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FastComet Costs Less, but Kinsta Gives You MoreHere’s the absolute truth: Kinsta is usually more expensive, especially if you want to run more than one website. Kinsta’s base plan is actually cheaper than FastComet’s cheapest VPS plan, but it’s limited in that it only allows you to run one single website. Kinsta’s more expensive plans get a lot more expensive, but allow you to host more websites, and give you more storage and traffic. It is important to note that Kinsta tracks unique visits per month rather than the transfer of data, so you don’t have to worry as much about users downloading images and other media from your site, just the number of individuals visiting. FastComet’s plan are somewhat more flexible, in that you can host as many sites as you like. You’re just paying for the raw server power, storage, and total bandwidth. As such, its most expensive plans do not cost anywhere near as much as Kinsta’s. Of course, this means that if you only want to host a few sites on FastComet’s entry-level VPS, you’ll still be paying for a service that can likely handle 30 or 40 sites.
Kinsta Web Hosting
Plan NameStorageFree SSLNumber of SitesPricePlan NameStorageFree SSLNumber of SitesPriceStarter10 GB SSD+1$35.00More detailsPro20 GB SSD+2$70.00More detailsBusiness 130 GB SSD+5$115.00More detailsBusiness 240 GB SSD+10$225.00More detailsBusiness 350 GB SSD+20$340.00More detailsBusiness 460 GB SSD+40$450.00More detailsEnterprise 1100 GB SSD+60$675.00More detailsEnterprise 2150 GB SSD+80$1000.00More detailsEnterprise 3200 GB SSD+120$1350.00More detailsEnterprise 4250 GB SSD+150$1650.00More detailsMore details
However, the “managed” part of FastComet’s managed VPS service is not quite as complete. (More on that below.) Kinsta wins (barely) for having the cheapest individual plan, and offering more complete hosting management for the money. What’s more, Kinsta’s prices go down if paid annually. FastComet’s prices do not go down if time is paid for in advance, other than with the waiver of a setup fee. Finally, FastComet only offers a 7-day money-back guarantee on its cloud VPS plans, while Kinsta offers the industry-standard 30 days on all its plans.
FastComet Cloud Hosting
Plan NameStorageBandwidthCPURAMPricePlan NameStorageBandwidthCPURAMPriceCloud 150 GB SSD2 TB1 x 2.50GHz2 GB$46.16More detailsCloud 280 GB SSD4 TB2 x 2.50GHz4 GB$53.86More detailsCloud 3160 GB SSD5 TB4 x 2.50GHz8 GB$69.26More detailsCloud 4320 GB SSD8 TB6 x 2.50GHz16 GB$107.76More detailsMore details
Kinsta Wins With Completely Managed HostingKinsta’s whole deal is this: as WordPress powers most of the internet, Kinsta has positioned itself as the expert-level, do-it-all WordPress service. It offers heavy WordPress optimization, and a team of experts who maintain the hosting infrastructure and will go so far as to troubleshoot your website for you. Kinsta also specifically supports WooCommerce, WordPress Multisite, membership-based sites, and WordPress as an educational platform. It offers custom plans for web development agencies and enterprise-level companies, yet also offers discounts for non-profit organizations. FastComet offers a more traditional hosting experience, with cPanel, installers for most popular web apps, and control over your server infrastructure except for the OS (AlmaLinux or CloudLinux). The server management team will handle server updates and server-level troubleshooting, while your website is left entirely up to you. Both providers offer intuitive control panels, money-back guarantees, a free CDN option, server monitoring, and fully-managed security solutions. Both also offer SSH access for those who want to get direct access to their cloud server’s internals.
|Hosting types||Cloud VPS||Cloud VPS|
|CPU||1-6 cores||12+ cores|
|RAM||16 GB||8+ GB|
|Storage||50-320 GB||10-250 GB|
|Bandwidth||2 – 8 TB||25,000 – 2,500,000 unique visits|
|CDN||Cloudflare free plan||100 GB – 6000 GB|
|Data center locations||11||34 (Google Cloud)|
|Money-back guarantee||7 days||30 days|
Kinsta Delivers Possibly the Best Performance We’ve Ever SeenWhile FastComet lives up to its name, it’s very, very difficult to beat the power of Kinsta’s WordPress-optimized web hosting software stack on Google Cloud’s C2 server instances. FastComet offers 11 data centers, the Cloudflare CDN free plan, guaranteed resources (CPU, RAM, etc.), SSD storage, and a pre-optimized server setup that’s designed to load all types of sites promptly. More advanced WordPress-boosting technology like LiteSpeed, Varnish, and Opcode caching is available on request, but you have to pay for a LiteSpeed web server license for each site you want to apply this to. You can find more details in our full review. Kinsta, on the other hand, offers 34 locations via Google Cloud’s network, a custom CDN, SSD storage, and extremely targeted performance optimization for WordPress. Because it only provides hosting for WordPress, Kinsta optimizes the absolute heck out of its servers by default. You can find out more in our detailed review. Let me show you some numbers:
GTmetrixGTmetrix is what we use to measure page load times and page loading efficiency. Kinsta, for example, fully loaded a bandwidth-heavy WordPress theme in 0.8 seconds: FastComet did okay with a smaller page at 1.4 seconds (the goal is to keep that time under 2 seconds), but that’s nearly double the loading time:
UptimeRobotUptimeRobot is what we use to test server uptime and stability. Kinsta managed 100% uptime over 4 months with a pretty steady ping rate (the time it takes to send a signal to a server and get one back) that mostly stayed under 400 milliseconds: FastComet managed 100% uptime over a shorter testing period, but the ping was pretty erratic and averaged around 750 milliseconds, pointing to slightly less stable servers: In other words, both of these hosting providers deliver excellent performance, but Kinsta still manages to be better.
Almost a Tie, but Kinsta’s Server Stack Is SaferFastComet provides a web application firewall, server monitoring, malware scanning, free daily and weekly backups, and brute force hack protection. That is a solid lineup which happens to include the ever-popular Imunify360 security suite. Kinsta offers DDoS protection, a Cloudflare-provided firewall, a dedicated anti-malware team, hack prevention, monitoring, and free automatic backups. Plus, you get every security measure provided by Google Cloud’s Premium Tier. [Insert your favorite deity here] knows that I occasionally have a beef with this megacorporation… but it does have great servers. Kinsta wins because its setup is so specific that it can be protected a bit more easily. The nature of the entire service essentially narrows down the number of weak spots that can be exploited. Specialization might make for a less flexible feature set, but that just means the servers are that much more secure.
Both Offer Good Support, but FastComet Is a Little More HelpfulIn all of our testing, we’ve had generally decent support experiences with both, but FastComet’s team does a little more to help. Given that FastComet’s hosting service is more flexible, the support team can dig in and root around to help you more easily. Oh, and FastComet’s support team is available 24/7 via live chat and a ticket system. Here’s an example of the live ticket team helping me out. Personal note: I still have a beef with the sales department for trying to tell me CentOS 8 wasn’t safe (back when it was still supported). Incidentally, FastComet now supports AlmaLinux 8, which is almost the exact same OS. My point is that the FastComet support team is great, but take what the sales team says with a grain of salt. Or a whole pretzel’s worth of salt. Kinsta’s support is also 24/7, and available through live chat. Now, if you have a problem with your site, or need some help customizing it a little, this team is fantastic. We’re talking about responding in five minutes with solutions, the value of which cannot be underestimated. However, since the service has been optimized within an inch of its life, answers to more open-ended questions like, “How do I make my website faster?” will be met with stock answers such as, “Activate your Kinsta CDN.” Even so, here’s an example of Kinsta’s support helping out a fellow author:
Conclusion: Kinsta Takes the Lead With Speed (and Full Service)Kinsta provides a better-optimized, carefully-crafted service in which everything is taken care of for you. When you want a WordPress site to go up and stay up, the Kinsta support team will handle that for you. It’s like hiring a WordPress-specific IT team. FastComet isn’t a bad service by any stretch, though. If you want something that’s not WordPress-based, or a server to resell hosting on with a great team backing you up, FastComet can do that. Of course, these are only two of the hosts on our top 10 list. If you’d like to see the other options, see our list of the best web hosts in 2023.
Plans and pricing
A fair bit cheaper at the high end.
Cheaper at the low end, best service for your buck.
Classic cPanel hosting experience on powerful managed servers
Highly-optimized WordPress experience
Pretty good with 11 data centers, Cloudflare CDN, guaranteed resources, SSD, pre-optimized server setup
The absolute best with 34 data centers based on Google Cloud, proprietary CDN, SSD storage, extremely specialized performance optimization
Web app firewall, server monitoring, malware scanning, free daily and weekly backups, brute force protection
DDoS protection, Cloudflare firewall, dedicated malware team, hack prevention, monitoring, free automatic and manual backups
Live chat and ticket