The Original Fat Cow plan is the company’s name for shared hosting, starting at £2.50 per month for the initial term, then increasing to £8.95 per month, which is a fairly steep increase in price. This plan offers unlimited disk space, email addresses, and bandwidth, and includes search engine marketing. The plan also gets your website off to a kicking start with a free domain name and website builder for you to get your name out there, with little effort.
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A feature of this plan that we particularly like is the parked domains feature. This means that you can purchase other domain names that are similar, or could be commonly used when trying to find your website, and allows you to use these domains to redirect to your actual website. You essentially reserve these domain names for your own use. If you’re unhappy with any of the features that come with the Original Fat Cow plan, they do offer a 30-day money-back guarantee to give you some peace of mind. This isn’t as long as some other web hosting providers, but isn’t something we’d stick our noses up at either.
The WordPress hosting plan comes with two options; WP Starter and WP Essential, both offering slightly different features.
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The WordPress hosting plan comes with a great selection of themes meaning you can get started on your blog or website straight away. If you’re a beginner to WordPress, or you don’t fancy creating your website from scratch, the themes are a brilliant place to start to build your clean and professional looking website. Following on from this, FatCow offers pre-installed plugins, such as, W3 Total Cache, so even if you’re not that clued up in the technology of WordPress, FatCow have got it covered for you. Their control panel is customised to suit their users, making it easy to use, familiar, and essentially simple to understand and navigate.
Similar to the Original Fat Cow plan, their WordPress hosting comes with unlimited disk space, bandwidth, and emails, as well as 1 free domain, 24/7 support, free search engine marketing credits, and a money-back guarantee. The plan is essentially the same as the Original Fat Cow plan, but is built for WordPress hosting, as the name suggests, providing an easy to use service.
FatCow’s uptime record was of particular interest to us so we had a look at the uptime record over a period of 24 hours, 7 days, and 30 days. We are very impressed with these results to say the least! We also checked out Uptrends results to see how quickly the website responded; the average response time was around 1.2s with a maximum of 3.6s; not the best we’ve seen, but not the worst, and if you’re getting 100% uptime, an extra second or two is worth the hit. FatCow’s uptime record across the space of several years has shown an average uptime of 99.85% – 99.9%, and sometimes better, which is really pleasing to see. If you need any further guarantees, FatCow hosting plans all come with daily backups, so if anything does go wrong, you’ll be covered.
Tools & Features
They may be a little less well-known in the web hosting market compared to other providers, but FatCow certainly don’t scrimp when it comes to the tools and features that they offer.
Marketing: If you’re wanting your website to be seen, and intend to do some marketing for it, FatCow offers credits towards Google AdWords, Yahoo!/Bing, Facebook, and even a listing in the Yellowpages. Most other companies offer one or the other, but FatCow hand it all to you on a plate, at least getting your marketing off to a good start.
eCommerce: More and more users are now building their own online stores, and the web hosting market has to keep up in order to meet their customers needs. FatCow gives you a free online store, which you can create and customise to your heart’s content. This also includes a choice of shopping cart, PayPal integration, and a shared SSL certificate, so all bases are covered.