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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]
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.
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.
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.