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- Free Domain
- Unlimited Disk Space
- Unlimited Bandwidth
- FTP Access
- Web-Based File Manager
- 99.9% Uptime Guarantee
- Unlimited MySQL Databases
- vDeck Control Panel
- Unlimited E-Mail Accounts
- Web-Based E-Mail
- POP3 / SMTP
- E-Mail Forwarding
- Spam Protection
- Free Domain
- Unlimited Domains
- Unlimited Sub-Domains
- Ruby & Ruby on Rails
- Website Builder
- Image Gallery
- Forum Software
- Online Store / Selling Tools
- Google AdWords Credit
- Yahoo! / Bing Search Marketing Credit
- Facebook Advertising Credit
- YP.com Listing
- Google Webmaster Tools
- Toll-Free Phone Number (US Only)
- 24/7 Phone Support
- E-Mail / Tickets Support
- Live Chat Support
- Video Tutorials
- FAQ / Knowledgebase
FatCow, a shared web hosting service provider, positions itself as an old-fashioned company that prioritizes quality. Founded in 1998, FatCow focuses on small and medium-sized businesses and ensures that working with the host is easy in every detail: from purchasing a hosting plan and initial account setup, to resolving technical issues and tailoring services to your exact needs.
The company also claims that its servers are fully powered from environmentally friendly wind energy (as attested by Renewable Energy Certificates) which means that you not only get space for your website, but also the pleasure of knowing that you are being friendly to the environment.
Instead of multiple plans, each one targeting a different market segment, FatCow concentrates on a one-plan-fits-all approach. For a monthly payment of only $3.15, you get unlimited bandwidth and disk space, a large number of e-mail accounts and SQL databases, plus a number of programming and development tools. Domain parking or e-mail hosting services, called the MiniMoo plan, are a cost-effective way to obtain quick setup of an ‘under construction' page displaying a contact e-mail address.
A range of exciting features including script libraries, website platforms, and shopping carts are standard, while additional options, such as built-in Google Webmaster Tools and a $125 deposit for search engine advertising, make FatCow quite likely the perfect solution both for novices and for experienced users.
FatCow owns two data-centers, each one with 2400 sq feet of floor space. Pooled server infrastructure ensures minimum response times in almost every situation, while server clustering increases reliability. Daily backup enables your data to be salvaged in the event of primary equipment failure. All in all, these facilities and services provide top-notch web hosting. According to data provided by the Pingdom™ monitoring service, FatCow has shown 99.97%* uptime reliability and an impressive 0,309* sec average response time.
If you are not satisfied with FatCow's level of service for any reason, you may request a refund within 30 days by sending a message to the support team. The company promises to refund all hosting fees for your plan, exclusive of fees for additional services like domain name registration (as long as you wish to keep your domain name), primary account setup, and SEO services.
The FatCow control panel is powered by vDeck 4, which means that if you have some experience with this hosting control panel, you won't get lost in the menu maze. And even if you're not familiar with it, the setup process is quite easy. All common tasks, including e-mail account setup, creating and managing SQL databases, checking server-side logs, and uploading files via FTP accounts, are hassle-free experiences.
Thanks to the SiteDelux application, you can quickly deploy a website using one of hundreds of design templates, and convenient point-n-click editing makes it easy to customize content and adjust layout in a wide range.
Despite drawbacks such as the design of many templates offered by the application, which can be very hard on your eyes, and the fact that some templates seem not to be fully supported, this is still a great opportunity, considering that it's provided for free.
|Some templates are not fully supported|
The CM4All Website Creator is an alternative solution featuring the same set of design templates and nearly the same functionality.
|CM4All Website Creator|
Neither is very convenient, but if you can't handle HTML editing (or don't want to) these options are worth taking a look at if you want to get up and running quickly.
If you prefer proven solutions, FatCow supports 100% automatic installation of WordPress, and the installation process works like a charm.
FatCow has a convenient range of support options starting with a 24/7 toll-free phone number, e-mail support, online ticket support, and live chat. Even better – they all work.
|Online Ticket Support|
The support team seems to be responsive and helpful. Time gaps between the request and the answer were among the lowest of all the web hosts we have tested. Live chat responses arrived after just 20 seconds, which is the fastest result by far. Quite impressive!
Self-help materials are also available, featuring an extensive knowledge base, step-by-step tutorials, and a beginner's guide – must reading for first-time users.
Overall the FatCow web host looks like a company doing what it promises to do. Reliable and fast servers, professional, responsive and straightforward support, an intuitive control panel and an array of bonuses: free website templates, free credit card billing for your website, free unlimited bandwidth and storage, plus free advertising opportunities in the form of $100 credit for Google AdWords and $50 for Facebook ads.
In other words, FatCow is ready to equip you with virtually anything you need to launch a brand new website, even if you are a total novice.
How do we check uptime / response time?
We buy an account from every web hosting provider to be tested and place a mini site on each account. Next, we begin testing the uptime and average response time of these mini sites with the help of the Pingdom™ monitoring service. Please note, most of our competitors check the uptime of the web hosting provider's site instead of buying an account and creating a new site. This information does not reflect the real situation of the hosting's reliability.