Choosing the best hosting company is one of the most difficult task for any WordPress site owner. No matter you are a blogger or business owner, hosting decides the success journey of your website. Though WordPress powers 35% of the websites on the web, there are few managed WordPress hosting companies available out there. Kinsta is one such managed WordPress hosting provider and we will review their services in this article.
Who is Kinsta?
Kinsta has been around since 2013 when it came into existence. Currently, it boasts of servicing customers from around 128 nations all over the world. That is no small feat to achieve. That could also mean that they are certainly doing something right, which is why clients trust them enough. There are several WordPress hosting services out there but not many can identify as a dedicated WordPress web host. This could mean that Kinsta is able to channel its energy into managed WordPress hosting. Let see what we make of their services.
Managed WordPress Hosting
Earlier days, WPEngine was the leader in managed WordPress hosting. However, companies like Kinsta and Flywheel started similar services. Since, WPEngine acquired Flywheel, we could see Kinsta is the only alternative option for WPEngine in managed WordPress hosting.
Unlike Bluehost, SiteGround and many other hosting companies, Kinsta does not offer general services. They do one work – managed WordPress hosting, and do that in a best way. This means you can only use WordPress on their hosting service. Unfortunately, this was also the reason we could not use them, as we need to host HTML and PHP scripts along with WordPress.
Overall Hosting Features
Before going to pricing plans, here are some of the features you will get with Kinsta.
- Data centers on 23 locations. This is one of the highest numbers, essentially means you can serve content from your nearest location.
- Powered by Google Cloud Platform – you will get scalable, fastest and reliable infrastructure to host your site. Note that, we are also using Google Cloud with SiteGround Cloud VPS hosting.
- Custom site management dashboard. You can register for a free demo to try out their dashboard.
- Staging environment to develop and test before deploying changing in live site.
- Free SSL and KeyCDN with all plans.
- Automatic daily backups with 14 days retention.
- Custom built caching plugin.
- 99.9% uptime and 30 days money back guarantee.
- Free site migration for moving to Kinsta.
Kinsta Pricing Plans
In order to examine the features of the Kinsta hosting service, we look at the plans they offer and the features specific to each plan. Surprisingly, this company has a whopping 10 plans to offer customers. For the sake of conveniences, we will regroup the plans into four, which are Starter, Pro, Business, and Enterprise.
Now the starter plan allows just one WordPress installation and traffic of 20,000 per month.
It is the most basic plan; however, do not underrate the features it has to offer. Apart from some limits here and there, the starter plan gives you a taste of virtually almost everything other plans have to offer. It is a storage space of 10GB based on the super-fast SSD. CDN is up to 50GB along with one free premium migration. However, the basic migration from other hosts is unlimited. Additional features including automatic fine-tuning of your MySQL database, multiuser environment. Free SSL Certificates as well as the importation of your SSL Certificate.
The Pro plan is a slight upgrade on the starter plan, the key difference lies in the number of WordPress Installation allowed. The installation allowed is two with monthly traffic of 40,000. The SSD storage is up a bit to 20GB and the CDN is double that of the starter plan. The number of free premium migration is two for Pro plan and it is also afforded unlimited basic migration from other hosts. Unlike the starter plan, there is multisite support for the Pro plan. There is a multiuser environment in the Pro plan and it gives you the ability to manage and creates new users with access to all your websites.
Just call this the higher version of the Pro plan; you get an increase in the number of allowed WordPress installation, SSD storage, monthly traffic, and CDN. The business plan has four sub-division namely 1-4. The main difference between the four sub-division lies in the number of WordPress installation, storage, and traffic The CDN remain the same for both 3 and 4
|Features / Plan||Business 1||Business 2||Business 3||Business 4|
|SSD storage (GB)||30||40||50||60|
|CDN||200 GB||300 GB||500 GB||500 GB|
This is the highest tier for the plans available to users. It is also the most expensive with the lowest sub-division starting at $600 per month. The enterprise plan is also sub-divided into four groups namely 1-4. Just like the business plan, each sub-group differs in WordPress Installation, storage, and traffic. The CDN remains the same for all the sub-group at 1000GB.
|Features / Plan||Enterprise 1||Enterprise 2||Enterprise 3||Enterprise 4|
|SSD storage (GB)||100||150||200||250|
The support system is quite good; there is an automatic daily backup as well as manual backup points. There is also a self-healing technology that automatically tries to start up your PHP if it goes down. The support staffs are available all-round the clock to attend to your issues on all plans. You can contact support right from your MyKinsta dashboard. You have expert WordPress developers at your reach to guide through any technical issues.
The hack and malware removal feature allow you to fix your site for free provided it is hosted on Kinsta. The Google Cloud Platform also allows secure transportation of your data. There is also a staging area feature that allows you to test out new features on your site without compromising your live site by making a copy of that site.
As mentioned, you do not need to worry about the speed as Kinsta offers customized WordPress environment.
- Super fast SSD storage.
- The company allows you to choose from 23 global data centers to have your WordPress site much more closer to your audience. That reduces the page loading time and gives lower latency.
- Use of Google Cloud Platform also aids the speed of your site by allowing faster transportation of your data.
- To achieve better performance for your site there is an automatic Database optimization.
- Custom caching with their own plugin.
- Premium KeyCDN service to deliver static resources like images, CSS and JS.
They do offer optimized WooCommerce hosting for supporting online stores.
If your goal is to get a budget-friendly hosting, then this web hosting service might not be what you are looking for. Also, you are charged a one-time fee of $100 to migrate your infected website and have it cleaned. Their starter and pro plan are also not equipped to handle a dynamic e-commerce website with 2 PHP workers.
Kinsta offers dedicated managed WordPress web hosting services. This means they are able to channel all their effort and energy into providing and improving Managed WordPress Hosting service. Of course, there is a 30 days money back guarantee, in case you are not satisfied with their service. You will get reliable support with seven languages and covering every time zones. Although Kinsta is just seven years into the industry, the features they offer put them in the upper level of the industry. The company also pride itself on its diverse remote team network, prioritizing remote work combined with the support of a few local hubs. The diverse nature of its team member could perhaps be one of the strengths of budding a Managed WordPress Hosting Company.
- Custom WordPress service service.
- high-speed sites with Google Cloud Platform and KeyCDN.
- Large number of data centers to choose from.
- Good customer support.
- You can’t host any content other than WordPress hosting.
- Starter and Pro plans have low resources.