|Plan in review||Starter||Startup|
|Price before discount||$||$|
|Price (12-mo)||$30 / month||$29.17 / month|
|Price (24-mo)||$25 / month||$23.30 / month|
|Special Discount||Get 2 months free when paid yearly||Free 4 months when sign up annually|
Solid managed WordPress hosting - Uptime >99.98%
Choice of 18 locations across the globe - #1 in market
Developer friendly – Long list of useful features at MyKinsta control panel
Free hosting migration for all customers
Good reputation – Raving fans everywhere
Comprehensive support knowledge base
In overall we are very impressed by our experience at Kinsta
Solid server performance - Hosting uptime above 99.99%
Fast server speed - Time-to-first-byte (TTFB) below 250ms
60-day money back guarantee
Good billing practice – Users can refund or cancel account easily
Reseller-friendly - Transfer billing to your clients easily
Agile developer environment – Development and staging sites ready
Genesis Framework and StudioPress themes included
WordPress-only hosting – Does not support email
Does not support cron job
Expensive for users with multiple low traffic WordPress sites
Server location only in United States
Expensive addon features
No email hosting - Users have to pay extra to third party email service
No direct access to .htaccess file
Self-help site migration service only
Slightly expensive – Price increased in March 2018
Costly for owners running multiple WP sites
|Data Transfer||20,000 visits||50 GB|
|Storage Capacity||5 GB||10 GB|
|Extra Domain Reg.||-||No|
|Private Domain Reg.||-||No|
|Auto Script Installer||WordPress is pre-configured at Kinsta.||WordPress is pre-configured at WP Engine.|
|Custom Cron Jobs||Yes||No|
|Built-in Site Builder||WordPress-Ready||WordPress|
While most web hosting companies that have emerged as top dogs today are and have been exactly that since their inception, there are a new breed that have emerged over the years which are extremely focused.
WP Engine and Kinsta are two of these relatively younger companies that have capitalized on the trend leaning firmly towards WordPress. After all, why not right, since WordPress is number one choice around the world – it’s a massive user base! They offer what are termed Managed WordPress Hosting services and that’s the way the world is moving today.
Anyway, WP-Engine is the elder brother, having come into play in 2010 and when we first tried it, it was so good that Jerry moved WHSR over to them, halving the site loading speed at the time. Kinsta is even younger than WP-Engine and only saw light of day a few years ago in 2013.
Yet both companies offer extremely competitive plans that are surprisingly good for the relatively shot time they have been in the business. In fact, Kinsta has gotten rave reviews from a massive number of fans and is in fact the number one Managed WordPress Hosting provider in the market today.
It has an edge over its rival WP-Engine despite its youth probably due to a combination of factors. One of the reasons why WordPress is so popular is because it is highly modular and developer friendly. So Kinsta became developer friendly as well and offers developers a wide range of tools in its custom control panel.
Performance-wise, both companies have speed timings that will blow your mind away. Kinsta TTFB speeds come in as low as 111ms and WP-Engine is not far behind at 250ms. This is truly incredible performance and worth taking serious note of. This is coupled by very high reliability on both sides.
I find that even more impressive with Kinsta, since their servers are solely located in the United States whereas Kinsta has an option of 15 locations around the world.
Still, those are only numbers unless we really see speed or reliability drops from either of them.
Choosing your server location at Kinsta.
I do find that Kinsta comes with some strange quirks though. That they focus on Managed WordPress hosting is fine, but they’ve even gone as far as to refuse to host email. Their plans are also configured such that users who manage lots of small low-volumes sites would most likely be discouraged from taking up their services.
WP-Engine also has the no-email hosting quirk and blocks its users from even accessing the .htaccess file. This is quite an inconvenience since you can control so many things with that file rather than rely solely on WordPress plugins.
Yet at the end of the day performance speaks and it’s a tough choice between these two. I would say that with a ton of customers who are loudly praising their service, Kinsta comes out on top this time.
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