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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  • Joomla
  • Drupal
  • Mambo
  • b2 Evolution
  • Coppermine
  • osCommerce
  • phpbb
  • Ruby on Rails
  • PHPMyAdmin
 
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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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Excellent Customer Service at a Great Price

Review by: Brad R., from Honolulu, HI, USA
        I recommend this host

I would highly recommend FatCow to anyone looking for a great web host at a great price point. I've had a LOT of questions, and FatCow's tech support is always there 24-7 to help me through my problems. The main page and user control panel are very user-friendly, and pretty to boot. The unlimited storage, bandwidth, and MySQL databases are a god-send because I will never have to worry about space or traffic issues. It's also nice to know that I'm doing my small part for the environment by choosing a host that's "Powered by 100% Wind Energy"!




 
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Fatcow hosting is rock solid

Review by: www.downsizedgames.com, from San Francisco, CA USA
        I recommend this host

Fatcow offers rock solid web hosting with fantastic customer support, a great web based control panel and unlimited data and databases. I highly recommend them for any type of site.




 
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Better than past providers

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

I think much of the services etc are much the same today.

The reason why I can endorse FatCow really is that their online interface is easily accessible, user-friendly, and looks inviting.

I use SFTP/FTP most of the time but going to their website and logging in on rare occasions is something that I have enjoyed with FatCow -- but not other services in the past. It has more of a unix/mac/linux/windows Icon feel to it.




 
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Great web hosting for low-volume sites

Review by: www.hennyadmoni.com, from Connecticut, USA
        I recommend this host

I use Fat Cow for two websites: a personal website and a wedding site I am making for friends. My site has had great uptime and very decent loading times. The Fat Cow user interface is a bit unintuitive, but their tutorial and FAQs are very thorough. I like that this hosting company offsets their energy use by buying wind energy credits. You can get a badge to put on your website indicating that your site is eco-friendly. All in all, I would say this is a great hosting service.




 
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FatCow and Weebly made my life much easier

Review by: www.burronconsulting.com, from Toronto, Canada
        I recommend this host

I was with another provider prior to moving to FatCow. The worst part was I did not move earlier! The other spot was a major player with a spokesperson and everything...but that does not guarantee quick customer service, user-friendly site-builder software or even a good-looking site and email solution. In fact, it sucked. Thankfully, the service from FatCow was fast, efficient and actually friendly! They answered my idiotically simple questions in terms that made sense.

The Weebly site-maker was simple to use and produced something that my colleagues and friends are quite jealous of.

JB




 
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Fat Cow is Phat

Review by: Cait Maloney www.caitmaloney.com, from Columbia, SC
        I recommend this host

Its difficult for me to write a review in 600 characters apparently.

Fat Cow is inexpensive, customer friendly, super organized, easy to manage, green!, and has an awesome name!




 
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I Love Fat Cow!

Review by: http://www.bluemountainhandcrafts.com, from Linden, VA
        I recommend this host

I recently needed to completely redo my website/shop and after looking into several options I chose Fat Cow. I was delighted to find their website options and templates are very user friendly and they had several shopping cart options for me to choose from. The customer service was second to none.......I actually talked to real people whenever I had and any questions or difficulties and was taken care of quickly in a friendly manner. All in all, I'm thrilled with Fat Cow & highly recommend them to anyone setting up a website whether they are newbies or experienced with computers.




 
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My Experience with FatCow

Review by: GoldenIslesPetSitting.com, from Georgia, USA
        I recommend this host

I read many reviews online and finally decided to go with FatCow since most reviews said this was a good choice for someone with little knowledge of web design. I am very happy with my decision. The price was right, customer service is good and the site itself looks very professional (if I do say so myself!). In all seriousness, this was a very easy process and one that I never would have been able to do without the help and support of FatCow. You will not be sorry if you decide to use them for your web design projects.




 
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Truly...

Review by: Mike, from Chicago IL
        I recommend this host

I have multiple sites including 2 e-commerce sites with Fatcow, as well as many resold accounts that I am using them to host. They are absolutely fantastic. I have been with them since 2009 and do not plan on changing anytime soon. They by far are the easiest ones I have had to deal with!




 
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Price increase without warning

Review by: Steven, from NYC
        I don’t recommend this host

I joined Fat Cow when they offered their $99 package for $66. I just got an invoice for $107 but they still advertise a $56 special. Something is not right.

The explanation I got from them was the rising costs of running the service. So they offer a cheap introductory price and nail you to the wall a year later.




 
 
 
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