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 hosting provider of this blog.
Who Are Kinsta?
Their hosting services are designed for everyone, from startups to larger companies.
Results Of My Case Study
Before we jump into their features, I’ll share with you the results of my case study (which I briefly mentioned above).
Kinsta is my current hosting provider.
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 providers.
When it came to loading speed using GT Metrix, Kinsta came out in 3rd place…with an average page load time of 1.60 seconds.
The second test focuses again on loading speed but this time using Pingdom. Again Kinsta came in 3rd place with an average load time of 835 ms.
I then stress-tested the WordPress hosts with a load impact on each page of 500 simultaneous visitors. And Kinsta came in 4th…
Next, I wanted to see how each hosting server would perform by 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…and Kinsta solved the problems successfully.
Overall, while WPX Hosting (see my full WPX Hosting review) ranked 1st…I’d give Kinsta 2nd place. Kinsta provided a solid performance and fantastic support.
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 Kinsta 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 technologies like HHVM (which is now deceased)
They’re one of the fastest hosting providers to offer new features and they’ve always offered great support. Below, I’ll go into more detail regarding each of these features.
I first moved to Kinsta 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 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 WordPress Hosting Provider in my test, it was one of the top contenders on the list.
The figures above are averages from speeds all around the world.
Near Instant Backups
With Kinsta, you will always have 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.
They also have six-hour or hourly backups add-on available for anyone who needs additional restore points.
Honestly Kinsta have 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 doesn’t offer phone support.
But that doesn’t mean they don’t deliver tech support well. In fact, they have incredible 24/7 live chat tech support.
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.
They 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, Kinsta provides incredible, dedicated support for even the more complex WordPress issues.
You don’t have to jump through multiple levels of support to get to a true expert, because they are all true experts!
How Much Does Kinsta Hosting Cost?
Kinsta was initially one of the more expensive hosts.
But since May 2019, they’ve introduced new ‘entry-tier’ plans starting at $30 per month.
And they have plenty of price plan options to suit the needs of your site:
What Do You Get For Your Money?
Below we’ll go through some of their newer technologies, as well as key features that make Kinsta a top 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 load times (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 everyone at Kinsta!
Built For Speed
In my test, it shows that WPX Hosting 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.
They also use state-of-the-art technology, including:
- PHP 7.3
- LXD Containers
- Server Level Caching
Unlike many other Hosting Providers, 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 a fast and local server.
Free SSL Hosting and Certificate
Kinsta also has a Let’s Encrypt integration, which means free 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 Live Chat 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, but you don’t want the hassle of moving your site. Don’t worry.
Kinsta is currently offering unlimited free migrations from:
- WP Engine
- A2 Hosting
So, how does it work?
- Sign up for Kinsta: Free migrations are available for all Kinsta plans
- Fill out the migration request form: Choose between basic or premium migration
Moving your site to Kinsta 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 account. Both automatic and manual backups are available as restore points on the MyKinsta 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 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 Clean Ups
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, that actually provide Enterprise-level DDoS Protection, win out.
If you’re like me, you know how valuable a staging area can be. In fact, it was one of the primary reasons why I migrated from WPX Hosting to Kinsta.
A staging area 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 on 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.
You can access your:
- Sites: List of currently active websites
- Resource Usage: Monitor the resources that your websites are using
- Kinsta DNS: Add Domain and DNS records
- 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 hosting providers, I always like to check online ratings to see what everyone else’s experiences are like too.
You can see here that Kinsta has a 4.9-star review (out of 220 reviews!)
This goes to show that my positive experience with Kinsta is not a one-off but one that the majority of other Kinsta users are having too!
Wrapping It Up
Kinsta is one of the best managed WordPress hosts in the market.