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FatCow Review: Good Features for a No-Brainer Price

There are so many web hosting companies for people who want to start an online business or start a new website project, and the one that is ahead of its time is FatCow. If you are thinking of where to host your websites, this FatCow review should give you the necessary tips for making the decision.

I have measured their Uptime!

I have my uptime monitor pointed at a website hosted by FatCow and here are the results: for the last 30 days the site had a 99.78% uptime. It is below the advertized 99.9%!


FatCow Uptime
FatCow Uptime

The reason for that is unclear and can be many things. May be a simple timeout between my monitor and their servers or they may have had unscheduled downtime.

Wait, you get more

The freebies that come with this company go above and beyond all other web hosting sites. If you want to create a personal blog or an ecommerce site, or use WordPress, there are many free blogging tools made available by the company. WordPress is a fully-integrated blogging system that so many Internet bloggers are using and the control panel (you can find it under “SimpleScripts”) makes it possible to easily install WordPress.

FatCow web hosting also includes free advertising credits at the biggest and best search engines and websites in the world. Google AdWords is one of the best places to get buzz on your website and you will receive $100 worth of AdWords credit with your plan. You will also get $25 in search credits with Yahoo! and Bing. The biggest website in the world, Facebook, is another excellent place to advertise, and your service comes with $50 advertising credits to let the world know about what you are offering.

When you choose to have your website hosted on FatCow, you will also receive free business listing on YellowPages.com and you will also receive a toll free phone number with Nextiva. This is another thing which makes the hosting company to stand out among the rest.

FatCow likes green (grass)

The Famous Cow
The Famous Cow

One of the ways that FatCow is ahead of its time is because the web hosting company’s offices and data centers are run by 100% wind energy. Because the web hosting site is powered by green energy, you get to post a badge on your website when you choose FatCow as your web hosting company (if you want to). The badges will link to a certificate that proves how green your website is and how green your web hosting site is. This may even help draw more customers and activity to your website because so many people like to patronize eco friendly websites. Your reputation will grow and your business will grow.

Go wild with the applications

You will get some “fat” options that will make web hosting easy for you. You will have unlimited disk space and bandwidth, so you can have as much content as you want and need on your site. Users like the fact that it does not matter how many pictures, videos, blogs, and products they could list on their site without having anything shut down from the web hoster’s end. They have a Fair Use Policy in place though. It means that if you use your account for file storage and have files that are not linked from your website you will get in trouble. Another restriction is that they may limit your account if you use more resources many times what the average user needs. Your POP mailboxes, MySQL databases, domains hosted, and domain names are all unlimited and free. The company also offers a free website builder and shopping cart as well as a script library so you do not have to write scripts all by yourself.

You can use WordPress, GBook, phpBB, Gallery2, Joomla, and more templates and blogging tools. You will be able to take advantage of SSL secure server and FTP users and sub-users. You can even call sales and support when you need it. You can even use live chat right on the homepage of the website. A friend of mine told me a couple days ago how he tried the live chat and they helped him make the decision to go with FatCow over other web hosting sites.

And we came to the price

FatCow web hosting is extremely inexpensive. They frequently offer special introductory rates to draw in customers. Sometimes the rates are as low as $3.15 per month or $38 per year. But, with all of the freebies from Google AdWords and Facebook Advertising, it seems like the company is actually paying you to host your website.

vDeck – FatCow’s cPanel alternative

The hosting plan from FatCow is powered by vDeck, popular among Endurance International brands. Through vDeck, you can easily manage files, domains, websites, email addresses, scripts and databases. vDeck control panel is great in terms of business applications because it has built-in E-commerce solutions for marketing and establishing your online store. This is in addition to being able to create newsletters and countless other things.


FatCow’s Control Panel
FatCow’s Control Panel

Once you sign up with FatCow, you will notice that the control panel is very easy to use. In most cases, users do not need to know anything about computer technology and that the learning curve is non-existent. Even if you are lost, the company has a live chat system to ask your questions.

Back your online business with the Email Tools

An important tool for succeeding with doing business online is being able to communicate with the world, especially your customers and those who might be interested in what you are offering. Another good feature of the hosting plan from FatCow is the tools for sending emails. There are unlimited POP mailboxes for successfully sending emails. You will also enjoy spam filtering tools to only receive emails from those who are interested in your business. Some other cool features of the hosting plan is the WebMail Client, a tool for managing your newsletters, and if you like, a 60-day free trial of Constant Contact, one of the best email management companies in the world.

Notes from a customer

In some cases you are expected to pay a setup fee when joining a web hosting company. This is not the case with FatCow. In addition to all the hosting features mentioned above, your hosting account will be set up free of charge.

A domain name costs about $10 if you register it at places like Namecheap or Namesilo. When setting up a new account with FatCow, you will be given a domain name of your choice for free, but only for one year. At first this also adds to your savings. From the second year on though, you will have to pay a lot more so you should be better off going to another domain registrar right from the start. If you are really serious about succeeding online, this is definitely one of the few hosting companies you should consider.

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