Although this is a personal note for myself so I won't forget, I'd thought I would share this anyway to help out those out whom may be having performance and page load issues using the Fatcow hosting service.
Recommended Fatcow PHP.ini Changes
If you are a Fatcow customer and are experiencing slow PHP driven websites, you need to edit the PHP.INI file.
Go to the control panel and click on the CGI and Scripted Language Support. Then, click on PHP Scripting and make the following changes:
output_buffering = On zlib_output_compression = On register_globals = Off magic_quotes_gpc = Off
You should see quite a big difference in speed up in you site downloads as the output will be compressed and sent down to your browser.
Speeding Up Wordpress
If you are running Wordpress, I recommend installing the W3 Total Cache plugin and enabling all the options. You should see a big speed improvement as well.
Now you may get a warning message asking you to disable zlib compression. If you are on a shared hosting account, you can disable this by creating a local php.ini file that sits at the root of your website. Simply enter in the following:
zlib_output_compression = Off
Test the flag by creating a phpinfo() call and making sure it is turned off.
The reason why we create a local php.ini file is so that we don't turn off compression for the other websites that may be on the server.
Update: I no longer host with FatCow as their service is far too slow to do anything real on. I've written about the experience here which you are welcomed to read.