FastComet SpeedUp Review After Using For 18 Months
You might know I'm a big fan of FastComet.
This post is written by a personal hosting expert from my team who analyzed the new FastComet shared hosting plan "SpeedUp."
He writes how the new hosting plan may give a stiff competition to other hosting companies, and here you go.
FastComet SpeedUp Review
Since I was a paying customer with FastComet for nearly 18 months, FastComet introduced the SpeedUp plan to existing customers before going public.
I moved a site which is on a shared hosting plan on another hosting company. While I discuss its features later, I would talk about its performance before it.
1. 3000ms response time to 135ms response time
The client site was hosted on some branded hosting company, and I moved the site to FastComet SpeedUp plan. Since there is a free website transfer option with every hosting plans, I used it to move the site.
The website is transferred with zero downtime, and my client is happy about it since the site was receiving over 4500 visits on that month.
The results are, site loading with 3169 milliseconds with the previous host, now loads with only 65 milliseconds with FastComet SpeedUp plan.
Luckily my client monitored his website on uptime tool and thank him for this awesome screenshot.
I would like to explain the SpeedUp features and technical specifications here
FastComet SpeedUp features
- 35 GB SSD Storage
- Unmetered Traffic
- Free Domain for Life
- Host Unlimited Websites
- 24x7 Customer Support
- Daily Backups from the past 30 days
- Free Forever GlobalSign Private SSL
SpeedUp Technical Specifications
- 6 Cores CPU
- 6 GB RAM Availability
- Patchman and Hosting Guard Security
- 3x fewer Users per Server
- 3x more CPU and RAM
- PHP7 with APC & OPcache
- Super-Fast Varnish Caching with SSL Support
Pros of FastComet SpeedUp Plan
While most parts got discussed in our review (https://bloggingio.com/fastcomet-review/), I will talk about few other things here.
#1 Fewer Users Per Server
Few users per server, that mean only few sites hosted on a single server. Take my site bloggingio which is itself hosted on a FastComet Speedup plan and only 100+ domains hosted on it.
I checked a competitor site which is hosted on $15.99 per month shared hosting plan ,here are the results 1000 sites hosted on a single server.
FastComet never over sell SpeedUp hosting packages since they built it for sites with heavy traffic, e-commerce sites with heavy resource hungry Magento websites.
#2 More CPU and RAM
Their servers are powered by Intel ® Xeon CPU and ECC RAM thus giving you a plenty of room to host your larger websites with zero downtime.
The more CPU and RAM ideally leads to fast loading sites and here is the results
#3 Five Layer Caching Mechanism
1. Varnish Cache
The fastest caching mechanism ever designed to load fastest loading sites. Varnish also powers websites like Wikipedia, FaceBook, Twitter ,Vimeo and Tumblr.
The main theme behind the usage of Varnish cache is to lower the TTFB (Time to first Byte) which is important to load your websites faster upto 10X.
2. PHP7 with APC
When PHP 7 combined with APC & OPcache it provides the fastest PHP execution time for websites.
APC is an Alternative PHP Caching that can cache objects of your website instead of the whole page.
OpCode Caches are a performance enhancing extension for PHP. They do this by injecting themselves into the execution life-cycle of PHP and caching the results of the compilation phase for later reuse.
When this two bundled together, it helps the website to maintain traffic spike during simultaneous website visitors.
Memcache mechanism deals with reducing the database load and optimizing it for the better loading thus leading to increased database performance
5. LiteSpeed LSAPI
Litespeed LSAPI is the latest addition to the FastComet caching mechanism. LiteSpeed Server Application Programming Interface (LSAPI) is designed specifically for seamless, optimized communication between LiteSpeed Web Server and third party web applications (source)
Apart from this five layer caching mechanism, FastComet does variety of optimization to fast loading sites and some of the techniques are
- Google Pagespeed optimizer
- CloudFlare CDN Caching
- Browser optimization
- Cache header optimization
- Aggressive GZIP
- Lossless data compression
- Asynchronous resource loading.
#4 Patchman security
Patchman security costs $21/month while FastComet bundled it for free of costs to its customers. The patchman does identify and remove malware automatically.
You can also generate a report to check the removed contents that are affected by malware.
#5 30 days backups
They provide 3o full, unresrtricted backup access for 30 days, that mean they will store your website backup copies for 30 days and you can restore your site at anytime.
Apart from it, you can avail their 24x7 customer support and they will do these stuffs for you.
There are still many features yet to be discussed but you can learn more about it by visiting their official website.
SpeedUp vs Competitors
I'm comparing the SpeedUp plan with some competitors similar plan and here you go.
SpeedUp ~ FastComet
GoGeek ~ SiteGround
Free domain for life
GlobalSign SSL ($169/year)
You can see FastComet Speedup plan is superior to most hosting providers both in terms of performance and support.
You can try FastComet with their 45 days money back guarantee and hope you love it.