FastComet Hosting Review The Best Web Hosting beyond Bluehost, Hostgator & GoDaddy
I launched my website in 2016 with a FastComet shared web hosting plan and it has been over 2 years that I have been using them. When I started, I 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, I was searching for the best value for my money. The reasons for choosing FastComet hosting over others are explained in my detailed review.
FastComet Hosting Review
FastComet has been in the web hosting business for almost a decade now unlike the established and popular hosting companies such as Bluehost, HostGator, and GoDaddy. 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 in the usage of web hosting since January 2016.
FastComet a 7-year-old brand, launched their public cloud hosting service in late 2013, they are probably the fastest growing today, primarily, because of the hosting product mix they provide to users. Serving about 11,500 + customers from 70 countries, Their SSD Cloud Hosting solution is one of the most accessible and affordable on the Web Hosting Marked as it is powered by a rocket-fast 24/7 support team.
Why FastComet for Web Hosting
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.
Choose your server location
You can choose from 7 data center locations as per the screenshot below. This can also be changed as per your convenience later. I opted for Frankfurt considering this is almost center of the earth for initial 2 years and moved to Chicago servers in North America, this year. The service support was extremely fast and satisfactory.
Monthly Payment Options
This is a very rare feature that I could not find with any other reliable web hosting provider. Most of the leading players will bundle hosting for a year or so, with the cost per year discounted if you opt for an increased number of years. Clearly, they want only long-term customers. As mentioned earlier in this post, since I was using Bluehost for some time, upon deciding to move out from their services and asking for a refund, they offered me monthly payments options from an existing yearly renewal. I had already made up my mind, so I decided to take up FastComet instead.
FastComet provides as little as a $2.95 /month Starter Plan with the same renewal price.
The usual loading speed of websites hosted on FastComet is better than the competition as demonstrated below.
Here are the results of my website speed test for easy reference: Performance-grade scores 81 (screenshot is dated – May 22nd, 2016)
FastComet Interface & Security
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 needed.
- SSD-only storage: This belongs to the latest class of storage devices. All websites, by default are hosted on Solid State Drive and not traditional Hard Disk Drives (HDD) which is not the case with most of the hosting providers today.
- Free CDN: All hosting plans at FastComet include free Cloudflare CDN by default. This, too, is a premium feature that is charged by others separately. I use Cloudflare CDN which has been a very good experience.
- Hack-free: All packages also include web app firewalls for preventing 99% of known security threats.
- Account Isolation: It is completely isolated but not a limited dedicated environment for every hosting account.
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:
Comparison with other service Providers
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Cons of Using FastComet
I have highlighted the positive aspects of this hosting provider as above, it is only fair to also highlight the common issues I have come across while using FastComet services over the last 2 years.
1) If you have opted 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 I came across recently. However, this is true for most of the shared hosting packages out there.
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.
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. Having said that, adding the host name/server configurations manually for IMAP or POP email have helped me overcome these difficulties. I don’t think it is user-friendly though!
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 deal you should go for. 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. I 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 bandwith requirements. I just moved my website to a managed shared hosting plan with Kinsta in 2019.
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