Also known as the world largest domain name registrar, GoDaddy is probably the most well-known web hosting company in the industry. The web hosting leader has the web hosting sector covered from all angles : blog hosting, web hosting, virtual private servers, dedicated servers, domain names, SSL certificates and lots more. Founded in 1997 by its flamboyant CEO, Bob Parsons, GoDaddy now has more than 40 million domain names under management and is three times the size of its closest competitor.
FatCow was founded in 1998 and is part of the Endurance Group which owns multiple web hosting brands. Unlike GoDaddy, Fat Cow offers a single one-size-fits-all hosting plan that suits most personnal and small business website. The company's data center is powered by 100% wind energy.
|Performance & Reliability|
|Avg. Response Time||113.3 ms||128.9 ms|
One of the main difference between FatCow and GoDaddy has to be the control panel. Unlike many web hosts who offer industry-standards such as cPanel or Plesk, Fatcow and Go Daddy have developped their own in-house control panel.
FatCow's control panel is quite similar to Plesk, a popular control panel developped by Parallels Softwares. It is very easy to use and allows you to manage most aspects of your hosting accounts such as emails, databases, password-protecting directories, etc. The only downside of Fatcow's control panel is the lack of cron task functionnality which prevents you from scheduling background processes to run automatically at a given time.
While GoDaddy's control panel offers many features, users have often complained about its lack of intuitivity. Loads of advertisements and various levels of management mainly contributes to the control panel's complex usage.
|Price Range||$3.15||$2.99 to $7.49|
|Disk Space||Unlimited||100 GB to Unlimited|
|CGI / Perl|
|Ruby on Rails|
|Control Panel(s)||vDeck||Custom / Other|
|24x7 Email Support|
|24x7 Phone Support|
|Moneyback Guarantee||30 Day||n/a|
After using GoDaddy for quite sometime, we found out that the MySQL server would often timeout on our low-traffic Wordpress blog. Website speed is low to acceptable at best. On the other side, there weren't many downtimes (if there was any downtime at all). I wouldn't recommend GoDaddy's shared hosting packages for any business or for any website with significant traffic for that matter. GoDaddy may very well do the job for static websites though. Still if you wish to use GoDaddy, you might want to consider signing up for either a Virtual Private Server or a Dedicated Server.
Fatcow proved to be quite reliable but I can't say we were very impressed with their speed and performance. While their servers are definitely a bit faster that GoDaddy's, there are better options out there.