Sometimes a business needs a hosting plan the sets apart from the rest. Whether it be just a simple hosting plan for small business, or more computing power for larger companies, the right web host can make all the difference in the success of an online eCommerce site.
In this review and comparison we show you FatCow, who has been a powerhouse in the hosting industry since 1998. Their brand of shared hosting includes a single, simple plan with practically all the resources a business website needs, plus plenty of professional extras to give a company an edge. In addition, FatCow is “Green” through the purchase of 100% wind energy.
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GoDaddy is one of the most recognizable internet brands in the world. With their popular Superbowl commercials and clever marketing, GoDaddy has an edge over most web hosts with technology. In this review we look at their Cloud hosting option, which was formed to help meet consumer demand for cloud computing and hosting technology.
Which of these plans is right for your business? Do you go for the affordable shared hosting with all the extras, or go to the Cloud with a world-recognized leader in internet technology? We compare and give you our recommendations below.
FatCow’s pricing is easy with a single hosting plan for just $56 per year, or $4.66 per month.
GoDaddy offers four levels of cloud hosting that are labeled Economy, Deluxe, Premium, and Ultimate. For the sake of comparison, their 12-month pricing is $90/mo, $162/mo, $270/mo, and $495/mo respectively.
Products and Services
FatCow is not just about easy and cheap hosting. They offer a wide array of extra professional business services such as marketing, scripting, eCommerce, email, and site management. They also offer professional site backup and restore, and SSL certificates. And for no extra charge FatCow offers over $150 in marketing credits with Google, Yahoo!, and Facebook.
GoDaddy also offers marketing credits totaling over $275 to use with Facebook, Google, and Yahoo!. They offer SSL Certificates, and bandwidth overage protection.
Web Hosting Features
FatCow’s plan may be affordable, but it’s not ‘cheap’. They provide unlimited bandwidth, disk space, email accounts, hosted domains, and MySQL databases with each account. They offer support for a full range of scripting and programming languages, as well as multi-media files. They also offer free eCommerce solutions and free plugins that work great on business websites.
GoDaddy’s cloud plans are aimed at higher-end business clients who are ready to download and maintain their own software and applications. But as for resources, bandwidth stands at 1TB, 2TB, 3TB, and 4TB per month respectively. Clients can add .5TB’s of bandwidth per month for $15 up to 1.5 extra TB’s. Disk storage space is allotted at 60GB, 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB per month.
FatCow is available 24 hours a day to answer calls, chats, or emails. Plus their online help center is complete with user guides, tutorials, and articles.
GoDaddy also offer 24 hour phone support. Plus clients can find help online through their “Find Answers” section, a blog, and an online client forum.
These two hosts are both recommended on each of their categories. It really depends on a business size and website needs. A small to medium business can do quite well with the resources and services provided by FatCow. However, a larger business that needs the extra computing power and resources, and can afford a higher quality hosting, GoDaddy Cloud is highly recommended.
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