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HostGator vs Fatcow


Below is a comparison of HostGator ( and Fatcow (

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Looking for the best Web hosting provider is always a difficult task if you are faced between two of the best in the industry: HostGator and Fatcow. With this guide, you’ll know HostGator’s edge against Fatcow and vice versa depending on their plans and features, reliability, and support.

Plans & Features

To some, price says it all. But the features coming with that low price should be the utmost consideration.

The lowest monthly rate offered by HostGator is only about $4.95 while a whooping $6.50 is offered by FatCow. Obviously, HostGator offers the lower rate—and the comparison does not end there.

Included to these low monthly fee are the unlimited disk space, bandwith, and POP email accounts. Both HostGator and Fatcow have this offer.

Meanwhile, Fatcow offers no setup fee, a free domain name, $50 Google AdWords credits, FTP Access, Web Analytics Tools, and Google Custom Search, just to name a few. But HostGator will take the lead once you know it offers site builder, 24/7 support, instant backups, free setup, unlimited FTP account, unlimited MySQL databases, and unlimited sub domains.

Fatcow may offer you a 30-day money back guarantee while HostGator a 45-money back guarantee. But here’s the catch: HostGator requires you NO CON TRACT.

With all these plans and features, you can clearly say, without hesitation, which between HostGator and Fatcow offers the best value for your money.


When it comes to reliability, is it HostGator or Fatcow that offers better service? To make it easy for you, better check the uptime guarantee of both Web hosting providers. Don’t be surprised to know that they both offer an incredible 99.9 percent uptime guarantee because most providers will say they do that. But in fact, the real deciding factors on a provider’s reliability are its facilities.

HostGator and Fatcow both offer various facilities to make your site always up. They have ideal data centers, backup systems, power protection facilities, and multiple Internet connection providers. But, which is better than which when it comes to these facilities?

Fatcow has redundant connection to more or less three providers. Having all these, you can assure no downtime for your site. If one provider fails, then another provider will take charge. But are the three providers enough? With HostGator, your website is ensured to be up using their more or less ten providers. Now, is that enough?

Moreover, HostGator has literally hundreds of smoke detectors to protect your data during possible fire incidents. They also offer powerful generators to ensure that no disruption will happen even during the main power supply failure. You can also expect that your data are backed up from time to time so that in case of inevitable circumstances, your data are still safe and sound.

Fatcow offers almost the same services to assure reliability—but at a higher price.


You don’t want to deal with Web hosting providers that offers no 24/7 technical support. HostGator already has that. But what about Fatcow?

Fatcow’s help desk is divided into different sections like FAQs, Turorials, Domain Help, Web Site Help, Email Help, Knowledge Base, and Additional Resources. Meanwhile, Fatcow’s live customer support is said to be very good, friendly, and knowledgeable. But, it cannot be contacted 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can only call them from 6am to 12am on weekdays and 8am to 8pm on weekends.

Meanwhile, HostGator has the different sections offered by Fatcow in its helpdesk. But it offers more ways to contact their support team. They have live customer support too. Add to that live chats and emails. And the best thing about HostGator is their 24/7 live support. They can help you anytime of the day and any day of the week.

Comparing the plans & features, reliability, and support from HostGator and Fatcow clearly states which is the winner—HostGator!


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