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Fatcow VS Omnis

Both Omnis and FatCow hosting companies offer robust services to those seeking a reliable web hosting provider. Each company has received well-deserved awards and ratings for their services and top-notch support. Pinpointing which company is the best to go with may come down to a matter of business needs and preferences.

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Pricing

Omnis’ pricing schedule ranges from as low as $5.95 a month up to $10.95 a month depending on which operating system you decide to go work and how much you wish to pay up front – paying out 24 months in advance lowers your total monthly cost. While the pricing overall isn’t bad in comparison to the going market rate, some businesses may be put off by being locked into Omnis as a hosting company for a 2 year period. The company does offer a 30 day money back guarantee but after that time, you are locked in.

FatCow recently reduced their hosting price from $88 a year to $66 a year – coming in at about $5.50 per month. As with Omnis, you are locked into a year with FatCow as a host but it is a bit easier to swallow in as far as time and the company also offers a 30 day money back guarantee as well. On a purely cost basis, FatCow comes out ahead.

Products and Services

FatCow offers a basic web hosting account, the “MiniMoo” (basically a domain name parking and email address), and offers a suite of services that include web site design, advertising and SEO solutions. The company does not offer any dedicated or virtual server hosting.

In addition to offering Windows and Linux web hosting accounts, Omnis offers its customers domain name registration services, design services that entail either “doing it yourself” or receiving a professional site design and an affiliate program. Omnis also restricts its services to hosting only – no dedicated or virtual server accounts.

Web Hosting Features

Each Omnis web hosting account comes with many unlimited features – disk space, bandwidth, email accounts, hosted domains, and sub-domains, to name a few. You’ll also have access to a customized control panel, support for many programming languages (PHP, ASP, Perl, Javascript are a few), and a rather large list of script installers. At last check the company had over 30 scripts in place. However, in order to utilize any of the scripts, you must be running on the Linux platformed hosting account.

FatCow also offers a few unlimited features including web space, transfers, domains and email accounts. Support for PHP 4 & 5 and Python are readily available within each account and you also have a choice of a few applications you can install as you wish – WordPress, Joomla and Gallery2 are a few of these. Each account has access to a control panel as well. When comparing the number of scripts available for installation, FatCow falls a bit short.

Customer Service

When it comes to customer service, both companies have received high marks in the past few years. Omnis gives its customers access to live chat, email and phone support and a quick and simple to use contact form all located within their “Contact Us” area of the web site. FatCow gives its customers a large support base to work within. This includes an extensive knowledge base, FAQs, tutorials and phone and live chat options as well. If you need a bit more when it comes to support, FatCow is the clear winner with more options available and a dedicated “Moo Crew” who will ensure you are taken care of expediently and efficiently.

Recommendations

Both companies are great choices when it comes to web hosting. If pricing and support are a main concern for your business, the FatCow is the clear choice. On the other hand, if you require more as far as quick-install scripts, Omnis should be your new web hosting choice.

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    22nd October 2009
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