Since I’ve been a customer of Yahoo Web Hosting for some time now (both Web Hosting and Yahoo’s Merchant Solutions Hosting) — but, because Yahoo had limitations on access to MySQL that is unique to them for security purposes — I’ve engaged web hosting services other than and in addition to Yahoo’s inorder and only inorder to accommodate the installation and use of Movable Type.
So, I’m incredibly pleased to discover just yesterday, by stumbling upon a link in a Yahoo account, that Yahoo now provides Movable Type as one among many of features with their Web Hosting plans. And, Yahoo manages the installations in only minutes, complete with a generous variety of MT plugins and upgrades as individually selected. Presto, you have a MT blog ready and available in a matter of minutes and, Yahoo makes domain registeration and hosting plan setup just as easy and also in just a matter of minutes for new customers. The awkwardness of Yahoo’s MySQL workarounds and how that impacts a MT install has been my only stumbling block with Yahoo and I’d have preferred to keep everything with one host otherwise.
Movable Type’s Six Apart announced it on December 12, 2005, I just now discovered, also.
Thus, I can now consolidate several domains on different hosts — some with blogs, some not — all in one place. This is great news. Yahoo’s Web Hosting plans provide seamless, error-free hosting — in several years, I’ve yet to ever see a site of mine hosted with Yahoo go dark, even for a moment. I’ve never had so much as a suggestion of an error in billing and payments. Plus, you get all of Yahoo’s aggressive spam filtering for your sites and also your email, along with user panels and self-help sections and some telephone technical and billing support as/when needed. I have yet to ever encounter much of anything with Yahoo in this past year-plus that is not to love — a few years ago they had terrible — and I do mean, terrible — customer support when/if you could get Yahoo to even respond — but they have much improved in that wanting area and the service is now just great in all areas: no personalites to contend with, no attitudes, no errors, no down time, excellent resources, full array of MT plugins along with many other tools for site management, full site stats available and readily accessible for over a year (the stats remain available for your site all that time for perusal, to download, view), just great service and the speediest web hosting possible in the Web Hosting plans that Yahoo provides.
And it was just two-to-three months ago I was suggesting to Yahoo’s Customer Support over the telephone that they ought to consider offering Movable Type installs for Web Hosting clients. I’m sure glad they listened. Oh, HOORAY!