February 28, 2014 / IST / Web Development.

If you want to go ahead with WordPress than please don’t by Yahoo hosting. It was most frustrating server of my life. I had communicated yahoo customer care again and again but they were unable to resolve my problem. Yes yahoo’s speed is good but speed is not always important. Now-a-days, Security, SEO and caching is more essential part. Without SEO your website is a like dead body only. I saw and experienced Yahoo does not support SEO even wordpress permalinks. WordPress Permalinks don’t work on Yahoo hosting because they do not give their users access to the .htaccess file. Which means you cannot create the mod_rewrite rules needed for custom permlinks. You will be bound to use WordPress default URL structure.
Let’s it talk point-wise:

Problem with permalinks

When you install wordpress then it uses its default URL structure with “p” parameter where p contains post id. Which is not search engine friendly. It causes to low Alexa rank search engine page indexing. If you plan to use Adsense than may be this does not help you. See this picture.
Wordpress Permalinks

WordPress Permalinks

This is the custom setting of URL. You can find it by travel Settings–>Permalinks. To understand I have attached a red mark number on custom setting option. When you change URL structure form default to any than .htaccess file is necessary for rewrite rule. However you can use PHP based Caching plugin.

You can’t use Cache plugins

Cache plugins are like boon to run wordpress fast. W3 Total Cache and WP Super Cache is most popular. When you activate cache plugin then it requires to rewrite URL rule.  But problem is that you can’t use it on Yahoo. Because no right to write, modify .htaccess.

.htaccess file is marked as green

.htaccess file is marked as green

Weak Security

To secure WordPress some plugins are very necessary. Ex:

  1. Better WP Security
  2. All In One WP Security & Firewall
  3. BulletProof Security
  4. Wordfence Security
But you can’t install it. Even you can’t protect folder with password. You can not set header expiry time.

Confused Hosting Control Panel

Oops…if you are a new user Yahoo’s control panel may confuse you and little bit time consuming. Often my dear friends  ask me how to use and configure.

Personally I advice you to use professional hosting provider like;

  1. Blue Host
  2. Hostgator
  3. Dreamhost
  4. Media Temple etc