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Fatcow
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13 reviews 3.92 of 5
Fatcow was born in 1998 and the rest is history. FatCow has focused the entire company on delivering the best value and customer service experience in web hosting to small to medium-sized businesses and individuals looking for an affordable Web hosting option. Fatcow makes every effort to make its services easy to own, easy to use and most importantly to provide real business value.

Fatcow owns two data centers in the Boston, MA area. Combined, they occupy over 2400 square feet of space, comprised of over 800 Servers and half a Petabyte of storage. The secure network infrastructure of Fatcow consists of a pooled server environment, which provides virtually any server on our network the ability to access Web site files when a request occurs. This means that the first machine available will be the one to serve a customer's Web pages, delivering all hosted sites fast loading time and few service interruption. Therefore, the reliability of Fatcow is very good from our perspective.

At present, FatCow has one hosting plan named as Original FatCow in which monthly and yearly billing cycles are available. In detail, it charges $49/yr which averages approximately $4.1/mo for 1/2/3-year subscription, which has reduced a lot when compared with the initial price of $9.49/mo.

In addition to the considerable discount, the company supplies a free domain name for 1 year and caters $50 advertising credits of Facebook. It supports the payment via credit cards or PayPal and permits money back guarantee just within the first 30 days during which people are able to ask for a refund when cancelling their accounts.
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Editorial Review
13 User Reviews
2 Hosting Plans

Fatcow Speed Review 2.50 of 5

The solid and secure network infrastructure of Fatcow is comprised of a pooled server environment, which gives any server on their network the ability to access website files when a request occurs. This means that the first machine available is the one to serve a customer's web pages, giving the hosted websites faster loading speed and fewer service interruptions than traditional hosting infrastructures. Our monitoring result shows that the server response time of FatCow is 695ms.

Fatcow Reliability Review 3.00 of 5

As uptime is attached more and more importance by a rising number of web masters because of its close relations with the quality of the hosting service, FatCow guarantees solid 99.9% uptime. The company uses 2 state-of-the-art data centers which are equipped with 24x7 security, N+1 power and physical security measures to ensure a stable and secure hosting environment.

In addition, technicians and engineers are monitoring the data centers and servers 24 hours and 7 days a week in order to find and address any urgent issues as they occurs. So, customers can run websites without unexpected interruption. According to the monitoring result, the uptime of the provider is about 99.91% in the last 6 months.

Fatcow Control Panel Review 3.50 of 5

The web hosting control panel of FatCow is vDeck 4.0. It supports almost programming languages and technologies in Linux platform, including PHP 4 & 5, CGI directory, MySQL, Python, and script library. The vDeck control panel also allows you to easily setup your eCommerce, CMS, Blog, Forums and Photo Gallery website, to build your first website with their site building tools. This version of vDeck is bug-less actually.

Fatcow Feature Review 3.00 of 5

The hosting servie of Fatcow includes many outstanding features, including unlimited disk space, monthly data transfer, email addresses, MySQL databases, and FTP accounts, and a bullpen full of site templates. In addition, FatCow offers shared SSL to encrypt the data when it is transferred across the Internet, which increases the security of the hosted websites.

Fatcow Technical Support Review 3.50 of 5

FatCow offers North American technical support for their customers. FatCow has a link on their website that goes to a "HeiferCratic Oath" which is basically a mission statement. To read this statement please scroll up to view the directly quoted oath from FatCow. FatCow offers the following support options:
  • Toll free telephone sales and customer support
  • Live chat
  • All new knowledgebase loaded with relevant information from this year
  • Flash video tutorials to help you with any questions or procedures of web hosting

Fatcow Review for Hosting WordPress 3.00 of 5

FatCow provides PHP 5.3.x and MySQL 5.1.x, so that this service has been proved to be 100% compatible with WordPress. In addition, this plan is featured with Perl, Python, and Apache. Besides, PHP runs as suPHP, which increases the security of the hosted WordPress websites. Moreover, Apache mod_rewrite is installed by default to make URLs search engine friendly.

Fatcow also claims 100& compatibility with WordPress by allowing 1-click WordPress installation and PHP 5, Python, PostgreSQL, CGI & script library. They provide shared SSL helping encrypt the data transferred over the Internet and free website builder with templates. But, unfortunately, it doesn't support some other important features like Cron Job, PostgreSQL and SSH which together contribute to ensuring the good performance of Drupal.
  • Dragonhill from Troy, New York, United States
    submitted on Sep 16, 2013
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    doesn't recommend web hosting

    Email smpt is both slow and drops emails. Not fun.

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  • Emmly from Seoul, Seoul-t'ukpyolsi, Korea, Republic of
    submitted on Sep 21, 2011
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    doesn't recommend web hosting

    I'm a real fatcow customer and considering to move away from them after 3 months. My website has been hacked 4 times during 3 months. Their technical support never deeply investigate their server security but simply think it's caused by myself. As I talked with them for refund, they will charge me for the free domain name and setup fee. It's a terrible web host.

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  • Bevan from Marino, Lazio, Italy
    submitted on Aug 26, 2011
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    Their online support is straight forward and helpful. They helped me to get start on their online website builder so that I can have my website live in only a week. I don't have much knowledge on HTML and no experience with web hosting before. It's appreciated, FatCow!

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  • Ailee Winnie from China
    submitted on Jul 01, 2011
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    Neutral web hosting

    The main complaint about FatCow is their email service and FTP. Especially the email service is really bad from my perspective. The SMPT server has constant issues that I have talked to their support people for 5 times at least but there is still no improvement. The FTP speed is not stable especially in business hours. The uploading speed is under 30k/s. Frankly, their hosting environment is reliable. If you don't rely on email service and don't care of FTP speed, FatCow may be a good choice.

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  • Sharon from United States
    submitted on May 22, 2011
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    As a beginning on managing my own website, I selected FatCow because I had read a lot positive customer reviews that recommend their customer service. I was quite sure that I need help because of lack of experience. In the first 2 weeks after the transaction, I used both live chat and phone call to contact their customer support team. They response me very quick and the feedback was supportive as I worked toward getting my website out of issues. I'd to highly recommend them, especially to someone who is lack of experience.

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  • Candy from Zagreb, Grad Zagreb, Croatia
    submitted on May 17, 2011
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    It is a outstanding hosting vendor, offering easy-to-use instructions and applications. The price is very competitive without sacrificing the functionality or quality.

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  • Wallis Lucas from Iran, Islamic Republic of
    submitted on May 14, 2011
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    This is my first time to have my personal blog. FatCow is recommended by many reviews and their price is competitive. They are closely integrated with WordPress with rich features. I setup my blog and change the theme smoothly - saving me a lot of time and energy actually.

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  • Brick from Port-of-spain, Trinidad and Tobago
    submitted on May 03, 2011
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    At the beginning of this year, I selected FatCow based on its competitive price and rich features. I was happy with how easy the whole order and setup process was, and even more surprised at their customer service. They are fantastic on hosting. I've been the live chat 3 times with their people. They always friendly and supportively help me out of my problems. I'm staying with them and highly recommend them to you.

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  • Barry from Birmingham, United Kingdom
    submitted on Apr 15, 2011
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    I have 14 websites hosted in fatcow for my clients. Their hosts are really reliable and their technical support is timely. All my clients are happy with the service I provided to them. I'm very happy with the reliable service provided by fatcow to me!

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  • Lyman Tina from Beijing, China
    submitted on Apr 12, 2011
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    I've hosted my websites with them for a long time. They are great. The host are reliable. I only have had 1 service downtime in past 2 years and rarely contact their customer support team. As a wordpress developer, I worked with many hosting provider. So far, FatCow is heads above others. I'd like to highly recommend them to every my clients.

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  • Horus from Wapenveld, Gelderland, Netherlands
    submitted on Apr 08, 2011
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    The control panel of FatCow is very easy to use. They're really friendly place to host a website. The reliability is great. I never got any downtime in past 9 months, at least I am not conscious of the service down.

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  • Gili Mike from United States
    submitted on Apr 01, 2011
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    Fatcow is an excellent shared web hosting provider. They provide reliable environment and servers. I'm using their unlimited package and I have had no problems with them so far.

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  • Valentine from Columbus, Ohio, United States
    submitted on Mar 11, 2011
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    I'm happy that I switched to FatCow from Godaddy at the end of 2010. I was very impressed with fatcow rich features and low prices. All my problems can be resolved timely by either their live chat system or phone call. But sometimes I cannot connect their live chat smoothly. But anyway, I'd like to be with them for a long time.

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