FastComet Hosting Review The Best Web Hosting beyond Bluehost, Hostgator & GoDaddy

Oct 18 2018

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Last Updated: May 19, 2021

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We launched this website in 2016 with a FastComet shared web hosting plan and it was close to 2 years that we used them. When we started off, we tried Bluehost services for a while but was not completely satisfied and thus decided to explore an alternative web hosting service beyond the well-known ones, of course, we were searching for the best value for money. The reasons for choosing FastComet hosting over others are explained in our detailed review. and Before we begin, please note that hosting goes by type of service you are buying rather than one company or brand name over another for hosting. Let’s jump in.

FastComet Hosting Review

FastComet has been in the web hosting business for almost a decade unlike the established and popular hosting companies. Bluehost was founded in 1996 and HostGator in 2002, but both originally belonged to the same parent group called “Endurance International Group, Inc. (EIG)”.

They also enjoy leading market shares due to brand popularity. Here is a snapshot of trends of web hosting since January 2016.

historical trend - usage of web hosting providers

FastComet launched their public cloud hosting service in late 2013.

Why FastComet for Web Hosting

FastComet Features

 

Lifelong Free domain

FastComet provides one domain name for free without any need for a renewal. They bear all such costs and as proof, you will receive an invoice for domain registration with $ 0 as an invoice value. It’s a good feature if you are a startup, a new business or a website, remember to justify your domain ownership within 15 days as per new ICANN rules applicable from January 1, 2014.

FastComet Pricing and Plans

The transparency factor here is that there are no hidden charges, in fact, renewal prices are the same as when you bought the hosting package for the first time. There are no obligations and you have 45 days to get your money back. I have used the first one below for over 2 years using monthly payments with my credit card.

FastComet Web Hosting Plans

Shared Hosting Plans

Choose your server location

You can choose from 7 data center locations as per the screenshot below.

server locations

 

Monthly Payment Options

This was a rare feature in 2016. Most of the leading players would bundle hosting for a year or so, with the cost per year discounted if you opted for  more years. Clearly, they want only long-term customers.

FastComet provides as little as a $2.95 /month Starter Plan with the same renewal price.

FastComet Speed & Reliability

The usual loading speed of websites hosted on FastComet is better than the competition as demonstrated below.

FastComet site speed

Here are the results of our website speed test from 2016 for easy reference: Performance-grade scores 81 (screenshot is dated – May 22nd, 2016)

Sitetest results

Website Up-time

Website Uptime

FastComet Interface & Security

cPanel Interface

A clean interface providing one-click installation for all essential apps such as WordPress, b2evolution, complete site backup in single click, unlimited emails and bandwidth, basic SEO tutorials and much more. You also have unlimited emails to configure as it was shared hosting.

 

Customer Support

Customer Support

Faster Response Time: >= 10 min response time for all tickets.

Hosting Support: Full support for all hosting series which includes email, FTP, website transfer, and setup.

Open Source Support: Support for more than 150 Open Source applications including installation, configuration, and transfer.

The unique features from FastComet also includes:

Cons of Using FastComet

We  highlighted the positive aspects of this hosting provider as above, it is fair to highlight the common issues we come across while using FastComet services.

1) If you opt  for Shared hosting, be careful with the number of processes/scripts you are running as it limits the server and quite often your website services could go down. Here is a snapshot of the similar issue we came across and decided to save it. Having said that it is true for most of the shared hosting packages out there. We have learned the hard lesson and importance of having a dedicated server and space for our business and website.

Quick pro tip: Always try to use CDN with a shared hosting as it will free up your bandwidth and limit number of processes running on the server. Notice the triangles with exclamation marks below from 2018.

too many processes on fastcomet servers

 

2) Emails are a big pain: They work excellent from the cpanel or client panel login in FastComet dashboards. Whenever you try to use them over any outlook, email app or mobile email client, they just don’t work. Adding the host name/server configurations manually for IMAP or POP email have helped us overcome these difficulties. we don’t think it is user-friendly though!

Conclusion

With a lifetime free domain (which usually costs $10+ a year) , SSD drives, free Cloudflare CDN, cPanel without extra bucks, and mobile-friendly interface at $2.95/month with real monthly payment options and 45 days money back guarantee, it’s worth learning the very basics of the hosting world. The service support is excellent and very proactive. They are open to providing support for ht access files, rewriting redirections and so on at no extra cost. we would recommend them for people looking at basic shared hosting plans with unmetered traffic and excellent customer support, much like any other shared hosting provider.

Once you have significant traffic coming into your website you may consider moving on to a cloud VPS, managed hosting or dedicated servers basis your business and bandwidth requirements. we moved our website to a managed shared hosting plan with Kinsta in 2019.

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