FATCOW – 96%
Since 1998, this Albuquerque, New Mexico-based web host was created with the aim of bringing web hosting down to earth. Observing how web hosts today seemed rife with dizzying pricing structures, over-your-head geek speak, and a striking lack of quality customer support, the folks at Fat Cow aimed to make having a website simple, and something anyone who wants one can create, publish, and manage easily.

FatCow even hosts a scaled-down service called MiniMoo for people and businesses ready for an internet presence, but not quite yet ready for a full-fledged website. With MiniMoo, you can get a domain name and email, along with just enough web hosting space to be able to post a contact page or an under construction page.

Last but not least, FatCow provides a dedicated and skilled support team guided by the principles of the “HeiferCratic Oath” and their exclusive anytime money-back guarantee.

Price Value

FatCow Hosting is a one-plan-fits-all web host, eschewing multiple-tiered hosting plans for a singular plan that aims to fill all user needs. For a low cost of only $3.50 per month, you get unlimited gigs of disk space per month, unlimited gigs of data transfer per month, plus a free website builder, e-store builder, blogs, forums, hit counters, surveys and polls, and user-friendly wizards for adding on useful open source applications for making your site even more feature-filled and interactive.

All customers get a free domain with their hosting package and have the ability to host unlimited domains under one account, as well as unlimited email accounts. Also included with the FatCow Hosting plan are web analytics and site diagnostics tools, FTP access, support for Microsoft FrontPage extensions, ecommerce tools, programming script support (incl. PHP, CGI, MySQL, Python, and more), and online advertising credits and marketing tools like RatePoint Feedback Service and HubSport’s Web Site Grader.

And if you’re looking for a little more oomph from your web host or web hosting plan, Fat Cow offers numerous add-on services, from website management to email to ecommerce to programming scripting to website marketing, and more.

Reliability

FatCow customers enjoy multi-gigabit connections on a load-balanced platform with data loss protection provided by server backups performed daily. Uninterrupted power is ensured with backup generator system, and the data center facilities and all system hardware and software is monitored 24/7. FatCow Hosting service is backed by a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Control Panel

FatCow provides its own proprietary control panels for its customers to use in managing all their website’s needs. This control panel breaks all website creation, management, and administrative duties down into the bare essentials, with all tasks intuitively categorized and listed alongside a color-coded button indicating whether or not each item is currently enabled. Alongside the top of the control panel is a convenient shortcuts menu, and a handy sidebar reveals useful website and web hosting stats (such as disk space, bandwidth, and mailboxes used and available).

Customer Support

FatCow Hosting staffs a 1-888 number for toll-free telephone support, as well as a live web chat support service. There’s email help too, for those not-so-urgent queries. The FatCow HelpDesk also features a bevy of self-help options, such as a Knowledgebase, an FAQ library, tutorials, and more.

Guided by the “HeiferCratic Oath”, the infamous Moo Crew is sworn to answer each customer call in less than two minutes, set firm deadlines to resolve each issue, adhere to the highest training standards available, and maintain a pleasant and courteous demeanor with all their customers. And, with their exclusive anytime money-back guarantee, greener pastures are never out of reach.


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