HostMonster and FatCow are both well-established hosting providers, with FatCow being established in 1998, and HostMonster being founded just two years earlier in 1996. Both companies offer services to tens of thousands of webmasters around the world, ultimately handling the server tasks of millions of websites on a daily basis. It is therefore not surprising that both companies have been nominated as candidates for industry web hosting awards several times during the past few years.
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Both hosting providers are known for providing robust, comprehensive, affordable, and user-friendly hosting services to a diverse customer base that includes personal bloggers, small business owners, and large corporations alike. If you’ve been having trouble comparing the services of FatCow and HostMonster, you may want to continue reading the following comparison.
Plan Pricing and Extras
Both companies require payment to be made on a minimum of a yearly basis, although HostMonster plans being listed at $5.95 per month, equating to $71.40 annually. On the other hand, FatCow lists their prices on a yearly basis, with plans starting at only $78 per year. Aside from these great savings, both companies also offer free domain registration, free advertising credits with companies like Google, Yahoo, and Bing, free site building applications, and free domain transfer services. FatCow is known for their original FatCow plan, which costs approximately $6.50 per month and must be paid on an annual basis. Likewise, HostMonster’s main plan is priced similarly and also requires at least one year payment in advance. With so many extras being offered at such a low price, both companies offer an ideal solution for aspiring webmasters on a budget, and are therefore tied in terms of pricing and extras (although HostMonster is slightly cheaper).
Comparing Plan Features
FatCow and HostMonster both provide plans that include unlimited disk space, bandwidth, POP3 mailboxes, and FTP accounts. Both companies also offer drag-and-drop/point-and-click site building utilities, e-commerce tools (like shopping carts and product catalog managers), free advertising credits, SSL certificates, and one click installation utilities that allow you to easily install scripts (i.e. – WordPress, phpBB, Joomla!, and Drupal) that facilitate the creation, management, and promotion of websites and forums. FatCow and HostMonster can afford to provide such powerful cheap hosting plans because they utilize 100% green energy (generated by wind power). In terms of features, both companies are once again relatively equal.
Customer Support and Guarantees
HostMonster and FatCow both provide 24-hour customer sport via several contact methods – phone, e-mail, and live online chat. Both companies promise that their support staffs are based in North America and are professionally trained in various web hosting topics. In fact, both companies are so confident in their ability to provide a satisfactory service that they offer complete money back guarantees. However, there is a significant difference in the extensiveness of each guarantee, as HostMonster offers an anytime money back guarantee, while FatCow only offers a 30-day money back guarantee. Since this is the only significant difference between the two hosting providers (other than experience, which HostMonster has more of as well), it would seem that HostMonster takes the lead by a slight margin due to their unique anytime guarantee.