Despite the gimmicky marketing that follows the cattle farming theme, Fat cow are a serious player in the Web Hosting market.
Their website is quite quirky with heavy use of puns (Udderly Fantastic Web Hosting!) but don’t let that put you off. These guys are experts in the industry and provide industry leading levels of uptime. While many providers promise 99.9% uptime – Fat Cow deliver!
Offering all types of hosting, from shared and VPS through to Dedicated Servers for larger sites, whatever your needs, the Fat Cow team have a package for you.
Of particular note to our team was their WP Essential plan for owners of smaller websites that blogging sites. This package would more than cover the requirements of any customer using WordPress and promises optimised speed for the site too!
Unlike many providers, Fat Cow’s promise of ‘oodles’ of Bandwidth is not limited when the usage policy is inspected. They’ve found 99.5% of customers bandwidth requirements are met on shared plans and when not, solutions are identified. Their WP Essential service promise your WordPress site will run 60% quicker than average.
As we’ve already alluded to, Fat Cow’s 99.9% uptime promise is the real deal. Several bloggers that regularly monitor hosting companies’ provision and performance have all found they meet this level. Back up servers and 24/7 monitoring allow you to have the confidence your site will be available in all but the most extreme of circumstances.
The Fat Cow website offers in depth online tutorials, a detailed FAQ section and, if required, there is 24/7 support available either by phone or live chat. We were particularly taken by the ‘HeiferCratic Oath’ which provides 7 pledges to customers when it comes to resolving issues – and a promise of 30 days free hosting if they fail to meet this.
Fat Cow monitor their network and servers 24/7 and provide malware protection, so hackers and viruses can be seen immediately before any damage is done to their servers, your website or customer data. They also offer secure SSL encryption for your site as standard. Daily server backups also protect your site in the event of a loss of power.
Rated 9.1 out of 10.
Puns such as ‘Around The Farm’ and ‘The HeiferCratic Oath’ create a sense of fun on the Fat Cow website and prevent it being daunting to inexperienced website owners.
Fat Cow have also included a dedicated page for beginners that explains what hosting is and uses layman’s language to explain the technicalities and exact specifics. This breaks down the features into a language a customer brand new to web design can understand.
The technical specifications are available for those who understand them, but newbies aren’t faced with this unless they choose to select a ‘Detailed Features’ menu.
As well as offering a site builder tool, which includes WordPress themes, customers can also enjoy unlimited email accounts and a free domain with all packages. Given limits or extra charges are regularly applied to these services in the industry, this is a tick in the box.
Fat Cow Service Overview
Who Are Fat Cow?
Fat Cow’s ethos is simple – only those with experience in web development want to read the technical specifics. They set up aiming to provide a hosting service that came with ‘No Bull.’
Rather than bamboozling beginners with industry lingo, their method is to simplify everything. With over 20 years in the business, not to mention huge growth over that time, it’s safe to say they are doing something right.
Rather than mimicking their rivals and offering different levels of Shared hosting plans, Fat Cow have a single package for those requiring this service. And it comes with over 70% off as an introductory offer too!
You can look forward to a free domain, unlimited email accounts, secure encryption and one click install website builders across different CMS services.
Inclusion of free advertising credits with the search engine giants like Google, a personal call from their ‘Moo Crew’ experts to ensure you are getting the most from your package and a 30-day money back guarantee make this a leading package for small to medium website owners.
For owners of a WordPress website, or indeed those looking to create one, Fat Cow’s 2 packages offer a plethora of features. From expert support from specially trained members of the ‘Moo Crew’, through to pre-installed plugins, your needs are covered.
As with all their packages you receive a free domain and unlimited email accounts although we did find one aspect of this service slightly concerning and lowered our rating accordingly.
When purchasing a WordPress plan from Fat Cow the option is available to purchase additional services such as WP Optimisation and, far more worrying, ‘Website Security.’ Rather than inclusion as standard, virus and malware protection services are charged at £19.95 annually.
Unless you are willing to pay the extra for this, ecommerce customers in particular would probably be better served elsewhere, although we would say this package is an industry leader for personal blogging sites.
For larger websites Fat Cow offer VPS/Cloud Hosting across 3 different packages that start at rates of less than £20. The tech specifications are available for review by developers, or alternatively they’ve provided an easy language guide to what VPS hosting is and who it’s suitable for.
The features you receive on your cPanel and pre-installed scripts that are included are presented, so the experienced developer can ascertain what they will get and if they require more than this.
The ‘What’s The Difference?’ guide offered on this page, so the less tech savvy can understand different hosting types truly impressed us. Fat Cow aren’t the first to provide a guide like this, but others have a habit of subtly trying to upsell a customer whose potentially vulnerable due to confusion.
Fat Cow’s guide highlight that a plus of shared and VPS plans is that is less expensive than others. The higher cost plans offer additional IP’s, storage RAM space and TB of bandwidth. But we’re impressed as the customer can clearly see the service they are purchasing.
With a Dedicated package from Fat Cow you can look forward to full control of the server supporting your website. With optional root access you can decide how your website is hosted to maximise its performance.
Across the 3 packages available you’ll receive a minimum of 3 IPs, 5 TB of bandwidth and a top of the range Intel Xeon processor maximising your site’s speed.
As with all of Fat Cow’s hosting provisions they include a free domain, unlimited emails and a promise there are no hidden charges. You’ll also have the advantage of expert support at the end of the phone any time of the day or night.
While Fat Cow’s primary business is offering web hosting plans, customers not requiring this service can take advantage of the many domain management services they provide.
Options include buying a new, or transferring an existing domain, to them, and the creation of subdomains to enhance your website’s visibility.
Have you ever considered linking your Gmail account to a [email protected] address? With Fat Cow you can with a simple, no frills plan that allows you to create that professional impression that gives you an edge.
MS Exchange email hosting is also on offer and both come with advanced spam filters and protection, along with 1GB of memory as standard.
So much more than the gimmicks on their website, Fat Cow truly are the complete hosting service provider. Every type of hosting is available and the use of plain, jargon free English to explain the features allow a beginner to buy with confidence.
While they do have a habit of requiring the purchase of additional services for the full hosting service, their inclusion of a domain and unlimited emails in all packages really impressed our team.
Their high speed and industry leading levels of uptime leave us comfortable to bestow upon them our Gold Badge Award.
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