Fatcow started in New Mexico way back in 1998. The hosting company has continued to grow over the years and is reliably hosting many business and personal websites. In 2009, Fatcow announced that its offices and data centers were powered 100% by wind energy. This is substantial as electricity generation is a main contributor to greenhouse gas emissions.
I have been a paying hosting customer at Fatcow.com for some time and have been monitoring my website’s performance. Fatcow guarantees an uptime of 99.9% although my site has maintained an uptime of 100%. The page speed was actually a 99 on google page speed insights, which is extremely fast. The customer support has been really good because they are available 24/7 and usually answer my questions quickly. The customer dashboard is very easy to navigate and my file manager is conveniently located. The price for the basic shared hosting plan at Fatcow is $5 per month while only paying month to month.
I can not stress this enough .. of all of the hosting plans I have reviewed, the monthly Fatcow shared hosting plan is the best deal. It is $5 per month even when only paying month to month. There is no need to pay for the whole year upfront. With this plan, you still get a free domain name registration, you still get no setup charges, and you still get a free ssl certificate. I know of no other web hosting companies that give these extras for free without paying for a full year of hosting upfront.
I documented step by step the purchase of the Fatcow shared hosting plan. I also reviewed the basic tasks in order to get my new website live on the internet.
Buying A Hosting Plan From Fatcow
I went to fatcow.com and under the create a site tab at the top, I selected Original Fatcow. This is their standard shared hosting account. They also offer wordpress oriented hosting, vps hosting, and dedicated servers. I only want to host one website so I am choosing the basic shared plan. If I want to add more new websites to my hosting plan, I can easily upgrade my hosting account later.
The next page basically lists all of the features of the hosting plan. Some of the features include a free domain name registration, free ssl certificate, free setup, free website builder, and a bunch of other stuff that is usually pretty standard as far as being included in a shared hosting plan. They do allow an unlimited number of ftp users and sub users which is not always available. This is helpful for a business with multiple employees or if you have a web designer who will,need access the the hosting control panel. I clicked on the green sign up now button in the center of the page.
On the next page, I have to fill in the domain name I want. Luckily it said the domain name is available. If the name you want is unavailable, I sometimes will use thesaurus.com to tweak the name and come up with a new one. I put in my desired domain name and hit the check availability button.
I then had to enter my contact info such as my name, address, email, etc.
Below that in the next area, I had to enter my credit card info.
In the next section, they had pre selected the 36 month billing option. I changed this to the monthly option which is $5. Notice how the instant activation, setup fee, domain registration, and ssl certificate is still all free. I left the domain privacy checked which is $9.99 per year. If you deselect this option, your contact info as the owner of the website is public information and easily looked up.
Below this area is a website essentials section. This is where you can select some account add ons. I actually deselected all of the options. I am going to use wordpress but all of the features I need are in the main wordpress dashboard after I install it to my site later. I don’t need the site backup because I save all of my files on my computer anyway. So, for a new shared hosting account with id protection and a free domain name registration, the initial price is only $14.99, can not beat that. I did one last look over everything and hit the blue checkout button at the bottom of the page.
It then processed my payment and opened up a new window saying congratulations and to check my email. I checked and had 3 emails in my inbox from Fatcow. The first email was an order confirmation with login information to my hosting account control panel. The second email had a link to set my data use consent preferences. The third email had a link to instructions on how to use their free website builder. I want to create a new site using wordpress, so I am going back to the first email and going to log into the hosting account control panel. They give you a user name but you actually have to follow a link from the email to create a new password for the hasting account control panel.
Publishing My New Site Live Online
After setting up my password and login info, I hit the button at the bottom of the page and it took me directly to my hosting account control panel. The control panel is pretty standard, it has some google tools and additional tools at the bottom of the page. The first thing I am looking for is the file manager or where to install wordpress. If I was going to create a simple html site, I would go to the file manager and upload my new website’s files there. I want to use wordpress, so I clicked on the wordpress icon.
Here are the google tools from the hosting account control panel.
Here are the additional tools from the hosting account control panel.
After clicking on the wordpress icon, it takes me to the beginning of the wordpress installation. I first have to pick the domain where I want to install wordpress, so I select my new domain name. In the directory section, I am leaving this blank because I want to install wordpress to the main front page of my website. If I only wanted wordpress on a particular page of my new site, I might enter blog, and wordpress would be installed to mydomain.com/blog. They also have options to pay to have worpress installed by an expert but I am doing it myself. At the bottom, there are some options to have a few free plugins installed so I left them checked and I hit the next button.
The next page has a warning that the directory is not empty. this is probably because Fatcow must have put up some temporary welcome page on my new website. I hit the box that it is safe and hit the next button.
On the next page, I have to fill in my site name, admin username, admin password, and admin email. These are the login items I will need later to login to the wordpress dashboard where I can build and edit my new website. Make sure to write down this info. I entered in the info and hit next.
It then has a new page where you can browse a few new themes for your new site while the wordpress installation takes place. I am going to use a free theme that I can easily upload later from the wordpress dashboard.
After the installation was complete, I again was offered new wordpress themes to choose from. I decided to go to my wordpress dashboard, so I went to mydomain.com/wp-admin/.
It is here that I can build and edit my site using wordpress. I wanted to see if my new website was live yet, so I went to the visit my site tab in the top left, and my live site came up. They pre installed a free theme that I am going to end up changing later. If you want to continue to see how to build a website using tutorial, you can do so here.
Fatcow Review Conclusion
The process of buying the shared hosting plan from fatcow.com was pretty quick. The wordpress installation was also really easy. The hosting account control panel is easy to navigate with not too much push to pay for unnecessary addons. I think most importantly is the $5 per month price for a reliable webhosting service which is the best deal I have seen. As I mentioned earlier, the page speed of my website hosted with Fatcow from google page speed insights was a 99 the last time I checked it.
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