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Kinsta - The WordPress Hosting For Everyone

Written by Kevin Liew on 24 Nov 2017
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Kinsta is a WordPress hosting company founded by Mark Gavalad, a WordPress developer and programmer with operational offices in London, Los Angeles and Budapest. Kinsta was founded in 2013 and began offering hosting services to the public in early 2014.

Kinsta stands out from other managed WordPress hosting companies for several reasons and some of their clients include Ubisoft, asos, Ricoh, Mint.com and many more. To begin with, Kinsta’s infrastructure is powered by Google Cloud Platform and this allows them to offer cloud servers on an exclusive basis. Also, they provide clients with the speed and power they need to run their websites and despite the price of their hosting service being higher than most other companies, the gains in quality outweighs any cost.

FEATURES OF THE KINSTA WORDPRESS HOSTING SERVICE

Kinsta has arguably the best architecture among the hosting companies and it’s the first hosting company powered exclusively by the new Google Cloud Platform which featuresLXD containers, automatic scaling, and of course one of the biggest networks in the world. Because they utilize container technology, each WordPress site is completely isolated and doesn’t share any resources with each having their own MySQL, PHP, Nginix, etc.

Kinsta also works with Google Cloud Platform’s premium tier network and offers 13 data center locations, all strategically placed to offer the lowest latency.

You have the option to choose from 13 data centers from all over the globe for your site, each of which has a different data center as we utilize multi-regional deployments. You can choose the one that closer to your user for fast page load.

Kinsta hosting plans come with:

  • Free CDN, free Letsencrypt SSL, staging environments, automatic daily backups and the option to create manual backup points anytime.
  • Full page caching at the server-level to deliver content almost instantaneously to visitors. We also pair that with our Kinsta cache plugin, developed in-house, to provide even more granular control over caching.
  • PHP 7, 7.1 and HHVM support
  • Free hack fix. If a client’s website is hacked they'll fix it with immediate priority.
  • Server-level rules and optimizations for WooCommerce and Easy Digital Download sites to ensure a smoother checkout experience for customers.
  • A custom designed dashboard with lots of data that helps you improve further your site 
  • MyKinsta analytics reports for data analysis and performance insights 

CUSTOMER SUPPORT

The customer support from Kinsta is above par and their team always goes out of their way to ensure you site runs as fast as possible.

Their support team is available 24/7 from within the Kinsta dashboard which means even if your site breakdown in the middle of the night, there is someone available to bring it backup running. They are also experienced with scaling and performance issues, more than any host found in the market.

AUTOMATED BACKUPS

Kinsta has an automated backup system in place where you can keep up to 14 backups at once. By default, it backup once every day and if you want to create a backup time and frequency you can do this yourself right from within the Kinsta dashboard. Whenever you restore a backup, a new backup is generated which reflects the state of your website just before it was restored. This is a handy feature in case you want to undo the restore.

ONE-CLICK STAGING ENVIRONMENT

Kinsta also comes with a one-click staging environment which allows you to instantly create a development site and test plug-ins, code, WordPress updates, etc. You can use the staging feature all the time which means you would never have to touch your site all the time. You can even restore staging back to live and even backups to staging. Almost any scenario you can think of is possible.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

They also provide all the same features you would expect from a good managed WordPress host such as a one-click staging, multisite support, WP-CLI and Git Support.

PRICING

Kinsta provides premium hosting plans for everyone which are popular among large businesses and enterprise customers, however, they also have entry-level plans at $30/month for beginners. There are several other plans available and the main difference in their plans is the number of WordPress sites allowed, number of visitors and storage space. There are also PHP workers which can execute codes on your site and additional ones which allow multiple requests to execute simultaneously.

The pro plans and above are designed to support multisite, and Business 1 plans and above have SSH access in addition with developer tools such as WP-CLI. In addition there are Enterprise plans as well as custom plans if you need more.

HOW TO GET STARTED ON KINSTA

Once you sign-up on Kinsta, you have two options- start a new site or migrate to an existing one. Kinsta's plans contain free WordPress migrations you can use to transfer your site to our servers.

Getting started on Kinsta is extremely simple- go to your user panel > Sites > and click on “Add Site.” You will then be requested to provide some certain information:

Migrating to an existing site is also as simple although it involves giving Kinsta more information about your current installation. This is a good thing as it means Kinsta wants to know the ins and outs of your site before migrating to their server, thereby minimizing the probability of failure.

Once you have filled out the form, Kinsta takes over from there and completes the entire process.

SHOULD I HOST MY WORDPRESS SITE WITH KINSTA?

Kinsta is a fantastic host to choose if your business depends on WordPress. If you are looking to start an ecommerce shop, a blog or a web development company you will get to a point where price is considered above quality. It definitely a host you need to take a look at to see if you want to host a WordPress website.

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