Amazon Lightsail vs. FatCow

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Amazon Lightsail
Score 8.5 out of 10
N/A
Amazon Lightsail is a virtual private server (VPS) designed to present an easy-to-use cloud platform that offers everything needed to build an application or website, plus a cost-effective, monthly plan.
$3.50
per month
FatCow
Score 9.6 out of 10
N/A
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
Amazon LightsailFatCow
Editions & Modules
512 MB Linux
$3.50
per month
1 GB Linux
$5.00
per month
2 GB Linux
$10.00
per month
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Amazon LightsailFatCow
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Features
Amazon LightsailFatCow
Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)
Comparison of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) features of Product A and Product B
Amazon Lightsail
8.8
5 Ratings
6% above category average
FatCow
-
Ratings
Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime8.15 Ratings00 Ratings
Dynamic scaling9.04 Ratings00 Ratings
Elastic load balancing9.34 Ratings00 Ratings
Pre-configured templates8.75 Ratings00 Ratings
Monitoring tools8.35 Ratings00 Ratings
Pre-defined machine images8.65 Ratings00 Ratings
Operating system support9.45 Ratings00 Ratings
Security controls8.45 Ratings00 Ratings
Automation9.44 Ratings00 Ratings
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Amazon LightsailFatCow
Small Businesses
IBM Cloud Bare Metal Server - VPC
IBM Cloud Bare Metal Server - VPC
Score 9.2 out of 10
Liquid Web
Liquid Web
Score 7.4 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
IBM Cloud Bare Metal Server - VPC
IBM Cloud Bare Metal Server - VPC
Score 9.2 out of 10
10Web Booster
10Web Booster
Score 9.1 out of 10
Enterprises
IBM Cloud Bare Metal Server - VPC
IBM Cloud Bare Metal Server - VPC
Score 9.2 out of 10
Pantheon
Pantheon
Score 8.8 out of 10
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User Ratings
Amazon LightsailFatCow
Likelihood to Recommend
9.2
(5 ratings)
9.6
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
Amazon LightsailFatCow
Likelihood to Recommend
Amazon AWS
We utilized Amazon Lightsail to get a web application proof of concept up and running. It's easy to set up, requires minimal configuration, and lets us to concentrate on the coding. It's designed to help you get started fast and easily, but it's not designed for corporate applications or workloads.
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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
Amazon AWS
  • static web hosting & non public managments
  • low cost remote access
  • media distribution
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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
Amazon AWS
  • slow
  • complex integration to AWS Cloudwatch - complex setup required
  • No IPv6, a big downside
  • less value compared with Linode or Digital Ocean
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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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Alternatives Considered
Amazon AWS
Amazon Lightsail is a great platform. Before we started using it, we were using AWS EC2 instances as our primary servers after being dissatisfied with other providers. After Amazon Lightsail's introduction, we were able to reduce our operating costs, improve our quality assurance tasks, and provide much more efficient and better apps with our microservices architecture.
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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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Return on Investment
Amazon AWS
  • Saved a lot of time on set up and configuration
  • Saved money on trial period
  • Customer service was less helpful
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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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