Founded in 1998, FatCow is a provider of shared web hosting for SMBs. They specialize is giving the customer as much or as little as needed, such as their “Mini-moo” program which is inexpensive enough to act as a placeholder while the company is developing its brand. They offer a range of services for growing business, including writing SEO-friendly copy, a site builder, Facebook business pages, and a mobile web site builder. Their environmentally-conscious facility is 100% powered by wind. They stand behind their service with a 30 day money-back guarantee. FatCow was founded in Albuquerque, NM, but now hosts in Boston, MA.

Prices Start at:
Prices start at $3.15/mo for the MiniMoo plan: no setup fee, 35% discount on domain name registration, fully customizable control panel, and full “Moo Crew” hands-on support.
 

Reliability:
FatCow is backed by their “HeiferCratic Oath,” to have top notch customer service, including under-two-minute hold times, US-based support, and to have the highest training standards. Their hosting platform is supported by dual routers and has a triple-redundant Internet connection. Each file they host is located in at least two locations.
 

Site Builder Support:
FatCow has a point & click website building tool, as well as support for applications, like photo galleries and blogs.
 

Editor's Bottom Line:
FatCow offers a lot of personality to match their impressive credentials. One thing they offer that seems to be unique among the web hosting offerings is a hosted VoIP toll-free number, complete with auto-attendant, and 100 free minutes, courtesy of Nextiva, as part of their standard “Fat Cow” plan, provided you sign a service contract. For businesses just getting their feet wet, the “mini-moo” plan will get them into the world of web hosting without overwhelming them.
 

Available Services & Products:

  • All The Cowbells and Whistles Plan, 36-month term: $7.49 a month (billed $269.64 for 3 years); 24-month term: $8.49 a month (billed $203.76 for 2 years); 12-month terms: $9.49 a month (billed $113.88 for 12 months); Monthly term (subject to availability): $9.49 a month. Includes: Free setup fee and one year domain name registration; website builder, web analytics tools; $100 Google AdWords, $25 Yahoo!/Bing credit, $50 Facebook credit, yellowpages.com listing; tollfree number and 100 minutes/month of hosted VoIP; unlimited disk space, unlimited bandwidth, unlimited domains, unlimited email; online store tools; WordPress, Gallery2, phpBB, Gbook, Joomla, Poll tools.
     
  • Basic VPS Hosting, $24.99/mo: 1-Core CPU; 1GB RAM; 40GB Storage; 1TB Bandwidth; 1 IP Address; Free Domain Registration; CentOS 6.4; cPanel
     
  • Business VPS Hosting, $59.99/mo: 2-Core CPU; 4GB RAM; 90GB Storage; 3TB Bandwidth; 2 IP Address; Free Domain Registration; CentOS 6.4; cPanel
     
  • Optimum VPS Hosting, 99.99/mo: 4-Core CPU; 8GB RAM; 120GB Storage; 4TB Bandwidth; 2 IP Address; Free Domain Registration; CentOS 6.4; cPanel
  • Startup Dedicated Hosting, $149.99/mo: Intel Xeon E3 - 1220LV2 3.5 GHZ; 4GB RAM; 500GB Storage; 5TB Bandwidth; 3 IP Addresses; Free Domain Registration; CentOS 6.4; cPanel
     
  • Professional Dedicated Hosting, $189.99/mo: Intel Xeon E3-1265LV2 3.2 GHZ; 8GB RAM; 1000GB Storage; 10TB Bandwidth; 4 IP Addresses; Free Domain Registration; CentOS 6.4; cPanel
     
  • Enterprise Dedicated Hosting, $239.99/mo: Intel Xeon E3-1230V2 3.7 GHZ; 16GB RAM; 1000GB Storage; 15TB Bandwidth; 5 IP Addresses; Free Domain Registration; CentOS 6.4; cPanel
Kim

Fat Cow is very...

Fat Cow is very easy to use, my site looks like I know what I'm doing and I am not computer literate. I think the support is great and the price fair. Wish the control panel was a bit more user friendly.
Score
4.2/5
4.2
Control Panel Use
3
Customer Support
5
Reliability & Uptime
5
Features
4
Price Value
3
Recommend:
Yes
Adrian

No Headaches

Customer service at FatCow is second to none in my experience, running askbelow.com and a couple of local sites. Technical stuff has been explained well when needed (essential for a self taught, late arrival like me) Considering the lack of headaches, compared to a couple of other hosting companies I had tried first, I won't be leaving FatCow in the near future.
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4.0/5
4
Control Panel Use
4
Customer Support
4
Reliability & Uptime
4
Features
4
Price Value
3
Recommend:
Yes
Pati

Continuously perfect

FatCow has been my web host for more than a year. I have not had a single problem. It has been continuously perfect in providing service. Fat Cow's rates are pretty competitive. I can recommend this web host with a very clear conscience.
Score
4.5/5
4.5
Control Panel Use
4
Customer Support
5
Reliability & Uptime
4
Features
5
Price Value
4
Recommend:
Yes
Ann

Great for Wordpress

I'm a novice when it comes to websites. I did a lot of research to locate WordPress hosting providers, and came up with FatCow and another top contender that seemed to have great reviews. Unfortunately for me, I decided to go with the other top contender. Maybe they're fine for people who know how to write their own code, but a novice is in for real trouble. What a nightmare. There was a glitch in the software for setting up WordPress that they'd known about for many months.
Score
4.5/5
4.5
Control Panel Use
4
Customer Support
4
Reliability & Uptime
5
Features
5
Price Value
4
Recommend:
Yes
Richard

Good Hosting

Consistently good service. Not the cheapest but have not had any problems.
Score
4.0/5
4
Control Panel Use
3
Customer Support
5
Reliability & Uptime
3
Features
4
Price Value
4
Recommend:
Yes

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