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1and1 vs FatCow Web Hosting Comparison

by Wanda CrowleyFebruary 23, 2018

1and1 and FatCow both occupy similar places in the world of web hosting. They are both low-cost solutions that still provide the tools necessary for everything from personal blogs to eCommerce. They both have unique ways of doing things, though, and comparing them does require a deep dive into how they work. This article will provide you with a 1and1 vs FatCow comparison of the performance, prices, features, security, and customer service of both companies in order to figure out which is the better low-cost web host.

1and1 vs FatCow – Performance

It’s not often that a middle-of-the-road score will be a winner in a review, but that’s certainly the case in the struggle between 1and1 and FatCow. 1and1 doesn’t really present anything special in terms of speed, but it’s reliable almost to a fault. FatCow, on the other hand, has had a little downside and (more importantly) won’t offer any kind of guarantee that it won’t happen again. Coupled with some significant problems in terms of loading speed, FatCow really doesn’t stand a chance in this fight. 1and1 doesn’t do anything special in terms of performance, but it’s average ability to keep sites up gives it the win here.

1and1 vs FatCow – Prices & Features

Both FatCow and 1and1 come out of the gate swinging when it comes to value, with both offering incredibly low-priced plans to their subscribers. 1and1 boasts a low monthly rate and a handful of low-price options that mask a wealth of complex web tools, while FatCow brings with it the ease of a free .com domain and a very low per-year price. While 1and1 comes out cheaper if you go with the lowest-cost option, FatCow’s $49 per year ends up being a better value overall – and even boasts an eco-friendly pedigree. If you can afford to put your money down all at once, FatCow gives more bang for your buck.

Hosting CompanyPrice Range/MonthDomainsDisk Space (min. to max.)Bandwidth (min. to max.)
1and1$0.99 – $9.991100GBUnlimited
FatCow$49 per year1Unlimited3,000GB-26,000GB

1and1 vs FatCow – Security

1v1 and FatCow are virtually neck and neck when it comes to security. They both offer some great protection services, but they’ll cost you – both, for example, sell SiteLock for around the same price. This means that users who are looking for a real low-cost solution – i.e., both hosts’ target customers – are going to end up paying more than they want to keep their data safe.

What pulls FatCow ahead is the daily backups. Yes, there’s a charge – but it’s a fantastic data saving service. Every site owner should back up his or her data daily, but the service is here to help those mere mortals who forget. Price aside, FatCow takes the point for security.

Bonus read: 1and1 vs GoDaddy

1and1 vs FatCow – Usability

1and1 has a notoriously laborious user interface. It’s not that it doesn’t provide options, but rather that it might provide too many at once. There’s simply too much work that needs to be done for a user to get what he or she wants quickly from this server. FatCow is a little easier to work with, but it doesn’t use the industry-standard cPanel which makes it harder to use than necessary. The winner here seems to be FatCow almost by default, but be warned that both services are a little harder to use than most on the market.

1and1 vs FatCow – Customer Service

FatCow comes out with an early lead just based on word of mouth. In truth, their customer service is just mediocre – it works fine, but there’s nothing special about it. While 1and1 has managed to get a bad reputation for its customer service, it’s really no better or worse than FatCow’s. The customer service representative to whom you speak will make the big difference for both companies. It’s easy to call this one a tie in terms of quality, but FatCow does have one edge – it has a live chat feature. This gives site owners one more way to contact customer service, which makes FatCow the winner.

1and1 vs FatCow – Pros & Cons

1and1

Pros

  • Great monthly pricing;
  • Good set of integrated products;
  • Solid performance;
  • Reliable customer service;
  • Good security options;

Cons

  • Hard to use for novices;
  • Custom interface isn’t great;
  • Buggy when using WordPress;
  • Best security options cost extra;

Fatcow

Pros

  • Environmentally friendly;
  • Reliable customer service with multiple contact channels;
  • Good yearly price;
  • Relatively easy to use;

Cons

  • Doesn’t use cPanel;
  • Slow;
  • No uptime guarantee;
  • Better security options have a cost attached;
  • No good monthly plans;

1and1 vs FatCow – Rating

Hosting CompanyPerformanceFeaturesPricesSecurityUsabilityCustomer Support
1and15/107/109/107/104/108/10
FatCow3/107/109/107/106/108/10

Verdict

It’s really tough to say who wins this particular battle. If you’re looking for a very low yearly rate with an environmentally-conscious spin, FatCow is definitely better. If you are willing to spend just a little bit more, though, you’ll get much better performance from 1and1. It might be best to say that 1and1 is the winner when it comes to experienced site owners who need an uptime guarantee, while FatCow tends to be better for novices who want a green solution.

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