What is kinsta.com, and why it’s different
Kinsta is a managed WordPress hosting provider with a focus on cutting-edge technology, expert support, and outstanding performances.
Kinsta.com hosting platform doesn’t fall into any of the traditional hosting categories. The entire infrastructure is built on Google Cloud Platform and is very different from traditional shared, VPS, or dedicated infrastructure.
Kinsta utilizes LXD managed hosts and orchestrated LXC software containers for each site. What this means is that every WordPress site is housed in its own isolated container, which has all of the software resources required to run it (Linux, Nginx, PHP, MySQL). The resources are 100% private and are not shared with anyone else or even your own sites.
Kinsta is powered exclusively by Google Cloud Platform and they utilize Google Cloud’s premium tier global network to ensure your site loads even faster. Kinsta is officially recommended by Google Cloud as a fully-managed WordPress hosting solution.
Kinsta’s support engineers are WordPress developers and 24/7 support is available for all customers 365 days a year.
Concretely, how does it work?
First, install a WordPress website on kinsta.com to see how it works and run a few tests. Once you have created your account and logged in, you can go ahead and create your site. The process is extremely simple: novices won’t get lost, and more advanced users will enjoy saving time on the installation.
When creating a new site, you’ll have to fill this short form and choose which data center you’d like to use:
You have the option to choose from 15 data centers for your site. Each of your sites can have a different data center. Make sure to pick the one closest to your visitors. For example, most CatsWhoCode readers are Americans, so a wise choice would be a data center located in the US.
Here’s the full list:
- Council Bluffs, Iowa, USA
- St. Ghislain, Belgium
- Changhua County, Taiwan
- Sydney, Australia
- The Dalles, Oregon, USA
- Ashburn, Virginia, USA
- Moncks Corner, South Carolina, USA
- São Paulo, Brazil
- London, UK
- Frankfurt, Germany
- Jurong West, Singapore
- Tokyo, Japan
- Mumbai, India
- Montréal, Canada
Kinsta will also let you install WooCommerce and Yoast SEO when creating your site. Another time-saver!
Once done, you can go ahead and click the “Add” button to create your site. The creation/installation process took less than 5 minutes when I tested it.
At this point, you can just log in to your WordPress dashboard and start editing your site. But let’s check our website speed first. I tested the site out of the box, without any caching plugin installed. Google PageSpeed Insights provided a 91/100 desktop speed, which is very good.
Pingdom rated the site 89, a good grade for a website without any caching.
Kinsta.com managed WordPress hosting plans start from $30/month. Definitely not the cheapest webhost around, but if you’re a serious website owner you already know that cheap hosting is only good for a very small website with 15 visitors a day. Kinsta provides quality infrastructure, security and speed rather than cheap hosting.
I have enjoyed how easy and simple creating a site is. The fast loading speed is also a very good feature of Kinsta, considering how important it is nowadays. I also loved the fact that all plans include a free SSL certificate.