Kinsta vs WP Engine: What We Think
Commentary by WHSR Staff, Timothy Shim
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.
WP Engine: First Mover Advantage
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.
Kinsta: Better Server Speed
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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