FatCow Dedicated Hosting Review

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Cosmo

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Sep 12 - 2014

FatCow

Dedicated Server Hosting Review

FatCowwas established in 1998 and is today a well-known brand name in the web hosting industry for personal and small and medium size business solutions.

FatCow pioneered the"one plan one price"philosophy practised by many other web hosts today. It began offering its signature all-in-one web hosting solution when its founders observed that many other web hosts at the time offered confusing pricing schemes replete with techno jargon and not much in the way of customer support.


FatCow wasacquired byEndurance International Group (EIG) in 2005. EIG may be a familiar name as it is also the parent company of a large number of other web hosting providers including iPage, Just Host, HostMonster and Bluehost. EIG is also a subsidiary of UnitedWeb that run is by Thomas Gorny, the founder of iPage. As you can expect, much of the same policies and features are similar but marketed differently.


FatCow Dedicated Server Plans

For the most demanding high-traffic websites, FatCow offers 3 powerful dedicated server plans -Startup, Professional & Enterprise- with the following specifications :

Plans Startup Professional Enterprise

Good For

Smaller businesses

that are expanding quickly & need extra power & security to accommodate that growth over time. Ideal for ecommerce sites that may outgrow shared hosting & don't want to be affected by others on their server.

Established businesses

that are ready to take their online presence to the next level by taking advantage of the flexibility that comes with dedicated resources & using that to expand their website capabilities.

Thriving businesses

with high-volume traffic, frequent data transactions and/or extensive website functionalities. Ideal for businesses whose performance and response time are critical for online success.

CPU

Intel Xeon E3-1220 V2 3.5 GHz

8MB Level 3 Cache

Intel Xeon E3-1265 V2 3.2 GHz

8MB Level 3 Cache

Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 3.7 GHz

8MB Level 3 Cache

Cores

2

4

4

RAM

4 GB

8 GB

16 GB

Storage

500 GB

1 TB

1 TB

Bandwidth

5 TB

10 TB

15 TB

Operating System

CentOS 6.4

CentOS 6.4

CentOS 6.4

Price

$119.99

monthly

$151.99

monthly

$191.99

monthly

Be sure to keep in mind that FatCow's dedicated server plans renew at the following regular rates upon expiry of a customer's initial registration term :

Plans Startup Professional Enterprise

24-Month Term

2 year plan

$129.99

monthly

$169.99

monthly

$209.99

monthly

12-Month Term

1 year plan

$139.99

monthly

$179.99

monthly

$219.99

monthly

1-Month Term

Monthly plan

$24.99

monthly

$189.99

monthly

$239.99

monthly

Automatic Renewal of Plans

FatCow automatically renews its customers' plans upon the expiry of their initial registered hosting term. This discretion can be found in itsUser Agreement:


8. Billing and Payments

You acknowledge, agree and authorize us to automatically bill and/or charge on your credit card for successive terms of equal lengths as the initial term, unless terminated or canceled by either party as provided in section.


This is a standard web hosting industry practice but one that potential customers may not be aware of. So be sure to keep this in mind or send them an email to opt out.


Cancellation / Refund Policy

FatCow's dedicated server plans do not come with any money back guarantees presently.


Uptime

We were unable to locate any of FatCow's uptime statistics or any guarantees on it. An independent third-party uptime monitoring website has recorded FatCow's uptime at99.9%since 2005.


As the resources of a dedicated server are at your complete disposal and not shared, your website should not experience any downtime with the exception of isolated incidents like power blackouts or hardware failure.


Plan Features & Add-Ons

FatCow offers a number of extra value-added services on top of its web hosting plans which we discuss below. Click on the links below to find out more.

Green hosting

FatCow purchases Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) to offset its energy usage. This means that its servers are effectively 100% powered by wind energy supplied byCommunity Energy Inc. By doing this, FatCow prevents the release of 999 metric tons of carbon dioxide into the Earth's atmosphere each year.


FatCow is also aGreen Power Partnerwith the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. According to the EPA s website :


“Partnering with EPA can help your organization lower the transaction costs of buying green power, reduce its carbon footprint, and communicate its leadership to key stakeholders. Buying green power is one of the easiest and most effective ways to improve your organization's environmental performance.”


Special offers

FatCow periodically offers discounts on its web hosting plans. Do check out ourFatCow Promotionspage for the latest available promotions.

Conclusion

FatCowis a reliable and solid web host for small and medium-sized businesses. We like FatCow's commitment to customer satisfaction which is backed by its quirky HeiferCratic Oath and one month free hosting guarantee if its subscribers do not receive a positive customer support experience.



In a

nutshell

* For web hosting company in general and not to specific plans.

Pros

1.

Solid Plans at Decent Prices

FatCow offers a complete range from shared to dedicated server hosting solutions at affordable prices.

2.

Good Customer Support

FatCow's HeiferCratic Oath offers customers a free month of hosting for unsatisfactory customer service received.

Cons

1.

No Uptime Guarantee

FatCow does not offer any uptime guarantees or refunds for excessive downtime experienced.

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