As a WordPress developer with more years of experience under my belt than I’d prefer to mention, I’ve had the opportunity to work with a lot of website hosting companies. Selecting the right host, is a big deal. It can greatly impact your website’s performance, security, and overall user experience. In this post I’ll compare Kinsta Plans for managed WordPress hosting.
The first thing worth noting here is that Kinsta is premium hosting. Kinsta’s hosting plans are very much like the managed WordPress hosting offered by Rocket.net (read our review). There is nothing about their offering that is bare-bones or geared toward the approaching-free WordPress hosting customer. With that said, if you’re looking for high performance hosting, Kinsta should be on your short list. For a higher level look, read our brief Kinsta review.
if you’re looking for high performance managed WordPress hosting, Kinsta’s got it. Their pricing is appropriate for the level of service (which is excellent).
Kinsta: Managed WordPress Hosting
Before moving forward, it’s only fair to give some guidance on who Kinsta’s plans aren’t for. Basically, if you’re looking for a cheap web host or free hosting plan Kinsta won’t be the right option for you. Their WordPress hosting plans are geared toward customers which place a premium on two things: hosting performance and customer service.
One managed WordPress hosting provider that has always stood out to me is Kinsta. Their platform is built on the premium tier network Google Cloud Platform, which provides robust infrastructure and cutting-edge technology. For (what we find to be) a reasonably price, they offer very high quality hosting. They manage impressive site speed by leveraging Google Cloud and even offer free Cloudflare Enterprise through a unique agreement with Cloudflare. And, while we haven’t had to use it much, Kinsta support has been excellent when we have.
In this article, I’ll try and provide an in-depth comparison of Kinsta’s plans without getting into the weeds technically. I think their plans all have a really good set of features and are priced competitively.
Before going any further we wanted to touch on Kinsta Pricing. When you notch up to Managed WordPress Hosting, which is premium hosting, price increases. That’s because of the level of service you’re getting as well as the fact that you’re gettin dedicated server resources.
So, at a glance Kinsta’s pricing might look expensive if you’re used to the cost of shared hosting, it’s actually very competitive. Kinsta’s closest competitor is Rocket.net and the two hosts prices are very close.
Kinsta Plans: Starter, Pro, Business and Enterprise
In very broad strokes, let’s start with Kinsta’s most affordable hosting plan and work up from there. First we’ll break down all the Kinsta WordPress hosting plans in a table as it makes it really easy to see the differences.
|5 – 40
|60 – 150
|100k – 600k
|1M – 2.5M
|30GB – 60GB
|100GB – 250GB
|400GB – 1.2TB
|2TB – 6TB
|3 – 4
|Basic WordPress Migrations
|PHP Workers per Site
|4 – 6
|8 – 14
|Built in DB Tool
|Free Wildcard SSL
|$115 – $450
|$675 – $1,650
|2 Months Free
|2 Months Free
|2 Months Free
|2 Months Free
The Starter Plan is the lowest price Kinsta plan. The Starter Plan is limited to a single WordPress install. But, that doesn’t mean that it is basic in any way.
The Starter Plan is good for 25,000 visits, 10GB of storage space, 100GB free CDN and 2 PHP workers per website and Kinsta’s Edge Caching. Automatic backups are included, too, with a 14 day backup retention policy. And, to get your site over to Kinsta they offer a free premium migration. There’s way more features included (free SSL certificates, a staging environment, built in application monitoring and more) which you can see in the comparison chart below.
Price: $35/month (monthly) or $350/year (2 months free with annual payment)
Who the Starter Plan is for: This plan is geared toward an individual or small business who values high-performance hosting but only needs to host a single website.
With the Pro Plan Kinsta hosting has basically taken what’s included in the Starter Plan and doubled it. What’s doubled: the number of WordPress sites, allotted visits (50,000), storage (20GB), free CDN increases to 200GB, each site gets 2 PHP workers, and there’s 2 free premium migrations.
Not everything doubles, however as backup retention sticks at 14 days. Well, I guess it did double if you consider that you now have backup for both sites. You can see above in the table that the features are also very similar with a few nuances, namely the addition of Multisite support and Site cloning.
Price: $70/month (monthly) or $700/year (2 months free with annual payment)
Who the Pro Plan is for: The Pro Plan is designed for the same customer as the Starter Plan who needs to host two sites as opposed to one.
Kinsta Business Plans (Business 1, Business 2, Business 3, Business 4)
Moving up in plans to business, the basic theme will continue: there’s more of everything available, starting with how many WordPress sites each plan supports. We’ll be talking about four plans at once here instead of going through each business plan on its own. What’s included is provided in ranges below:
- WordPress installs: 5 to 40
- Monthly visitors: 100,000 to 600,000
- SSD Storage space: 30GB to 60GB
- Free CDN: 400 GB to 1200 GB
- Free Premium migrations: 3 to 4
- Backup Retention: 14 days to 20 days
- PHP Workers per Site: 4 to 6
Who the Business Plan is for: This Business plan is made for businesses who either host multiple websites of their own, or that are resellers of WordPress hosting.
Pricing: $115 – $450/month (monthly) or $1,150 – $4,500 (2 months free with annual payment)
Kinsta Enterprise Plans (Enterprise 1, Enterprise 2, Enterprise 3, Enterprise 4)
We’ll handle the Enterprise plans the same way as we did the Kinsta Business plan tiers above. And, as you’d expect, we’re again going to see an increase in what you get from the previous Kinsta plans.
- WordPress installs: 60 to 150
- Monthly visitors: 1,000,000 to 2,500,000
- SSD Storage space: 100GB to 250GB
- Free CDN: 2000 GB to 6000 GB
- Free Premium migrations: 5
- Backup Retention: 30 days
- PHP Workers per Site: 8 to 14
Who the Enterprise Plan is for: The Enterprise plan is designed for large businesses who host many websites of their own (or for others), who need the highest level of performance available.
Kinsta Coupons and Promotions
Some hosting providers do promotions and coupons to entice customers to their platform. Kinsta is not one of those companies!
The best Kinsta promotion is a discount, and it is available right on their website without a coupon code. For customers willing to commit to paying annually, they offer 2 months of hosting for free.
Many sites offer tons of alternatives to Kinsta hosting. But, We think it requires a little more explanation. Here are a few alternatives, and who those alternatives are for:
A true managed wordPress Competitor
Rocket.net is the most similar managed WordPress hosting company in our opinion. They both offer extremely high quality hosting and have similar pricing, too. We have used both hosts and recently did a comparison of Kinsta vs Rocket.net which was almost too close to call.
A budget Host
If as you’ve read through what Kinsta offers and thought “this isn’t what I need, I need basic, WordPress hosting,” we would recommend giving HostGator a try. We hosted Zuziko.com on HostGator shared hosting plan for years and were always impressed with the service. To be clear, this isn’t Kinsta-level hosting, this is good, reliable budget hosting.
Shared Managed WordPress Hosting
SiteGround has an interesting hosting tier that sits between shared hosting and managed hosting called Shared Managed WordPress hosting. It’s cheaper than what you’d pay at Kinsta and doesn’t offer all of the performance that Kinsta eeks out of their platform, but it is a compelling option. We recently did a comparison of SiteGround’s shared managed hosting plans that might be helpful.
How to choose the right Kinsta plan step-by-step
It’s actually pretty easy to figure out which Kinsta plan is the best to choose. Here’s how:
- Assess your website’s needs:
- Number of WordPress sites you plan to host
- Expected monthly traffic
- Required storage and CDN usage
- Scalability for future growth
- Start by considering the Starter Plan:
- If you have one website and expect fewer than 25,000 monthly visits, the Starter Plan may be sufficient.
- Evaluate the Pro Plan:
- If you need to host two websites and expect up to 50,000 monthly visits, the Pro Plan may be a better fit.
- Explore the Business Plans:
- If you require more resources or have multiple websites, compare the Business Plans (1-4) based on your needs.
- Match the monthly visits, storage, and CDN requirements to the appropriate Business Plan.
- Consider the Enterprise Plans:
- If your website has extremely high traffic (1 million+ visits per month) or you’re a large business, review the Enterprise Plans (1-4).
- Choose the plan that aligns with your monthly visits, storage, and CDN needs, and offers the level of support you require.
- Evaluate budget constraints and make the final decision based on your requirements and the plan that offers the best value for your needs.
Kinsta Application Hosting Plans
Kinsta recently expanded beyond WordPress hosting to include Application Hosting, too. Those plans are just as robust and impressive as their managed WordPress hosting, too. We’re not experts on the topic, so we’ll just point you in the right direction if application hosting is a need you have.
About Managed WordPress Hosting Solutions
If you aren’t familiar with managed WordPress hosting, that’s the best place to start. This isn’t your run of the mill web hosting. Managed hosting is a specialized hosting service in this case specifically designed for WordPress websites. It aims to simplify the process of managing and maintaining a WordPress site and to offer high performance hosting. When looking at Kinsta plans, or any other managed WordPress offering, expect to find:
- Automatic updates: The hosting provider takes care of WordPress core, theme, and plugin updates, ensuring your site always runs on the latest, most secure versions.
- Enhanced security: Managed hosting providers implement advanced security measures, such as malware scanning, firewalls, and intrusion detection systems, to protect your site from vulnerabilities and attacks.
- Performance optimization: These hosting providers optimize their servers and configure caching mechanisms to ensure fast loading times and optimal performance for WordPress sites.
- Daily backups: Managed WordPress Hosting includes regular, automatic backups of your site, allowing you to easily restore your site in case of data loss or unexpected issues.
- Expert support: The customer support teams of managed hosting providers are knowledgeable about WordPress and can provide specialized assistance for WordPress-related issues.
Managed WordPress Hosting is targeted towards:
Managed WordPress Hosting may not be suitable for:
Kinsta Support: Chat vs Phone Support
As we mentioned earlier, Kinsta’s support has been amazing when we needed it. I believe all support is chat-based, based but I don’t see that as an issue at all. While they may have phone support, we’re not aware of it although it is possible that the larger plans include it.
The benefits we found of their chat support is that it is very fast, answers are accurate and applicable and chat allows the exchange of screenshots and other information which you just can’t do over the phone.
Kinsta takes security very seriously. We hosted there for years and never had an instance of hacking of any kind. Without going deep into WordPress security, every Kinsta hosting plan is protected by a number of layers of security including but not limited to:
- Free Wildcard SSL Support
- Site Backups and Uptime Checks
- Enterprise-Level Firewall DDoS Protection
Additionally, Kinsta bans any WordPress plugins or themes which are known to have security vulnerabilities. They do this proactively, which is a big benefit. Not all managed WordPress hosts offer this level of protection.
Well, I hope that helps clear up what Kinsta’s Managed Hosting is and which plan might be the best one for your situation.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Kinsta used for?
Until recently Kinsta was primarily used for managed WordPress hosting. They have recently added a new service, application hosting, into the mix, too.
Does Kinsta use cPanel?
No. Kinsta has their own panel called MyKinsta. It is feature rich and extemely easy to use.
Do Kinsta’s hosting plans come with email?
No. Kinsta’s hosting plans do not include email hosting.
What is DevKinsta?
DevKinsta is a local development environment specifically for Kinsta customers. It allows easy creation of local development environments which mirror Kinsta’s production servers.
Does Kinsta ban plugins and themes?
Yes. From time to time Kinsta will ban both plugins and themes when they present a security to risk to the websites they host.
Does Kinsta have a free trial period?
No. Kinsta does not have a free trial period, but they do offer a 30-day money back guarantee.