FatCow coupon codes and review

Another popular webhosting company that we were asked to be reviewed by our readers is FatCow.com . This is a continuation of articles we make (check our Interserver and Arvixe reviews and coupon codes if you’d like) about all the main  features, pros and cons of the company. Information is accurate and valid at the time of the posting and even thou we try hard to update everything please do your due diligence and research before placing an order.

Fatcow web hosting is a shared and business web hosting provider which was founded in 1998, making it one of the older web hosting services. The hosting provider is also environmentally friendly, using wind energy to power their servers.

Types of hosting available: Standard, Business, Ecommerce

Features 

If you sign up for Fatcow web hosting you can expect all the usual features typical hosting services provide including: one year free domain name, 30 day money back guarantee, Website builder, Google webmaster tools, unlimited bandwidth, and unlimited disk space. Some unique features included in Fatcow is an impressive $175 worth of advertising credits for you to use whenever you want, a free toll-free number (only for US residents though), and a free Yellow Pages listing.

Notable features

Unlimited Disk Space
Unlimited Bandwidth
Free SiteBuilder
1 click install scripts such as WordPress
Free Domain for one year
Free Yellow Pages listing
Daily backups
$175 in marketing credits
Toll-free number
30 day money back guarantee

Reliability 

Fatcow web hosting operates two different data-centers, both of which are over 2400 square feet. The use of pooled servers ensure minimum time for response in the majority of situations and they also use server clustering to ensure great reliability. However, if you are looking for a free daily backup service look elsewhere as Fatcow charges $12.95 for automated daily backups.

Ease of Use

Like iPage, Fatcow uses the less popular vDeck as the user control panel. VDeck, as described on the iPage review, is a slightly less user friendly version of a control panel. For those who are accustom to using cPanel it may be best to look for a different hosting provider; though vDeck is user friendly and should only take a small amount of time to get used to. Fatcow also offers a free SiteBuilder, which is very easy to use and has a drag-and-drop interface, making it perfect for those who want something user friendly but don’t want to use blogging platforms like WordPress.

Price

Fatcow shared hosting package is $3.95, but you have to pay for extra features such as daily automatic backups and sitelock. Many users feel that Fatcow ‘cheats’ them, as the $3.95 price is the introductory price, the pricing after the sign-up rate more than doubles, depending on what yearly package you signed up for. Here is the breakdown:
36-month term: $7.49 a month (billed $269.64 for 3 years)
24-month term: $8.49 a month (billed $203.76 for 2 years)
12-month terms: $9.49 a month (billed $113.88 for 12 months)

It is a bit insidious, but they do somewhat state that the first year price is the introductory pricing only and that price will increase after the sign-up period is over.

Help and Support 

Contacting the help desk and getting support can be somewhat of a daunting task occasionally. Sometimes support responds in a decent amount of time and sometimes you will be left waiting quite a while for someone to help you. The three ways they offer for getting help is the ticket system, live chat, and phone support; for all three of these options waiting time was standard. Fatcow has a well deserved reputation for not having the best customer service, though they will eventually get to and resolve your problem as long as you don’t mind waiting a bit.

As for the knowledge base, it is standard with article and video tutorials. Though the video tutorial base is lacking compared to other hosting providers such as HostMetro and HostGator.

Pros:  One year free domain, free and easy to use site-builder, an impressive $175 in advertising credits, unlimited bundle, Toll-free number, free Yellow Pages listing, 30 day money back guarantee.

Cons: Daily backup is $12.95, vDeck as control panel, price jumps up after introductory rate, pricing after introductory is over is bit high, customer support can be slow in responding, video tutorial section is lacking.Back to our Best Web Hosting top ten list.  nt

Fatcow has plenty of great features such as Yellow Pages listing (great for businesses), the unlimited bundle, an easy to use site builder, an impressive $175 worth in marketing credits, a one year free domain, and a toll-free number. The features are great, some of the other things are not starting with the price. Pricing may seem great starting at just $3.95 but that is for the introductory offer ONLY, the pricing shoots up to almost/more than double depending on what yearly plan you get. It would be unfair to claim they are ‘cheating’ you because they do somewhat state this pricing policy in the features section of their website, but it does needs to be stated during billing as well. In addition, customer service response is slow and the tutorial section needs some additions.

Summary:

Fatcow has plenty of great features such as Yellow Pages listing (great for businesses), the unlimited bundle, an easy to use site builder, an impressive $175 worth in marketing credits, a one year free domain, and a toll-free number. The features are great, some of the other things are not starting with the price. Pricing may seem great starting at just $3.95 but that is for the introductory offer ONLY, the pricing shoots up to almost/more than double depending on what yearly plan you get. It would be unfair to claim they are ‘cheating’ you because they do somewhat state this pricing policy in the features section of their website, but it does needs to be stated during billing as well. In addition, customer service response is slow and the tutorial section needs some additions.

As to Fatcow deals and coupons – there are unfortunately not that many that are valid! There’s a ton of sites claiming to have a good deal but almost all that we’ve tested came back as “expired” when we tried them on their website. The only place that had a working deal was RetailmeNot and we suggest you check them out for anything available, but don’t get your hopes up too high since it looks like most of the FatCow coupons are not working at the moment.