Site5 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 Site5 and Yahoo Small Business with real proof of their performance.

Site5 Hosting Plan

Site5 claims to be the "pros" when it comes to web hosting. They pride themselves on a custom control panel, 24/7 support, and data center locations all over the world. They've been around since 1999.

I have purchased a hosting plan on Site5 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 NameHostPro
Cost$10.95/month
Disk SpaceUnlimited
BandwidthUnlimited
Uptime Guarantee99.9%
Money Back Guarantee45 days
NotesSite was ready within minutes after I purchased, although DNS didn't work for about 30 minutes (even after it had propagated).

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
StableHost2.65 s0.00 s12.29 sTest Results
HostGator2.73 s2.00 s15.02 sTest Results
DreamHost2.77 s0.00 s21.25 sTest Results
GoDaddy2.83 s0.31 s37.97 sTest Results
Bluehost2.94 s0.00 s9.17 sTest Results
InMotion Hosting2.95 s0.00 s14.12 sTest Results
MDDHosting2.97 s2.00 s74.96 sTest Results
Namecheap3.08 s2.00 s72.71 sTest Results
Site53.14 s0.00 s46.29 sTest Results
Yahoo Small Business3.89 s2.00 s60.96 sTest Results

Site5 performs stellar in the Speed Test, with an average result of 3.14 seconds. It's best result was 0.00 s but it has been as bad as 46.29 s. Site5 most recent result on Apr 19 was 0.00 s. For the most part, Site5 has decent response times. They could make things load faster if they compressed resources and set caching headers, but at least connections are efficient.

Yahoo Small Business performs mediocre in the Speed Test, with an average result of 3.89 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 Apr 19 was 3.00 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 Site5 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
DreamHost77.310 %100.000 %0.000 %Test Results
Site596.790 %100.000 %0.000 %Test Results
InMotion Hosting99.610 %100.000 %0.000 %Test Results
Yahoo Small Business99.850 %100.000 %82.780 %Test Results
MDDHosting99.870 %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
GoDaddy99.970 %100.000 %94.720 %Test Results
HostGator99.970 %100.000 %97.500 %Test Results

Site5 performs miserably in the Uptime Test, with an average result of 96.79 percent. It's best result was 100.000 % but it has been as bad as 0.000 %. Site5 most recent result on Apr 18 was 0.000 %. Honestly, I expected Site5 to have better reliability. They've had a couple instances where my site was down for multiple hours, and that has ruined their overall average. But day-to-day they still have minor outages that annoy me.

Yahoo Small Business performs under par in the Uptime Test, with an average result of 99.85 percent. It's best result was 100.000 % but it has been as bad as 82.778 %. Yahoo Small Business most recent result on Apr 18 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 Site5 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

Site5 performs great in the Support Response Time Test, with an average result of 0.28 hours. It's best result was 0.10 h but it has been as bad as 0.80 h. Site5 most recent result on Mar 22 was 0.30 h. Site5 has always responded to my support tickets in under an hour. That's pretty awesome. They're also one of the only hosts that emails you ahead of time about planned outages, and I appreciate being informed.

Yahoo Small Business performs pretty poorly 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 Site5 and Yahoo Small Business compare in detail for their uptime stats: