FastComet Review (2020): As Fast as a Comet?

I’ve been wanting to test and benchmark this hosting company for quite a long time, now that I have an excuse (share my experience with you guys) I decided to do it.

So, here is the FastComet Review of 2020, in which, I’ll be covering the usual:

  • Features
  • Support
  • Uptime
  • Performance

FastComet Review

They are somewhat new to the industry, when compared to old hosting companies such as GoDaddy, Hostgator, Bluehost, and Siteground. They began operations in 2013 in San Francisco, CA, US.

With that said, I believe they are most popular because of who recommended they are in the popular but fishy HostAdvice, they are always #1 and have tons of banners promoting their services.

Features and Pricing

They have the common “Shared Hosting” features, which include:

  • cPanel
  • Free Domain
  • One-click Install Software
  • Multiple Datacenters
  • PHP 7.0+
  • Free SSL
  • Unlimited Domains (Plus & Extra plans)
  • and many more…

As to their pricing, they switched things a bit; they used to be more affordable but, they currently have a 70% discount!

Their plans start at $2.95/month and go all the way to $5.95/month with the 70% discount.

As of writing this article, they are offering a month of their FastCloud plan for $1 because of COVID-19.

FastComet Review - Pricing

Support

As for their support, they have Live Chat and Ticket-based support, pretty common and industry standard.

I decided to contact them through the ticket system, with the common question. “Is there any anti-spam solution, and if there is how can I install it? Or is it already installed?

FastComet Review - Support

The ticket got posted at 18:00 (6 PM), and 17 minutes later was answered. A sub 20-minute answer, not bad.

The support also linked a guide on how to setup email filters in cPanel. Which might be handy for beginners.

Uptime

Uptime has been stellar, on par with SiteGround, and Namecheap’s EasyWP.

FastComet Review - Uptime

I have setup Updown.io to check every minute, and for the last month, it has had a 100% uptime. Nice.

Update: They were doing pretty good, March, April & May 100% uptime, but then on June they had a 50 minute downtime, that’s quite a bit.

Performance

So far, everything has been doing pretty good. Now, let’s see if performance-wise is as good as their uptime and support.

Note: The site in question, is hosted in Newark, which is using Linode. Interesting choice, usually I have seen more and more companies use DigitalOcean for their infrastructure, but, I can’t blame them on using Linode, they rock!

Also, keep in mind they do not have a default caching system, so I’ll be running two different tests, one without and one with a caching plugin (WP-Rocket).

Loader.io

Usual, test, maintain 1,000 clients throughout a whole minute.

Without Caching Plugin

FastComet Review - Loader

The test didn’t last that long, it hit the maximum error threshold.

With Caching Plugin (WP-Rocket)

FastComet Review - Loader

Is not looking that good, even with WP-Rocket enabled it was reaching the error threshold.

I went ahead and installed Cache Enabler to see if there was any difference, here are the results:

Unfortunately, we are getting to the same result as to when we were using wp rocket.

The interesting part is that upon checking to see any bottlenecks the site wasn’t utilizing any CPU or IO, while the test was running.

WP Benchmark Tool

FastComet Review - Benchmark

With the results above, there is a bottleneck, and is the “disk”, it is being capped at a max 6 MB/s, which is okay for small blogs, but for eCommerce (woocomerce) might not be as suitable.

Apache Bench

As always, we use apache bench to simulate real requests to see how the server and stack handle the load.

  • -c: Is the amount of concurrent requests, in this case, 200
  • -n: Total number of requests, in this case, 100,000
  • -s: Timeout in seconds, in this case, 60 seconds
  • > siteground.txt: This part is optional, this will just output a txt file.
ab -c200 -n100000 -s60 https://fastcomet.hostreport.net// > fastcomet.txt
Fast Comet
Requests per second1442.70
Time Taken on the Test69.31 seconds
Failed requests238

Pretty impressed but also confused at the same time, since it was able to handle 200 concurrent connections for well over a minute with barely any failed requests. Though, I do have to admit that I’m impressed!

Summary

Overall, they seem just like the average shared hosting company, to be completely honest, nothing stands out. I wish their performance was a lot better, but for the fact that they are using apache, they seem to have an okay-ish stack going on.

Although their performance is mediocre, their pricing is acceptable and it might work for small blogs and beginners who are just starting out in the business. So it might work for you, but might need to increase plans as your site(s) gain more users.

  • Features and Pricing
  • Support
  • Uptime
  • Performance
4.1

Summary

FastComet is a good starting host, with perfect uptime and great support. Their pricing is pretty reasonable. I just wish the performance was a bit better.

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