Founded by Shane Larrabee, a web development veteran of over 17 years, FatLab is a website maintenance company focused on providing the absolute best client support experience. We’re on-call to handle systems monitoring, security patches, upgrades, bug fixes, site enhancements, content updates and many more website maintenance services.
FatLab will not try to sell you a new website. We keep sites up and running so your business is up and running. Our focus is why we are able to support you and your site more efficiently and more effectively than our competitors.
FatLab uses a robust online web support ticket system for clients to create and track support requests 24/7/365. In addition, each of our clients is served by a primary account manager.
Washington, DC for you politically oriented folks
FatLab is a registered Limited Liability Company (LLC) in the state of Virginia and was founded in downtown Washington, DC. We have a 100% American talent pool. Our client base extends through the United States and Canada with about 70% of our clients being based in the major business centers of the East Coast: New York, Baltimore, DC, Atlanta and Miami. We can put on a tie and meet in the board rooms of K Street or sport shorts and a fleece (when it’s 50 degrees and raining) and meet over a cup of coffee in Seattle. Then again, we could just meet online and get some work done… your call.
FatLab has partnered with Rackspace, Inc. as our data and infrastructure provider. All FatLab dedicated infrastructure is held in a Managed Operations account within the Dallas, TX Rackspace Data Center where systems are monitored 24/7/365 by a dedicated engineering team. Rackspace provides us everything from redundant internet/network connections, backups, physical security, uninterruptible power, network security, server patching and much more. While many companies like ours lease a shared VPS and load their clients up on a budget plan, we have made some large investments into redundant and secure hosting solutions for our clients.
FatLab is proud to have all American talent, i.e. we’re not sending your work overseas for a markup.
FatLab has taken a unique approach to building a team and work environment. The goal being: Let’s prove this “internet thing”. We live in a world where our Alexandria, VA office number is answered from anywhere we might be whether that be in Washington, DC, Virginia, Costa Rica, Seattle, Mexico or... Ireland - It's Shane's dream to one day live in Ireland but we don't have an Irish presence quite yet. We work East Coast business hours but that doesn’t always mean we are on the East Coast. From centralized code repositories, ticket systems, video chats and VOIP phone systems, we have built a system that allow us to work from wherever we are AND wherever you are. This whole “internet thing” may just actually work.
Shane Larrabee founded FatLab, LLC in 2010 after over a decade of web development experience amongst agencies, studios and other businesses. Shane specializes in back-end development (PHP) within content management systems such as WordPress.
More than a developer, Shane considers himself a problem solver to his clients – hence the unique support focused business model.
Shane has developed and supported sites for an uncountable number of organizations around the world including political campaigns, governments, trade/issue/member based associations and many small and large businesses. From the Fortune 500 to the smallest startup, to national PACs to grassroots movements and from K Street to Wall street – his experience spans the gamut. Shane lives in Brasilito, Costa Rica with his wife and daughter, works East Coast business hours and makes regular trips back to the Washington, DC area for work.
Ritz is our Managing Director and a Project Manager with over 14 years of website project management experience. She brings a great dynamic to both our team and clients with a “let’s get it done” attitude for every project she manages. She has a real love for solving a client’s problems; finding the right play, implementing a smart solution, and then seeing the results.
Having worked in the association and nonprofit world in the past, Ritz is very good at looking at a project from the client’s perspective. She has exceptional customer service skills and has an ability to build long lasting relationships.
Niki specializes in front-end web development with the philosophy that each project should bring about great results and good karma. She enjoys creating custom responsive websites in WordPress and other content management systems using HTML, CSS, Sass, jQuery, PHP, and MySQL.
Niki’s client experience spans a broad range of industries including advertising, construction, energy, health care, insurance, manufacturing, public relations, real estate and technology. Niki’s experience also includes project planning, prototyping, site design, site architecture, UX/UI, theming, and deployment of enterprise-level websites.
Niki lives in Virginia where her real job is as a taxi driver and cheerleader for her 13 year old son who plays travel baseball with an emphasis on the word travel. Niki is also the only member of the FatLab team to own a horse.
Ryan Wadsworth is a web developer with over 10 years development experience working with a number of content management systems including WordPress and Drupal.
Ryan has been working with FatLab for 6+ years. Ryan has a B.A. in Latin American and Latino Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz and currently resides with his family in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas México.
Dan Unger is a web developer with 20 years of experience in the IT field. After obtaining advanced degrees in history, Dan earned a master’s degree in computer science. He focuses on back-end development in languages such as PHP, .NET, Java, and Perl, with expertise in MySQL, SQL Server, and Oracle databases.
One of the most common things we hear from clients who are considering leaving their current provider: unresponsiveness. Our entire system is built around a fast response time and client service.
At FatLab Web Support we have worked hard to put together a support desk system that allows us to be responsive to our clients’ needs. Regardless of urgency level, we know it is important that you get confirmation when your support request has been received. That is why we put a true system in place, not just a generic support@ email box to be checked on occasion.
When you create a ticket it immediately notifies us via email and sends an alerts to our mobile phones and tablets. You can track the progress of your tickets online, via email or even give us a call.
Average initial response time: under two hours.
We are available via multiple communications channels.
We make it our priority to keep you updated on the status of your web support request. With each update you will receive an email and a record will be made to the ticket. In addition, the system securely archives all communications and time for easy reference.
Full Transparency: All communications are kept online.
With a complete history of communications regarding a specific issue we are able to review an accurate history if questions were to arise on the same or future task.
Full Transparency: All billing information is available to you 24/7/365.
Keeping Billing Clear and Honest
Full Transparency: Granular task specific billing.
All billable time is recorded for each and every task and in full view of you, the client. In addition, all invoices will reference each completed ticket by number and the total time billed. At any time you can review the amount of time applied to your account.
We love to talk and spend a lot of our time consulting and advising our clients – we don’t avoid the phone. If an action item comes from our conversation a support ticket will be created immediately. If a ticket needs clarification and discussion we will arrange a call with you at your convenience.
Our phone lines are answered by a (real) human during business hours. They will be happy to patch you through or if someone is not immediately available a message will be taken. Calls are typically returned in less than 2 hours during business hours and if a critical issue were to arise, our team will ensure your message is delivered ASAP… no dead voicemail boxes.
We work with some great companies and some great people! It’s flattering that so many were willing to allow us to include them on our website. Without our clients, we wouldn’t be here… this is not something we will ever take for granted.
We could not be happier than we are with FatLab. They remain responsive to each and every request and have acted immediately when any technical issue has arisen. FatLab put together a unique plan just for us and did so at a flat monthly rate, which makes budgeting easier. We look forward to working with FatLab for years to come.
FatLab has been a consistent partner from day one. They’ve assisted us in full website rebuilds, complex custom applications, website maintenance and hosting, and regular website maintenance and fixes. We consider FatLab to be a fully integrated part of our team at Sage Growth Partners and they are a pleasure to work with on an almost daily basis.
FatLab took over our hosting and website maintenance three years ago. FatLab has since provide all the services our previous major hosting provider lacked (firewall, backups, malware scans and more) and most importantly they have proven to be a reliable and trustworthy partner.
Fatlab has been an invaluable partner for Andigo New Media for more than 4 years. We regularly rely on the FatLab team to help us support and maintain many of our client websites. They keep us informed and have never failed to deliver, even under the tightest deadlines.
When schedules get tight, we call on FatLab. FatLab, is a crucial partner for both execution and hosting infrastructure. With FatLab, we know it will get taken care of.
SOCMA has partnered with Shane Larrabee of FatLab, LLC for the management of our many websites and digital assets for over 12 years. From builds, to dedicated infrastructure, to day-to-day support. You could say that for over a decade SOCMA has relied on the services provided by FatLab and these services have been delivered without failure and with a 100% success rate.
The American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS), a medical certification organization, does not have the technical resources in-house to manage our web presence. We rely on FatLab to help keep our website up to date, consult on best practices and ensure it remains online and stable for our membership and the public.
We migrated our site to FatLab after becoming increasingly disappointed in the level of support provided by two major hosting companies. FatLab has filled this need for us by providing timely and reliable support each and every time we have needed it.
It hasn’t mattered if it is the middle of the day, late at night, the weekend or 5:00pm on Friday. When something urgent has come up, FatLab has responded with a solution within minutes each and every time. This is why we continue our 4+ year relationship with them.
We contacted FatLab after one of our client’s sites had come under attack and the current host had taken it offline. FatLab was able to stop the attack, get the site behind a firewall and provide stable hosting in a just a matter of hours. FatLab has remained incredible responsive to all of requests since that time.
We are Taking a Stand Against Bad Web Development and at the end of 2018 launched a new consultancy service to help organizations plan for and hire for their next website.
A stab at the budget hosts who seem to be in a race to the bottom rather than providing some critical services. Take a look, have a laugh and hopefully learn something.
A Free eBook - The book covers everything from initial planning, to writing an RFP to evaluating developer/designer responses. We just hope it helps!
An ebook to give website owners and administrators a place to start when it comes to making sure they are protected as well as possible against the millions of threats that are out there.
A WordPress plugin developed by FatLab that allows site users to share secure information (passwords, etc) via a page within their WordPress site. To enable simply include a shortcode on any page within your site.
Who knows what we'll think of next. Maybe we'll actually brew that beer we have been talking about. "FatLab Stout" has such a nice sound to it. Then again, the hoppiness of an IPA sounds pretty good too.