Likoma WordPress Hosting

I like to use a real estate analogy to explain website hosting. I lease a “building” from a big, well-known hosting provider. I sub-lease apartments (websites). I also live in the building and I am the building manager, the interior designer, the plumber, the doorman, and the janitor. If the plumbing goes out in apartment 42 (a website), I’ll instantly get an email about it and can fix it because I know exactly where the main water valve is in the basement. I know what’s going on and how to get it fixed. If I can’t get it fixed, I have a direct line to the building owner. That’s about it.

If you’re hosted at e.g. Yahoo, you’ll be going to them for any questions, but if you come to me while you’re hosted with Yahoo, you’ll need to give me the keys to your apartment, I’ll need to search around the basement, billing you for the time, and find the main water valve. Maybe it’s in the exact same spot as it is in our building, great, easy. Maybe it’s not and it’s going to take me an extra hour to fix it. See the comments below for more about the “big guys” as hosting companies.

The hosting building is going to have the same 99.9% uptime as all of the big guys–because it is one of the big guys. No, I don’t have a 24/7 help desk 800 number. But how often are things truly the fault of the host? Well, statistically, 0.01% of the time! The usual culprit is your ISP (SBC, Comcast, Earthlink, etc.) and your Internet connection. The other culprit is your own computer or network. In the three years I’ve been with this host, they’ve had two little glitches and they were fixed before I could even email them about it.

  • Likoma

  • Domains
  • Data Storage (GB)
  • Monthly Traffic (GB)
  • Google Apps Email
  • Weekly DB Backup
  • Monthly File Backup
  • WP, Plugin, Theme
    Upgrades (monthly)
  • 1 Hour Service

About the Author:

I've done the big corporate thing. I've done the creative writer thing. Now I'm happily in the middle. I like to help small businesses who are interested in "working their website before their website works them." I'm also interested in creating beautiful sites with powerful WordPress themes. Google+


  1. Bradley May 3, 2006 at 10:50 pm - Reply

    While trying to make a sophisticated form work (example), SBC said they didn’t support the technology behind it. Long story short, it was the form or SBC Hosting. My client chose the form. Here’s what SBC Hosting said:


    Dear Yahoo! Customer,

    Thank you for writing to Yahoo! Web Hosting.

    We’re sorry, the ionCube loader you are mentioning is not currently supported through Yahoo! Web Hosting and we do not have an estimated date as to when or if it will be available. However, we’ll pass your comments on to our Development team for further consideration.

    We are always looking for ways to make Yahoo! Web Hosting more useful to our users, and we will be sure to keep your question in mind as we continue to make improvements to our service.


    They’re not a “bad” hosting company, they just may not run all of the bells and whistles a sophisticated site needs.

  2. Bradley May 3, 2006 at 10:50 pm - Reply

    Here’s a perfect example of why I prefer to host with my host.

    Got this email from a big name host. Basically, this email is telling me that I don’t have as much control as I’d like. In real estate terms, I can turn off the main water valve, but I can’t turn off the valve to just the kitchen.


    Thank you for your email. As stated in the previous email, CHMOD is not supported by our servers. You can not set permissions for an individual file. The only way to set permissions on XO servers is through the CGI Permissions, which is directory-based.


  3. Bradley May 12, 2006 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    Here are more reasons not to go with Yahoo hosting for WordPress. Here’s a specific one.

  4. travesti May 2, 2008 at 8:57 pm - Reply

    To use wordpress is difficult on yahoo hosting.

  5. hosting May 4, 2008 at 10:08 am - Reply

    Yes yahoo hosting doesnt support wordpress.

  6. travesti June 14, 2008 at 5:16 am - Reply

    I dont like yahoo hosting. I would reccomend hostgator.

  7. morenews June 14, 2008 at 6:44 am - Reply

    I also use hostgator and very happy with them.

  8. Bradley Charbonneau June 14, 2008 at 8:15 am - Reply

    Has either of you ever used HostGator for reseller hosting?

  9. Rashiz July 17, 2008 at 3:23 am - Reply

    Hey Bradley,
    Hav u eva heard of Likoma Island Hip_hop group from Malawi? I am the group leader i just dicovered your website amazing, i thout of having a music column with our songs and profile pictures. I will email u the songs and some web pages that i already design. thanks.

  10. travesti October 1, 2008 at 12:23 pm - Reply

    thanks admin

  11. Jay Barrett November 14, 2008 at 9:21 pm - Reply

    For some reason, I can edit and delete all the files in the theme directory, but the site does not reflect any changes whatsoever. With one exception. I can modify the style sheet and it changes the site. Can you please tell me what is going on? I have cleared my cache, opened different browsers, still I see absolutley no changes. It’s like I’m not working on the right files, but since I built the site, and have built web sites for the last 20 years, I do know that this is not normal unless the site is mirrored, with the exception of the style sheet. I am Jay Barrett, [email protected] Please help.

  12. Bradley Charbonneau November 17, 2008 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    Hi Jay,

    Yes, the style sheet (style.css) is really the only file you need to change the look of the site. The other files (page.php, archive.php, etc.) are in some ways optional. The only necessary files are the header, index.php, and style.css. So you’re absolutely right, you can delete those files, but it’s really only the style sheet that makes things change.

    I hope that helps.

  13. Keripik Setan June 9, 2011 at 2:15 am - Reply

    I’m using bluehost for years without any big problem and they are quite cheap too

  14. keripik setan lover July 2, 2011 at 10:24 pm - Reply

    hahaha i just know that yahoo has hosting >.< is it free?
    but so far wordpress is the cms, why yahoo not try too integrate with wordpress?

  15. keripik setan lover July 2, 2011 at 10:25 pm - Reply

    i’m sorry i mean wordpress is the best cms for SEO

  16. Marketing Automation Tools March 30, 2012 at 2:45 am - Reply

    How many kicks did I get…

    I have liked your previous posts, but this one isn’t your best….

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