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Yahoo Hosting Review

Yahoo Hosting offers a website building services for SMEs

The beginners’ tool for setting up a website provided by Yahoo Hosting is an extension to its email system with many other functions. The site-builder program allows users to choose the preferred layout for their site, based on a selection of templates, and then they are guided through a step-by-step process to personalize and optimize its functions. The standard web hosting, DNS server and File Transfer Protocol (FTP) options are available; as well as the option of adding email addresses to the account which is hosted by the new site and carry its URL name. The email service, entitled Business Mail, offers unlimited storage capacity, antivirus software and spam protection.

Yahoo Hosting also operates an e-commerce service which includes all the necessary functions to trade online. Extra templates are available to use which are specific to the online store format and the online payment set up; the order processing system and order shipping system are tailored to look like the standard online shopping sites that consumers are used to seeing. This service is supported with inventory management, order management and tracking for both the site owner and the purchaser; site statistics which are sent directly to the site owner.

Advertising and marketing options are available through Microsoft Advertising adCenter accounts which use search engines such as Yahoo! Search and Bing as the route to market. Registered users of the Yahoo! Business hosting services can also take advantage of marketing advice from the 24/7 online help service. This service will also provide ongoing help with analysis of the site in terms of its ease of navigation and appropriateness to the market it operates in. It will also give pointers on website content optimization.

A resource centre, which is accessible from the home page, directs users to support and information pages on business matters of interest. These include tips on getting a business started, sales and marketing, online business management, legal issues, finance and business solutions. Clicking on any of these links will direct the user to a Yahoo! Search page with recommended articles on the topics.