The history of Kinsta started in 2013 when a team of WordPress experts (and enthusiasts), not impressed with the hosting solutions on the market, decided to develop this technology themselves. They are headquartered in Los Angeles (USA) and when it comes to WordPress Kinsta remains one of the biggest players in the world market today as it serves customers from 128 countries around the world. The only continent they haven’t reached yet is Antarctica, but who knows what tomorrow (and global warming) might bring.
Unlike many other web hosting providers, Kinsta does not maintain its own data centers, but uses Google’s “most modern” cloud data centers to accommodate its WordPress platform. Because of this, Kinsta can offer a variety of data center locations, 24 of which are global and stretch from the eastern to the western hemisphere.
Kinsta’s main website is modern in style and functionality, easy to use, and available in ten different languages, including English. Although they tend to think globally, their customer support team is usually local, or so they claim. With this in mind, they are hiring remote support agents who cover all time zones and provide support in 7 major languages.
The Kinsta official blog can be accessed from the main website. It’s easy on the eyes and filled with a wide variety of articles, most of which have to do with WordPress. Among them are a number of easy-to-understand guides that have been carefully written. In addition, Kinsta has a fresh and video-filled YouTube channel and a relatively active presence on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
Plans and Pricing
All Kinsta hosting plans are WordPress, all managed and come with free website migrations and a hack-fix guarantee. Another feature that they all have in common is that they are quite expensive. There are ten hosting plans and prices range from $ 30 (named “Starter“) Up to USD 1,500 (“Company 4“) for one month. The most important functions are highlighted there. However, if you scroll down a bit, you can view all functions and details in a simple and clear way.
With the cheapest plan (although nothing cheap) you get (as expected) a simple WordPres installation, 10 GB of storage, up to 25,000 monthly visits, 50 GB of free CDN, free SSL certificates, automatic backups, hack and malware -Distance, performance monitoring tool, and more. This and other plans include a 30-day money-back guarantee that even reimburses the cost of any additional add-ons.
The only supported payment method at Kinsta is a credit card (all major ones are available). So if you are used to paying through PayPal this can be a disappointment.
Choosing and buying a hosting package with Kinsta is pretty easy if you know exactly what you want beforehand. Since there are ten plans of varying sizes and you are unsure which one is best for you, feel free to reach out to Kinsta’s customer service team who are approachable and knowledgeable.
After you’ve decided on a plan, create your account with Kinsta. This process was pretty easy for us. The first information you need to provide is your name, email address and password. Then add your home address, city, country, zip code and your company name. Finally, add details about your credit card (the only option available) and make a payment.
Since Kinsta doesn’t offer domain registration services (free or otherwise), you have to take care of them yourself. If anything, Kinsta’s “hassle-free” migrations are also free, regardless of how many websites the user has. All you have to do is fill out a request.
Kinsta’s bespoke dashboard is built in the same style as the website and most importantly, it’s easy to use. From there you can manage multiple websites at the same time, check detailed statistics, analysis and much more. WordPress installation is just a click away and there are a large number of WordPress-specific tools out there too. Since Kinsta is a premium managed WordPress hosting provider by definition, WordPress is the only CMS you can run. Those who are used to managing all areas of their websites with cPanel will unfortunately not find this option here (and that goes for any website builder too).
Instead, however, Kinsta has a world-class managed WordPress hosting solution that gives you everything you will ever need in this space, just like it should, since you are paying the cost of a king’s ransom.
Speed and experience
Kinsta argues that it is almost certain that when hosting them, users will experience “faster page load times as well as faster back-end speeds (WordPress dashboard)”. Faster than what, we asked ourselves. Faster than average speed, faster than lightning, or faster than Superman?
In any case, GTmetrix (a tool we used to test the speed performance of Kinsta’s main website) seems to agree with them, as it gave their website an A (91%) rating, which we don’t see often. All of the major core metrics related to speed were above average, which looks pretty promising.
When it comes to availability, Kinsta’s technical team is monitoring all of its users’ websites at all times. This means that if there is any downtime that is longer than 5 minutes, they will be notified and therefore encouraging them to hurry to fix the problem. After monitoring Kinsta’s main website with UptimeRobot for a month, we couldn’t find a single trace of downtime, which instills trust.
Kinsta states that customer support is their top priority and that the entire support team is made up of highly skilled WordPress developers and Linux engineers, which is hard to believe. Even so, the support we got from Kinsta was nothing short of impressive.
There are more than a few self-help options, including a fairly regular knowledge base, “Learn WordPress” (series of written guides), free e-books, free webinars, a newsletter and blog that we mentioned earlier, and everything is dedicated to to impart knowledge about WordPress to its users. Additionally, Kinsta’s YouTube channel is filled with step-by-step guides, and the new ones come out at least from week to week.
Alternatively, you can reach Kinsta’s “timely and knowledgeable” support via phone and chat (after you sign up, which takes a minute), which is available 24/7. If you are in no hurry, you can also contact them by email.
Much like Kinsta, Flywheel is a US-based host specializing in world-class managed WordPress hosting solutions. Both aim to be beginner-friendly, offer well-rounded, feature-rich packages, and are on the high-priced side of the spectrum. However, Kinsta’s most affordable solution starts at a whopping $ 30, half what Flywheel offers. Therefore, if price is the main criterion for you (since both hosts are knowledgeable), Flywheel can save you money.
Bluehost is one of the most popular hosting options on the market today, even when it comes to managed WordPress hosting. Compared to Kinsta, Bluehost has a wide variety of hosting types and options in addition to WordPress. The WordPress plans are well structured and suitable for newbies. However, if you’re looking for premium managed WordPress options, Kinsta might be your home.
DreamHost is a US-based provider that offers WordPress-optimized hosting solutions and related services, including domain registration that you won’t get with Kinsta. Another thing they don’t provide is a website builder that you have as an option with DreamHost. Additionally, in addition to offering more hosting options, DreamHost also offers more pocket-friendly plans so you can save some cash too.
While HostGator doesn’t specialize in WordPress hosting, it does offer some attractive solutions. However, if you’re looking for fully managed premium WordPress hosting (and you’re ready to spend the money) Kinsta might be a better choice. If you’d rather have something simpler and more affordable, HostGator is an excellent choice.
Are Kinsta’s high-end fully managed WordPress hosting solutions worth the high-end price tag? If you don’t have to worry about your budget and have to take advantage of the cloud, the answer is definitely yes. Kinsta is one of the most knowledgeable hosts in their field and will take care of everything your website needs. However, if you need a host for something simpler (like a blog or personal website), then you should check out companies like HostGator and Bluehost.
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