FatCow and NameCheap are quite similar web hosts, making them an interesting comparison. Below, we’re break down their major similarities and differences. At the end, we’ll give our best hosting advice.


  • 24/7 customer support
  • Linux-based servers
  • Uptime guarantee
  • Wide-range of hosting plans
  • Very cheap hosting options
  • Popular domain registrars

Major Differences:

  • NameCheap does not offer phone support
  • NameCheap has many plan limitations, including caps across domains, disk space, databases and email addresses
  • NameCheap uses the industry-standard cPanel, while FatCow uses the vDeck control panel
  • FatCow only uses Linux, while NameCheap has both Linux and Windows-based servers
  • FatCow offers a ‘MiniMoo’ plan that can be used for domain parking and only costs $5.00 a year
  • FatCow has the standard 30 day money-back guarantee, whereas NameCheap has an unusually short 14 day money-back guarantee


FatCow hosting:
  • “MiniMoo” plan
  • Shared
  • VPS
  • Dedicated
  • WordPress
NameCheap hosting:
  • Shared
  • VPS
  • Dedicated
  • Reseller
  • Private Email hosting
  • WordPress available for installation


NameCheap has some of the cheapest hosting available. Their shared hosting can cost as low as $9.88/year, which comes out to about $0.82/month! ‘The Original FatCow’ plan costs $49.00/year, which is slightly over $4.00/month. However, as mentioned above, FatCow has their very basic ‘MiniMoo’ plan, costing only $5.00/year.


These are very evenly-matched web hosts. They each have incredibly cheap options, both offering hosting plans that cost less than $10.00/year. However, we’ll give FatCow a slight advantage, since they have more advanced hosting plans available, while NameCheap has multiple plan limitations.

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