Fast Hosting Direct Review
Fast Hosting Direct is a UK-based web hosting company that offers shared cloud, reseller, and Windows hosting plans to the market. The company does not provide any information regarding their physical address but they do state that their datacenters are located in the UK.
The company offers a 99.99% uptime guarantee but external assessments give them a 99.96% uptime.
Fast Hosting Direct offers only one plan for Shared web hosting and it is called the No Limits Cloud UK hosting. The plan has the following features: free website builder, 1-click web app installer, unlimited web space, unlimited monthly bandwidth, unlimited MySQL 5 databases, PHP 5.4 and 5.5, support for Perl, Python, Zend Optimizer and ionCube, .htaccess, shared SSL, unlimited FTP accounts, subdomains, and parked domains. They also include Cron Jobs, Google Sitemap generator, blog software, Joomla, Drupal, WordPress, BuddyPress, Geeklog, phpBB, unlimited email boxes, auto-responders, email aliases, email forwarders, catch all email, mailing lists, email aliases, IMAP support, spam filter, a large script library, Webspace explorer, and Server Side Includes.
The package also features advanced password protection, ImageMagick and Ruby support, custom error pages, DNS management, graphical statistics, site management tools, website manage and monitor control panel, and 24/7 email support. This plan comes with a Linux OS.
Their Windows Server 2008 No Limits UK hosting features free domain name, website builder, unlimited web space, unlimited data transfer, e-commerce features with shared SSL, ASP.NET 3.5 to 4, 10 MySQL databases, unlimited FTP accounts, unlimited subdomains, Google sitemap generator, support for PHP5, Perl CGI, ASP, and Pear5, MS Access, blog software, Joomla, WordPress, Umbraco CMS, Webspace explorer, custom error pages, password protected directories, script library installer, website manager and monitor control, DNS management, and free graphical statistics. You will also get IMAP support, email auto-responders, aliases, distribution lists, forwarders, catch all email, and spam junk filters.
Their Reseller package offers 10, 30, 40, and 100 hosting accounts; unlimited MySQL databases with phpMyAdmin, unlimited web space, unlimited monthly bandwidth, overselling allowed, personal support manager, free domain name, billing and client management software, cPanel/WHM, application installer, RVSiteBuilder, unlimited FTP accounts, ecommerce tools, SSH access, Cron Jobs, unlimited subdomains, support for various scripts, anonymous generic name server, blog software, CGI script library, SSI, password protection, AWStats/Webalizer/ Analog graphical statistics, daily backups, unlimited email boxes, unlimited mailbox capacity, anti-virus and anti-spam filter, unlimited auto-responders, email aliases, distribution lists, email forwarders, catch all emails, and a lot more.
The price for their No Limits UK Hosting package is £19.99 which is good for 2 years.
Their Windows Server 2008 No Limits UK Hosting is priced at 24.99 which is also good for two years.
Their Reseller Hosting is available for £69.99 for Starter UK Reseller, £129.99 for Advanced, £169.99 for Super 40 UK Reseller, and £249.99 for Max 100 UK Reseller.
Tech support is available via email only. This may seem to be a problem for others but the truth is response time is fast even through this method alone. Clients have been really satisfied with the quality of response.
Security features include an industry-grade firewall and a shared SSL certificate.
At first glance, you may not be impressed with Fast Hosting Direct's website. It looks cluttered and not high-end but you will be surprised that they deliver high quality services. It may get a little confusing browsing through their packages in the Reseller aspect and their shared web hosting plans do not have that nice-looking spread of features. But what they seem to lack in presentation they made up for by offering highly affordable prices with a lot of unlimited features. Their plans are definitely packed with features that are suitable for beginners and advanced users. Users will also enjoy the fact that the company is offering lower-priced rates which is good for two-year's subscription.
Their shared web hosting package includes a free domain, RVSiteBuilder, application installer, and unlimited disk space and bandwidth. They also have advanced features that will suit those who want to have greater management tools for their site. These are definitely the best deals that you can find in the web today. Their reseller packages are also full of features that you may not be able to easily get anywhere. Perhaps the only negative aspect of this company is their bad website layout as well as their "email only" tech support. I think that for their prices as well as for the quality of their services, Fast Hosting Direct has a 9 out of 10 rating.