Category: Web Hosting

19 May

A Fatcow Review

Fatcow is a budget web hosting site that has a few positive aspects, such as being an environmentally friendly company and a very affordable first year, but more negative aspects that may deter a prospective customer from using their services, such as extremely average customer service and numerous restrictions that may make running a viable business harder than it needs to be . Fatcow charges a $30 fee for the first year of hosting. After the first year of the extremely wallet friendly price of $30, Fatcow charges a significantly higher amount: $108 after the first year and for each subsequent year. The fee gets the customer unlimited domains, but there are limits on both bandwidth and disk space.

In addition to the inexpensive first year, Fatcow has a few other bonus features that might persuade a customer to try out their budget friendly web hosting.. Firstly, they offer a money back guarantee, but that is fairly standard among web host providers and is nothing out of the ordinary. Fatcow also offers marketing credit for Google adwords, Bing, and Facebook. Also, Fatcow is environmentally friendly, as all their servers are powered by wind energy. This can be a hot button issue for those customers who want to give their money to a Green company. Unfortunately, the positive aspects and features end with that very short list and most of the positives of Fatcow are features and services one would expect to find among most web hosting companies and are therefore, nothing special or noteworthy.

Some of negative features of Fatcow are poor customer service and substandard features. Fatcow’s chat support is subpar, making it difficult for the customer to ask quick questions. Many other web hosting companies will offer chat support that allows the customer to talk directly with a representative about questions that can be answered relatively quickly. Another unfortunate aspect is that they only offer shared hosting. This can pose a problem for customers who have sites that deal with high traffic, as Fatcow has many restrictions. People unfamiliar with web hosting may find it difficult to navigate their site, as Fatcow does not offer a universal cPanel. Furthermore, Fatcow has downtimes, which can be very frustrating and detrimental to customers who run high traffic sites. The lack of dedicated IPs also means that Fatcow would be a poor choice for any customer hoping to run a serious, well maintained business.

The original reviewer of Fatcow gave it a meager C+ and rates the company #8 on their top ten list of hosting providers, but notes that if the customer needs a cheap alternative to some of the more expensive web host providers, Fatcow may be a viable choice for the first year. Unfortunately, after the first year, it just isn’t worth it to pay $108 for substandard features, numerous restrictions, poor service, and average support. Like power moves reviews about different web hosting companies, the reviewer also notes that Fatcow runs an iPage, which is another hosting company. The iPage company offers many of the same features as the original Fatcow company, and offers a different review for the iPage.

8 May

Shared Hosting Plan

You may have come across the terms Shared Hosting or Shared Hosting Plan. Hosting companies rarely explain what this means, but you are sure to have noticed that they tend to be the cheapest option. Whether or not it is the best option for you will depend on your particular needs.

With a shared hosting plan, your website is hosted on the same server as many other users. Now, this doesn’t mean that you will look like the same server to the rest of the Internet, i.e. each site will not be something like www.hostingcompany.com/site1, www.hostingcompany.com/site2, etc. You can still have your domain name, logo, and site. What it does mean is that the hardware that does all the work of hosting your site, storing your information, etc., is shared with your site and the others. This gives you less control over the server and means that any one site that maxes out the resources of the hardware will affect your system too. Any outage will affect all of the sites, yours included. That being said, you also will save a lot of money by using shared hosting, since the price of the hardware is split up between many users, you do not have to pay all the associated costs yourself. A shared hosting solution also means you don’t have to deal with maintaining and running the hosting server itself, which can be quite a lot of work (or an additional expense on top of the server fees).

Now that you have a bit more information, you can make an informed decision as to whether a Shared Hosting Plan works for you. While you don’t get the additional control of running and maintaining your own server, you also don’t have to deal with all that extra work, and you save a significant amount of money. For smaller sites, in particular, shared hosting is likely to be an ideal solution.