FatCow aims to be a simpler alternative to what the company refers to as “techno babble” focused and centric companies. The operation, through and through, aims to simplify hosting for the everyday user – to “consumerize” hosting for the masses.
Company History of FatCow Hosting
The company was founded in the late 1990s, and has steadily grown since then. It still considers itself a small business, in the sense that it prides itself on its traditional business values—putting the customers first as opposed to prioritizing “scaling out” as much as possible. All this, whilst delivering a better value to customers than the rest. Think of local burger chain versus the international, highly efficient industrialized food products conglomerate: local, smaller burger chains deliver meatier patties, fresh baked buns, fresh, crisp lettuce and tomatoes, bulkier/thicker fries versus soggy and over-salted fries. FatCow is that smaller business that respects the customer more than it does some global ambition.
“No Bull” Hosting Services and Plans
- The Original FatCow Plan – Starts at $40 per year
- The MiniMoo (domain parking) – Starts at $5 per year
How to Sign Up for FatCow Hosting
First, go to FatCow via this link (to save!).
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out how to sign up for FatCow hosting; it’s fairly straightforward, as being straightforward is what differentiates FatCow from the rest of the “herd.”
1. Assess Your Hosting Requirements and Goals
Before you start clicking around on FatCow’s site, you should do a quick check-in with your hosting goals. Are you parking domains? Are you developing a website?
Parking domains is relatively straightforward. With these projects you’re simply registering a bulk number of domains—tens, hundreds, thousands, etc. You don’t necessarily design each homepage, but instead throw up a generic page for each site.
And FatCow realized that this was extremely simple, so they put together the aforementioned MniMoo plan built for parkers.
On the other hand, if you’re building out a website, then you’ll want to assess what your requirements are. Start with the basics: bandwidth, disk space needed, platforms/services/architecture/software required to run your site on FatCow’s hosts and servers.
Your site’s requirements will affect how it is you proceed in terms of how to sign up for FatCow hosting: you may elect to add additional features, services, etc. at an additional cost.
2. Assigning Your Domain to Your FatCow Account
Upon electing to sign up with FatCow you’ll have to assign the host a domain. Either you can register a new domain with the assistance of FatCow or you can transfer an existing domain that you already own to FatCow’s hosts and servers.
TIP: If you wish to register a new domain, you can do so through FatCow. FatCow partners with a number of major domain registrants, but by all means doesn’t have the web’s entire inventory of available names to sell to its customer. If you search for a domain name that you’d like to register but it comes up as unavailable on FatCow, try searching through a web search engine for the domain to see if the site’s already been registered. Desired domains that end in .ph—just as an example—may not show up on FatCow as being “available.” You’ll have to purchase the name through a registrant then opt for the second signup option: “I plan to use a domain I already own.”
When you do selection the “… use a domain I already own” option, you’re taken directly to the payment step of the signup.
3. Contact and Payment Information
Your contact information will may/will be used for two things: (A) Assigning an identity to the owner of your new domain; (B) Providing to FatCow support personnel a means for contacting you about your account.
Paying FatCow: You can pay with any major credit card as well as via PayPal. For credit card payments, enter your card information, including your card’s security code on the back of the physical card.
If you elect to pay by PayPal, upon “checking out,” you’ll be directed to PayPal to complete your payment. While on the PayPal site, simply process your payment there as you would with most any other PayPal purchase.
Upon a successful transaction, you’ll be checked out, and then you wait for a few things to clear:
- Your Payment (to clear)
- Your Domain Registration Documents (to be emailed)
- The Setting Up of Your Actual Host Server
The Bottom-line on FatCow
For small businesses, this is the best host to go with based on both a technical level and a price point level. For many small businesses, FatCow has everything a firm would need. You can interact with your site via cPanel and quickly install WordPress.
FatCow offers what the major hosting providers offer at a third of the cost—since it doesn’t have to shell out an exorbitant amount on marketing on TV as other major hosting providers do. And unlike other hosting companies, FatCow provides 24×7 direct-chat support.