Is FastComet Really the Premium Hosting Service It Claims to Be?
FastComet main hosting homepage
It all looks great from the outside, but only testing can reveal how good it really is
When I was asked to review FastComet, I was intrigued. You see, I used to work as a web developer, but FastComet was one of the very few hosts I never actually got to try and play around with.
True, I could’ve probably lived a full life without knowing how good FastComet really is, but when the stars align so nicely, how can you say no? I proceeded to sign up as a fresh user and to test each and every aspect of FastComet’s services.
Want a wide range of products to choose from? FastComet offers shared hosting, VPS, dedicated servers, WordPress hosting, a graphical website builder, WooCommerce, Magento and more.
Features? Even the most basic shared hosting product includes SSD only storage, a free CDN, Let’s Encrypt SSL, SpamExperts spam filtering, malware scanning, free daily backups, cPanel site management, Softaculous for easy installation of WordPress and hundreds of other apps, and live chat support.
Power? The company says all its shared hosting plans include guaranteed resources, including at least two available CPU cores and 2GB RAM.
Want to try FastComet? Check out the website here
Unusual extras? Try eleven data centers around the world: North America, Europe, India, Singapore, Japan and Australia. Or the ability to try out the website builder’s templates in a browser before you sign up (there’s an example here).
Honesty? FastComet doesn’t pretend you can have ‘unlimited’ storage and traffic, but it does at least spell out what it considers ‘acceptable use’ to be. The baseline hosting plan gives you 15GB web space and allows around 30GB traffic a month, for instance, equivalent to an average 500 page views a day.
(The company explains that this isn’t some hard limit where it shuts down your site if you break the rules. The official policy is that ‘if your website requires more resources, our team will send you a notice with a detailed report and suggestions on how to optimize your website for better resource utilization or possible upgrade options.’)
FastComet’s pricing isn’t quite all it seems. Sure, shared hosting plans look great value, starting at just $2.95 a month billed monthly or over one to three years. But that’s more down to the steep introductory discount, and the plan renews at $9.95.
Many web hosts give only the most basic information on what’s included in their various plans. You might have to spend time browsing the support site to find any low-level technical details, if they’re available at all.
FastComet is refreshingly different. Its shared hosting comparison table is absolutely stuffed with information, and for example even the Email section has 16 separate items listed.
Although there’s a lot of technical detail here, it’s not just for geeks. The Mail Quotas panel explains that FastComet supports 50MB attachments, for instance, and inbox size range from 500MB to 2GB on the shared hosting plans. That’s the kind of information which should be easily available before you sign up for a hosting plan, but rarely is.
Pick a plan, and signing up works much the same as usual: choose a domain, select a data center and subscription length, choose a payment method (card or PayPal) and hand over your cash.
This all ran smoothly for us. The purchase page highlighted the renewal price, as well as the special deal, making it clear that there would be price hike, down the line. There are a handful of optional extras – search engine submission, SEO audit – but FastComet doesn’t add any of these by default. Payment went as expected, and the company didn’t hit us with demands to verify our identity, or other hassles: it just sent an email with our account details, and we were ready to go immediately.