FatCow Review

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FatCow is a web hosting service that prides themselves on being a different alternative in web hosting. They do away with all the techno babble and confusing pricing schemes to offer a customer friendly, entertaining approach to web hosting. They also pride themselves to simple service and value.

FatCow is great for web hosting novices and new comers. They are a great service to easily give yourself a web presence for either personal or small business websites. FatCow offers great customer service and clearly states their support pledge, the “HeiferCratic Oath”, to you the customer. If for at any reason you have a problem with their oath, they will strive to fix the problem and credit your account for 1 month of hosting.

FatCow is also a green hosting provider with 100% of their power coming from wind. You can add a green badge to your site to show your visitors that your site is hosted using green power.

Price

FatCow offers one of the simplest pricing plans we have seen.  Simply called “The FatCow Plan”, they offer an introductory price of $3.15 / month, and activation, setup, and domain registration are included free with the plan.  The only caveat is that on their homepage they list the pricing per year as most other web hosting services list the price per month.  We found this a nice feature though, because we know up front what the hosting will cost for the year.

The FatCow Plan Details:

12-Month Term24-Month Term36-Month Term
$8.95 / mo $7.95 / mo $6.95 / mo
Billed $107.40Billed $190.80 Billed $250.20

The plan pricing listed is the regular rate. FatCow offers some extras when you signup including domain privacy ($8.99/yr), daily backups ($12.95/yr), "SiteLock" protection ($12.95/yr), premium spam filter ($9.95/yr), directory listing ($12.00/yr), and SubmitNet Basic ($9.95/yr) for added costs.

If you are not looking for a full featured web hosting plan, FatCow also offers "The MiniMoo" plan for $5/yr that includes 1 email account and a parked domain page. This allows you to start to get the word out about your site before it is ready to go. You still receive the same amazing customer support with this plan.

FatCow also offers a 30-Day Money Back Guarantee. Keep in mind that you will not be refunded the $15 domain registration fee if you want to keep your domain.

Features

In keeping with their pledge to offer simple, no hassle web hosting and pricing, FatCow has many standard features in their hosting plan. Similar to iPage, FatCow has the Google Control panel integrated into their control panel giving you access to Google Webmaster Tools as well as Google AdWords from your FatCow login.

Core Features
Unlimited Disk Space
Unlimited Transfer Bandwidth
Unlimited Hosted Domains
Unlimited MySQL Databases
 
Web Creation & Design Services
Free Drag and Drop Site Builder
Template-Based Site Builder
Personalized Domain Name (1 Free Domain)
Blog Setup Wizard
Photo Gallery Setup Wizard
Google Custom Search Engine
 
Marketing Tools
Google Webmaster Tools
$75 Google AdWords Credit
$25 Yahoo!/Bing Search Credit
$50 Facebook Ad Credit
Free Yellowpages.com Listing
Free Toll-Free Phone Number (US Only)
HubSpot's Website Grader
PayPal Shopping Cart Integration
 
Email
Unlimited Domain Email Addresses
Webmail Access
Email Forwarding
Autoresponders
Customizable Spam Filters
Virus Checking
 
Hosting Technology
User-Friendly Custom Control Panel
24/7 Network Monitoring
High Performance Load Balancing Servers
Visitor Stats & Site Traffic Reporting
Multiple Data Center Locations
 
Customer Support
Online Help Center & Knowledge Base
24/7 Phone, Email, & Live Chat Support
HeiferCratic Oath Pledging a High Level of Service
User Guide Tutorials
US Phone Support
 

Ease of Use

FatCow prides themselves on offering a very easy web hosting experience and they deliver. Although they offer a very simple control panel (vDeck) with website, email, marketing, and account management tasks neatly separated into categories. The signup process is also a breeze because of their one simple plan. Just choose a domain name and a plan length, enter your information and credit card and you are done! FatCow's nice site creation tools like their Weebly drag and drop site builder allow you to quickly create and publish a professional looking site without writing a single line of code.

FatCow also offers a vast array of add-on scripts that are very simple to integrate into your site. These include blogs (WordPress), forums (phpBB), content management (Joomla, Drupal), mailing lists (iContact), photo galleries (coppermine), eCommerce (iPayment), and many more. Integration is as simple as going to the "SimpleScripts" section and clicking on the add-on you desire then clicking "Install".

Reliability

Although FatCow does not explicitly call out how reliable their service is, we have found them to be very reliable and quick to solve issues when they arise. FatCow does have 24/7 network monitoring, backup generators, daily server backups, multi-GB connections and load-balancing server platforms. All of these features help ensure reliable web hosting and a website that your visitors can always get to.

Marketing Tools

FatCow offers a lot of marketing tools and credits for you to advertise your site at no extra charge.

  • Constant Contact 60-Day Trial - for email marketing campaigns
  • Integrated Google Webmaster Tools - optimize your site for top search results
  • $75 Google AdWords Credit
  • $25 Yahoo!/Bing Sponsored Search Credits
  • $50 Facebook Ad Credit
  • Free Yellowpages.com
  • HubSpot's Website Grader
  • Free Toll-Free Phone Number (US Only)
  • Search Engine Submission

When used in combination, these features offer great visibility and marketing for your website. Once your site is up and running you will be able to easily attract visitors to it, whether you want them to read your personal blog or buy your small business products. You can monitor which tools give you the best results so you can target only the tools and keywords that produce marketing results for your site. This will allow you to pick the best tool once your free credits run out.

FatCow also collects visitor statistics and site traffic information helping you determine how your visitors are getting to your site and what links they click on while browsing your site. This is an invaluable feature as it helps you target future visitors and adjust the design of your site to make it work better for you.

Customer Support

FatCow has a knowledge base and a user guide tutorials section that are easy to search and understand. FatCow also has 24/7 US-based phone, email, and live chat support. FatCow is very quick to respond to emails and the average phone wait time is less than 2 minutes. In fact, they have a pledge, the "HeiferCratic Oath", that they will answer your call in under 2 minutes, maintain a pleasant support experience, and have the most knowledgeable support staff. They definitely live up to their pledge.

Customer Reviews

The Fatcow planWrite Review
April 8, 2016Price
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MichaelEase of Use
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GermanyMarketing Tools
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For 2015 I paid for the "Fatcow Plan" 52.41 USD, for this year they book from my Paypal account 184.93 USD!! So be very careful, the company like to cheat there customers!!!!
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10 Best Online IconEditor Response:   Keep in mind that when you first signup for web hosting plans, most companies give you a discounted rate. The following year the rate returns to normal which may explain why your web hosting charge went up.
Marketing Credits are GreatWrite Review
December 7, 2012Price
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Pete M.Ease of Use
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Vancouver, BCMarketing Tools
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I've been using FatCow now for a couple months and it was very easy to initially setup my site. I also really like all the marketing credits that come with my account. They have been helpful in starting to market my site and seeing which marketing tools have the best return.
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