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
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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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Great, except for...

Review by: Paul, from Kingman
        I recommend this host

My site went down for a little while for a server upgrade. Can they not do this without causing downtime for clients? Although it was short, but still... I still like and will stay with them.




 
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Fatcow...

Review by: Annonymous, from USA
        I recommend this host

Being a webmaster for years I know a few things to look for when choosing a host. Are they reliable, good support, quotas, etc. All this needs to coincide with the price you pay. Fatcow is cheap but I'd say their service is above par for the price. They have a few account addons that can add up, but well worth it for us.




 
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Not alot to complain about

Review by: Adam, from TN USA
        I recommend this host

Really good price with most features you would want, for a small site of course. They are part of Ipower I found out, which hosts many thousands of sites. No downtime to think of either




 
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Dishonest

Review by: Andrew, from California
        I don’t recommend this host

Even though it claims to have unlimited space, basic plan only allows for 6 web pages. I thought I could host a decent web site here, in reality, it's hard to do with the low price basic plan. The premium plan is expensive. The software is easy to use, but I run into problems every day. Either something is not uploading, or pages can not be published. This happens literally every time I use it. I'm disappointed and looking for another web hosting service.




 
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Decent host

Review by: Gary, from Nebraska
        I recommend this host

They are a large host, not sure if thats good or bad. One thing you need to be aware of is that the unlimited amount of storage and transfer is not possible with any host. They will throttle you down if your site gets too busy. This is true with any shared hosting, but other than that they are cheap, reliable and offer plenty for most sites.




 
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If you are in the market...

Review by: Jeff, from Boston
        I recommend this host

they deserve a second look. The special price right now makes them a really good deal. We run a small forum and haven't had any issues with anything, such as slow loading, errors, etc.




 
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Much better than the alternatives

Review by: Neil, from Durham
        I recommend this host

Having been with Godaddy and even free providers, Fatcow is worlds better, but still not too expensive. I'd say their are better companies out there, but they haven't screwed my site up so far.




 
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Good Review

Review by: Max, from Athens, GA
        I recommend this host

I wanted to post up on this site to let everyone know about our good experience so far with FC. We signed up a few weeks ago and have had nothing but great luck thus far with them. They do what they say and chat support is always a click away...




 
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Exactly what I was asking for

Review by: Ricardo, from El Paso
        I recommend this host

I needed a cheap, dependable and friendly host. Despite what others say Fatcow has been nearly perfect for me. Plus they are green also.




 
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amazing quality service and customer support

Review by: www.lookinglately.com, from switzerland, cyprus
        I recommend this host

i can only recommend fatcow to anyone looking for quality hosting. their fast and professional customer support is simply unmatched! the staff has plenty of experience, is absolutely professional and is able to solve all technical problems in one call. i do not remember any instance in which a problem could not be fixed at viturally any time in the day something very important to us operating from europe! our company has added 4 more sites to its portfolio in recent years as a result. i recommend fatcow to anyone! achim wieland, partner lookinglately.com




 
 
 
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