hi guys this is Lawrence from build my e-commerce comm and in this video I'll be doing a review of the fast comment web hosting company I've been using them for a few months now and this will be a review based on my personal experience using them for my wordpress and OpenCart sites and I'll be providing some detailed info and even get into an actual conversation I have with the support team during the open car migration process few reasons why I really like fast comment they have a great migration team that will transfer your site for free one click open called Auto installer and free template set up though I prefer to install open call myself free open car upgrades free open car backup and restore the ad web-based one click restore manager free 24/7 technical support with a rocket fast 10 minute or less response time for all ticket enquiries now are talking more detail about all these features later in this video so the question is how much do I pay right now with all these features and more I only pay 395 per month which I feel is a great deal I think one of the main reasons why they are providing all these features and support for low monthly price is that they're kind of new to the shared hosting market like I've never heard of fast comment before when I was researching hosting companies even though they've been around for more than seven years they just enter the public cloud hosting service in late 2013 so I think they're just trying to prove themselves to everyone by setting the bar even higher anyways I first want to discuss why I moved too fast comment from a previous hosting provider called servant and prior to that I used Hostgator and Bluehost I don't have anything bad to say about servant they have great support team and you can contact them by phone or email and they usually respond right away but they just cost too much for my needs like most of my visitors are checking out my youtube channel then my website which makes sense since my focus is on videos I paid little over $50 per month with servant and just to show you this was the plan that I had with them it's called the Flex VPS plan it came with all these features I just didn't need compare that to what I pay now it was an easy decision and fast comment even provides free domain for life with their plan that he can transfer over or register a new one through them now here was my mistake when researching other hosting companies I simply researched way too many hosting companies in the beginning to a point where I had no idea if one provided any real significant edge over another we're looking at a bunch of hosting companies with price of under $10 per month to be blunt I was overthinking and at the end I somehow decided paying over $50 per month was a genius idea since I wanted a quality hosting provider looking back I should have used all that time and energy towards coming up with great content for my web sites because if you have no traffic it really doesn't matter which hosting provider you have just think about it for a moment now let's talk about couple of main reasons why you might be researching a hosting company your current hosting provider is not reliable or you might be signing up for a hosting company for the very first time and with so many web hosting companies out there you sometimes want a company that will hold your hands at least in the very beginning that's how I felt there I feel fast comment goes above and beyond just holding your hands in the beginning and I'll explain that in more detail later I break down this video into few sections you can skip to the section you want to watch and I have the time codes below this video for your convenience section number one I'll be discussing my actual migration process of OpenCart and WordPress sites section number two I'll be discussing key features of fast comment for the open card users and what makes them different from other hosting companies section number three hosting plan I recommend they're currently offering three different plans called single multiple and e-commerce in addition I'll walk you through the process of signing up for an account section number four I'll be contacting fast comment via chat which anyone can access from the fast comet home page you don't need any account with them to ask questions section number five speed test of the fresh installation of the open car using the Pingdom website speed test so the migration was simple and easy no stress and they don't charge for migration here is how the migration process works with fast comment just give them access to your current hosting provider and they'll take care of the rest this was the primary reason why I chose fast comment because they really tried to make my life easier so I can just focus on creating great content customer service was very quick to respond I can simply open a ticket and they usually respond within five to ten minutes most of the time they did take longer for one ticket I had but it was not a high priority ticket for me it did not matter what time I contacted them after you have joined fast comment they will email you the credentials for the account management page and cPanel the account management page is where you can contact a support team let me show you how to open a ticket from the account management page go to support summit ticket and here you just select the support you need for my case I initially contacted them to migrate my website so here is an actual conversation I had with the fast comet support team joined the migration process I opened the support ticket on July 12 2015 at 12:30 a.m. this was New York City time and 7 minutes later I got a response first welcoming me to their hosting company the person is letting me know that they have also initiated the transfer of my website to their server twelve minutes later the migration process was complete and provided me in detail exactly what was transferred over not only that he gave me the URL link I need to access the cPanel and reminded me to point my website to their web server and also letting me know it might take few hours of propagation for those newbies when you transfer over stay website to another server it usually takes 24 to 48 hours though from my personal experience it takes a lot less than that for the name server changes to fully start working he even went ahead and created a test file which was available only on their server but not in the previous hosting provider to determine if the propagation is over this helps a lot because you know exactly when your website is live through the fast comment server my advice for those who are considering to migrate is leave your current hosting provider open for at least one more month to make sure migration was successful that pretty much sums up my migration experience with fast commet you have no reason to pay someone else to migrate which can be costly and if you are afraid to change hosting provider and don't be since fast comment does all the work for you let's now take a look at some of the key features hosting your site with fast comet first you can register or transfer an existing domain name for free there renew the domain free of charge for the life of the account 35 gigs of SSD space which stands for solid state drives and provides up to 300 percent faster performance compared to HDD which stands for hard disk drives let's take a look at the pros and cons of SSD and HDD HDD is an old technology if your hosting provider is using HDD it would take a longer time for your customers to access your website this is what HDD looks like these must rely on the physical spinning platters that you see right here because it needs to spin it takes longer time to access the data and this is what SSD looks like it has no physical moving parts and datas can be accessed instantly SSDs cost more but if you don't have to pay premium for this feature take advantage of it take a look at this image with SSD more data can flow from your server to your visitors which translates into faster load time and more user-friendly experience hope you fully understand the benefits of Happyness next is the free 24/7 technical support it is fast when I say fast I mean fast you saw my extra conversations with them join my migration process and daily and weekly backups not every hosting provider gives you this option for the basic plans to perform the backup with fast comment just go to the backup wizard from the cPanel select backup and here you have the option for full backup or partial backup free CloudFlare which is a content delivery network or CDN for short this is another feature that will make your website load faster without going into too much detail let's say your hosting provider is located New York and you have visitor to your site from say England it's far away from where hosting provider is located currently and this is where CDN comes in handy they have servers located all over the world and it will allow your visitors to access your website from a server that is closest to them which translates to faster load time and more features which are pretty standard these days with other hosting companies installing the latest version of the open card was easy you have couple of options have fast comment install it for you by simply opening a ticket or use the auto installer from the cPanel I prefer you install it yourself so you know how to do it and I have tutorial videos that walks you through the process it really is not that difficult and you learn something new fast comment also provides free open court themes for you to jump-start your site at this time they have 19 free themes to choose from that are available for both open card 1.5 and 2.0 also fast comment will install the theme for free this only applies to new stores only let me show you how to ask them to install the open called theme for you select the theme you want to preview copy the name of the theme since you're going to ask the support team to install it for you let's go to your account management page and click Submit ticket here until your subject in this case I want to say please install the name of the theme open called template pick your priority level from low to high and in the message box just say please install theme global open card theme in my primary domain here is the link to the theme I'm going to paste in the link here type thank you and click Submit to send the message also since open card is free platform when it comes to upgrading to the latest version of the open court usually you do it yourself or hire someone to upgrade you don't have to do that with fast comment as they provide that service for free now I want to point out though that they won't guarantee the upgrade will be successful why is that if you already have an open card site that is not functioning properly to begin with or been heavily modified it won't be an easy process and that is why they won't guarantee that it would be successful but they'll attempt and try their best to make it work you probably won't find this kind of service for free anywhere else at this price point and if you want to know more about open card they have a pretty extensive step-by-step tutorial section that you can browse through or you can also watch my extensive open card version 2 tutorial for beginners video let's look at the different plans offered by fast comment I recommend you sign up for the single website plan which is more than planning for a starter and mid-level users and get a free domain for life with new domains or transfer domains they do have an e-commerce plan for 695 per month with free SSL certificate along with some other features but you can get SSL for less than $10 for one year elsewhere these days not sure how much value you get with e-commerce plan if you're just starting out the single website plan starts at 295 per month but in order to get that price you must sign up for 36 months which I feel is way too long if you sign up for the 12 month plan the price is 395 and you have to pay upfront for the entire year which works out to be only 47 dollars and 40 cents with free domain included that is still less than what I pay for one month with my previous hosting provider they do have 45 day money-back guarantee for the shared accounts which is what I'm using and 30 day money back for the VPS and dedicated servers if you're unhappy with them let me walk you through the actual process till we hit the checkout page since I won't be proceeding with a check out first go to my deals page for my website to check out the latest deals and coupon codes from their home page click see plans and select get started below to a single website plan enter the domain name you want to register here this domain name will be registered for free with this account or if you already have a domain you can simply select I already have a domain I'm going to select register the domain for free and enter the domain name click use this domain here in step number one enter your account details scroll down to step number two the billing cycle if you choose the 12 months plan it will be a total of forty seven dollars and 40 cents which works out to be 395 per month you can lower that to 295 with 36 month plan but like I said before that might be too long so just choose 12 months plan step number three if you're wondering I did not add any of these when I joined them totally up to you if you want the add ons step number four is the configuration options to choose your data center location they currently have five locations around the world if you expect more of your visitors to be coming from your country choose the data set on location near you for faster load time and finally step number five you enter your billing information and if you have any coupon codes that you got from my website you can insert that here and click create account after you do that you should be getting welcome email from them and if you still have any questions during the signup process don't be shy and click this live chat Now button to ask any questions you might have that I have not covered here is an actual conversation ahead with the support team you can access the chat box from their home page you don't need an account with them to ask any questions so I asked them about the free open car upgrade and if it comes with any limitations and they said there is no limitation if you need an upgrade of your open car based website you can ask our text and they will gladly attempt the upgrade and then I asked about upgrading from open car version 1.5 to 2.0 since that was a major upgrade and you can't just install a 2.0 / 1.5 by extracting the files and vast comments said sure but note that we cannot guarantee that the upgrade will be successful our texts were for sure attempted just like I said earlier it all depends on the situation of your open college site if you're using a default template or another theme that is compatible with open core version 2 you probably have a high success rate it's worth a shot if you're in a situation where you want to upgrade but you don't want to hire someone else since that can be very expensive so I have a fresh installation of open card here and did a speed test using Pingdom now since it's just a fresh insulation you expect to be fast it gets a performance grade of 100 out of 100 with low time of 729 milliseconds so 1000 milliseconds equals one second so it took less than a second to load the site the test was done from Dallas Texas and the data center is located in Chicago Illinois I also there are tests using PageSpeed insights for the mobile device it gets a 71 out of 100 for speed and 97 and a hundred for user experience desktop score is 89 out of 100 so it gets a pretty high score from both Pingdom and Google I plan to do one another video where I do a comparison test between fast comment and another hosting provider to see if there's any significant differences I wish you the best with creating your website and hope you found this video helpful don't forget to like this video and subscribe to my youtube channel for all things ecommerce til next time take care guys .
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This is a review of the FastComet web hosting company, probably the best OpenCart hosting site I've used thus far. I have been using them for few months now and this will be a review based on my personal experience using them for my WordPress and OpenCart sites. I'll be providing some detailed info and even get into an actual conversation I had the with support team during the OpenCart migration process.
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