Is Kinsta better than Other Hostings: 13 Pros & 4 Cons

If you are looking for new hosting then you will find thousands of companies offering from $1 to up to 91% discount. But Kinsta, a company which charges ranging from $30-1500 per month is in high demand by the experts. So in today’s blog, we will talk about whether Kinsta hosting is right for you or not. Will also discuss whether this $ 30 per month fee is justified or not.

So, Kinsta hosting plans start at $30 but this hosting is no different just in terms of price. Kinsta is a managed WordPress hosting, which means that their platform is made to serve WordPress websites in a fast way. It is optimized for PHP, backup, and restore. Their support staff understands the problems of its users (WordPress users) very well.

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Let’s see whether these features justify Kinsta cost:

Reasons why Kinsta is best for Hosting

1. Kinsta Dashboard

Kinsta provides its own dashboard (image given below). It shows website traffic, data transfer, including the use of CDN data.

Image of Kinsta Dashboard
Kinsta Dashboard

2. Kinsta CDN

Yes, Kinsta provides its own CDN which is absolutely free. Neither you need to install a third-party plugin nor to set up anything. Just a click and CDN is here.

kinsta cdn usage
Kinsta CDN Usage chart

How to enable CDN in Kinsta?

Image showing how to enable Knsta CDN

Following are the required steps to enable CDN in Kinsta
Step 1: Go to the ”Site” option (on the right side)
Step 2: Select “your website”
Step 3: Go to the “Kinsta CDN” tab
Step 4: Click the “Enable” tab in Kinsta CDN

3. IP Deny

If a spammer or bot has repeatedly hit your website, then you can ban as many IPs as you want at once with this IP Deny option.

Kinsta ip deny
Kinsta IP Deny

4. Inbuilt Caching

Generally, in WordPress, we cache with the help of third-party plugins like WP-Cache, WP Rocket. But in Kinsta you get this Caching option inbuilt.

How to enable Site cache in Kinsta?

Following are the required steps to enable Caching in Kinsta
Step 1: Go to the “Site” option (on the right side)
Step 2: Go to the “Tools” option
Step 3: Click the “Enable” site cache option

Image of Kinsta site cache and Restart PHP
Kinsta site cache and Restart PHP

5. PHP Restart

Unlike other hostings, you also get the PHP Reset option. With this option, you can restart your PHP engine which easily clears out issues related to speed problems and connectivity.

6. Easy Debugging

Unlike other WordPress hostings, in Kinsta you can easily do debugging with just a click without going to file manager.

How to do WordPress Debugging in Kinsta?

Following are the required steps to Debugging in Kinsta
Step 1: Go to “Site” option (on the right side)
Step 2: Go to the “Tools” option
Step 3: Click the “Enable” WordPress debugging option

7. One-click Search and Replace

Kinsta gives you the facility to easily replace anything on site. For example, you can easily replace “HTTP://” with “HTTPS://” with just a single click.

How to do Search and Replace in Kinsta?

Following are the required steps to Debugging in Kinsta:
Step 1: Go to the “Site” option (on the right side)
Step 2: Go to the “Tools” option
Step 3: Click “Search and replace

kinsta search replace
Kinsta Search and Replace

8. SSL Certificate installation

In Kinsta, with just a click, you can easily install an SSL certificate for free. There is no extra charge for an SSL certificate in Kinsta.

How enable SSL Certificate in Kinsta?

Following are the required steps to enable an SSL Certificate in Kinsta:
Step 1: Go to the Site” option
Step 2: Go to the “Tools” option
Step 3: Click “Modify” and select the related option.

9. Force HTTPS

Unlike other hostings, on Kinsta, with just a click, you can easily enforce HTTPS for free without the use of any third-party resources.

kinsta ssl https
Kinsta SSL and HTTPS

PHP Update

You can even easily update PHP from the same admin bar with just one click.

How to update PHP in Kinsta?

Following are the required steps to update PHP in Kinsta:
Step 1: Go to site option
Step 2: Select the “Tools” option
Step 3: Click “Modify” and select the latest PHP Update.

10. Daily Backup

Kinsta provide daily backup of your website which is available for 14-30 days (depends on plan). With this, you can easily restore your website within 14 days in case of any vulnerabilities. There is option for automatic and manual backup. There is option for 5 manual backup which will be saved for 14 days. If you do any major changes than Kinsta automatically save backup for future reconsideration. You can also take external backup in Amazon S3 and Google Cloud Storage.

How Restore backup in Kinsta?

Following are the required steps to restore the backup in Kinsta:
Step 1: Go to site option
Step 2: Select the “Backups” option
Step 3: Choose restoring “Date”, click “Restore to” and select the “live” button.

kinsta backup
Kinsta Backup

11. Fast DNS Resolution

When you point your nameserver to any Hosting company then your hosting provider themselves handle your DNS record server which is actually very slow. Kinsta uses Amazon Route 53 for DNS resolution which highly optimizes your DNS resolution timing and decreases your website loading timing.

12. User Addition

Most hosting companies even don’t consider this feature. Absence of a User addition feature forces you to share passwords with others which is not a safe option for privacy and security. However, Kinsta not only gives the facility to add users but also gives you authority to define users level access.

How to define user access level in Kinsta?

Following are the required steps to restore the backup in Kinsta
Step 1: Go to the User option (given in left sidebar)
Step 2: Click  “Invite users”
Step 3: Select users and define their access level.

13. Google Cloud

Kinsta’s performance has no comparison. Kinsta uses Google Cloud for its infrastructure which is absolutely remarkable. It efficiently increases Pagespeed insight score without any optimization which is one of the requirements for good off-page SEO.

Limitations of Kinsta

In general, there are no such disadvantages with Kinsta. But if a hosting focuses on performance then there are some limitations also. We have listed some of the limitations as follows:

  1. Kinsta only works with WordPress websites
  2. Difficulty in Adding Subdomains: Kinsta do provide subdomain facility but it’s little complex.
  3. Kinsta do not provide Email service: Kinsta specificall mentions that they don’t provide email as part of hosting plan. However, you can link your Kinsta account with Gsuit and use google email service.
  4. No File Manager: Kinsta do not provide File manager facility like other hostings. However, with Kinsta you get SFTP account which you can use with filezila to manage file.
  5. No cPanel: Also Kinsta does not provide cPanel but provides its own dash board.

Other than these limitations, I don’t find any cons with Kinsta.

My Take

If you work on WordPress, can use G-suit for email, and can afford their premium plan then go ahead. It will give you better performance and highly optimize service than others. It is also a good choice regarding security and SEO purposes. In the end, I can say that Kinsta is costly but worthy.

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