Kinsta: A Hosting Provider from the Future

A Hosting Provider Endorsed by Google Cloud Platform.

Did you know that hosting vulnerabilities are responsible for almost 40% of hacked WordPress sites? Did you know that 84% of online shoppers won’t make a purchase from an online store unless it has a secure connection? Did you know that your conversion rate relies on your site’s loading speed?

All these stats aim to make you aware of the importance of a reliable hosting provider. You can lose traffic, clients, and sales by choosing a poor host. Even worse, hackers may gain the control of your website due to poor hosting security.

Fortunately, plenty of good hosting providers are available for only a few bucks a month. The competition between hosting companies is tough, and as a result, the users benefit from better services. In the last few years, Kinsta has conquered the first position in most benchmarking tests. On top of that, almost all Kinsta customers have declared satisfied with this host.

Kinsta Story

Kinsta

Kinsta was founded in 2013, and since then, the company has grown considerably. In 2015 they decided to partner up with Google Cloud Platform, which proved to be a genial decision.

Kinsta comes with a bunch of impressive features and options. However, these features come with a price tag that is not suitable for all budgets. If you want to know more about Kinsta, check out its features below.

Quality Support

Knowledge Base

Even though support is vital, security, uptime, and reliability are more important for a host. I purposely listed the support quality first because unlike the majority of hosting providers, only WordPress developers and engineers make up Kinsta’s support team. WPMU Dev staff have tested the reaction of the Kinsta support, and they got a reply within five minutes. Impressive, isn’t it?

Kinsta support is based on a ticket system via Intercom. A team rep is available 24/7×365 to help you. Before submitting a ticket, you can also check the Knowledge Base.

Powered by Google Cloud Platform

Google Cloud Platform

Kinsta leverages the premium tier network of Google Cloud Platform. Also, Google Cloud recommends using Kinsta for WordPress sites. It’s crystal clear that when someone from Google recommends a service it’s a top-class one.

One of the most tremendous advantages of Kinsta is that the cloud infrastructure allows for automatic scalability. Gone are the days of being afraid that your host can’t handle traffic spikes. No matter if your posts goes viral, Kinsta servers will automatically allocate enough resources to keep your site up and running.

Lightning Fast

Data centers

One of the factors contributing to the unexpected low latency is the impressive network of data centers. Kinsta has strategically deployed servers in 13 locations all over the world. These are the locations:

  • Council Bluffs, Iowa, USA
  • St. Ghislain, Belgium
  • Changhua County, Taiwan
  • Mumbai, India
  • 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

You are free to choose the data center closer to your targeted audience to improve the loading speed.

The Google Cloud infrastructure is also optimized for speed. Therefore, your site will load faster than similar sites hosted on traditional servers. Naturally, all hosting providers claim that their services are optimized for speed, but the tests confirm Kinsta’s dominance.

Unique Administrative Panel

Kinsta dashboard

Are you tired of the cPanel interface? Do you consider it outdated? Kinsta engineers felt the same and created an in-house dashboard for their customers. The result is good-looking and intuitive.

Besides excellent design and ease of use, this panel comes with a few advantages:

  • Managing multiple sites is considerably simpler. You don’t need to switch between different accounts;all the required data is available with just a click.
  • Adding new sites is a matter of seconds. All you have to do is to complete a form, and everything happens under the hood of the dashboard.
  • Migrating a website gives everyone a hard time but not to Kinsta users. Directly from the administrative panel, you can migrate your site (you don’t even have to create a ticket).
  • Tweak your site without any hassle. Creating a staging environment is easy-peasy.
  • By default, Kinsta creates daily a backup copy of your site and saves the last 14 instances. Restoring any backup or restoring to staging is a straightforward and useful feature of the Kinsta dashboard.
  • Quickly change between supported PHP engines (5.6, 7.0, 7.1 and 7.2).
  • The analytics section shows the traffic stats, response time, cache hit/miss rate, and geo analysis, resources usage, performance monitoring, and security metrics.
Free SSL and SSH

Free SSL

Kinsta is part of an exclusivist hosting company group that provides free SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) for hosted sites. Head to your dashboard, and under the Tools section, you can enable SSL by using Let’s Encrypt. You are also free to use other 3rf party SSL certificates.

The dashboard facilitates the connection to your server via SSH. You will need your username, server IP, and port to use SSH.

Enhanced Security

Security Kinsta

Kinsta does a great job in terms of security. The first layer of protection is made up of proactive measures. Experts periodically update servers to eliminate vulnerabilities and monitor suspicious activities non-stop. Additionally, you can enable two-factor authentication to strengthen your site’s security.

Next, the firewall stops malware attacks, and your site’s files are continually scanned. SSL connections considerably reduce data sniffing attacks. You can check the access logs and see what’s wrong with your site directly from the dashboard (go to Sites>Logs).

However, terrible things could happen, and a hacker could take control of your site. But don’t worry, Kinsta experts will do all their best to regain control of the site.

Reliable Host for Online Stores

In e-commerce, any downtime cuts into the margins, and downtime is an online entrepreneur’s worst nightmare. Kinsta’s infrastructure fits e-commerce activities the best. From the first stages of creating your site, you have to specify if it’s an online store.

The New Relic tool monitors every site, including online stores, 1,440 times a day (once per minute),so you their engineers will find out immediately if your site is down. Don’t worry, contact the support team and get precious information and help to resolve the issue.

The automatic scaling allows the server to handle any traffic spikes, such as those from Black Friday or Cyber Monday. Swagway confirms the efficient distribution of resources.

 

All the above features are enough to entice the majority of WordPress site owners. Unfortunately, it comes with a higher price tag. You can host your site starting at $30/month. This price is a bargain compared to the quality of the services. However, this amount is too much for tight budgets.

Kinsta is a leading hosting provider that cares about its customers and their needs. But it’s high quality comes with a price tag that isn’t acceptable for everyone. Starter sites or ones that don’t generate income aren’t suitable for Kinsta. Conversely, if you own a heavily visited blog, an online store, or a business site, go for Kinsta. You won’t regret it.

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