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Kinsta have performed well in all of my annual speed tests and are my chosen host for this blog. Why? Because they have awesome features like one click backups that take seconds not minutes, an easy to use staging area and much more!
Did you know that this blog is hosted on Kinsta?
In the past, I’ve ran tests to try and find the fastest Wordpress hosting provider.
Unfortunately, Kinsta didn’t come out on top in terms of raw speed.
But despite that:
Because I’m VERY HAPPY with their service and industry leading features.
So in this Kinsta Review, I’m going to show you why I’ve decided to stick with Kinsta as the current web host of this blog.
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What Will I Learn?
Who Are Kinsta?
Kinsta is a hosting provider (from the USA) who offers premium managed WordPress hosting powered by the Google Cloud platform with some fantastic features.
Their hosting services are designed for everyone, from startups to larger companies.
Results Of My Case Study
Before we jump into their hosting features, I’ll share with you the results of my case study (which I briefly mentioned above).
Kinsta is my current managed WordPress hosting platform.
So I thought they would come out on top in my fastest Wordpress hosting test.
But here’s what happened:
I tested 12 WordPress sites hosted with different hosting companies.
When it came to loading speed using GT Metrix, the Kinsta test site came out in 3rd place…with an average page load times of 1.60 seconds.
And WP Engine‘s hosting service sitting at the bottom with Siteground.
The second review focuses again on loading speed but this time using Pingdom. Again Kinsta came in 3rd place with an average loading time of 835 ms.
I then stress-tested the best WordPress web hosts with a load impact on each page of 500 simultaneous visitors. And Kinsta came in 4th…
Next, I wanted to see how these WordPress hosting packages would perform with WordPress plugins. I tested using the WordPress Performance Tester plugin. Kinsta came out on top!
I wanted to see how fast and well each provider could respond to my problems. So I sent out an identical support ticket to each 24 7 support team…and Kinsta solved the problems successfully with a great response time.
Out of all these hosting companies, while WPX Hosting (see my full WPX Hosting review) ranked 1st…after review I’d give Kinsta 2nd place.
Kinsta provided a solid performance with their fantastic support staff and are ready to handle any traffic spikes coming your way.
Why Kinsta Are My Current Host
As mentioned earlier, I moved my blog’s hosting from WPX Hosting to Kinsta 2 years ago.
I moved to the Kinsta WordPress platform because my blog had outgrown its previous environment. And Kinsta had new features that WPX Hosting didn’t offer at the time.
- A server-level backup/restore system
- A staging area
- Access to new site technologies like HHVM (which is now deceased)
Please note, Kinsta doesn’t offer domain registration and are not a shared hosting provider.
They’re one of the fastest WordPress hosting providers to offer new features and they’ve always offered great customer service from their individual support staff and customer support team.
They have an uptime guarantee of 99 9% and automatically install their caching plugin
Also, developers using clients like Sequel Pro will be pleased to know that Kinsta actually supports secure SSH tunnelling. They aren’t the cheapest but take a look at my A2 Hosting review if you’re on a budget.
Below, I’ll go into more detail regarding each of these features.
I first moved to a hosting Kinsta account because of their new features.
WPXHosting (previously TrafficPlanetHosting) was great, but I needed extra features. I noticed that my website speed was getting slower over time.
With Kinsta’s newer technologies, I found a
Kinsta is also the first in the industry to release the latest softwares like PHP versions 7.3.
And they moved all clients to Google’s next-generation compute-optimized virtual machines (C2) at no extra charge!
Which resulted in faster load times for their entire clientbase overnight.
If you want a first-hand example, here’s mine.
After I migrated my site, the average response time went from ~750ms down to ~385 ms…which is a 94.8% increase in performance.
While Kinsta wasn’t the fastest managed WordPress hosting in my test, it was one of the top contenders on the list.
The figures above are averages from speeds all around the world. And disproved many of the claims made by some WordPress hosting companies such as WP Engine.
Near Instant Backups
Kinsta offers daily automatic backups. You can also create up to 5 manual backups that are stored for 14 days.
What I love about manual backups is they take around 15 seconds to complete which saves us a lot of time waiting around.
Kinsta also has six-hour or hourly backups add-on available for anyone who needs additional restore points.
Honestly, Kinsta offers the most robust backup system I have ever used and it is one of the key reasons I have stayed with them.
Incredible 24/7 Live Chat Tech Support
Kinsta WordPress hosting doesn’t offer telephone support.
But no phone support doesn’t mean they don’t deliver tech support well. In fact, they have an incredible 24 7 support ticketing system and after the dreadful support channels of WP Engine, this website management was a breath of fresh air.
In the past, they’ve always created scripts to help me solve a complex problem.
Like when a plugin was adding bulk to the database, they created a script to automatically clean it. This reduced my database size by 73%.
Or when I needed to do a bulk update to thousands of URLs.
Kinsta put together a script to automate the entire task… which would have taken me days of manual labour!
They’re also proactive at monitoring emerging problems.
In my personal experience, the Google cloud platform with Kinsta WordPress web hosting provides incredible, dedicated support for even the more complex WordPress issues.
You don’t have to jump through multiple levels of support and every email address you can find to get to a true expert, because with this web host, they are all true experts!
Their email service provided by the team of support reps is equal to and in most cases better than a lot of the WP hosting companies out there as you saw in the hosting review.
How Much Does Kinsta WordPress Hosting Service Cost?
Kinsta was initially one of the more expensive web hosts for starter plans.
But since May 2019, they’ve introduced new ‘entry-tier’ hosting plans starting at $30 00 per month and go all the way up to the enterprise plans from $600 00 per month.
And they have many price tag options to suit your business plans, just keep an eye on your monthly visitor limit and upgrade as needed:
Whether you have 1 000, 10 000, 20 000, 30 000, 40 000, 100 000 or 1 500 000 visits per month, Kinsta can help your small right up to your Fortune 500 business.
And all of their hosting plans have been given the average resources based on the disk space usage seen from other clients so SSD storage, server space and overage fees shouldn’t be a problem.
What Do You Get For Your Money?
Below we’ll go through some of their newer technologies, as well as core features that make Kinsta a top premium managed WordPress hosting provider.
The New Google Cloud Compute-Optimized VMs (C2)
Remember how I said Kinsta is always pushing the boundaries?
In October 2019, they announced that they are moving to Google Cloud Platform’s (GCP) next-gen compute-optimized (C2) virtual machines.
I know I mentioned this above…
But what this means is…
- Faster site speed (without any work or testing required on your part)
- Heavier websites will see greater performance increases
In the past month, Kinsta has been testing these new machines internally.
And while the performance varies based on the type of the site, they see performance improvements from 30% all the way to 200%.
They’re also NOT just moving a select few to their higher-tier plans, but making GCP machines available for all hosting plans at Kinsta! Even the starter plan.
Built For Speed
In my test, it shows that WPX Hosting service was the fastest. BUT, Kinsta performed overall pretty well coming in 2nd.
They’ve made a lot of updates to help increase their global average speed.
They’ve recently added new data centres… and have over 20 different data centres everywhere around the world.
The United States is well covered and they spread far and wide so from Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Sao Paulo. You’re covered.
They also use state-of-the-art technology, including:
- PHP 7.3
- LXD Containers
- Server-Side Caching
Unlike many other managed hosting, with the control panel, Kinsta provides a free CDN.
They’ve partnered with KeyCDN, an HTTP/2 and IPv6-enabled content delivery network with 34 locations! This way, you can turbocharge your assets and media around the globe.
So even though you’ll be hosting your website with a specific data center, your visitors can see your blog from fast and local server locations.
Free SSL Hosting and Certificate
Kinsta also has a Let’s Encrypt integration, which means free encrypt SSL hosting and certificates for all of your WordPress sites.
With the Let’s Encrypt Program, anyone can get a free SSL Certificate.
But here’s the thing… They require implementing (and that’s the hard part!)
Kinsta makes this process super quick and easy by literally clicking 2 buttons.
24/7 Expert Customer Support
When it comes to support… Kinsta has always had my back.
Like I mentioned above, they helped me solve complex problems and were also proactively monitoring any issues that would come my way.
Overall, through my personal experience
Kinsta’s support team are:
- Highly knowledgeable WordPress Experts
- Fast at providing feedback and clear communication
- Available 24/7
- Dependable and reliable
If you’re considering Kinsta WordPress hosting service, but you don’t want the hassle of moving your site. Don’t worry.
Kinsta is currently offering unlimited free site migration from:
- WP Engine
- A2 Hosting
So, how does it work?
- Sign up for Kinsta: Free site migrations are available for all each Kinsta web hosting plan
- Fill out the migration request form: Choose between the basic or premium migration process
Moving your site to Kinsta WordPress hosting usually won’t incur any downtime. Kinsta will also help you inspect your migrated site prior to going live.
On WordPress, things can go awry.
That’s why with Kinsta, you get daily automatic WordPress backups.
You also get system-generated backups for all sites on your Kinsta account. Both automatic and manual backups are available as restore points on the Kinsta Dashboard.
A backup contains a snapshot of your site’s:
- Environment Files
- Nginx Configuration
There are three sections:
- Daily: Kinsta creates a backup automatically every day which is stored for 14 days
- Manual: You can create up to 5 manual backups which are stored for 14 days
- System Generated: Kinsta creates an automatic system backup at certain events. Each system-generated backup is stored for 14 days.
And the best bit? Kinsta WordPress hosting has the fastest backup system I have ever used, it takes less than 15 seconds to take a complete snapshot of my site.
This is one of my favourite features that I could not live without anymore.
Malware Scanning & Hack Fixes
If your WordPress site gets infected by malware…
So how does Kinsta’s malware scanning work?
Kinsta monitors websites every minute for uptime with New Relic. They detect DDoS attacks as they happen and stop any malicious code from entering the network.
They have hardware firewalls and very tight software-based restrictions to protect your WordPress website.
But here’s the thing…
If you’re coming to Kinsta from another web provider and Kinsta detects you have malware,
You’ll be charged a one-time fee of $100 to remove it.
But once you’re with Kinsta, then all WordPress malware removal is free.
So if anything else comes up, they will handle everything! And if your WordPress site is hacked (under their watch), Kinsta will work with you for free to try and undo the damage.
Did you know that every site at Kinsta includes 720 daily uptime checks?
If you look at Kinsta’s Service Level Agreement, you can see here that they guarantee an uptime reliability rate of 99.9%.…
…and they’ll credit your account if they fail to correct error response codes.
Within 30 minutes!
When Kinsta said that they were always evolving, this includes the addition of their New Relic performance monitoring tool.
It’s a great tool that helps Kinsta instantly pinpoint issues that may cause some performance problems with:
- Third-party plugins
- Theme template files
- Database queries
- External calls
- Coding errors
Most WordPress Hosting Providers will tell you that they protect against DDoS Attacks.
But in Kinsta’s case, it’s a little different.
In this blog post, Kinsta stated that the only way you stand any chance is to use a huge network that can incur additional costs.
Cloudflare is one example of a company that has an extremely large network and offers advanced DDoS protection on their $200 per month plan.
Another alternative is Sucuri, which offers DDoS protection, starting at $20 per month.
Kinsta then stated that:
A host like Kinsta will not be able to protect you directly from all DDoS attacks but will fend off more than a low-quality host.Kinsta
So, it looks like Kinsta can protect you (to a certain extent). But they won’t be able to protect you directly from a DDOS attack.
This is definitely where other hosting services like WPX Hosting, which actually provide Enterprise-level DDoS Protection, win out.
If you’re like me, you know how valuable a test environment can be. In fact, it was one of the primary reasons why I migrated from WPX Hosting to Kinsta WordPress hosting.
Their staging area and production environments really helped me test:
- New WordPress Versions
- General Development work
20 Data Centre Locations
I’m a big fan of Kinsta’s Google Cloud Data Center Locations.
With Kinsta, you can choose from the following 20 data centres (as seen in the image) for your WordPress Website.
With over 20 different options, it can be hard to choose. There’s no one best data centre over the other.
What you need to look at is your current visitors and make a decision based on that.
If most of your visitors are from a specific region, you need to choose the right data centre location to improve the performance of your WordPress site.
If you want to find the best data center for you, use this tool called GCP Ping.
Easy To Use Dashboard
Kinsta is one of the better providers when it comes to the site’s user experience.
As you can see on the dashboard, you can have a number of options to select from and can also manage all your personal and billing information.
You can access your:
- Sites: List of currently active websites
- Resource Usage: Monitor the resources that your websites are using
- Kinsta DNS: Add Domain, DNS records and DNS management
- Analytics: View analytical graphs and tables related to your websites
- Users: Add new users or change permissions
- Activity Log: List of activities with embedded date and time
- Knowledge Base: Help Section
All Backed Up By Outstanding Trustpilot Rating
When it comes to a web hosting platform, I always like to check the online user rating (and in this case other Kinsta reviews) to see what everyone else’s experiences are like too.
Trustpilot has high evaluation standards and enables you to see any performance issues.
You can see here that Kinsta web hosting reviews show a 4.5-star review (out of 456 reviews!).
This goes to show that my positive experience with Kinsta is not a one-off but one that the majority of user reviews are positive too!
Overall, Kinsta offers quick managed WordPress hosting with the capacity to control several visitors at the same time and outstanding levels of uptime.
Kinsta also offers you some great features like an intuitive staging environment, security monitoring, and automatic backups (among others!). Plus, the support team is super helpful and available 24/7 via live chat service.
However, even though its pricing is in line with other managed WordPress hosting providers, Kinsta is not considered as a “cheap” hosting provider- especially if we compare it with entry-level shared hosting. But for me, it definitely worths every dollar!
So, if you’re looking for a new hosting to speed up your site and improve core web vitals, I highly recommend this one!
Wrapping It Up
Kinsta is one of the best managed WordPress hosts in the market.
I say this because I am using it right now. In fact, the blog you’re reading is hosted with Kinsta so feel free to use tools like GTMetrix and WebPageTest to test performance.
So from my point of view:
I would love to hear your experience with Kinsta, so leave your name email comment name of business and rating in the comments message box below.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Kinsta?
Kinsta is a dedicated WordPress hosting company that offers high-end performance through Google’s C2 cloud computing platform. That infrastructure is backed by class-leading support and features like free SSL, SSH access, email hosting (G Suite recommended) and security features. They are also the host of this blog!
Do Kinsta offer free migrations?
Yes, Kinsta will migrate your site(s) free of charge to their platform when you sign up. Just sit back, relax and their web hosting expert team will take care of everything for you.
Do Kinsta offer backups?
Yes, Kinsta includes automatic daily backups and allow you to take a manual backup at any point. You can also create downloadable backups but the best bit is that it takes less than 15 seconds to create a backup which you can then deploy in 1 click. Their security measures are built into their service.
What is Kinstas refund policy?
Kinsta offers a full 30-day money-back guarantee if you’re not happy. Beyond that, they provide instant prorated refunds and no fixed-term contracts.
What is the best hosting for WordPress?
I put 12 hosts to the test in my case study to find the fastest WordPress hosting. Kinsta scored highly for speed, performance, support and most importantly – price!
Do I need managed WordPress hosting?
If you are just starting out then you do not need a managed WordPress host like Kinsta. You can get by with much cheaper hosting for the time being. But if your site is growing in traffic and you need expert support at your fingertips you might want to consider managed WordPress hosting.
Is Kinsta any good?
Yes, Kinsta is a great hosting provider. In fact, Kinsta not only offers great features (as I mentioned before) but also an SLA-backed 99.9% uptime guarantee. This vote of confidence is the result of its cloud-hosting infrastructure. Indeed, cloud hosts tend to be much more reliable at keeping websites online.
On top of that, Kinsta pairs this with continuous monitoring and uptime checks every minute. Meaning? If they fail to correct error response codes within 30 minutes, your account will be credited. This guarantee is available 24/7, every day of the year.
Is Kinsta faster than Bluehost?
Yes, Kinsta is faster than Bluehost. In fact, I put 12 hosting providers to the test (including Kinsta and Bluehost) and Kinsta has shown better performances than Bluehost. You can see their results illustrated in the graphics above or directly in the case study.
Is Kinsta secure?
Yes. All the websites hosted on Kinsta are protected by Cloudflare’s enterprise-level firewall and includes free DDoS protection. On top of that, they support two-factor authentication, IP Geolocation blocking, and automatically ban IPs that have more than 6 failed login attempts in a minute. Plus, they have enforced “strong passwords” on all new installs.
Who uses Kinsta?
Kinsta host thousands of businesses all around the globe from high-traffic blogs, high-volume agencies to universities, and Fortune 500 companies.