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Overall Impression

Support - 85%
Performance - 90%
Stability - 87%
Price - 85%
Summary

A good hosting provider with a well known brand, prices are good all over all products.

86%
Host Information
Name Fast Hosts
Website fasthosts.co.uk
Founded 2004
Support Email -
Support Phone 0333 0142 700
Advantages Disadvantages
Good pricing on hosting packages Doesn't use cPanel
Offers a variety of web hosting plans

Fast Hosts Review

Fast Hosts is a web hosting company based in the Gloucester, UK. Established in 1999, it’s been around for over a decade. Just like 1 & 1, Internet and Sedo.com, Fast Hosts is now a part of United Internet AG which is a large German internet services organisation. The company offers a variety of web hosting services, from website hosting to cloud storage and broadband.
The main focus of their business appears to be domain name registration. When it comes to hosting, the company doesn’t have a speciality or preferred service.
Also, in 2011, Fast Hosts won the award for the Microsoft Global Hosting Solutions partner of the year, which means they are trustworthy enough to be among the most popular web hosting brands in the UK.

 

Fast Hosts Background

Fast Hosts has been in the industry since 1999. On their website they claim to strive to offer the latest internet technology for their customers. They offer services like: domain names, shared web hosting, dedicated servers, cloud servers, secure online storage and online backup. Also, they maintain a highly successful reseller channel.
The company operates 24/7 from their UK data centres. They claim to service a million domains and 42 million emails which is a lot! All of their services can be self-managed through the award-winning Fasthosts Control Panel. The company focuses on the needs of their customers!

 

Key Fast Hosts Benefits

Fast Hosts has its own control panel, with which you can easily manage all of your products and services. Since it’s been awarded, you can be sure that their panel will be powerful & easy-to-use.
Their support is non-stop at your disposal. The expert technicians are friendly, knowledgeable and reachable by phone or online.
Fast Hosts provides additional security – you can defend your data with Private Networks, Firewalls, VPNs, SSL certificates. Last, but not least, they offer full server backups.

 
 

Hosting Features of Fast Hosts

Fast Hosts offers to their customers different shared hosting packages to choose from. Clients can choose between Linux and Windows operating systems.
Personal package – it allows to host one website with up to 50 subdomains, 50 starter mailboxes, 1 MySQL database and 5 FTP accounts. This plan includes 5 GB disk space and unlimited bandwidth.
Business Bronze package – it’s a step up from the personal package with 50 GB disk space, 500 subdomains, 10 MySQL databases, 500 starter mailboxes and 50 FTP accounts.
Business Silver packages – this plan allows customers to host two websites and provides unlimited disk space, subdomains and starter mailboxes. Customers can host 100 MySQL databases with 100 FTP accounts.
Business Gold package – this plan includes unlimited MySQL databases and FTP accounts on top of the silver plan. Also, customers can host up to 3 websites. 

 

Control Panel & Usability

Fast Hosts have their own control panel, which seems easy-to-use and simple enough. At first glance, it even looks a lot like cPanel. However, there is little information available regarding the control panel itself, so it’s almost impossible to compare it to cPanel and Plesk.
VPS hosting customers can use Plesk. 

 

Data Security and Backups

Fast Hosts do not backup your files, so this is your responsibility if you use them. However, they have a number of detailed online guides on how to do this by yourself. There are detailed guides on how to backup your emails, website files, SQL database, One Click Installer and so on.
Also, they offer an Online Backup service, allowing the customers to back up the important data from your computer to their backup platform. 

 

Hosting for WordPress

Fast Hosts offer a special WordPress hosting since they’re partners with the platform. So you get WordPress optimised hosting + one click install using your powerful control panel.
They also offer 3 WordPress plans:
Ignite – for just £2.50pm you receive 1 website, 24/7 tech support, 10GB smart SSD web space, basic SEO tools, 5 x mail extra (2GB), free 1 year domain registration for .com; .co.uk; .uk; .london.
Momentum – for £7.00pm you receive 3 websites, 24/7 tech support, 20 GB Smart SSD web space, 20 x 1GB databases – low contention, advanced seo tools, 100 x Mail Extra (2GB) mailboxes. 1 year free domain registration for .com; .co.uk; uk; .london.
Ultimate – for £15.00pm the customers receive 100 websites, 24/7 tech support, 120GB smart SSD web space, 120 x 1 GB databases – low contention, advances seo tools, 1090 x Mail Extra (2GB) mailboxes. 1 year free domain registration for .com; .co.uk; uk; .London. 

 

Shared Hosting

Fast host’s shared hosting plans start with Ignite, prices at £2.50 plus VAT per month for the year one and, £5 afterwards. This plan includes only one website using a maximum 10GB web space, but you do get a free one-year domain registration. Also, it features unlimited 100MB mailboxes, unlimited email forwarders, unlimited FTP accounts, unlimited subdomains, and ‘OneClick’ installation of WordPress.
The Mid Plan is priced at £7 plus VAT per month for the first year, £10 monthly afterwards. It has 20GB of web space, 20 x 1 GB databases (up from 2), 100 x 2GB mailboxes and support for hosting up to three websites. Probably the best about this plan is that you have the dedicated SSL certificate and access to goMobi mobile website builder, you also get advanced scripting support. 

 

Customer Support

In general, Fast Hosts provides good customer support which is 24/7 at your disposal. However, they claim that their services are so good that less than 10% of their customers to contact them about technical issues.

 

Fast Hosts FAQs

Does Cluster Web Hosting Come with a Domain Name?

All of the Cluster web hosting packages come with a free domain name registration for 1 year. You can choose among .com; .co.uk; .uk; .London.  

How Can I Make a Website?

You can do this with popular CMS and Tools which allow sophisticated editing and publication. In case you’re new to this, you try the Fast Hosts Website Builders designed especially for beginners to drag-and-drop content into a template. Then, you can publish your website in minutes.  

Can I host more than one website with Cluster web hosting?

The Ignite web hosting package allows you to host one website, Momentum allows you to host 3 websites, the Ultimate web hosting package allows you to host up to 100 websites. 

 

Final Thoughts

To conclude, Fast Hosts plans are easy-to-use and reasonably priced. It totally deserves to be among the top web hosting companies in the UK.

 

 

 

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