small Business: Which Host Is Best For You & Your Site?

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I secretly test hosts every month for speed, reliability, and support. Here’s a comparison between DreamHost and Yahoo Small Business with real proof of their performance.

DreamHost Hosting Plan

Dreamhost is known for their unlimited resources at a great value. They have been around since 1998 and hosts over 10 million sites. Data centers are located in California and Virginia.

I have purchased a hosting plan on DreamHost and set up a typical web site. I use that example website to run these tests. Learn more about how I test.

Here is the plan information I chose:

Plan NameHappy Hosting
Cost$10.95/month
Disk SpaceUnlimited
BandwidthUnlimited
Uptime Guarantee100%
Money Back Guarantee45 days
NotesSite was ready within minutes after I purchased.

Yahoo Small Business Hosting Plan

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 is the plan information I chose:

Plan NameAdvanced
Cost$9.99/month
Disk Space500GB
Bandwidth50000GB
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?!)

Page Speed Test Results

This test measures the total time it takes to load a standard web page. Lower is better.  Learn more about the Page Speed Test.

HostAverageBestWorst
StableHost2.59 s0.00 s12.29 sTest Results
HostGator2.72 s2.00 s15.02 sTest Results
DreamHost2.72 s0.00 s21.25 sTest Results
GoDaddy2.82 s0.31 s37.97 sTest Results
Bluehost2.92 s0.00 s9.17 sTest Results
InMotion Hosting2.93 s0.00 s14.12 sTest Results
MDDHosting2.95 s2.00 s74.96 sTest Results
Namecheap3.06 s2.00 s72.71 sTest Results
Site53.11 s0.00 s46.29 sTest Results
Yahoo Small Business3.87 s2.00 s60.96 sTest Results

DreamHost performs incredibly in the Speed Test, with an average result of 2.72 seconds. It's best result was 0.00 s but it has been as bad as 21.25 s. DreamHost most recent result on Jun 16 was 0.00 s. I expected Dreamhost to have poor performance, but they're not that bad. There are faster hosts out there, but you're not going to be disappointed with them.

Yahoo Small Business performs alright in the Speed Test, with an average result of 3.87 seconds. It's best result was 2.00 s but it has been as bad as 60.96 s. Yahoo Small Business most recent result on Jun 16 was 2.00 s. Yahoo is not someone I'd expect to do well, but they're nothing to laugh at when it comes to speed. Their performance headers could be optimized a bit, but overall they're not going to leave you waiting for your site to load.

Let’s see how DreamHost and Yahoo Small Business compare in detail for their page speed stats:

Uptime Test Results

This test is performed by measuring the % uptime of a host. Higher is better. Learn more about the Uptime Test.

HostAverageBestWorst
DreamHost74.810 %100.000 %0.000 %Test Results
Site593.660 %100.000 %0.000 %Test Results
InMotion Hosting99.470 %100.000 %0.000 %Test Results
Yahoo Small Business99.840 %100.000 %82.780 %Test Results
MDDHosting99.880 %100.000 %64.580 %Test Results
StableHost99.930 %100.000 %73.000 %Test Results
Namecheap99.930 %100.000 %92.000 %Test Results
Bluehost99.940 %100.000 %84.930 %Test Results
GoDaddy99.960 %100.000 %94.720 %Test Results
HostGator99.970 %100.000 %97.000 %Test Results

DreamHost performs under par in the Uptime Test, with an average result of 74.81 percent. It's best result was 100.000 % but it has been as bad as 0.000 %. DreamHost most recent result on Jun 15 was 0.000 %. Dreamhost has had a few significant outages, but I've seen worse. Their ping response time is pretty impressive, faster than most hosts, showing they have a decent network.

Yahoo Small Business performs pretty poorly in the Uptime Test, with an average result of 99.84 percent. It's best result was 100.000 % but it has been as bad as 82.778 %. Yahoo Small Business most recent result on Jun 15 was 100.000 %. 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 how DreamHost and Yahoo Small Business compare in detail for their uptime stats:

Support Response Test Results

This test measures how quickly the host’s support team responds to your request. Lower is better. Learn more about the Support Response Test.

HostAverageBestWorst
MDDHosting0.11 h0.10 h0.20 hTest Results
GoDaddy0.12 h0.10 h0.30 hTest Results
Site50.28 h0.10 h0.80 hTest Results
StableHost0.37 h0.10 h1.70 hTest Results
InMotion Hosting0.94 h0.20 h2.30 hTest Results
Namecheap2.20 h0.10 h6.00 hTest Results
DreamHost2.79 h0.20 h11.00 hTest Results
Bluehost34.67 h0.10 h168.00 hTest Results
Yahoo Small Business50.89 h16.00 h124.00 hTest Results
HostGator53.40 h0.30 h168.00 hTest Results

DreamHost performs okay in the Support Response Time Test, with an average result of 2.79 hours. It's best result was 0.20 h but it has been as bad as 11.00 h. DreamHost most recent result on Mar 22 was 1.30 h. Dreamhost will usually get back to you within an hour, although that's not always the case. Regardless their support is average.

Yahoo Small Business performs miserably in the Support Response Time Test, with an average result of 50.89 hours. It's best result was 16.00 h but it has been as bad as 124.00 h. Yahoo Small Business most recent result on Mar 22 was 16.00 h. If you feel like being ignored, send a support ticket to Yahoo's team. Almost 3 days to get a response from one of them. What if my site had been down? I'd recommend a more caring host.

Let’s see how DreamHost and Yahoo Small Business compare in detail for their uptime stats: