FatCow has been providing small to medium-sized businesses with web hosting services since 1998.
Endurance International Group (EIG) owns FatCow and other hosting brands, including iPage, Hostgator, BlueHost, JustHost, and many more.* Thus, FatCow is not in a competitive industry with itself alone. Both FatCow and its partners are in competition with each other.
My first experience with FatCow was in 2009, and at that time, I had a positive opinion of it. With its old-fashioned service, I was impressed with how different this company was. FatCow has experienced a lot of change in recent years.
Find out what FatCow can do and how my opinion of the web host has changed over the past few years.
There are Alternatives to FatCow
FatCow is no longer recommended because of the following reasons:
- Server locations are limited.
- Costlier than other hosting services offered by EIG,
- Upselling practices that are aggressive, and
- Michael Bely’s experiments indicate a slow server response time.
A2 Hosting (starts at $3.92/mo) and Hostinger (starts at $0.80/mo) are two shared hosting providers with similar price tags.
SiteGround, InMotion Hosting, and Interserver are three excellent VPS providers.
We’ve Got Plans For You At FatCow
Choosing a hosting plan from FatCow is simple; there are four options. There are four types of hosting plans available: Original FatCow, WordPress Blog, VPS Service, and Dedicated Servers.
Shared hosting is also known as the Original FatCow. An introductory price of $3.15 per month is offered with this plan, but the price is increased to $8.95 per month after that.
An increase of that magnitude after one month is impressive. There is unlimited bandwidth, storage, and email addresses. When you sign up for a shared plan, you will also receive $50 in social networking credits.
Additionally, 1GB of JustCloud storage is available for free as well as a free website builder. The tools will assist you in setting up your website.
It is possible to sign up for the company’s WordPress Blog hosting service if you only want to set up a WordPress blog. Starting at $3.75 a month for WP Starter, and $6.95 a month for WP Essential. The shared hosting plans come with a control panel, a custom theme, and preinstalled plugins and themes. You can choose the Essential plan if you’re hosting a business blog because it is faster, safer, and has better support. As far as else goes, you should be able to set up a WordPress blog with this plan.
Hosting on a VPS is another option. There are three VPS plans offered by FatCow. One core, one gigabyte of RAM, 40 gigabytes of storage, and one terabyte of bandwidth are included in the Basic plan. The 2 core, 4 GB RAM, 90 GB storage, and 3 TB bandwidth Business plan comes with. With the Optimum plan, you get 4 cores, 8 gigabytes of memory, 120 gigabytes of storage, and 4 TB of bandwidth. Depending on the plan, the price can range from $19.99 a month to $79.99 a month.
Dedicated Server plans are also available. The Dedicated Server hosting option also offers three options. Startup plans have two cores, four gigabytes of RAM, 500 gigabytes of storage, and five terabytes of bandwidth, while Professional plans have double that amount. The Enterprise plan comes with four cores, 16GB of RAM, 1,000GB of storage, and 15TB of bandwidth. They provide independent control and dedicated resources, and they range from $119.99 a month to $191.99 a month.
What Have I Learned About FatCow?
1: Average Uptime Record
There are several aspects of FatCow that I like. For example, uptime is a very good feature. Despite the fact that I do not have a test site up, I track the uptime of an account belonging to a friend of mine. No matter if you are running a website for business purposes or for personal purposes, you need a reliable host.
Based on my experience, FatCow has had an average uptime of 99.85% – 99.9%. These are not the best numbers in the industry, but they are acceptable for a host that charges less than $5/month. Our test site’s uptime scores are displayed below (screenshots from Uptime Robot).
FatCow’s hosting uptime for March 2016 was 100%
In August 2014, FatCow’s uptime was 100%
(August 2014) Uptime for FatCow in the past 30 days
In May 2014, FatCow’s uptime was 99.91%
(Past 30 days, April – May 2014) FatCow Uptime Score
FatCow hosted IPs (more than 60) are closely monitored by Hank team members. The following is FatCow’s performance for May, April, and March 2019.
According to FatCow, it had 100% uptime in May, 99.942% in April, and 99.98% in March. Review by Hank FatCow.
2: Daily Backup
As well as offering a daily backup service, FatCow is great.
There aren’t many cheap hosting providers who do this, so it is a huge benefit. With FatCow, you won’t have to spend so much money on third-party backups yet you’ll still have your information secure.
FatCow’s Pros & Cons
1: FatCow Aggressive Upselling
Internal selling is part of FatCow’s business. FatCow will invite you to test free software and web applications once you sign up for a hosting plan. The controls will be accessible through your control panel, and they’ll look inviting. At the end of the trial, you’ll have to pay, and I think FatCow gets paid. In the event that you forget to cancel your trial, your credit card will be charged.
Hosting companies do not bother me if they upsell. It is possible to spend a lot of money on services you don’t really need if you are careless.
2: Unlimited hosting is very limited
FatCow touts “unlimited hosting,” but it’s suffused with limitations. As a result, accounts are frequently suspended. It is possible to be suspended from an account for consuming too much storage space, bandwidth, or CPU time.
FatCow’s “unlimited” service allows you to use it until it determines that you have exhausted it.
If you post messages or software programs that take up a large amount of CPU time, storage, or bandwidth, it’s not appropriate.
AUP Section (CHANGE) c. FatCow’s Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) ii) 02.
3: Limited Server Location
Its customers’ websites can only be hosted in the U.S., unlike some other hosting providers. If the majority of your audience is located in North America it won’t be a problem; however, if you need to host on another continent, such as Europe or Asia, it will be a problem.
Check out A2 Hosting, Hostinger, and SiteGround if you wish to find out more about their server locations.
4: Similar service, higher price
Furthermore, EIG also owns and manages other hosts that offer lower-priced plans.
If you want the same services at a lower cost, you can go with iPage. There’s no point in going with FatCow if you can get the same thing for less.
FatCow’s Bottom Line: Is it a Go?
FatCow has probably reached the end of its useful lifespan.
The service was once a promising one, but it is no longer that way. It’s time to put this host to pasture. I used to enjoy him. Pick another host from the same company. The service will be just as reliable, but for less money.