FatCow Bio:

  • Established: 1998
  • Sites Hosted: 180,000+
  • Location: Boston, MA
  • Host Award: "Most Unique"
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  • Featured Package Price:$3.15
    /month
  • Storage Space:Unlimited
  • Transfer/Bandwidth:Unlimited
  • Setup Fee:Free
  • Domain Name:1 Free
  • Money-Back Guarantee:Anytime
  • Uptime Guarantee:99.9%
  • Free Website Builder:Yes
  • Multiple Domains:Unlimited
  • E-mail Accounts:Unlimited
  • MySQL Databases:Unlimited
  • Control Panel:VDeck
  • Operating System:Linux
  • Server Backups:Daily
  • 24/7 Monitoring:Yes
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  • Drupal
  • Mambo
  • b2 Evolution
  • Coppermine
  • osCommerce
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  • Ruby on Rails
  • PHPMyAdmin
 
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    92%

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Our Review of: FatCow

 

Overview:

"Udderly Fantastic", are the words to describe web hosting services at our #6 rated host, FatCow! FatCow, originated in New Mexico in 1998, currently with thousands of customers and growing strong, they offer a unique, but outstanding web hosting package. From their "Moo Crew" support, to "udderly fantastic" prices, quotas and features, FatCow is a dominating presence in the hosting arena. But don't let their "moo" slogans lead you to believe that their hosting services are any less than cutting-edge, which simply isn't the case.

Their 50,000+ customers are proof that FatCow will try their best to make you a satisfied customer and their "anytime" money-back guarantee proves this! Another plus these days, is FatCow recently went totally "green" in July 2009. All their servers are powered totally by wind energy, generated from windmills, creating no harmful emissions...

Pros:

  • Unique but very knowledgeable hosting company.
  • Powered totally by wind energy, making them 100% green.
  • One of the cheapest hosting providers out there.

Cons:

  • A little light on scripts active for each account.
 

Features & Specials:

FatCow believes in keeping things simple. That said, they offer a one stop hosting package, sure to cater to almost any web site owner and at a price that is "udderly" unbelievable! Their plan offers unlimited disk space and unlimited transfer allowances, free domain name for life, free setup, the ability to host unlimited domains per account, just to start!

They also offer unlimited e-mail accounts, unlimited domain pointing, free comprehensive site builder, web traffic analytics and a whole plethora of scripting resources. Some notable resources not offered with other competing plans, are MySQL, PHP, full CGI directory, Ruby-on-Rails and Python.

Now, for a limited time, they offer free marketing credits at Google and Yahoo! Search Marketing, to get your site noticed. They also offer unbeatable free support, by e-mail, toll-free phone, and live chat.

 
  • Unlimited Domain Pointing.
  • Frequently offer out heard of limited time pricing specials.
  • Google and Yahoo! advertising credits with each new account.
 

Reliability & Speed:

With a 99% uptime guarantee, FatCow's reliability is second to none! They're connected via dual OC-48 connections to the world-wide web, ensuring lightning speed service for your web site and e-mail.

They also offer load balancing on all servers, which in short, minimizes site downtime by keeping a copy of your web site on an alternate live server, in the possibility of your main server outage. In addition to this, they also offer daily server backups, making the possibility of losing data almost non-existent. Rest assured the FatCow will keep on trucking, no matter what they throw at it.

Reliability & Speed Factors:

Uptime Guarantee
99.9%
Server File Backups
Load-Balancing
Connections
Dual OC-48
24/7 Monitoring
Redundant Power
Summary: Utilizes a unique load-balanced architecture, with failover protections. Very good Internet backbone connections help deliver fast loading pages.
 

Support:

FatCow isn't bull when it comes to technical support and customer service! They offer all the bells and whistles of other major hosts and then some. Such as free toll-free phone support, which is US based (english speaking), free live chat and e-mail support and a comprehensive knowledge base, containing the most frequently asked support topics.

FatCow also pledges their own unique "HeiferCratic Oath" of customer service, which further distinguishes them from the rest of the pack in providing the utmost in customer support. A couple notable rules of the "Oath" are to call and welcome each new hosting customer within the first seven days of signing up and to answer any tech suppport calls in less than 2 minutes on average, among many other techniques to keep their customers happy and satisfied.

Average Support Wait Times:

Chat Wait Time
5 seconds
Phone Wait Time
2 minutes
 

Control Panel:

FatCow users can maintain their hosting accounts with software from H-Sphere. H-Sphere is a newer, comprehensive web site management tool that allows almost any modifications to your web site with ease. A few notable features of H-Sphere, are the ability to setup e-mail accounts, website statistics, manage databases, domains and employ and automate many different scripts. We also wanted to add that H-Sphere is tweaked up nicely by FatCow, which makes this control panel even easier to operate than usual.

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What sets them apart?

"Great Web Hosting, No Bull." - FatCow
Their "udderly" low prices and unlimited storage/transfer allowances.
Their "HeiferCratic Oath", which is FatCow's pledge of great customer support and satisfaction.
Totally "green" web hosting. Their servers are powered totally by wind energy!
 

Summary:

FatCow as chosen as our #6 rated web host, because of their no bull, simple policy to making web hosting fun and easy. We also rated them top "Unique" host on the list, due to their environmental awareness and comical "moo" slogans. Too often these days, Internet companies seem to forget about the footprint they place on the environment, but not FatCow, with their totally green web hosting, powered by wind energy.

Not to forget however, their great prices and huge account feature list, that are sure to convince you that FatCow is the "udderly" irresistible host for you. Check them out today and tell them we said "howdy"!

 

FatCow Ratings ChartScore: 92%

Value for Money
4 / 5
Reliability & Uptime
4 / 5
Customer Courtesy
5 / 5
Technical Support
4 / 5
Features
4 / 5
Storage Space
5 / 5
Bandwidth
5 / 5
Tech Response Time
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Server Speed
4 / 5
 
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Reliable service

Review by: chuckbo, from Texas
        I recommend this host

I have simple requirements for a very basic site -- I'm glad that FatCow is available to provide reliable service without charging me for features that I don't use.




 
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Easy Wordpress and Wind Power

Review by: buzzedbeemead.com, from Baltimore, MD
        I recommend this host

Easy-to-follow directions for uploading files, super-easy installation of Wordpress, and runs on 100% wind power. The webmail interface is a bit primative but gets the job done. All told, I like it and I'll be renewing with them this year.




 
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Canham Cameras loves Fat Cow

Review by: www.canhamcameras.com, from Phoenix, AZ
        I recommend this host

www.canhamcameras.com receives its hosting from Fat Cow and they do a great job. I think that many people would do a great service to themselves and change over to Fat Cow. www.canhamcameras.com loves them.




 
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FatCow webhosting is perfect for my needs

Review by: www.bullandabearsolutions.com, from Rotonda, FL USA
        I recommend this host

The FatCow website hosting has proven to be a good overall value for my needs (www.BullandBearSolutions.com). I needed web hosting that was potentially sophisticated and not limiting, but really easy to get started with.

I have a solutions consulting company. I not only am happy with FatCow but use/recommend these hosting services as the baseline solution for my new clients. Customer service is excellent - keep up the good work FatCow!




 
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Fat Coaw Review bsoaringeagle

Review by: soaringeaglememories.com, from Leesburg, FL USA
        I recommend this host

I have always found the staf at Fat Cow to be very helpful, knowledgable & courteous. My webiste works well, with my only problem being that of not being able to load flash objects to the site.




 
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fatcow is very good

Review by: www.caixia.org, from www.caixia.org
        I recommend this host

Fatcow has been a great value for the money. We can host smaller customers on our account, and recommend them for independent hosting for larger accounts. They have excellent customer service, and I appreciate being able to talk to a real person 24/7. The only problems have been some e-mail forwarding issues, and bounced e-mails. To make them perfect, I would like them to upgrade to the new version of Shopsite, and store customer's order information for that shopping cart program in each individual URL, rather than centrally for the features to work. For standard web use, they are great!




 
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Web hosting for online shopping website

Review by: www.BigSkyI.com, from Star, ID USA
        I recommend this host

I recently created my first online shopping website and selected Fat Cow as my web hosting company. I use Weebly drag and drop website creator, which is very user friendly. I have been able to create the look I want and have a simple Google or Pay Pay checkout option. I wish the editor offered a few more areas where I could customize the website, but for the most part, I am quite happy with it. Also, the technicians are friendly and helpful. Overall, I am very happy with Fat Cow.




 
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Fatcow = design company

Review by: artifactink.com, from Sacramento, California
        I recommend this host

We create and host customers websites - Fatcow gives wonderful customer service and value for the money - the only problems have been e-mail bounces and downtime. To make them perfect, I would like them to upgrade to the new version of Shopsite, and store the order cart in each URL, instead of centrally




 
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great web hosting!

Review by: www.bridgetteburrphotography.com, from Steubenville, Ohio
        I recommend this host

I've been a FatCow user for less than a year but I couldn't be happier! The price is low and the quality is great. You can have your website up in minutes and it is so easy to use whether you are a beginner or advanced user when it comes to web design. I've never had a need for any customer service but I can't really ever see me having a problem where I need to. I definitely recommend using this company!




 
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Fat Cow Good Cow

Review by: www.awblegal.net, from Melbourne, Australia
        I recommend this host

FatCow is straightforward, flexible and relatively cheap compared to a few others I looked at.

There are lots of add-ons which means you can tailor the site to your needs.

I also needed tech support when I brought in a few off-site add-ons and changes and this was handled by their tech-support guys really quickly and cheerily.

I chose Fat Cow over other web hosts based locally (Australia) and have had no geographical problems with local searches choosing this web host.




 
 
 
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