FatCow Bio:

  • Established: 1998
  • Sites Hosted: 500,000+
  • Location: Boston, MA
  • Host Award: "Most Unique"
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  • Featured Package Price:$3.15 Special Promo

  • Storage Space:Unlimited
  • Transfer/Bandwidth:Unlimited
  • Setup Fee:Free
  • Domain Name:1 Free
  • Money-Back Guarantee:Anytime
  • Uptime Guarantee:99.9%
  • 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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  • Our Overall Rating:

    94%

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Our Review of: FatCow

 

Overview:

"Udderly Fantastic", are the words to describe web hosting services at our #4 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 #5 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: 94%

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

Review by: Rocky from new mexico, March, 2013
     I recommend this host

host for close to a year now with good results. site is usually up and support is fast if through the chat system. recommend


 
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Good, however

Review by: Drake from Pensacola, FL, May, 2012
     I recommend this host

They have a good plan but be aware of CPU limits for your account. Like all hosts that offer unlimited bandwidth they really cant in real life as most of you know. Its just a matter of how much resources they are going to provide to each account before they get flagged. If you have a script intensive site, Id say to pay up and save the headache by looking at a dedicated of vps account.


 
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Intro price caution

Review by: Skip from New Hampshire, May, 2012
     I recommend this host

They have a GOOD introductory price but beware that when that term expires, a year or however ever long that the price goes to the normal rate of about double. They also offer a lot of addons that can rack up the price.

They are good at what they do and don't regret the move.


 
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Solid web hosting for a decent size site...

Review by: Scott from NYC, April, 2012
     I recommend this host

We have a fairly busy ecommerce shop in the florist industry. They provide plenty of bandwidth for the images and speed is not an issue. Recommend them!


 
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Fatcow

Review by: David from Arkansas, March, 2012
     I recommend this host

Pretty stable, with decent support, but wish they offered more in the way of account addons. A little weak in that category.


 
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Good choice

Review by: Cameron from Indianapolis, IN, February, 2012
     I recommend this host

So far, for the past couple months they have hit the nail on the head with keeping the site going. I'd say generally a good decision.


 
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Reliable

Review by: Jonah from Philly, February, 2012
     I recommend this host

Since I have used support I cant say much, but the site hasnt been down yet since we started with them. Also very cheap prices...


 
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Terrific Support

Review by: Hannah from Nashville, January, 2012
     I recommend this host

Several email issues I couldn't resolve to get important mail. Support was online in seconds and get everything fixed. Pretty impressed so far with everything else.


 
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New to web development.

Review by: Rich from Pennsylvania, January, 2012
     I recommend this host

I researched hosting sites and FatCow was one of the top hosting sites. I have no regrets. Tech support has been very good.


 
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Review by: Kendra from Memphis, TN, December, 2011
     I recommend this host

They suit our needs perfectly. Some of the best prices around for what you get. Also a very large hosting operation, so support is always around. Servers are also monitored 24/7. Peace of mind...