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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  • Wordpress
  • Joomla
  • Drupal
  • Mambo
  • b2 Evolution
  • Coppermine
  • osCommerce
  • phpbb
  • Ruby on Rails
  • PHPMyAdmin
 
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    90%

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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: 90%

Value for Money
5 / 5
Reliability & Uptime
4 / 5
Customer Courtesy
5 / 5
Technical Support
4 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Storage Space
5 / 5
Bandwidth
5 / 5
Tech Response Time
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Server Speed
4 / 5
 
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The best Web hosting company ever!

Review by: microsquad.com, from New York, USA
        I recommend this host

FatCow is with no doubt the best Web hosting company we ever used to host our sites and our clients' sites. The easiness of use, the features of every package, the excellent customer and technical service and all this for a fraction of the price, makes it the most favored Web hosting company for our business and our clients.




 
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FatCow Service

Review by: Blake, from USA
        I recommend this host

Great hosting site. It has many options available for your site. Pretty easy to use. Takes some getting used to if you are not very computer savoy. By far the best host company I have worked with.




 
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curtissmeltzer.com

Review by: http://www.curtissmeltzer.com, from Milford, IN
        I recommend this host

I have been using Fatcow since 2004, and use them for every website I design. I love their customer service.




 
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Easy to Use

Review by: www.afaceplace.net, from USA
        I recommend this host

Fun Fast and Friendly web site builder. Best Price without pop-ups and other annoying issues. I really thought placing a video in a page was very easy to use.




 
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I would recommend FatCow to anyone!

Review by: Ana, from Toronto, Ontario, Canada
        I recommend this host

Very courteous staff who is always there to help in any situation. Their website is very user friendly, which is hard to find I would recommend them to anyone, especially because of how affordable they are! They're fantastic!




 
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FatCow: reliable and cheap hosting.

Review by: www.baggageproductions.com, from Melbourne, Australia
        I recommend this host

My previous hosting company thought nothing of asking me for $180 a year for a basic site hosting plan using Wordpress. I check out FatCow and though they sounded great. Set up was easy as was the payment process. Getting the site up and going was simple and straightforward and we have had no issues with downtime or loading speeds. Basically I couldn't thank my previous hosts enough for being greedy idiots, because now I am hosted very happily by FatCow, who not only offer me the BEST deal I've seen, but also have a bunch of other incentives and affiliate deals.




 
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Great value, easy to use

Review by: http://www.bostonmfclub.com, from Boston, MA
        I recommend this host

FatCow is a great hosting service - very easy to use, very reliable, and a great value! I've used it for several different sites, and highly recommend it!




 
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Not as great as I thought

Review by: Fiona, from United Kingdom
        I recommend this host

when I signed up, unlimited disk space seemed to be great, also for emails. But in real, at a certain moment your friends start getting emails saying there is no more space and when you ask FC why space for your mailbox is limited they say - its just limited. Nice, isnt it? Is it ok to promise "unlimited mailboxes" and they say - oops, sorry? If I have unlimited disk space and a promise of unlimited mailboxes - whats wrong with providing me with ACTUALLY unlimited space for my mailbox?! I recommend this host to those only who dont need a big mailbox.




 
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Fat Cow was a great choice for a beginner

Review by: www.caronartglass.com, from Kaneohe, Hawaii
        I recommend this host

After doing some research, I chose Fat Cow to host my website because their customer service was highly ranked by others who had used them. As a beginner, I knew I would need help along the way and I was particularly drawn to fact that a real person would answer my questions anytime I needed help. being in Hawaii, the time difference can be a real stumbling block. I used both the real person help line and the online chat service. I would highly recommend this company for many reasons but especially because their customer service is so accessible.




 
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Best customer service out there

Review by: Andrea, from Austin, TX USA
        I recommend this host

A previous GoDaddy customer, I took a chance with FatCow. An intermediate Wed designer, immediately was I sold by FatCow's immediate, relevant, accessible, and impeccable customer service. Two or three times did I need immediate answers to which in the Help center I couldn't find, and representatives were just a chat and a keystroke away. Any difficulty I had can be attributed to my relative newness as a developer, and not FatCow, and the live chat customer service immediately answered any questions or confusion I encountered.




 
 
 
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