fastcomet cloud hosting

FastComet Review: The Best Web Host for Beginners (HostGator and iPage are no longer).

FastComet FastCloud

$3.95/mo
9.7

Speed

9.0/10

Uptime

9.9/10

Support

9.6/10

Ease of Use

10.0/10

Value

10.0/10

Pros

  • Free SSL & BitNinja Security
  • Account Isolation & Free Virus scans and removal
  • Beginner, Developer & Designer friendly
  • Premium Service and Support for Cheap Pricing
  • Free 2 hours site transfer from experts

Cons

  • Set up fee when paid monthly

Are you tired of paying a huge amount of money to your hosting provider despite the bad service provided? If yes, welcome to FastComet’s full review.

I’m a small business owner. That means I have a very tight budget and still want a good host with great uptime and fantastic speed at the lowest cost to start my online presence. And magically, I have found one that has fulfilled my needs and that is why I decided to share my experience with you today.

Please let me tell you some lines about FastComet before we start.

FastComet Story

FastComet Team has been in the web hosting business for more than 9 years.

They first started by providing professional services in the field of System Administration to private and business clients, which is a more complex service than web hosting.

With such experience, they then grasped the opportunity to launch their public cloud hosting service in late 2013.

They used their core values and previous experience to deliver a finely crafted PaaS (Platform as a Service).

This step gave them the opportunity to change their company business model from service-oriented to a product-oriented without giving up their high standards for customer satisfaction and technical excellence.

As a result, their SSD Cloud Hosting solution is one of the most accessible and affordable into the Web Hosting industry powered by a rocket-fast 24/7 support team.

FastComet is one of the rare independently owned companies that try their best to provide high-end services and VIP customer support to their clients.

FastComet Hosting Locations

Fastcomet server locations

Today in 2019, they own and operate 10 datacenters:

  • Dallas
  • Newark
  • Chicago
  • Amsterdam
  • London
  • Frankfurt
  • Tokyo
  • Singapore

And, as the demand grows and in the will of being close to their customers, they recently opened a datacenter in Toronto and the one I like the most in Mumbai (India). Yes you read it well- 10 datacenters! So, no matter your audience/clients’ location, you have got covered.

FastComet has thousands of customers in more than 80 countries around the globe. They offer a variety of services including Shared, Cloud VPS, Dedicated, WordPress Hosting and domain name registration.

Apart from their knowledgeable and responsive support team, they only use pure SSD drives and NGINX Server Technology to deliver one of the best speeds around there.

Their main objective is to provide innovative service level and fast support at a cheap price.

FastComet Hosting Services

The company has a wide range of service including shared, VPS, Dedicated server, and Domain name registration. Let’s see how they differ.

Shared Cloud Hosting

Fastcomet doen’t provide your tipical shared hosting. Instead, it is a Shared Cloud Hosting. What does it mean? You still share the same servers with other customer but your account doesn’t rely on a single physical machine. It is spreaded to a network of thousands of servers which means full account isolation for each client. I like it because that way, you are sure an infected account won’t directly affect yours.

The offer comes into three well-structured plans (FastCloud, FastCloud Plus, FastCloud Extra). Here is how they differ..

FastCloud

That is the lowest plan. It inludes 15 GB pure SSD storage, 25K monthly visits, one main domain install, an additional 30GB bandwidth, and is priced at $3.95/month (you can get a 70% discount here $2.95/month).

As it is cloud hosting, the plan gives you dedicated server resources of 2GB of RAM, 2 CPU Cores with the ability to scal when needed.

FastCloud Plus

Priced at only $5.95/month, it is the middle plan and provides unlimited websites installs, 25GB SSD storage, up to 50K unique monthly visits, and 60GB bandwidth. The plan also comes with advanced features like:

  • 2x resources (4GB of RAM and 3 CPU Cores)
  • Free private DNS
  • Free Dynamic SSL Seal
  • Free GlobalSign
  • 1-Click Restore Manager

FastCloud Extra

Here the top tier plan and it deserves it place. The plan allows unlimited websites, 35GB SSD storage, up to 100k unique visits per month, 90GB bandwidth, and the advanced features listed just above.

In addition, the FastCloud Extra plan includes 30 daily backups and RocketBooster which is a killing speed optimization made of:

  • 3x more server resources (6GB PAM and 6 CPU Cores)
  • 3x less clients per server
  • Varnish Cache & WAP
  • APC & OPcode Cache
  • Memcached
  • LiteSpeed LSAPI

And it cost $9.95/month.

Each FastComet plans comes with full account isolation, cPanel & Softaculous App Installer (up to 450 scrypts) included, free unlimited Let’s-Encrypt SSL certificates, unlimited email accounts, subdomains and FTP accounts, only SSD storage, free 1-Click app istaller, Free website builder with 350+ professionally designed templates, free daily backups, CDN, Mulktiple PHP versions, and free firewalls.

Managed Cloud VPS

When your site grows, and your want to save on cost while still having piece of minde in developing your business, you need Managed Cloud VPS Hosting. And, Fastcomet is one of the best in that field. Their offer split into four different plans (Cloud 1, Cloud 2, Cloud 3, Cloud 4) starting at $59.95/month and renews at the same price.

The service relies on a fast network that provides 2000 Mbps Network out (Cloud 1), 4000 Mbit Network out (Cloud 2), 5000 Mbit Network out (Cloud 3), and 6000 Mbit Network out (Cloud 4).

You can host unlimited websites, and even host each on seperat cPanel account as each plan includes free cPanel/WHM/Softaculous to split your account into multiple cPanel accounts for each of your websites or your clients’ ones. The service is fully managed so you don’t need worry about the technical stuff. Fastcomet experts cut the dirty work off your to do list, granting you the power and piece of minde to grow your business. We will lay down the technical specs in detail in the Features Table further below.

FastComet Dedicated Servers

This is the top of the line. Want a whole machine for your unique big projects’ need? You have got covered.

Waite; you have never tasted misery until you try to optimize a dedicated server the first time. You could spend days and days trying to emplement thing the right plus it is a hard work to keep it running smoothly (if you are not tech savvy).

Fortunatly, FastComet understands your pain and provides, again, here, fully managed dedicated hosting service based on the latest AMD EPYC CPU Servers along with cutting-edge technology.

The plans come also into four ready-made piece of cakes (DS 1, DS 2, DS 3, DS 4) starting at $139/month with the same renewal price.

The service includes also cPanel/WHM/Softaculous license for free and flies upon the same fast cloud network as for managed VPS hosting just discussed above but, with higher Network Outs for supreme performance. We will come back to the tech specs in-depth in the Features Table later in this review.

Why should you Host with FastComet?

Pros and cons of using fastcomet

Like I said in the title, BlueHost, iPage and HostGator are no longer. They have all been bought off by EIG (Endurance International Group), a big conglomerate with a terrible reputation into the hosting industry. I will never trust them again and here is why.

Despite the small amount of files (50,000 inodes) allowed, BlueHost was a perfect Host for beginners. Great uptime, good speed, and very knowledgeable support. It was my favorite hosting provider. But, since their acquisition by EIG, the service got bad.

In fact, EIG runs most of the big hosting companies (80+companies), and it continues to buy new ones.

So what makes them so terrible?

After they purchase a host, they dismiss the support team, cease investing in new technology, and use the revenue to increase advertising and dispatch the rest into payouts to shareholders. In every case, the reputation of the host takes a dramatic fall.

Now let’s get back to our business.

Pros of FastComet

There are countless reasons why I think you should trust FastComet as your next hosting provider over EIG’s big names and any other hosting from the same price range.

#1. Rocking Uptime

The first thing that drew my attention on their website is this beautiful graph.

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I was then curious to test FastComet because I know all the companies on this graph.

They guarantee 99.99% uptime. When the uptime is lower than 99%, it means you will lose a bunch of visitors because your website will often be unavailable which is bad for business.  A 99.99% uptime results in a weekly downtime of fewer than 1m 1s.

With this promise from FastComet, I couldn’t help testing them. And surprisingly, their uptime Blew my mind. I ran a test for 90 days and during that time, my website was 100% online. 100% Uptime!

#2. Latest Server Technology (NGINX, HTTP/2, PHP7.x) + Pure SSD Drives for Speed

When you use the old traditional Hard Disc Drives (HDD) to host your websites, they run slowly. This slowness can highly affect your Search Ranking Score (or SEO).

FastComet understood that and only uses SSD Drives. It helps increase your website speed up to 300% according to them. Once again, they make a big promise on the next graph.

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Quite a challenging promise yeah (395 ms). So, as always, I ran a speed test and here are the results.

Honestly, I had some doubts at the beginning until I destroyed my GTmetrix score. And it’s only then I started to trust FastComet. My GTmetrix score went from B to A. don’t believe me? Just look at the screenshots below.

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GTmetrix score before I migrated to FastComet

This was my website speed before I migrated to FastComet. Now let’s see what happened after I joined FastComet. For the test, I totally changed my blog design to a more complex one with flashy colors just to see if their servers could handle it. Here are the results.

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My GTmetrix Score after I migrated to FastComet

This was from Canada. Now, let’s see the speed score from the USA.

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FastComet loading time from Dallas USA

As you can see, I got 0.8s loading time; that is quite an instant loading time!

Need more ?

Ok! let’s talk about the Time To First Byte (TTFB). TTFB is the time a server takes to deliver the first string of information. I did a test to see how long does  my FastComet server take to deliver the first byte, and here is the result:

fastcomet Webpage speed score

On the screenshot, you can see that my site got “A” for almost everything. The only downside is about me. I didn’t activate CloudFlare CDN, and I also didn’t compress any image. That is why you see the “D” mark for “Compress Image”. Apart from that, everything is quite fast (Time to first byte “TTFB=0.372s”).

I know that it is not the fastest, but 0.8s (800ms) loading time for only $2.95/month is fantastic.

How does FastComet achieve that?

In addition to SSD Drives, FastComet support the latest server technologies such as NGINX, HTTP/2, and PHP7 to supply you with the best tools to make your website fly.

#3. Cheap Prices

When hearing all the praises toward FastComet’s services, you directly think “cost”. They use the latest technology and hardware in addition to high security features. So YES you might think it is pricey. No worries though….

Despite the full account isolation and dedicated resources (which even SiteGround doesn’t do) on shared hosting, prices start at as low as $3.95/month (get special 70% OFF here $2.95/mo).

Their Cloud VPS and Managed Dedicated server hosting are still cheaper than the competition when you compare the hardware, technology level, and quality of the service provided.

#4. Dedicated Server Resources and Account Isolation

One of the biggest cons of using shared hosting is bad neighborhood. As you are sharing the same server, you also share the cost and the problems. In case one account is in trouble like DDoS attack, CPU overuse…etc. you will also be affected.

With FastComet, you can rest calmed because your websites are given the treatment they deserve with dedicated resources allocated to each account. You get your own CPUs and RAM for your only needs. Get up to 6 CPU Cores and 6GB RAM (insane). Plus, your account is totally isolated from the others in the cloud.

#5. Free Virus scans & Removal and SSL

It takes time and money to clean and infected website. That is why FastComet provides regular Virus Scans. And, in case your site is infected or hacked, they take clean it free of charge! Even the big SiteGround (see in-depth comparison) doesn’t provide that.

On another hand, Google Chrome as already explicitly started warning users if a site is insecure.

A prominent warning is shown in Chrome’s address bar, indicating that an insecure website is “Not secure.” This warning will show for all http websites.

“Chrome’s new interface will help users understand that all HTTP sites are not secure, and continue to move the web towards a secure HTTPS web by default.”

Source: searchenginejournal.com

So, SSL is a major ranking factor today as confirmed by Google.

No worries though…FastComet provides free unlimited SSL certificates for all your hosted domains. To find them, you’ll just need to login to your cPanel account and navigate to Security section.

#6. Free Websites Migration

Switching from a host to another can be a scary process if you are a beginner. Even for some advanced users, it is still a risky process for your files and databases and SEO Ranking.

Somme hosting company like iPage and BlueHost will charge you huge amount of money to migrate your site ($149 for BlueHost “see review). That is not the case with FastComet.

They offer you a free website migration from experts. Just ask the support team and they’ll transfer your website and database free of charge with no downtime the same day.

#7. Free Domain Transfer

A domain name can cost you more than $30. At FastComet, your domain name is transferred and renewed for one year free of charge.

#8. Built for WordPress

fastcomet review-best shared hosting for beginners- WordPress hosting WordPress is super easy to use. Its user friendliness makes it the most popular CMS for making both websites and blogs. If you are looking for a platform to start your blog or your company’s website, there are more chances you choose WordPress for blogging journey or online presence.

That is why FastComet has built their system to run WordPress very smoothly. Plus you have a WordPress experts’ team dedicated to helping customers to overcome any WordPress issue. They’ll support you 24h/7/365 with care and friendliness

WordPress SSD Cloud Hosting Features

  • NGINX
  • HTTP/2 and PHP7 ready
  • Pure SSD for your files and Databases
  • RAID 10 Configuration
  • Free daily WordPress Backups
  • 1-click WordPress auto-installation
  • Dedicated WordPress experts’ Support
  • Free WordPress auto-upgrade
  • DDoS and Brute-Force Protection
  • Varnish static & dynamic cache
  • Memcached, APC & OPCache
  • LiteSpeed LSAPI
  • WP Staging
  • WP-CLI

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WordPress is not the only one CMS that you can host with Fastcomet. in fact, you can any other CMS (Drupal, Joomla…) or eCommerce platforms including OpenCart, CubeCart, Zen Cart, Magento, PrestaShop, and much more.

You can even host social networks like Dolphin, SocialEngine etc.

#9. Free Automated Daily Backups

Even the best hardware and software can sometimes face issues. What would happen if a major server issue occurs? Or if your site got hacked? You could lose all your content (or your business). It might refer to years of hard work, and it will just vanish as if it had never existed.

To save your hard work from being lost, FastComet offers free daily backups in case something went wrong.

Many hosting providers will charge you for backups. Some give you free backups, but you need to pay to restore your site if something went wrong. That is not the case with FastComet.

You will have backups from the past 7 to 30 days depending on your hosting plan. You have unrestricted and full access to your backups via the 1-click Restore Manager inside cPanel.

Restores are free and can be done from your control panel. You can also backup or restore your website manually from cPanel.

In case you need help to go through the process, just contact the technical support and they’ll restore your website for free!

#10. FastComet Extras Perks

  • Website Monitoring
  • cPanel Control Panel
  • Free CloudFlare CDN
  • 45 days Money back guarantee
  • Free 24h/7/365 responsive and friendly support
  • 10 servers’ location to choose from
  • Free Ray Media Server
  • DDoS and Brute-force Protection
  • Free Attracta SEO
  • Sitecake 20% Discount
  • SocilalEngine 20% Discount
  • WP Rocket 20% Discount
  • $75 Grasshopper Credit
  • Free Drag and Drop website builder 350+ free professionally designed templates

FastComet Website Builder Dashboard

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Fastcomet Website builder Dashboard

As you can see in the picture above, you have 354 pre-made beautiful themes to start building your Enterprise Website in minutes. Very useful in case you don’t want to use WordPress to build your business site.

FastComet Website Builder themes

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Fastcomet Website builder themes
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Fastcomet Website builder themes

Cons of Using FastComet

I really like FastComet but, I have to admit that No company is perfect. While providing a high-end service and the best support friendly support to their clients, there is still one thing or two to improve.

#1. Only one site on the Lowest Plan

If you buy the FastCloud Plus and FastCloud Extra plans, you’ll be able to host as many sites as you need. But, the FastCloud plan allows you to host only one website.

I know, it may not be a problem but, it would be a great help if users could host at least 2 websites with that beginning (FastCloud) plan as it offers enough resources to handle 2-3 small websites.

#2. $19.95 Setup fee for Monthly Payment

If you pay at least for one year, there is no setup fee. Though, if you decide to go for only one month, then you need to pay $19.95 setup fee.

Personally, I don’t think it is a problem as most people will pay for one year at least. However, as this review is not for me, but for you, I thought it would be important for you to know this fact.

FastComet Hosting Plans and Features

Shared Cloud Hosting

  FastCloud FastCloud Plus FastCloud Extra
Disk Space 15GB 25GB 35GB
Server Storage SSD SSD SSD
Traffic Unmetered Unmetered Unmetered
Hosted Websites One Unlimited Unlimited
CPU Cores 2x Xeon CPU E5-2680 V3 4x Xeon CPU E5-2680 V3 6x Xeon CPU E5-2680 V3
RAM 2GB 3GB 6GB
Addon domain Unlimited Unlimited
Free Domain For life For life For life
Subdomains Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Panel cPanel cPanel cPanel
Price/month $3,95 $5,95 $9,95
Money back guarantee 45 days 45 days 45 days
More Details More Details More Details

Cloud VPS

  Cloud 1 Cloud 2 Cloud 3 Cloud 4
CPU Cores 1 x 2.5 GHz 2 x 2.5 GHz   4 x 2.5 GHz 6 x 2.5 GHz
RAM 2 GB ECC 4 GB ECC 8 GB ECC 16 GB ECC
STORAGE 50 GB 80 GB 160 GB 320 GB
BANDWIDTH 2 TB 4 TB 5 TB 8 TB
Network Out 2000 Mbit 4000 Mbit 5000 Mbit 6000 Mbit
Control Panel cPanel/WHM cPanel/WHM cPanel/WHM cPanel/WHM
Price/month $59.95 $69.95 $89.95 $139.95
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Dedicated Server

  DS 1 DS 2 DS 3 DS 4
CPU Cores 2x AMD EPYC 7501 Cores 4x AMD EPYC 7501 Cores 8x AMD EPYC 7501 Cores 16x AMD EPYC 7501 Cores
RAM 2 GB 8 GB 16 GB 32 GB
STORAGE 80 GB SSD 160 GB SSD 320 GB SSD 640 GB SSD
BANDWIDTH 4 TB 5 TB 6 TB 7 TB
Network Out 4000 Mbit 5000 Mbit 6000 Mbit 7000 Mbit
Control Panel cPanel/WHM cPanel/WHM cPanel/WHM cPanel/WHM
Price/month $139 $169 $229 $349
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FastComet Resource Quotas

  FastCloud FastCloud Plus FastCloud Extra
Concurrent connections (EP): 20 30 40
Number of processes (nPROC): 40 50 80
Script Executions: 1 000/hour
10 000/day
300 000/month
2 000/hour
20 000/day
600 000/month
4 000/hour
40 000/day
800 000/month
Average Script Execution Time: 2 2 6
Average Daily CPU Utilization: 40% 60% 100%
Inodes 250 000 350 000 500 000
Minimum Cron Job Interval: 30mins 15mins 5mins
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How to Install WordPress with FastComet?

FastComet is one of the best web hosting providers in the market and the best for beginners. Here is the most complete Step-by-Step beginners’’ guide to starting a money making blog with FastComet.

Overall Reasons to go with FastComet

  • –       Cloud Linux OS
  • –       Pure SSD storage
  • –       Uptime guarantee
  • –       Free unlimited SSL certificates
  • –       Free CloudFlare CDN
  • –       Free Website Builder
  • –       Amazing 24h/7/365 Premium Support
  • –       Free template Installation
  • –       Free Website Transfer
  • –       Ecommerce hosting support
  • Free Virus Scan and Protection
  • Fixed Price

Reasons to trust FastComet for WordPress

  •  SSD both for files and Database
  • NGINX Server Technology
  • PHP7.x and HTTP/2 Prtocol
  • Free SSL certificates
  • Free Application and Network Firewalls
  • DDoS and Brute-Force Protection
  • Free Malware Removal
  • Account isolation
  • WordPress auto-update and backup
  • Free daily WordPress Backups
  • WP-CLI
  • Staging
  • 1-click WordPress auto-installation
  • Dedicated WordPress Support

Developer Features

  • Latest PHP7.x
  • HTTP/2 protocol
  • Node.js fully supported on all shared plans
  • WP-CLI
  • SSH
  • Composer
  • Git
  • Python
  • Laravel and more…..

Conclusion

FastComet is an independent owned company (good news). They provide high end services and the best support with no price hike up. Plus they use the latest Server technology along with impressive security level to ensure that you have all the tools needed to keep your site fast and safe.

If you want to launch a WordPress blog, or are looking for the best web host with exceptional performance, support and security under $10/month which will not play with your pocket, then here is your best bet.

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Have a wonderful day!

Obaro

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