So, you’ve been running a WordPress site for a while now and you’ve been getting those warnings from google about your site speed, it’s time to reconsider the hosting platform you are on. With a lot of people utilizing WP-Engine, Flywheel or Siteground as their hosting for their WordPress hosting, you should consider the move to Kinsta, with servers worldwide and a state-of-the-art management system, you’d be hard-pressed finding a better alternative. They use Google Cloud services to provide you with the most reliable and fastest network available.
The Kinsta difference
You’re probably thinking “Argh all these platforms are the same” but here’s where you are wrong and there isn’t just a layer of shine on the top. Not only does Kinsta allow you to see all your server statistics from a state-of-the-art dashboard (seen below) but they also have the data to back it up. With multiple customers posting about how happy they are with the speeds and reliability of their servers on their biggest traffic days.
Testimonials from actual customers
WP Engine offers three data centers by default and three additional international locations available for a monthly fee. For example, if you choose WP Engine’s Scale plan, the base cost is $290/month (As of March 1, 2018). If you wanted to host your site outside of their standard 3 locations, say in Germany or the UK, it would be an additional $70/month. Their Australia data center is an additional $100/month. Depending on which plan you choose this can add up to a 40% increase in your monthly price. Providers also vary based on what plan you choose.
Everything at Kinsta is interconnected over the highly reliable Google Cloud Platform premium tier network. This is designed to minimize distance and hops, resulting in faster and more secure global transport of your data. Beware, some hosting providers might opt for Google’s “standard tier” network service without telling you to cut costs, but we believe in only utilizing the best here at Kinsta.
One CDN to rule them all
Kinsta actually cares about the performance of your site, not just from their data center, but at every point around the globe. That’s why they partnered up with KeyCDN, an HTTP/2, and IPv6-enabled content delivery network (CDN), and include free bandwidth across all of their plans.
KeyCDN’s content delivery architecture was built from the ground up with a focus on high-performance and designed for high throughput and low latency. When enabled, your content will be delivered and cached from their 34 POPs around the globe, this includes all regions: America, Europe, Asia, South America, Africa, and Australia!
WP Engine currently uses MaxCDN as their CDN provider and it only has 19 locations. Some regions aren’t included.
The CDN also automatically helps protect against bad bots as well as checks all the boxes when it comes to industry standards such as GZIP and HPACK compression.
Feature comparison table
You can find comparisons of the top 4 WordPress hosting below:
|Pricing||Plans start at $30/month||Plans start at $35/month||Plans start at $3.95/month ($11.95 regular)||Plans start at $25/month|
|Plan Tiers||10 (not including custom)||5||11 (including shared)||3 (not including custom)|
|Core Infrastructure (GCP)||Same across all plans||Varies per plan||Varies per plan||Same across all plans|
|Network||Low-latency and redundant GCP network on all plans||Limited carriers||Limited carriers||–|
|SSH Access||All plans||No||–||–|
|Global Data Centers||21 locations||3 (3 additional locations available for a monthly fee)||4 locations||5 locations|
|Container Technology||100% resource isolation on all plans||Shared or Dedicated||Shared, Cloud, Dedicated||Cloud|
|CDN POPs||34 (All regions)||19 (some regions not included)||–||–|
|Free Migrations||All plans (limited time!)||No||StartUp plan or higher (Limited to 1)||–|
|PHP Versions||PHP 7.2, 7.3, 7.4||PHP 7.2, 7.3||–||PHP 7.2, 7.3|
|Switch PHP Engine||One-click change in dashboard||Requires manual server move||–||–|
|Custom SSL Certificates||All plans||Higher plans only||–||–|
|Performance Analytics||All plans||Higher plans only||–||$25/month|
|Multisite Support||Pro plans and higher||$40.00/month+ add-on||–||Freelance plan and higher|
|GeoIP||Pro plans and higher||$40.00/month+ add-on||No||No|
|Uptime Monitoring||All plans||No||No||No|
|Reverse Proxy Support||Yes||No||No||–|
|Additional Backups + Frequency Add-on||Yes||No||No||No|
|Cloudflare Railgun Add-on||Yes||No||No||No|
|Multilingual Dashboard||12 languages||No||–||–|
|Full review||Full review||Full review|
As of March 1, 2018, WP Engine’s re-structured plans fall into five primary tiers: Personal at $35/month for one site, Growth at $115/month for 5 sites, Scale at $290/month for 15 sites, and then higher premium and enterprise plans. They no longer offer lower-tier plans in-between.
Kinsta offers 10 different tiers at $30/month, $60/month, $100/month, and more all the way up into our Enterprise plans. We also offer additional custom solutions for those that demand even more.
WP Engine has both total visits and bandwidth limits in place across all of its plans. If you exceed either of these you are charged an overage fee or are required to upgrade to a higher plan. Kinsta’s plans are only limited by total visits. Of course, like any host, we do have acceptable use policies in place, but there is no hard bandwidth limit.
It’s also important to note that overage charges at Kinsta are billed at $1 for every 1,000 visits over your plan’s limit, while overage charges at WP Engine are $2 for every additional 1,000 visits. We also offer a 30-day money-back guarantee with no strings attached, whereas WP Engine will only prorate refunds on annual plans that have given at least a 30-day notice.
Made up your mind? Want to migrate? Well do it for free (for a limited time)
For a limited time, Kinsta is offering unlimited free migrations to all WP Engine customers wanting to make the move to Kinsta. This offer is valid through February 29, 2020. WP Engine doesn’t offer free migrations but instead consists of a do-it-yourself plugin. The issue with this method is that it doesn’t bring over data or images stored outside of the /wp-content/ directory. Redirects also don’t get moved, which are critical to prevent SEO disasters. For larger and more complex sites this quickly results in data loss or could even fail entirely if you don’t know what you’re doing.
Unless you’re a developer with time to burn, it’s much safer to let our expert migration team take care of everything for you. Moving your site to Kinsta usually won’t incur any downtime and we’ll help you inspect your migrated site prior to going live.