In terms of pricing and plans, FatCow keeps it simple. They offer a complete all-in-one package for just $4.67/month with your choice of either a 12 or 24 month contract. Regardless of which contract you choose, there are no set-up fees and a free domain name is included for the life of your account.
Provided FatCow continues to offer the same monthly price for both contracts, we recommend sticking to the shorter option. This offers maximum flexibility and – with low cost web hosting being such a competitive arena these days, we doubt that prices will increase a year from now.
See table (left) for a list of key features and benefits. For a complete list of features,
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FatCow’s friendly customer support “Moo-Crew” are guided by their “HeiferCratic Oath.” If you don’t receive a prompt, positive response to your technical or support needs, they’ll give you a free month of service. Phone support and live chat are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All phone support is based in North America (United States and Canada), with guaranteed wait times of less than 2 minutes.
FatCow also offers a comprehensive help desk that includes a responsive ticket system, knowledgebase, FAQs, and video tutorials on topics such as using your web hosting control panel and setting up a shopping cart.
So many web hosts these days now offer unlimited disk space. While no host can truly provide unlimited resources, FatCow easily supports the average website that uses 20 megabytes or less (1 gigabyte = 1,024 megabytes).
In addition to disk space, a popular practice of many web hosting companies is to also offer unlimited bandwidth. Again, no web host can provide infinite bandwidth each month, but FatCow easily supports the typical website that uses 10 gigabytes or less. If these numbers don’t make sense to you and you’re concerned, don’t be. FatCow will probably satisfy your hosting needs just fine.
FatCow utilizes SSL (Secure Socket Layer) secure servers with 128-bit encryption. SSL is an industry standard, ensuring that any information exchanged between your visitors and the website is encrypted and safe. Note that in order for this to be effective, you will need to enable this feature via your V-Deck control panel.
FatCow utilizes two high-tech 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, These centers employ all of the technological and environmental safeguards necessary to protect the equipment and secure your information. This means industrial-strength firewalls are in place to keep hackers out. Not to mention, security equipment and personnel are present 24/7 to prevent physical theft.
FatCow uses a variety of mechanisms in place to deliver a reliable web hosting service that results in maximum uptime. This includes a pooled server environment, plus use of the latest hardware such as Dell servers and equipment from top companies like Cysco, Juniper Networks and Foundry.
A pooled server environment uses load balancing technology. All this means is that your website can be reached via multiple servers, in case one should fail. Backup generators, multiple gigabyte connections to the Internet and daily server backups are also available – which is typical with most top web hosting companies.
Ease of Use
While FatCow does not offer the ever popular cPanel (our control panel of choice), its V-Deck control panel is a good alternative. It boasts a simple, intuitive layout that can be easily customized to your preferences in order to make it even easier and faster to manage your account. The FatCow Help Desk provides a complete explanation of the set-up process. To locate it, just conduct a search in the Knowledgebase and scroll down to the ’Website Management’ area.