What’s Kinsta WordPress hosting anyway?
So what is Kinsta and their Kinsta WordPress hosting package anyway? Also, what makes them different from every other web hosting plan for WordPress out there?
For me, the one sentence summary of Kinsta’s offering would be: The power of Google Cloud Platform hosting made accessible and easy to grasp for anyone.And sorry if that sounds a bit promotional on my part, but that’s honestly how I feel. Just to give you one quick example of what I mean (before we get into it more deeply later on), Kinsta doesn’t seem to believe in the traditional cPanel admin for managing your hosting account. Instead, they give you their own custom solution, which is much easier to use, and gets you straight to the most important details/metrics.
But let’s start at the beginning. Under the hood, Kinsta WordPress hosting is:
- A fully managed WordPress hosting platform. And I know that “managed” is a label that many hosts like to use, but with Kinsta, their focus on handling everything management-related for you is very apparent. For example, the aforementioned admin panel doesn’t even have any purely management-like options in it.
- It runs on Google Cloud Platform.
- It offers Business, Enterprise, and Custom hosting solutions based on your needs.
- The most basic plan gives you:
- The ability to run one WordPress site
- 5 GB of SSD storage
- 50 GB server bandwidth + unlimited pageviews & visitors
- 1 free site migration
- 1440 daily uptime checks per site
- The ability to hook up a CDN of your choice
- Let’s Encrypt support
- HTTP/2 support, PHP 7, HHVM
- SSH, WP-CLI, Git support
- Multisite support
- Premium DNS management
- You get to choose your data center location
- Staging areas available
- Extensive knowledge base available
For us, the features of Kinsta that stood up the most were these four:
Our initial impression of Kinsta WordPress hosting
Overall, the impression has been positive, but there were some minor issues along the way.
First of all, the setup and the migration itself were done with no trouble. One day the site was on Pagely, the other it was on Kinsta.
(Personally, I wasn’t involved in the migration process at all, and the only reason I noticed something had changed was because I was, unfortunately, editing a post right during the time of the migration. So I did my work, saved everything, refreshed the page … and the changes were gone. As it turned out, I worked on those changes on the old version, and then saw Kinsta’s when I refreshed the whole thing.)
Right after the move, we saw a nice drop in response times, from around 400 ms to circa 50 ms.
Performance of Kinsta WordPress hosting
Performance is perhaps the second most important characteristic of a good WordPress host – the first one being reliability.
And site speed in itself has gotten a lot of press in the recent years. Some believe that it’s crucial for SEO, while others aren’t as convinced. However, everyone is absolutely convinced that a quick-loading site is essential for user experience, and that cannot be challenged.
So naturally, we expected Kinsta to give us top performance!
And right off the bat, I have to admit that we messed this part up a bit. I mean, the blog isn’t a particularly optimized one when it comes to the source code it uses and the various hand-made tweaks that have been done to it over the years.
Nevertheless, even with a handful of F’s awarded to us by Pingdom, Kinsta WordPress hosting still somehow manages to load everything in 2 seconds. Plus, something I showed you earlier – our TTFB – has been cut by 50%.
What hosting survey data says about Kinsta
A while ago, we ran what turned out to be the biggest WordPress hosting survey out there. The results have been really insightful, and we’ve used them as a data foundation for a couple of articles since.
Granted, Kinsta only got a handful of responses in that survey, but they were all really positive. In fact, they were so positive that we even looked into where those entries were coming from, and if there was perhaps anything fishy going on behind the curtain. There wasn’t.
How much it costs in practice
Yes, Kinsta WordPress hosting is a bit more costly compared to other hosting providers.
The cheapest plan will set you back at least $30 a month, and the progression later on is pretty steep as well.