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FatCow VS 1&1 (US)

FatCow VS 1&1 (US)

A green energy hosting company that offers a lot in one package or a large international hosting company that has an array of hosting options at your fingertips. Choosing one over the other will heavily depend upon your own particular business needs and whether or not being eco-minded is part of that choice.

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With simplicity in mind, FatCow offers one web hosting account at a low price. E-mail accounts, storage, monthly bandwidth and FTP users and sub-users are unlimited for merely $5.50 a month. The amount of unlimited options doesn’t stop there – the company also allows for unlimited domain pointing, sub-domains and MySQL database accounts. Catering to the crowd that needs a bit more in the way of choice, 1&1 allows you to choose from four different hosting accounts – ranging from $3.99 to $9.99 a month. The company’s 1&1 Beginner account includes 1 domain, 25 subdomains, 10 gigabytes of web space and unlimited monthly transfers. On the other end of the scale, with the 1&1 Developer account, users are allowed 5 hosted domains, 600 subdomains, 300 gigabytes of disk storage and unlimited bandwidth. All four web hosting accounts can be run under Linux or Windows.

Products and Services

FatCow is limited in that it only offers the one web hosting account option. They offer Microsoft Exchange Mail accounts and Microsoft Exchange Mobile services for additional monthly fees. 1&1 offers three eCommerce hosting products, virtual and dedicated servers, MailXchange, Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft SharePoint giving you a dizzying amount of accounts to choose from.

Continuing with their simplicity, FatCow has an easy to use proprietary control panel for web hosting accounts. Navigation and categorization are the keys to ensuring their customers are able to control their accounts with no fuss or muss. The categorization is color-coded enabling the user to see what options are currently available to them. 1&1 also utilizes their own private control panel placing e-mail, domains, applications, access control, available software and billing information all in one easy to use panel.

The biggest difference between 1&1 and FatCow (besides the difference in offerings) is FatCow is 100% powered by wind energy making it the greener choice overall.

Web Hosting Features

1&1 offers some fantastic site-building tools. 1&1 WebsiteBuilder, 1&1 Photo Gallery, PHP 4/5 support, CGI library and free marketing software are just a few of the many features offered. FatCow has a website builder, analytic tools, free marketing tools and a nice assortment of applications to choose from (WordPress, Gallery2 and Joomla are just three they have to offer).

Customer Service

Both companies offer FAQ’s, e-mail and phone support. FatCow comes out ahead in the support department with tutorials and a live chat support option.A2Hosting offers many types of support including e-mail, phone, online knowledge base, and real-time chat. FatCow has very high marks in the area of support according to Hosting Review. The company’s “Moo Crew” is tasked to answering each customer call in two minutes or less and must treat all of their customers with the utmost courtesy and pleasantness.


Simplicity and eco-friendly – if these are what matters most to you and your business, FatCow is the clear choice. However, if your business requires that you have a larger array of options available to you, 1&1 is the company to choose.

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    11th October 2009
    Posted by Web Hosting Consultant in Best Web Hosting

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