Fat Cow has been around for awhile, since 1998. They use two modern data centers in the Boston area, with 24/7 monitoring and redundant power in case a server goes down. While their website seems a bit skimpy at first, they do have a good reputation, and seem to cater to people who are not too tech savvy yet.
They offer 24/7 phone support, the usual array of supported scripting languages, and optional shopping cart. For people who want to start out slow, there’s a Mini Moo feature which enables one to create a super simple site just to introduce a business and the face behind it. Their control panel is proprietary, and the shopping cart system is ShopSite. They also include 2 gb of backup from Carbonite for your website, free for the first year.
Although they are one of the top providers in the U.S., they do seem to have more than their share of downtime complaints. And, as a result, it seems like people either love them or hate them. This is hard to understand, since they claim uptime of better than 99%. Perhaps they just have more than their share of newbies, who manage to crash their own sites more often than most.
You will need to pay by the year with Fat Cow, and they only offer one type of account that includes everything you wish to use.
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