A2 Hosting vs. FatCow

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
A2 Hosting
Score 7.1 out of 10
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A2 Hosting in Ann Arbor provides business website hosting, featuring free site migration, unlimited SSD, isolated dedicated servers, and related features.N/A
FatCow
Score 9.6 out of 10
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FatCow is a website hosting service with features such as a free domain name, a blog, site templates, and unlimited mailboxes, offered by Endurance International Group.N/A
Pricing
A2 HostingFatCow
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Offerings
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A2 HostingFatCow
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Small Businesses
Flywheel
Flywheel
Score 9.6 out of 10
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Score 9.6 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
WP Engine
WP Engine
Score 9.3 out of 10
WP Engine
WP Engine
Score 9.3 out of 10
Enterprises
AccuWebHosting.Com
AccuWebHosting.Com
Score 9.0 out of 10
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Score 9.0 out of 10
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User Ratings
A2 HostingFatCow
Likelihood to Recommend
1.0
(2 ratings)
9.6
(2 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
1.0
(1 ratings)
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Usability
1.0
(1 ratings)
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Availability
1.0
(1 ratings)
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Performance
1.0
(1 ratings)
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Support Rating
1.0
(2 ratings)
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Implementation Rating
1.0
(1 ratings)
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Product Scalability
1.0
(1 ratings)
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User Testimonials
A2 HostingFatCow
Likelihood to Recommend
A2 Hosting
Never would I recommend this company to anyone. [In my experience] they are total nightmares to deal with and depend on. You can't depend on them at all. Plus, [I feel that] they lie and manipulate the search queries based on lies (they do NOT have radio hosting yet they have ads saying that they do).
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Newfold Digital (Endurance + Web.com)
I honestly can't speak to whether FatCow would be well suited for large companies. But for independent contractors, bloggers, and entrepreneurs, FatCow is a perfect fit. If you're a novice user, their tools and interface allow you to build a site quickly. For advanced users, the clean interface makes it simple to find what you need. One-click installation of web applications is awesome. I haven't updated my site in a while, but they provide a great platform for those looking to showcase their portfolios and blogs.
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Pros
A2 Hosting
  • the hosting hardware they provide is decent when you consider the price
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Newfold Digital (Endurance + Web.com)
  • Flexibility of how you want to use it (WordPress, HTML coding, Wix, etc)
  • Unlimited storage for all your website needs
  • Reasonable rates as compared to other hosting services
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Cons
A2 Hosting
  • [In my experience] customer service is awful.
  • [From what I've seen] they don't care about clients.
  • [In my situation their] first reaction is always to blame it on the unmanaged factor.
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Newfold Digital (Endurance + Web.com)
  • I was very disappointed with my initial renewal. I understood that the price I had paid was an introductory price, but the renewal rate was much higher than I anticipated. They could be more transparent with their renewals.
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Likelihood to Renew
A2 Hosting
Never would I use this service. I canceled 7 accounts I believe so far. [In my opinion] it's a waste.
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Newfold Digital (Endurance + Web.com)
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Usability
A2 Hosting
[In my opinion] it barely works.
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Newfold Digital (Endurance + Web.com)
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Reliability and Availability
A2 Hosting
they are only technically available but having someone say hello, i'm here to help, immediately is not real responsive if they actually never address the issue being reported. we don't contact support for the bland greeting, we are actually trying to solve a business process interruption
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Newfold Digital (Endurance + Web.com)
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Performance
A2 Hosting
They are only good if you never update your website and i mean never. Otherwise their main performance diffrentiator is turbo web hosting, their highest shared hosting plan. When caching is working it performs well reducing load times by half, but as soon as you add a new page to the site, the updates don't show up until you clear the cache manually from multiple locations (wordpress a2optimized plugin, cpanel etc..). As they make updates to the turbo hosting A2optimized plugin, they do not test them properly and do not handle customer feedback about them, instead they are in denial and try to immediately convince the customer there is no issue at all! the old developer joke when they don't want to fix feedback: it works on my machine!
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Newfold Digital (Endurance + Web.com)
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Support Rating
A2 Hosting
In my opinion they are unresponsive, rude, incompetent, and untrustworthy to boot.
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Newfold Digital (Endurance + Web.com)
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Implementation Rating
A2 Hosting
[In my experience] it was a mess from the start and created problems ever since day one.
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Alternatives Considered
A2 Hosting
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Newfold Digital (Endurance + Web.com)
Before choosing FatCow, I looked into a few services. As this was 9 years ago, the options weren't as diverse as they are now. GoDaddy was the most popular at the time, but the rates were significantly higher for a smaller package, and they had a pretty sexist ad campaign at the time that really turned me off of their services. Since choosing FatCow, I have looked into using WP Engine as I do my website in WordPress, but it wasn't worth it to move it over at the time and I elected to stick with what I had.
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Scalability
A2 Hosting
I believe they do not care about addressing failures when they occur. Starting out with a working service counts for nothing if you can't maintain it, fix issues when reported, and actually take the extra step to prevent them from happening again. You have to care about quality and customer service, and A2 couldn't care less
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Newfold Digital (Endurance + Web.com)
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Return on Investment
A2 Hosting
  • [In my experience] they have upheaved my entire business many times by not having working servers.
  • [I feel like] they have inconvenienced us many hours with tech calls over stupid things.
  • [In my opinion] they have wasted so much time and man hours.
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Newfold Digital (Endurance + Web.com)
  • Integration of Google Analytics made it simple to see where traffic comes from.
  • Ease of use frees me up to focus on communicating ideas rather than fighting with software to make it work.
  • Stability makes it perfect to showcase my work.
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