I have done several websites with various web hosts. iPage is definitely the best. I quit doing it the hard way and just started to use their weebly tool. Simple and gorgeous. It does not look like a cookie cutter website. I have gained a lot of business from this website. iPage is the best!
Fatcow is a US-based web hosting company that was founded in 1998. They cater to both small and medium businesses as well as private individuals who are in search for something affordable and yet relatively reliable hosting services. This web hosting company is known for having a great service and an incredibly low price.
But, sorry to say, never as low as iPage. FatCow has a good track record when it comes to good service and affordability and they have reaped numerous awards to prove that. Aside from web hosting, FatCow also offers additional services like search engine optimization, e-commerce, website development, and even email marketing. Though, I wouldn’t recommend ever buying search engine optimization from your hosting company.
They offer their clients tons of bandwidth, disk space, domains, email accounts, databases and other very useful applications like WordPress and Drupal.
They ALL offer very basic things like submission to search engines, which is so 1999. But everything else seems to be useful. FatCow has a low annual price that can give you great savings. You can choose from multi-annual plans say 3 years. You can get more discounts with long-term plans. This is to reward loyal customers. The hosting plan can go for as low as $3.15/month. While this is cheaper than others, there are still other lower offers than this which is why Fatcow gets 7/10.
What’s In FatCow’s Hosting Plans?
They offer two hosting packages: The Original FatCow Plan and the MiniMoo. If you are looking for a simple and affordable hosting plan, The Original FatCow Plan is only $3.15/mo and it already includes everything that you need in order to have your business website up and about. This plan includes the following:
- Plenty of disk space and bandwidth
- Site creation tools that are easy to use
- Easy to install blogs and forums
- E-store builder from ShopSite
- Free advertising from Yahoo! and Google
- Unlimited email accounts
- Unlimited domains
These are just some of the perks that you will get to experience when you get The Original FatCow Plan.
Another plan is the MiniMoo. If you are not yet looking for a full web hosting plan and just want to park your domain until you are ready, this is best plan for you. Domain parking at FatCow only costs $5/year. You can get started with your domain name and email address for the time being. This plan has the following features:
- 1 email account
- Email forwarding
- Coming soon page
- Toll free support
These rates are good for the first year and regular rates apply after. However, you will be pleased to know that when you avail of the 3-year plan, you only have to pay $7.49 in a month for a FatCow hosting plan. Still a lot of savings? Indeed. This is a 8/10 for the great savings but it can definitely improve some more.
vDeck Control Panel
A control panel is necessary so that you can access and make changes to your website. Like iPage, FatCow uses vDeck control panel, a relatively new tool that is becoming popular because it is very easy to use. With vDeck 4.0
- You can manage your website with just one click using FTP tools right there at the control panel.
- Email management is also made easy. You can have as much email accounts as you want and set them as autoresponders, forwarders or spam detectors.
- If you are opening a shopping site, you can use the e-commerce tool and set shop options such as cart and payment method.
- With vDeck, you can easily see your hosting account information and change settings accordingly.
Are They Reliable?
FatCow has an overall uptime of 99.99%. When you are hosting with them, you do not have to worry about going offline or getting messed up because they are reliable.
FatCow is supported by dual routers and they have NetApp storage clusters for added dependability. For security, they are equipped with only the state-of-the-art Cisco PX firewall so you can be sure that you are protected 24/7. 9/10 rating for security and reliability.
How’s That FatCow support?
International support through phone and email is offered by FatCow for those who are in the US, UK, Canada, Europe, and Australia. 8/10 because they might also consider reaching out to Asia.
Ohyehhh or Meh? Moo.
FatCow with its pretty-good-for-a-budget-host service and rates is not that easy to beat. They the things that you will need to start a business website or open a shopping site. You do not have to go anywhere else because everything that you need can be found in FatCow at a very low price. I still recommend iPage or BlueHost over FatCow, though.
- Date: March 26, 2014
- Reviewer: John
- Recommend: YES
Very easy to use for someone who is not a techie! Customer support is fast, friendly and efficient. Billing is easy to understand.