Hosting Review: Fatcow

Posted by Jordan on 06/29/2011 in Fatcow.

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Fatcow is another web host competing to host your blog, website, or Rails application as cheaply as possible. They are currently, as of 6/29/2011, offering to host your site for just $44 for the entire year. That comes out to just $3.66 per month. Super, super cheap. You might expect to get bare bones nothing along with that cheapness, but that's simply not true with Fatcow. Let's take a look at what's included. You get a free domain name, unlimited storage, unlimited bandwidth, one click blog installation, a ton of site templates, unlimited email, and it's all powered 100% by wind energy. Additionaly, you can have unlimited domains, unlimited MySQL databases, a free shopping cart and a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Site reviews

Our first review comes from Top web host review , "We host website on FatCow and track its server uptime constantly. As from what we observed, FatCow hosting has a remarkable server uptime record where the low cost hosting is averaging more than 99.7% server uptime all year long. We think such server performance is remarkable and we recommend them to anyone who are searching for a budget web host.". Check out their website for a complete review.

Our second review comes from Hostings that Suck where they make a good point about the number of "hate pages about Fatcow. They point out, "If you go through each of Googles result pages, it seems there a few unsatisfied customers and clients who have been through some sticky situation with Fatcow. If you search for the keywords “Fatcow sucks”, you see that there are hundreds of search engine result pages (SERPs) by Google. Is that a lot of bad things said about one hosting? Assuming all those result pages really talk about why this hosting provider sucked in some ways. There may be a few more result pages when you search for “Fatcow scam”, “Fatcow issues“, or ”Fatcow problems“. Do these hate or complaint sites worry you after you have read so many positive reviews? Did the hate pages make you wonder if Fatcow hosting is any good?" and you'll have to check out the rest of their review for their summary.

Our third review comes from Web Hosting Top where they relate the cons of their assessment, "The only negative part in this entire great hosting package is that FatCow does not offer the possibility to upgrade your hosting plan to a virtual or dedicated server. The shared plan is very good for small to medium sized websites, but for big corporate sites, vps or dedicated is essential. At FatCow there is no option for windows hosting, only linux is available.".

Comments about FatCow

  • User JoAnn Snow says, "I'm a web designer with 50+ active accounts so I need a reliable webhosting service. Over the years I have used many webhosts mainly because some of my clients already have a webhost. I have found Fatcow to be the best in customer and technical support, as well as billing support. Wait time to talk with a rep has never been more than 10 minutes and that is rare as most calls are answered within minutes. I love Fatcow so much that I have transferred my own personal websites as well as most of my clients domains to Fatcow hosting services. Their annual renewal prices are low and competetive, the cPanel is very user-friendly, and they offer many security features such as website backups, domain privacy, and SiteLock to protect your site from hackers. There are many marketing services help to get your site noticed, blogs, unlimited mailbox, bandwidth & storage, user-friendly site's all there! From the novice user to the expert user Fatcow fills every need. FATCOW ROCKS!" at Web hosting geeks where they have four hundred and fifteen other reviews for Fatcow.

  • User Michael Rodgers says, "Have been working with FatCow for about a month now, buying into the fact that they seemed to have a decent feature set for the price. In all honesty, I am not at all satisfied with the service. Their script installations have been buggy to say the least, customer support reps, even with premium support subscription, are often cocky and curt, and minimally helpful. I have had to take liberty to contact their customer support at least once a day for the past week, and I’m not a novice at this. I am going to be changing providers over the weekend." at Web Hosting Top.

  • User John Cat says, "I’m using their services now. All seem good now. Support takes about 5 minutes to solve your problem and technical support is not really 24/7 but is not bad. Price is good (88$ for 2 years hosting service without any addons). Space and traffic is “unlimited”, it’s ok for PHP, images, some videos or music but maybe not ok for large business sites (as they said in their TOS). Speed is acceptable (medium speed for oversea sites, i’m in SEA now – it’s ok from Singapore). They use VDesk 4 as web hosting control panel, it’s ok but less convenient than CPanel (I think they should use Cpanel, it’s really really the best webcp on Linux). The mySQL server is shutting down sometimes, maybe because they restart it. So i continue to use their hosting at the moment." at Best Web Hosting Reviews.

Tweets about

  • @LeberMac says, "Hrm, I'll give this to them, #fatcow is definitely persistent. They email you when you only partially complete their webhosting signup form.".

  • @BambiniMedia says, "Apologies to visitors -- the FatCow (domain host) ate my URL. Hope to be back up soon...".

  • @margaretweigel says, "O FatCow ISP, why did u delete my URLs after I spent all weekend setting it up? I've worn out yr Live Chat assistants already.".

  • @redsx16 says, "@ChrisCookley I had 1and1 for about a year and decided to move to I didn't really care for 1and1 who I started w bc of their ads".

  • @Soulified says, "Furious with #fatcow and their shady billing practices. Anyone know of a good hosting company? Avoid #fatcow at all costs. Horrible.".

  • @X_Machina recommends Fatcow when he says, "@KerstinU Try I've heard good reviews of their service.".