Host Cow review

7 user reviews, 2 support responses, 0 testimonials, 13 products, 1 promotion, 3 social accounts, Alexa #0, listed 2010 (#15219)

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D Cairncross (administrator@l...) /
Time Hosted: 1 to 2 years
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Control Panel for utterly poor and unreliable service
All i can say is steer clear of hostcow!

Their servers were hacked and all the sites were down. They eventually did a restore but my site was never the same again all my hard work now down the drain.

Customer service is slow and almost non existent, telephone numbers you get no answer.
KPDURBS (zimbo76@a...) /
Time Hosted: 6 mo. to 1 year
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Absolutley useless
This company is without question the worst host in the world let alone africa. They have a 99.9% uptime guaruntee however the site has been down numerous times and when you ask about the 99.9% you get no repsonse. We lost a significant amount of money on our ecommerce site because of the site being down several times. I am glad to say we are moving to webafrica. We will pay more but get better service and an actual uptime of 99.9%.
HOSTCOW. you can't give 99.9% uptime if you don't have redundancy protocols in place!
I think this company is run out of an apartment somewhere in the karoo.
Mike (mikeekid@w...) /
Time Hosted: under 1 month
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This must be the most unhelpful unfriendly and clueless company in South Africa. I submitted a request to terminate my account and for them to refund me my money as I am still within the 30day money back guarantee. Their supposed 24/7 online support never works. They take at least 2-3 days to respond to emails and tickets, if you're lucky. I am still awaiting my refund and for someone from their mystical accounts department to contact me. I have tried being polite with them, however this does not seem to work. Still no one contacts you. My new hosting company has sent through numerous requests for my domain name to be transferred, this keeps getting denied. I have had one response from jacques about the reason for the denial, stating that I have not paid for the domain name as it was free with the package and that when I pay for it they will release the name. He doesn't seem to know anything about his own terms of service which state
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About Host Cow

You may be asking: “Why Hostcow?” This seems to be a frequently asked question, as there are so many hosting companies out there. Hostcow has been designed to give you a different alternative to web hosting. We have researched the market and found a lot of technical babble that overshadowed hidden clauses and costs and decided to cut the cud and get straight to the point – A simpler and more customer friendly approach to hosting and support.


Awesome web hosting plans with NO BULL. Simple, easy and affordable.

Hostcow was bornfrom the idea that we wanted to make having a website easy to own, easy to use and most importantly, to provide real business value. Without a web presence your business gets lost in a field of directories. Consumers have learnt to use the internet to their advantage, why notsame.

Like Hostcow, our hosting plans are a different breed. To enable you to get your personal and business websites, whether it be e-commerce or otherwise, on the net, we have created three different hosting solutions to tailor to your specific needs:

Mini Cow
Half Cow
Full Cow

Why choose HostCow?
If you have questions please feel free to contact us on 0861 HOSTING or chat to one of our agents online.
HostCow is the perfect choice whether you are looking for business, personal, or ecommerce web hosting.

If you think about the expense paid by South Africans for technology, you would be amazed at how affordable we are.

If for instance you look at what South Africans pay for ADSL, DSTV, Hosting and telephone lines, it amounts to a large sum at the end of every month. Those of you who have travelled abroad will be testament to the vast difference that exists between what is offered to South Africans in terms of these costs compared to what is offered abroad.

HostCow was founded by an avid traveler, Jacques von Wielligh (who is also the President of Jobdone Commerce LLC – an Ecommerce company in the United States of America) who had become tired of all the hidden costs involved with owning and running a website and is therefore aimed at contributing toward the Hosting Market to save you these cost and hidden charges which we pay for Bandwidth, Disk Space and all other utilities needed to have a successful web presence; because in today’s technological society and ever changing economy, no company can afford to be without a web presence.
What we offer you is:

Unlimited domains in one hosting account

When selecting our Full Cow Web Hosting Package (R129.99 p/m) you have the ability to host as many domains/websites as you wish in your cPanel account. This means you have the luxury of managing all of your websites from one place and all on the same server!

We offer our clients on UNLIMITED Bandwidth and Disk Space

On our Full Cow Package (129.00 p/m) HostCow differs from other web hosting companies because of our unlimited disk storage, bandwidth transfer, and number of add-on domain features. In other words, you can host ALL YOUR WEBSITES in a single web hosting account.

We would encourage you to compare our Hosting Packages with all other providers in South Africa and see for yourself what makes HostCow the best hosting provider in South Africa. We offer Unlimited Disk Space, which is a bold statement as we haven’t personally seen any South African Hosting provider which offers this service to their clients.

Reliable servers with guaranteed 99.9% uptime (Our Track Record so far is at 100%)

Our servers have not had any downtime since we started our company and our aim is to ensure that this remains the case.

Your satisfaction is our aim as a company.

We pride ourselves in putting you, the client first. We have a tendency to overpromise, but an even better tendency to over deliver.

FREE Domain for life!

We do not believe in charging our hosting clients for their first domain as this should be part of your first hosting package. When choosing to host with Hostcow, our clients receive a domain absolutely free; which means that we renew your domain annually to ensure you never lose your web identity. (Terms and Conditions Apply.)

24 Hour FREE telephonic and Email Support

We are there for our clients 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. You are welcome to call us on either our landline, 0219033235 line, or send us an email at your convenience. A friendly MooCrew consultant will assist you with all of your queries. We all hit snags in the grass and we are there to help you solve them.

24 Hour Live Chat support on our Comprehensive website

As there are times when Landlines are busy, we have an additional means of contacting us 24 hours per day. We offer a Live Chat on our website, where our clients can quickly and easily access a MooCrew representative to aid them with any problems they may have regarding there website hosting.

Spam Filter included for all email addresses

Spam Assassin is included for all POP3 Email boxes that you at your domain hosted by us.

With HostCow’s CPanel (Control Panel) you have complete control.

Our CPanel is a fully-featured web-based control panel that allows you to manage your domain through a web interface. The idea is to transfer as much of the control and responsibility of managing your web site to you. You have the ability to manage all aspects of email, files, backup, FTP, CGI scripts, and web site statistics!! It also gives you access to your own webmail interface and online organizer – WITH:

Your own Webmail which can be accessed anywhere!

Whilst you can access your email through any standard email program, e.g. Microsoft Outlook or Outlook Express, you can access each of your Pop3 Email boxes @yourdomain using one of three webmail packages anywhere, anytime using any browser.

Advanced Web Traffic Statistics for your site

As part of your Cpanel we provide you with a tool which details your web traffic statistics and allows you to manage your website, by tracking the amount of traffic to your domain each day. You will have an easy-to-use Client Control Interface where you can access your web traffic stats 24 hours a day, at your convenience. This allows you to see when ‘Hotspots’ in month occur on your webpage.

FREE Script Installation Service

We install most PHP, Perl and MySQL scripts for you at no charge. Let HostCow do the things you hate - Our Value Add Service to our loyal customers.

FREE Ecommerce Script / Software

We offer this as part of our Ecommerce solution. Our Ecommerce Software solution comes with an online payment gateway inside your owner run online store. No business that has products to sell should be without this solution.

4480 FREE Website Templates

This allows our clients to browse through these templates and chose a look and feel as well as colour scheme that suits them. We also build sites from scratch at an additional cost, should you not find what you are looking for in the 4480 choice.

Reliable & Affordable Hosting

Our packages are of the most affordable in South Africa. What we offer in our Mini Cow option at only R39p/m equals most hosting companies R99p/m options.

We offer you Consistency

We pride ourselves in the that we do not need to offer regular special or Booster Packages as we have formulated Packages that work for all our clients, whether they are an individual, small or big business, we have the solutions for all!

HostCow has been providing hosting solutions to business as well as personal web sites. Our Internet hosting packages help businesses and individuals obtain high-powered service at a fraction of the cost.

Shared Linux Web Hosting (cPanel Hosting)

Are you a new website owner? HostCow offers help when you need it - 24/7, by Live Chat and email. Do you need flexible, affordable hosting for a new project? HostCow's service is available one month at a time; we won't try to rope you into a long contract. Looking for hosting you can count on for a mission critical site? We take four levels of precautions to maintain a 99.9% uptime and keep your data safe.

Our Guarantee

Our goal is to deliver a stress-free hosting experience, through our reliable infrastructure, always-available support and easy to use tools. For instance, our FREE site building software includes templates that you can use to create your website within minutes. We also offer Fantastico, which allows you to install a wide variety of blogging, ecommerce and CRM software at no cost. screenshot
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PlansHost Cow Website Products

Shared - Linux Keep mouse
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PriceDisk space Transfer UpdatedFree domain /
MINI COWfeaturesControl Panel : CPanel
Hosted domains : 1
$2.81/mo.5 GB5 GB / 1
SKINNY COWfeaturesControl Panel : CPanel
Hosted domains : 2
$6.41/mo.10 GB15 GB / 2
MAD COWfeaturesControl Panel : CPanel
Hosted domains : 10
$10.01/mo.15 GBunmetered / 10
FULL COWfeaturesControl Panel : CPanel
Hosted domains : Unlimited
$16.49/mo.unlimitedunmetered / unlimited
Dedicated - Linux/Windows Keep mouse
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Dedicated IPs
Standard Serverfeatures
RAM : 8000 MB
CPU : 4 x 3.60GHz
Hosted domains : Unlimited
$129.54/mo.2000 GBunmetered 8 GB
Business Serverfeatures
RAM : 16000 MB
CPU : 4 x 3.70GHz
Hosted domains : Unlimited
$179.95/mo.4000 GBunmetered 16 GB
Enterprise Serverfeatures
RAM : 128000 MB
CPU : 6 x 2.00GHz
Hosted domains : Unlimited
$237.55/mo.4000 GBunmetered 125 GB
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BronzefeaturesControl Panel : CPanel
Hosted domains : Unlimited
$22.25/mo.50 GBunmetered / unlimited
ProfessionalfeaturesControl Panel : CPanel
Hosted domains : Unlimited
$35.28/mo.100 GBunmetered / unlimited
EnterprisefeaturesControl Panel : CPanel
Hosted domains : Unlimited
$51.05/mo.200 GBunmetered / unlimited
VPS - Linux Keep mouse
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Basic VPS Hostingfeatures
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Hosted domains : Unlimited
$26.64/mo.50 GBunmetered / unlimited
Standard VPS Hostingfeatures
CPU : -
Hosted domains : Unlimited
$32.40/mo.100 GBunmetered / unlimited
Professional VPS Hostingfeatures
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Hosted domains : Unlimited
$48.97/mo.150 GBunmetered / unlimited

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Owner: Jacques von Wielligh
Web Site Title: Hostcow | ADSL | Web Hosting | Reseller Hosting
Website Description: Web Hosting Cape Town
Targeting: South Africa
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Lebo (nolandes@g...) /
Time Hosted: 1 to 3 months
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Price: reasonable R165 A month
Plan used: e-commerce site
please guys - if you have small capital and are trying to get a site up and runnig DONT use hostcow. the service is so bad . the only thing they are good at is asking for their money.

I have sent emails asking for their assistance - if u call thier number they dont answer i have even sent them mail letting them know after this month i do not ever want to deal with them they still do not reply but instead send me a welcome mail !!!!

its idicuous - when i think of the amount of money i have wasted it just breaks my heart. I am not going to a free hosting site to try and recover t he costs :( i dont even know why they are still in business.
this company has ruined my business with people just giving up on my slow useles site with a lot of errors on the home page etc.
heart broken and angry!!

Kashiefa Pietersen (info@s...) /
Time Hosted: 6 mo. to 1 year
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Hosting Plans: Shared Hosting - Mini Cow

Testimonial: It's very seldom that one discovers a company that really cares about your needs, and not just about closing a sale or taking your money. I am so happy that I found Host Cow. Not only do they offer great value for money, but they really take an interest in what you as the client would like to achieve. I started off with just needing an email address for my small business, until Jacques suggested that I start a website - for no extra charge! He even offered ideas. I'm so excited about this and the best part is that it won't cost me a cent extra! I would recommend Host Cow to any entrepreneur wanting to take their business to new heights without forking out thousands of rands. It's almost crazy the value and support one receives from Host Cow. Very refreshing...large corporates out there could learn a thing or two about customer service from these guys!
grant (-no email-) /
Time Hosted: 1 to 3 months
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For the first couple of month's I received Ok service from hostcow until about a month ago. There are continues errors on my site, pages not loading, gateway errors, forbidden access and and THE LIST GOES ON...When reporting the errors, it takes days for Jacques to get back to your mails. There is NO way you can get in touch with this provider via their useless online chat or telephone. At this moment I feel this one man band company is ripping me off as I am NOT GETTING what I am paying for. I am with this company and their stupid mails which basically comes down to “Sorry we .. up and working on the problem'. As I am typing this yet another error '502 Bad Gateway - nginx'

This is chasing my clients away and making me to look like the fool. Jacques don't even bother calling me and trying to apologize for your pathetic service. You and your company ARE a DISGRACE and should be put out of business ONCE AND FOR ALL!!!!!!!
Dear Grant,

We indeed experience difficulty with the nginx plugin once it became a problem we removed it from all our servers. We hosting +/-7500+ Domains and manage our own dedicated servers. I personally gave you a call and discussed the issue with you directly and mentioned to you that we busy optimizing apache for better performance - nginx replace the apache port and caused the 502's as your post mentioned.

We did make backups of your website on a daily basis and your hosting account was pretty stable up to the nginx issue that was resolved soon after.

We currently have Marcelle, Angelo, Brenwin and myself supporting clients on a daily basis.

Our services just got better and currently moving to a scalable solution (cloud) 2 dedicated servers already placed with SAS drives etc. We also offer a mailfoundry solution for corporate clients.

I wish you all the best of luck with your business venture and hope we can assist you better in the near future.

Have a great [...]

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-anonymous- (nazeem@p...) /
Time Hosted: 1 to 3 months
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I have logged two tickets with Hostcow and it seems that both the tickets i logged went un-answered for w while, then tried calling them directly only to get a voicemail saying that there vaoice mailbox was full. sent them e-mails and still no responses. since joining them i have managed to speak to a physical person only 3 times. all other times i was directed to an auto response e-mail or a voicemail on the telephone number. want to move my domain and logged a ticket with them and no response after 24hours and counting. no one answers the phones and no response to e-mails.
As of today i see you still a client of HostCow and we will resolve most internal issues to the best of our capabilities. We are here to assist you and will do our best to respond to your queries in a timely manner.

Due to ASSP/Firewall and server hardening process we experienced other channels of surprise but rest assured we finally moving all client accounts to the new cloud environment where we will have more control and stability. Read more

We posted this Announcement earlier:

Dear Client,

HostCow is moving our Dedicated Servers to a cloud environment. With Cloud Flexibility. Hardware Redundancy and No Compromises we can certainly make a difference!

We ordered a new firewall system and will integrate it shortly, becoming popular online can often be tricky and painful as a surge of traffic overwhelms our hosted solution. We can now fix that problem by allowing us to scale up our processing power when we need it, and scale down when we don't. All with virtually no [...]

Customer service representative (jacques@h..., ).

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