Review SummaryUpdated: July 11, 2020
- Free domain for life.
- 45-day money-back guarantee.
- Discounts for new customers.
- 99% server uptime.
- User-friendly control panel and backend access.
- Monthly payment plans are available.
- Premium server security services.
- 24/7 human customer and technical support via phone, chat, or email.
- Extensive documentation and tutorials for new, inexperienced users.
- Free domain for life only applies for as long as you host your website with FastComet.
Shared Hosting Review
Best for Portfolio and Basic websites
FastComet’s web hosting packages provide affordable solutions for basic, low-to-medium traffic websites. Whether you’re looking to host a single website or multiple websites under the same plan, FastComet hosting plans come with all of the tools you need to make a lasting impression with visitors.
Plans & Pricing
FastComet have three shared hosting plans to choose from, dependent upon your website’s needs: FastCloud, FastCloud Plus, and FastCloud Extra. All plans include at least one site, 15GB of SSD storage, 2 CPU Cores, and 2GB of RAM.
If you plan to host a basic site with very few images or videos, such as a portfolio or landing page, the FastCloud plan offers unique benefits for the most value. Priced at $2.95 per month, this plan has everything you need to host an efficient, secure website regardless of your experience level. FastComet allows up to 25,000 unique visitors per month with this plan with minimal traffic. As this is the smallest of their three plans with only 15GB of storage, you may want to consider upgrading if you plan to install any apps or create email accounts. If you do decide to go with this plan, try to keep media file sizes to a minimum to avoid reaching your quota. This plan includes one website and one free website transfer to make switching hosting providers simple.
FastCloud Plus is excellent for those who need a little more from their hosting service for only $4.45 per month. This plan includes 25GB of SSD storage so that you can comfortably install apps like WordPress, upload more media, and host multiple email accounts. The FastCloud Plus plan includes 4 CPU cores and 3GB of RAM for faster performance and better website functionality. This package also doubles the unique visitor limit to 50,000 per month. The FastCloud Plus tier allows for unlimited websites within the storage, traffic, and Bandwidth restrictions specified. You’ll also have three free website transfers to get started.
For websites already seeing a fair amount of monthly traffic or professionals looking to host client sites, FastCloud Extra is FastComet’s most robust web hosting package with premium features suitable for even the most advanced web developers. For $5.95 per month, you’ll get 35GB of SSD storage, up to 100,000 unique visitors per month, 6 CPU cores, and 6GB of RAM. This plan also allows for unlimited websites with three free website transfers.
FastComet’s web hosting plans also include guaranteed resources up to your plan’s limits, optimized server setup, quick account setup, free DNS management, domain redirects, unlimited parked domains, and unlimited subdomains. The FastCloud Plus and FastCloud Extra plans include unlimited add-on domains and free private DNS, which can be useful if you plan to resell hosting services.
Additional Features and Benefits
Free Cloudflare CDN
Cloudflare CDN is included free with all hosting plans to increase page speed and serve optimized media to your visitors. Cloudflare works by storing your site on over 70 servers worldwide. Your visitors will be served by the location nearest to them for a faster experience.
45-Day Money-Back Guarantee
FastComet web hosting plans are very flexible. If you’re on a budget, you can commit to monthly payments as opposed to the yearly minimums imposed by other web hosts. Upgrading can be easily done within your FastComet dashboard. If you’ve already paid for the year, you’ll receive a credit toward your upgrade for the remainder of your unused hosting plan. Most importantly, all plans come with a 45-day money-back guarantee, so you have time to decide if FastComet is right for you. This gives you more time than the traditional 30-day guarantee offered by other web hosting providers.
Easy site management with cPanel and Softaculous
Accessing the backend of your hosting package is easy using either the cPanel or Softaculous admin panels. From here, you can install and manage apps, create email accounts, and access many other features often used throughout the development process.
Free domain for life
All FastComet hosting plans come with one free domain or domain transfer. FastComet is one of the only hosting providers who offer you a free domain for life. While other hosting services require you to renew your domain after one year, most times, for a lot more than your introductory rate, FastComet will take care of your domain renewal for as long as you maintain a hosting plan with them. If you are looking to transfer your domain, your domain registration will be extended one year past its current expiration upon purchase.
Free Website Transfers
FastComet is also well-known for its free website transfers. Most other hosts do not offer website transfer services or will only assist you with a website transfer if you have a premium hosting plan. With FastComet, even the most basic web hosting plans are eligible for free website transfers completed by support agents. Website transfers are completed by submitting a support ticket with FTP information from your current host. FastComet’s professionals will handle the site transfer from start to finish so that you don’t have to.
Unlimited email accounts
Unlimited email accounts are included with your web hosting plan. Features include everything you’d expect from an email service like
- Email forwarders
- Catch-all emails
- Free webmail clients
- IMAP/POP3 access for setting up desktop and mobile clients, aliases,
- Spam blocking and virus scanners
- Email calendars.
For the FastCloud hosting package, you’re allowed a mailbox size of 500 MB per account, up to 400 email sends per hour with 20 recipients per email. Attachments are limited to 50MB, and you can receive up to 20 emails per minute. The FastCloud Plus allows for a larger mailbox size of 1GB per account and up to 40 recipients for each email. The FastCloud Extra increases the mailbox size to 2GB per account.
Top-notch Hosting Security
To add more value, FastComet includes all of the industry-leading security features you’d expect from a premium web hosting service. Brute force protection, malware scanning, and 24/7 server monitoring are some of the features you can expect from any of FastComet’s web hosting packages.
Secure your website with free SSL certificates from Let’s Encrypt and Cloudflare. This is great for sites that collect sensitive information, whether through a contact form or an e-commerce shop. FastComet includes free SSL certificates with all of their hosting pages. SSL certificates can be installed manually through your cPanel dashboard or by submitting a customer support ticket.
Free daily backups across all plans
FastComet also includes daily backups for all hosting plans should you ever need to restore your site. Site restores are done via the Restore Manager in your cPanel dashboard, and you can always speak with a FastComet support agent for assistance. For the FastCloud and FastCloud Plus plans, this host keeps backups of your website dating back seven days. For FastCloud Extra, you’ll have access to the last 30 days of daily backups.
“Our extraordinary Technical Support and Customer Service is one of the main reasons why our client’s rate FastCloud as the number one hosting solution for personal and small business websites.”
FastComet is one of the few web hosting services that have 24/7 human customer service support. Available by phone, chat, or email, their customer service agents are available to assist you with everything from pre-sale questions to technical support.
Curated WordPress Hosting Plans
Wordpress has become one of the popular website builders available today. Its user-friendly interface makes it easy for inexperienced users to install themes and launch their new site within minutes, while the backend has all of the tools needed for developers. FastComet makes it easier to host your WordPress website with web hosting packages optimized for WordPress.
If you’re looking to set up an online store, the WooCommerce plugin for WordPress is a top choice among e-commerce businesses. FastComet will optimize any of their hosting packages to accommodate your Woocommerce website. FastComet’s free SSL certificate from Let’s Encrypt, as well as their free SSL installation, makes it easy to secure your checkout process and protect customer information.
Cloud VPS Hosting Review
Best for: High Traffic and Fast Growing sites
For customers with a growing business, FastComet’s Cloud VPS hosting provides more control and flexibility with your hosting package. Virtual private servers (VPS) give you all of the benefits of having your own dedicated server while being cost-efficient and scalable without the need to configure any physical hardware to upgrade or downgrade.
This is great for customers who have a considerable amount of traffic on their website but are not looking to commit to a dedicated, physical CPU server. FastComet has 4 Cloud VPS hosting plans to choose from, all of which eliminate the visitor limits imposed by the basic hosting packages. Packages range from $59.95 to $139.95 per month, which you can easily scale up or down as your needs change.
Plans and Pricing
Starting at $59.99 per month, the Cloud 1 hosting package includes one 2.50GHz core, 2GB of RAM, 50GB SSD storage, and a whopping 2TB of Bandwidth with 2000Mbps available for data transfers. For most sites that are simply outgrowing their shared hosting plans, this would be the ideal plan to upgrade to.
Each VPS plan essentially doubles the included resources of the their before, with the largest of the packages (Cloud 4), including six 2.50GHz cores, 16GB of RAM, 320GB SSD storage, 8TB of Bandwidth, and 6000Mbps for data transfers for $139.95. As you can tell, the dedicated resources here are substantial and would be suitable for a variety of high-performance hosting solutions.
Compared to other popular hosting plans across the market, FastComet’s cloud VPS hosting packages are on the pricier end of the spectrum. However, few cloud VPS providers can match FastComet’s powerful combination of RAM, SSD storage, Bandwidth, and overall features across plans.
Additional Features and Benefits
With FastComet’s Cloud VPS hosting, you’ll have your own fully-managed private servers with SSD storage and free Cloudflare CDN to serve your site quickly to visitors from over 70 servers around the world. To support super-fast speeds, FastComet features SSD storage for files and MySQL databases.
Dedicated CPU Server Hosting Review
Best for: High traffic sites, maximum resources & security
FastComet’s dedicated CPU servers offer industry-standard performance, security, and speed you’d expect from a premium hosting package. For websites that have a constant flow of traffic, hosting on a dedicated server ensures guaranteed resources and optimal performance with physical hardware used solely for the purposes of serving your website. Depending on your website’s needs, prices range from $139 to $349 per month with lots of free features for added value.
Plans and Pricing
FastComets Dedicated servers come in four plans, scaling up to 32GB RAM, 640GB SSD Storage, and 7TB of Bandwidth, with each plan doubling in resources, respectively.
Bluehost can be a cheaper alternative to FastComet’s dedicated server hosting. Most comparable between the two would be Bluehost’s standard plan and FastComet’s DS1 plan. Bluehost does come with more resources, including two more CPU cores, 1TB more of Bandwidth, and “unmetered SSD storage” for only $79 to FastComet’s $139.
If you are more concerned with performance and reliability than you are price, once again, FastComet offers more resources and features than any other hosting package. Once you factor in performance, security features, and more, FastComet does provide more value than most comparable plans on the market.
Much like the Cloud VPS hosting packages, all of FastComet’s dedicated server hosting plans include unlimited websites up to your plan’s resource limits, free SSH access, free domain transfer, free site setup, and free managed website transfer for those switching from another host.
All of your plan’s resources are guaranteed to ensure you’re getting the speed and performance that you paid for. FastComet also includes free Cloudflare CDN and optimized server setup, and all of your files and My SQL databases use SSD storage for the fastest possible performance.
Standard FastComet security features like network and web application firewalls, brute-force protection, exploits, and malware protection, and free daily and weekly backups are included with all dedicated CPU server hosting plans. You’ll also receive complimentary 24/7 server monitoring and power/network/hardware redundancy.
Daily & Weekly Backups
All plans include free daily and weekly backups ensuring optimal data redundancy.
FastComet Server Performance
To test FastComet’s hosting performance we used a few Pingdom reports. Over the span of a year, Pingdom’s probes (located across North America) performed daily checks, on a basic website (less than 100KBs) hosted on FastComet’s shared server environment. Additionally, there was no throttling added to these checks, so slower response times can be expected for 3G or 4G connections.
Yearly Server Performance:
Average Response Time
Data shown as monthly Uptime averages for a basic FastComet website
Server performance can affect all aspects of your site. Case studies have consistently found that customer wait times (page load and response times) directly affect everything from SEM, revenue, and traffic growth. By a lot too, here’s just one example:
For Mobify, every 100ms decrease in homepage load speed worked out to a 1.11% increase in session-based conversion, yielding an average annual revenue increase of nearly $380,000.
All of FastComet’s hosting environments comes with some of the best security features offered by web hosting services. Each plan comes with a Network Firewall and Web Application Firewall to protect your site from intruders. Brute force Protection and two-factor authorization ensure that bots and hackers can’t try to force a login. To keep your website secure, FastComet’s exploits and malware protection shields your site from malicious code and viruses. All plans include other security features like account isolation, CageFS Security, CloudLinux Servers, BitNinja Server Security, ModSecurityManager, and 24/7 server monitoring to shield your website from attacks.
- Network Firewall & Web Application Firewall: FastComet’s firewalls prevent unauthorized access to your site’s network and web applications for added security.
- Brute-Force Protection: FastComet includes brute-force protection to stop bots and hackers from trying to guess login information and attempted break-ins.
- Exploits & Malware Protection: FastComet’s exploits and malware protection keeps your website safe from malicious code that can crash the site, steal sensitive information, force unwanted popups, and more.
- Account Isolation: Your hosting plan will always be isolated from others on the same server if another site experiences a security breach.
- 24/7 Server Monitoring: FastComet continually monitors your website’s server for security and performance.
Customer Support Review
24/7 Human Support
What sets FastComet apart is their 24/7 human support. According to their website, support agents are always on hand to provide instant responses to requests via phone and live chat. For less urgent requests, they have a ticketing support system which you can access via your FastComet dashboard. Support agents can assist you with any OpenSource application, free application and plugin upgrades, free SSL installation, hacked website recovery, and more.
Rich Knowledge Base
FastComet also gives you access to an extensive knowledge database with tutorials, videos, and frequently asked questions related to your hosting package. Using a simple search feature, you can find answers to most common issues as well as walkthroughs on how to perform tasks within the FastComet dashboard and cPanel. If your answer can’t be found in the knowledge database, there’s a neat chat window at the bottom of every window where you can reach a live agent in about 10 minutes or less.
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