The announcement that WordPress has partnered with Yahoo Hosting to make available a blogging platform for “Business Bloggers” was met with skepticism by anyone who knows Yahoo’s track record when it comes to the functionality of any of their webtools. And though I’d love for Yahoo to prove me wrong, they didn’t succeed with this.
A client of mine recently fell for the hype and signed up for Yahoo WordPress Hosting. I can tell you from firsthand experience with his site that trying to use Yahoo WordPress Hosting is a total waste of time and resources. The only entities benefitting by Yahoo WP Hosting are Yahoo and Matt Mullenweig, creator of WP. It’s useless for all but the most amateur of users.
Firstly, though the 2.0 final had been out for a few days, it wasn’t on Yahoo, who boasts that they’ll automatically update you to the newest version. So we couldn’t do the Movable Type import that’s available in 2.0 final without either upgrading ourselves or waiting for Yahoo to get around to doing it for us.
Secondly, trying to upgrade manually doesn’t work since Yahoo doesn’t let you do anything with mysql. You as a yahoo hosting user are not given admin mysql user permissions, so though you can create a new database you cannot create a user nor add a user to that database. Nor do you have the password for the user that yahoo creates for you when it installs WP. What this means is that though you can install phpmyadmin (geez, it wasn’t already installed???) it is useless to try to use it in any meaningful way.
Thirdly, Yahoo has its own “hosting tool” rather than using Cpanel or Plesk, tried and true tools we are all familiar with. Yahoo’s hosting tool is not at all intuitive to use, and leads you around in circles click after click after click as you try to find things that either of the other two host admin interfaces, Cpanel or Plesk, make available in one click.
Bottom line is that any serious blogger, and I would include ALL “business bloggers” in that group, should steer clear of Yahoo WordPress Hosting and find a real host.