I finally decided to get my first site hosted with Fat Cow. I’m pretty clueless with the nuts and bolts of putting together a website so my understanding of how they all work best for me is still lucid. However, I’ve wanted one for a while now and have been toying with setting up different domain names under different hosting companies to see what I could get for the least amount of money upfront.
I thought that I was going to go with the monthly HostGator Baby plan for ten dollars a month. I set up a baby plan for a monthly discounted rate of around seven dollars a month, and entered a coupon to get the first month for a penny with the privacy option for ten dollars. I did this before without purchasing, and it came to something around 17 bucks. This time it cost about 25 dollars. It turned out that they were charging 15 dollars for registering my domain name when the going price by Whois.com and all other hosting companies was ten dollars for the same domain.
So I decided to check out FatCow which was running a free domain registration deal before making the plunge. I like the simplicity in their Original Plan which is a sort of a one plan fits many deal. I’m guessing that I can upgrade or purchase additional services as I learn more about things. Their price was discounted to around three something a month, which seems to be a promotion they have been running for a while. I went ahead and began to order my site just to price compare. Their rates are about as cheap as you can get – but I still couldn’t afford the annual price even without domain privacy. When I clicked on the back button to return to HostGator, a pop-up appeared. It offered a last ditch discount of webhosting for 2.50 a month. The total annual price for webhosting with the free domain name came to exactly 30 dollars – $5 more than the same service and domain by HostGator for only one month. If I kept paying monthly with HostGator it would of cost me over a hundred dollars more for practically the same thing.
I’m very satisfied with that. For what I can tell FatCow is pretty souped up with features that I’m still learning about. As a newbie, I definitely bit into a mouthful and will be chewing on it for a while. For now, Fat Cow has more than enough. They also have something called Weebly that makes setting up websites simple if I don’t want to use WordPress. Perhaps my only complaint so far is that their site doesn’t have the best navigation for logging in and out, which is ironic for a huge hosting company.