Kinsta is a premium managed WordPress hosting provider based in the United States, though their reputation in the industry has extended their reach far beyond the borders of North America to serve even Europe and Southeast Asia. They began their operations in 2013 with a clear value proposition: to create the best and most innovative WordPress hosting platform. Since their launch, Kinsta’s commitment to this initial goal has not wavered. Their hosting solutions are built around forward-looking technologies that are laser-focused on security, stability and speed. Presently, the Kinsta platform is only available in English.
Features and Ease of Use
Kinsta specializes in managed WordPress hosting solutions, so you won’t find any of the typical offerings of shared hosting, VPS, or dedicated servers with them. Their plans can serve beginner webmasters who only generate 20,000 unique visitors a month to their single WordPress website all the way up to corporations with 80 websites and pulling in 1,500,000 visitors a month.
The main feature that sets Kinsta apart is their use of the Google Cloud Platform. What this means is that the websites they host are in fact hosted on Google’s infrastructure, which affords customers access to Google’s privately distributed backbone connecting their 17 global data centers.
For users who need email hosting, however, Kinsta is not an option. The company doesn’t offer these services, so your choice to use their services would also mean looking for a separate vendor for an email solution.
Kinsta’s WordPress hosting packages include the following features:
- Straightforward backup management and restoration
- Fully managed service
- CDN usage and insights
- Lightning speed
- Actionable traffic and bandwidth analytics
- Highly secure network
- Premium DNS management
- Performance monitoring
- Easy-to-use staging environments
- One-click free SSL integration
- PHP 7 support
Other features of this vendor’s WordPress hosting solutions that I found particularly impressive include:
- MyKinsta dashboard – Kinsta hasn’t opted for any of the typical control panels available in the market today, instead preferring to custom-code their own. The MyKinsta dashboard is a powerful and easy-to-use website management interface. From this dashboard, you can see an overview of all your websites, track bandwidth, review visitor stats, set up staging areas, create SSL certificates, and so on.
- Unlimited free migrations from Flywheel and WP Engine – Kinsta allows and helps users to migrate from Flywheel, StudioPress, and WP Engine at zero cost.
- Speed-obsessive architecture – Practically every WordPress website that is migrated to Kinsta runs faster than they did before. This is because Kinsta uses modern technologies like MariaDB, LXD software containers, PHP 7, and Nginx to ensure that website loading speeds improve substantially.
The entire design of the Kinsta platform makes it extremely user-friendly and easy to pick up, even for beginners and non-technical webmasters. Kinsta also allows users to choose the data center from which their websites are hosted. These locations include Belgium, Frankfurt, Central U.S., Mumbai, Los Angeles, the Netherlands, Montreal, Singapore, and Oregon to name a few.
One downside of this vendor is that while Kinsta’s staging environments are easy to use, they’re also pretty basic, meaning that the only true option for users is to push their entire websites live. Users cannot, for instance, only migrate their files without the database tables. This is disappointing considering that other managed WordPress providers will give their users three options: to push only the files without the databases, the files and the databases, or the files and select databases.
Kinsta’s daily automatic backup feature ensures that your WordPress website has up to 14 backups for the last 14 days. Users can, with one click, restore any of these copies to their live websites or staging areas. For users who would prefer backing up their websites every few hours, there’s an option to upgrade to this at an extra cost.
Pricing and Support
Kinsta’s hosting solutions are not the cheapest you’ll find in the market, but there’s every indication that they’re worth the extra money. Their plans include a 30-day money back guarantee and they don’t have a downgrade or upgrade penalty, unlike most other web hosting providers. This means that whenever your website hits its resource caps based on the plan you’ve subscribed to, the vendor will still keep it running and instead your account will begin to accrue overage charges. Kinsta also doesn’t force their customers into long-term contracts, but customers who pay for a whole year of hosting will receive two free months of hosting.
Kinsta does not provide a support phone number on their website. If you need to talk to a support representative, you can log into MyKinsta and connect with them via live chat or support tickets. Alternatively, if you’re not a customer yet, you can send them an email or drop them a note using the contact form on their website. Kinsta also has an extensive and searchable knowledge base for DIY-inclined users.
One drawback of their support is that Kinsta’s system doesn’t make it possible for users to view their tickets and their status. This can cause some level of frustration when you have no idea how long it will take for your issue to be addressed.