Kinsta Review

ratings

Reliability

/100

Usability

/100

Customer Support

/100

Features

/100

Hosting Plans & Pricing

Hosting Plans Offered:

Kinsta Company Overview

10880 Wilshire Blvd #92581 West Hollywood, CA 90069, US

Customer Support Options

Kinsta Plans & Pricing

Wordpress Hosting

Plan Name

Plan Price

Plan Features

STARTER

$30/mo

10 GB disk space

Free SSL & CDN

25,000 visits

1 WordPress Installs

PRO

$60/mo

20 GB disk space

Free SSL & CDN

50,000 visits

2 WordPress Installs

BUSINESS 1

$100/mo

30 GB disk space

Free SSL & CDN

100,000 visits

5 WordPress Installs

BUSINESS 2

$200/mo

40 GB disk space

Free SSL & CDN

250,000 visits

10 WordPress Installs

BUSINESS 3

$300/mo

50 GB disk space

Free SSL & CDN

400,000 visits

20 WordPress Installs

BUSINESS 4

$400/mo

60 GB disk space

Free SSL & CDN

600,000 visits

40 WordPress Installs

ENTERPRISE 1

$600/mo

100 GB disk space

Free SSL & CDN

1,000,000 visits

60 WordPress Installs

ENTERPRISE 2

$900/mo

150 GB disk space

Free SSL & CDN

1,500,000 visits

80 WordPress Installs

ENTERPRISE 3

$1200/mo

200 GB disk space

Free SSL & CDN

2,000,000 visits

120 WordPress Installs

ENTERPRISE 4

$1500/mo

250 GB disk space

Free SSL & CDN

3,000,000 visits

150 WordPress Installs

Kinsta Full Review

Opening Kinsta for the first time? Below is the homepage that will greet you. Once you go through this Kinsta review for the first time, you'll be prepared to do the entire registration process with ease. Here's what's up with Kinsta.

Kinsta homepage

Kinsta is a modern cloud hosting provider focused on WordPress hosting. It offers premium managed WordPress hosting for all types of businesses. It is one of the first hosting companies that is exclusively powered by the Google Cloud Platform. It is entirely cloud-based and not a shared hosting service.

Kinsta WordPress hosting began in 2013 and has been a fast-growing managed web hosting site in the industry since then.

It has 28 Google Cloud data centers scattered worldwide, utilizing the latest software and advanced technologies to power small and advanced infrastructures, with more than 20000 WordPress sites on its platform.

This managed WordPress hosting service provider advertises not only being a better WP engine than other web hosts, but also offers unique and powerful hosting optimized for speed, performance, and security. They also have 24/7 support from WordPress experts.

Kinsta provides hosting solutions to agencies, enterprises, WooCommerce, small businesses, membership sites, education, learning management systems, nonprofits, and others.

Kinsta was recognized as the #1 WordPress Hosting Provider by G2; a business software review site. It rated above average based on ease of use, quality of support, and ease of setup.

Getting Started with Kinsta

For this review, I've chosen the cheapest available plan - the Starter plan. It costs $30 per month for 10 GB disk space, 25,000 visits, a free Content Delivery Network, one site installation, and 24/7 support.

To create an account, you have to input your email address, name, and password.

Kinsta account creation screen

Next, you have to fill in the billing information and card details. Once everything is set, you will receive confirmation and a welcome message via email.

You can now go back to Kinsta and log in! This time, you will be redirected to the MyKinsta dashboard.

Using and Managing Your WordPress Site in Kinsta

Website management is perhaps one of the most critical factors in choosing your WordPress host. Whether you are tasked to manage multiple websites or a single site, you always need a dashboard tailored to your needs.

This is where the MyKinsta dashboard comes in. Here, you can manage your sites with ease.

Kinsta Control Panel

MyKinsta dashboard is a custom control panel just like cPanel or Plesk but optimized for WordPress hosting. It has a wide array of tools for managing your WordPress website. It has a very comprehensive dashboard with visually appealing graphics that provide vital insights into your site performance.

I tried the MyKinsta free demo to explore how it looks and feels which was nice considering I didn't have to pay anything.

I input my name, phone number, email address, and the kind of hosting I am interested in on the registration panel. I chose the one that has an online store with digital or physical products.

When I clicked the Register button, it redirected me to the MyKinsta dashboard. It is a one-stop control center to manage everything about your WordPress website.

MyKinsta dashboard

Dashboard Tab

This section shows all your managed WordPress websites, resource usage, notifications, the graph showing the data transfer and unique visits, CDN usage, and the resource center.

Sites Tab

This section shows all the sites you manage. You can also see essential details like the data center's location, the number of visits, bandwidth usage, disk usage, PHP version used, and the status of the WordPress environment.

MyKinsta Sites tab

When you click on a site, you will see more advanced details about it. It is like your site's control panel built-in in your managed hosting account dashboard. You can see the following:

  • Info - Shows your site's basic details like IP address and data center location, SFTP/SSH, database access details, transfer sites, and an option to delete your site.
  • Domains - This shows your primary domain and your other domain list.
  • Backups -This shows your daily backups.
  • Tools - In this tab, you can modify your site cache, restart your PHP, enable WordPress debugging, search and replace the database, monitor PHP tools, enable password protection, SSL certificates, Geolocation, force HTTPS, and modify PHP versions.
  • Redirects - This shows your redirect rules and allows you to modify them.
  • WP Plugins - This shows your installed WordPress plugins; it shows the status, version, and updates available for the optimization plugins. Here, you can update your plugins automatically but not the WordPress core software.
  • IP Deny - This tab shows the IP address that you deny on your site.
  • Kinsta CDN - You can manage your CDN here and clear the cache.
  • Kinsta Application Performance Monitoring(APM) Tools - Shows the monitoring results; it monitors transaction time, WordPress plugin, database, and external request.
  • Logs - Shows log viewer, error logs, Kinsta-cache -logs, and access logs.

 

Migrations

Free, basic, and premium site migrations are included in all of Kinsta's managed hosting plans. On this page, you can submit a migration request, and the tech experts will take care of migrating your site.MyKinsta Migration tab

Kinsta DNS

It is a free DNS service provided by Kinsta for free to all customers. Here, you can manage your DNS records. It is powered by Amazon Route53, which constantly ranks among the fastest DNS services in the world. This page is where you go to manage domain registration.

Analytics Tab

This tab opens the analytics dashboards. You can find the following here:

MyKinsta Analytics screen

  • Resources - This tab shows the visits, disk space, bandwidth, top requests by bytes, and views. You can hover your mouse over a specific time you want to inspect, and it will show the details you need. You can select the site and the timeline you want to be displayed.
  • CDN Usage - Kinsta's web hosting plans come with free CDN. This tab right here shows your CDN usage, top files by request, top files by bytes, top files extension by bytes, and correct error response codes breakdown.
  • Dispersion - This tab shows the difference between handheld and desktops usage.
  • Performance - This page displays your average PHP + MySQL response time, PHP throughput, PHP worker limit, AJAX usage, top average PHP + MySQL response time, and top maximum upstream time.
  • Response - This page shows the response code breakdown, response stats, 500 error breakdown, 400 error breakdown, redirect breakdown, and top 404 errors. You can hover your pointer to the graph to see the specific time you want to inspect. You can choose to display individual sites, all sites, past week, months, and days.
  • Cache - This displays the cache component stack, cache component chart, and top cache bypasses.
  • Geo and IP - This page tells you the top country, top city, and top client IPs.

 

Company Tab

This tab displays the hosting plan add-ons, disk space add-ons, external backups, invoices, payment methods, billing details, and site labels. You can choose to pay via VISA, MasterCard, Kinsta account balance, or premium migration credits.

MyKinsta Company tab

User Tab

The User tab is where you can add new users or change existing user permissions. You can restrict the sites they can access. You can also invite users via email address then assign their company role.

MyKinsta User tab

Activity Log Tab

This tab shows all your activities from all sites and users. You can filter it to only show the data you need. For example, you can change All Sites selection to one specific site only.

MyKinsta Activity log

Knowledge Base

This section contains the resources, blogs, and articles you can read to find out more about Kinsta's services and how to manage them.

Kinsta knowledgebase

Kinsta WordPress Website Builder

Kinsta is an alternative WP engine powered by the GCP and Google Premium Tier Network, which is maximized for speed, performance, and security.

Since Kinsta is a managed WordPress hosting provider, it is compatible with any WordPress page builder. Among them are Elementor, Beaver Builder, Oxygen, and many more.

For this review, we will be exploring DevKinsta, a free development tool to build, test, and create WordPress sites in minutes. You can download and install it easily on your local computer.

DevKinsta

DevKinsta features include:

  • One-click site creation and local development
  • Built-in database manager
  • Open-source database management via Adminer
  • Works with HTTPS locally
  • Built-in email testing
  • Built-in WordPress debug toggle
  • Easily deployed in Kinsta
  • Supports 10 languages
  • Single click PHP version switching
  • Supports automatic updates
  • It makes local site creation quick and easy

 

Here is the DevKinsta interface:

DevKinsta interface

You can start creating a new WordPress site with just one click.

First page of new site creation

Next, you need to input the name of your site, your admin username, and your admin password. Make sure you remember this info because you will need it later when you want to manage or edit your site.

Then, you have to configure NGINX and create the My SQL database to complete the installation.

This page shows your site info, SSL and HTTPS, database, and more. You can see the Open Site button, Push to staging, database manager, and WP Admin buttons at the upper portion of the page.

When you open your site for the first time, this is the default view. You can customize and enhance this site by adding themes and plugins.

Default view

Opening the database manager brings you to this page, where you can manage your database tools.

Database manager

Kinsta WordPress App Installer

To install WordPress using Kinsta, click the Sites tab from your MyKinsta dashboard, then click the add site button. You will be asked to fill in the form below.

Choose to install WordPress, input your site name, choose a data center location, admin username, password, admin email, and select a language.

You will also be asked if you want to install multisite, WooCommerce, and Yoast SEO. If not, just click Add site. You can now see your new site on your MyKinsta dashboard.

Kinsta Customer Support

One of Kinsta's top priorities is to give fast and knowledgeable support to its user. They have WordPress experts and a support team available on standby to assist the customers 24/7/365.

I put their service to the test by asking about the difference between the basic and the premium migrations that Kinsta offers with their plans. Below is the reply I got from them.

The reply was fast and very informative. Great work!

Aside from this, they also have a vast knowledge base, complete with resources like blog articles, ebooks, webinars, podcasts, cheat sheets, and much more. If you ever get stuck, you will have a lot of options in getting help. Kinsta is also present in social media like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Linkedin.

Buyer's Guide and Pricing

Kinsta offers specialized in managed WordPress hosting services. WordPress is a free content management system written in PHP, MySQL, and MariaDB database. It is perhaps the most well-known of all CDN, and there are millions of WordPress users today.

Kinsta has 10 WordPress hosting packages you can choose from. Price starts as low as $30 per month and can go as high as $1,500 per month. You might be wondering why the prices are so much higher than the rest of the hosting providers in the market?

Let's find out! A detailed comparison of features and pricing can be seen on Kinsta's homepage.

All WordPress hosting plans come with the following Kinsta core features :

30 -Day Money-Back Guarantee 

This money-back guarantee covers the cost of the pre-built hosting plans and all add-ons used during the 30 days.

Free Migration

You can get unlimited free basic site migrations from the following hosting companies only: WP Engine, Flywheel, SiteGround, Pagely, Pantheon, Cloudways, GoDaddy, DreamHost, A2 Hosting, tsoHost, and WPX Hosting. The migration process can be done manually or handled by experts.

Google Cloud Platform

It is powered by a Google Cloud Platform-connected premium tier network, making it fast and secure to transport your data.

28 Global Data Center Locations

You can position your sites closer to your audience for faster page load times.

Self-healing Technology

Kinsta checks your PHP service every minute, and if it has gone down, its platform will automatically start it back up.

Automatic Database Optimization

Automatically optimize your MySQL database settings once a week (based on your site's needs) for better performance.

Daily Automatic WordPress Backups and Options for Manual Backups

Automatic backups daily for all sites and optional hourly backups are also available. You can perform a manual backup in case you need to undo the changes later. Manual backups are helpful when you install new WordPress plugins as they prevent your site from crashing.

24/7 Expert Support

You can submit a ticket using your Kinsta dashboard to receive help from their tech support team.

Hack and Malware removal

They'll fix your WordPress site for free if it is compromised while hosted at Kinsta. And if you are migrating an infected site, they can clean it up for a one-time $100 fee.

Multi-user Environment

This WordPress platform allows you to create and manage users by giving them access to all your sites.

Staging Sites

You can instantly create a staging site (test sites) with new features and plugins, then push your changes to your live site with just a click.

PHP 8.0 Support

You can choose from PHP versions 7.3, 7.4, and 8.0 that are found in your Kinsta dashboard, and you can switch it back and forth with a click of a button.

Free SSL Certificates

Kinsta offers free one-click SSL with Let’s Encrypt integration so that you don't have to renew or buy costly SSL certificates. It also allows you to install your certificate if required.

Import SSL Certificate

You can easily import your SSL certificates from within the MyKinsta dashboard so you can enable HTTPS on your site.

SSH Access

SSH access allows you to automate your workflow and create improved environments for developers.

White-labeled Cache Plugin

Kinsta hosting solution handles caching for you at the server level along with their in-house developed caching plugin.

Performance Monitoring Tool

Kinsta’s free Application Performance Monitoring (APM) tool allows you to monitor your PHP performance, slow database queries, and more without subscribing to expensive third-party services.

Regular Uptime Checks

Uptime checks every two minutes so that it can react to issues before they can affect your sites.

Plans, Pricing, and Additional Features

Starter Managed WordPress Hosting Plan:
  • Start at $30 per month
  • 1 WordPress site
  • 25,000 monthly visits
  • 10 GB SSD storage
  • Free SSL and CDN of up to 50 GB
  • One free premium migration
  • 14 days backup retention
  • Two PHP workers on site

 

Pro Managed WordPress Hosting Plan:
  • It starts at $60 per month
  • 2 WordPress installs
  • 50,000 monthly visits
  • 20 GB SSD Storage
  • Free CDN of up to 100GB
  • 2 Free premium site migrations
  • 14 days backup retention
  • 2 PHP workers per site
  • Site cloning
Business 1 Managed WordPress Hosting Plan:
  • It starts at $100 per month
  • 5 WordPress installs
  • 100,000 monthly visits
  • 30 GB SSD storage
  • Free CDN up to 200 GB
  • Three free premium migrations
  • 14 days backup retention
  • 4 PHP workers per site
  • Recommended for e-commerce /membership sites

 

 

Business 2 Managed WordPress Hosting Plan:
  • Price starts at $200 per month
  • 20 WordPress installations
  • 250,000 monthly visits
  • 40 GB SSD storage
  • Free CDN up to 300 GB
  • Three free premium migrations
  • 14 days back up retention
  • 4 PHP workers per site
  • Recommended for e-commerce /membership sites
  • Site cloning

 

Business 3 Managed WordPress Hosting Plan:
  • Price starts at $300 per month
  • 20 WordPress installation
  • 400,000 monthly visits
  • 50 GB SSD Storage
  • CDN up to 500 GB
  • Three free premium site migrations
  • 20 days backup retention
  • 6 PHP workers per site
  • Recommended for e-commerce/membership sites

 

Business 4 Managed WordPress Hosting Plan:
  • Price starts at $400 per month
  • 40 WordPress installs available
  • 600,000 monthly visits
  • 60 GB SSD storage
  • CDN up to 500 GB
  • Four free premium migrations
  • 20 days backup retention
  • 6 PHP workers per site

 

Enterprise 1 Managed WordPress Hosting Plan:
  • It starts at $600 per month
  • 60 WordPress website
  • 1,000,000 monthly visits
  • 100 GB SSD storage
  • CDN up to 1000 GB
  • Five free premium migrations
  • 30 days backup retentions
  • 8 PHP workers per site
  • Recommended for e-commerce /membership sites

 

Enterprise 2 Managed WordPress Hosting Plan:
  • Price starts at $900 per month
  • 80 WordPress website
  • 1,500,000 monthly visits
  • 150 GB SSD storage
  • CDN up to 1000 GB
  • Five free premium migrations
  • 30 days backup retention
  • 10 PHP workers per site
  • Recommended for e-commerce /membership sites

 

Enterprise 3 Managed WordPress Hosting Plan:
  • Starts at $1,200 per month
  • 120 WordPress
  • 2,000,000 monthly visits
  • 200 GB SSD storage
  • CDN up to 1000 GB
  • 5 free premium site migrations
  • 30 days backup retention
  • 12 PHP workers per site
  • Recommended for e-commerce /membership sites
Enterprise 4 Managed WordPress Hosting Plan:
  • Price starts at $1,500 per month
  • 150 WordPress sites
  • 3,000,000 monthly visits
  • 250 GB SSD storage
  • CDN up to 1000 GB
  • Five free premium migration
  • 30 days backup retention
  • 16 PHP workers per site
  • Recommended for e-commerce /membership sites

Aside from the hosting packages listed above, you can also choose to customize your plan. All you have to do is contact their sales representative to help you out.

Security and Backups

It is undeniable that Kinsta is one of the established managed WordPress hosting providers in today's tech industry. So how does it handle the security of your WordPress site?

Here, let us take a closer look at the promised secure and safe Kinsta WordPress web hosting. You will be the judge whether you are getting your money's worth or not.

Kinsta users can rest assured that they are using state-of-the-art infrastructure and technology to provide not only speed but also safety. They take your security very seriously.

The Kinsta managed WordPress host offers an enterprise-level secure firewall powered by Cloudflare. It stops malicious attacks and bad intentions before they can affect your site's performance.

It has active and passive security and advanced features to prevent access to your data. It secures your site at the same time as improving its performance.

The best part? If your site is compromised, Kinsta will fix it for you, free of charge.

It offers the following security measures along with your Kinsta WordPress hosting plan:

  • DDoS detection to prevent traffic spikes causing your site to crash
  • Uptime monitoring every 2 minutes (720 daily uptime checks )
  • Hardware firewalls
  • SSL support
  • Two-factor authentication
  • IP Geolocation blocking
  • Automatic banning of IPs that have more than 6 failed login attempts in 1 minute.
  • Enforced strong password suggestions for all new installations
  • High-performance Kinsta CDN

Kinsta hosting service supports encrypted SFTP and SSH connections and offers free Let's Encrypt certificates to enable HTTPS on your new site.

Daily automatic backups allow your site to be installed instantly after being hacked. No more crying over hundreds of hours of lost data. This time, your new site comes back more secure than before.

They also offer system-generated WordPress backup for all sites on your account. These backups are available as restore points on the MyKinsta dashboard.

Kinsta WordPress hosting uses Linux containers on top of the Google Cloud Platform. It can isolate not just each Kinsta account completely, but also separate each of the WordPress sites.

Truly, security is one of Kinsta's top priorities.

Pros

Aside from the features listed above, here are some of the advantages of using Kinsta:

  • Free site migration if you have an existing site from another web host
  • 24/7 customer support team who are available just a few clicks away from your Kinsta account dashboard
  • Free SSL certificate for existing or new sites that is one click away from MyKinsa Dashboard
  • Bigger, safer, and faster server space using Google Cloud Platform
  • Offers free demo of their control panel without signing up for a hosting plan
  • Option to choose the nearest data center to your audience
  • Excellent site speed based on demos and other Kinsta reviews
  • User and beginner-friendly custom control panel
  • 99.9% uptime guaranteed
  • Optimized for business and e-commerce
  • Easy site installation and set up
  • Great reviews

 

Cons

Here are the disadvantages of using Kinsta:

  • It is super pricey compared to other providers
  • Unlike most entry-level shared hosting providers, Kinsta does not offer a lower starting price for all its plans
  • No email hosting plans provided
  • No phone support

Final Thoughts

Kinsta is not for everyone. This is my first thought when I look at the prices of its plans. If you are doing personal blogs without that much traffic, I suggest you host your site elsewhere. But as I looked closer at the features included in each plan, I realized that you are getting what you pay for.

If your business needs are much bigger, then Kinsta is the perfect host for you. It is reliable, fast, and secure. It is optimized for businesses and enterprises. Although the plans are limited, you can also customize your plan according to your business and project requirements. Support is available for you 24/7.

Overall, it is not only a fast-growing hosting company but one that adapts to the changes brought by its customer's needs.

I hope this Kinsta review helped you in your hosting journey!

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