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Yahoo! Hosting & Six Apart partner in blogging platform

 7:08 pm on Dec 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

SixApart and Yahoo! announced a deal integrating the popular MovableType blogging software into Yahoo's Web Hosting service. By bundling MovableType and web hosting, Yahoo! is targeting businesses and independent professionals "seeking to maintain high-traffic blogs on a scalable, reliable platform".

Yahoo! & Six Apart partner in blogging platform [blogs.zdnet.com]



 11:05 pm on Dec 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

The webmasters are reading this and going, "huh?"

It's packaging, folks. No technology, just making a neat little package where common people can access the web.


 1:32 am on Dec 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

sounds like a pretty sweet deal.


 6:00 am on Dec 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

Six Apart has optimized its Movable Type software specifically for Yahoo’s hosting environment and they claim it will result in performance that is "140% faster than the vast majority of hosting environments".

I'm unimpressed. Also, I'm unconvinced.

I'm not questioning the business savvy of either company.

The move by MT won't get me to Yahoo. The specific optimization doesn't make me feel good about using MT elsewhere.


 1:06 pm on Dec 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

Great news for the lovely couple that started Six Apart, Ben & Mena.

If you've read their story (or met them) you would only wish them the very best.



 3:19 pm on Dec 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

I'm almost always glad to hear a success story. Who wouldn't want Yahoo pushing / selling / bundling their software product if it's profitable?

I guess I don't understand what is special about Yahoo's hosting environment, unless it had issues to start with that they are making work-arounds for.

Since they sell the software, I'd think they'd want to make it faster for everyone.


 9:03 am on Dec 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

This is a cheap way to get a fully installed MT blog going. If your client doesn't want to be bothered paying consultant rates to setup an MT blog this could be a great option. Or if you just want to throw up an MT based site real quick then this is a good option as well.


 3:38 pm on Dec 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

Yahoo has done well translating technology for the masses. They offered simple email, simple stores, and now simple blogs. I've done a variety of MT installs, and they aren't difficult for even semi-technical people. Still, I've had installations go awry that were time consuming to sort out. With this, a non-techie can skip the tech stuff and just start blogging. MT makes a pretty fair elementary CMS, too.

Having said that, many hosts offer one click installation of WordPress, the open source blog/CMS, so would-be bloggers have plenty of options. The Yahoo name can't hurt, though.


 11:47 am on Dec 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

They are also offering wordpress as well.
"Guy Yalif from Yahoo says, “We believe that by adding WordPress’ blogging application to our leading web hosting product, we are providing a top notch, scalable, and reliable solution for less than $12 per month.”"
http://wordpress.org/development/2005/12/wordpress-on-yahoo/ [wordpress.org]

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