Kinsta describes itself as “Premium WordPress hosting for everyone”, and at first glance, they do offer a ton of promising features.
Three of the core ideaologies they mention are; “peace of mind”, “support that cares” and “use-friendly, yet powerful”, and I believe this is on point. You wouldn’t want to worry about your WordPress site going down and not receiving the support you need.
Some more features Kinsta highlights are speed, security, daily backups and free migrations.
It also mentions your site will be hosted on the Google Cloud Platform, which in term might improve the stability and reliability of your WordPress site.
Kinsta currently offers a wide variaty of plans, while all plans offer the same features, the key differences are; number of WordPress installations, number of visitors you’re expecting, and the number of storage you need.
If you’re just looking to host a single WordPress site, then the Starter plan is perfect for you.
The next step is to create an account, so fill in your email and password.
After this step, you’ll be asked to fill out your payment details, and that’s it, you’ll be redirected to your Kinsta dashboard.
Once on the dashboard, you’ll have the option to either do a “premium migration’, or a “basic migration”.
Basic migrations allow you to migrate your WordPress site from any other host, such as A2Hosting, Bluehost, Cloudways, DreamHost, Flywheel, GoDaddy, HostGator, Pagely, Pantheon, SiteGround, tsoHost, WP Engine, or WPX Hosting.
A premium migration allows you to submit a custom request for an existing WordPress site, which will be handled by the Kinsta technicians.
Once you’re ready to create a new WordPress site, just click on “Add your first site”, and you’ll be greated with a popup that will ask for the site details.
Here you can also select the location of the data center, it’s best to choose a location that’s closest to your audience. If you’re unsure, I would suggest to choose a location in the US.
You’ll also be given the option to install WooCommerce and Yoast SEO. WooCommerce is an eCommerce plugin for WordPress, install this only if you’re looking to sell items on your site. Yoast SEO is a popular search engine optimazation plugin for WordPress, I would definetly recommened to install this.
It might take a few minutes to have your site set up. For me it took about 5 minutes before I received an email with confirmation that my WordPress site was ready.
Once I received a confirmation email, I was able to log in into the WordPress dashboard. It’s a default WordPress installation, with only the plugins installed you’ve selected upfront.
MyKinsta is Kinsta’s dedicated dashboard that you’ll use to manage your WordPress sites. It also offers some analytics on how much resources you’re using. This is quite helpful in case you’re looking to upgrade to a more expensive plan, or you’re just looking to migrate to somewhere else.
Your WordPress site will be backed up daily and stored for at least 14 days. You can instantly restore a backup when needed.
Each WordPress installation at Kinsta comes with a staging environment, this allows you to test out changes or features before you go live.
Kinsta offers free SSL certificates for every WordPress installation you have.
Kinsta can migrate your WordPress site from any other managed hosted provider.
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Starter vs Pro vs Business
Kinsta’s pricing is slightly confusing because they offer so many different plans.
The main difference between all these plans is the number of WordPress installations you can have, the number of visitors you’re expecting and the amount of diskspace you need.
Other than that, there is no significant difference between the different plans. So unless you’re planning to have multiple WordPress sites, I would suggest to stick to the Starter plan.
Cancelling your subscription
Kinsta has a dedication option to cancel your subscription, so there’s no need to explain to someone why you want to cancel, you just press a single button.
Kinsta has a 30 day money-back guarantee policy, so if you’re not happy within the first 30 days, you can just cancel and get your money back.
I was really impressed with Kinsta, the overall signup experience was smooth, and I was able to have my WordPress site up and running within 5 minutes. The MyKinsta dashboard is a great addition, especially if you’re managing multiple WordPress sites.
The pricing is definetly a bit steeper than some other hosting providers, but when you sign up for a year, you instantly get 2 months for free, every year!