There are a lot of options you have as a website owner when it comes to running speed tests to check performance. Previously we took an in-depth look at the Pingdom tool. Today we want to dive into how to better use and understand the data from the popular website speed test tool GTmetrix. Tools like this rely […]
You can find Per on LinkedIn or Twitter. This is our recent interview with him, as part of our Kinsta Kingpin series. Q1: What is your background, & how did you first get involved with WordPress? I’ve actually had quite a turbulent career before starting Codeable, having all kinds of jobs that were mostly related to sales […]
Trust us, you don’t want Google to hate your website. Fortunately, you can reduce your image’s file sizes to help improve your website’s performance. One problem with formatting them is that modifications often reduce their quality (which in turn might make the visitor hate your website). That’s not a bad thing as long as you […]
You can find Vova on LinkedIn or Twitter. This is our recent interview with him, as part of our Kinsta Kingpin series. Q1: What is your background, & how did you first get involved with WordPress? I discovered development very early in my life. When I was 12, my father’s friend gave him a programming book on […]
Selling digital goods and services is one of the smartest ways to make money online. Unlike selling physical products, there are no inventory costs or shipping costs involved. Plus, the options for digital products are virtually endless: videos, eBooks, music, audio files, PDFs, website themes & templates, WordPress plugins, development time, photography and much more. Companies like Selz, […]
Today we want to share with you some free website speed test tools. Why is speed so important? Well, because Google says so for a start. Site speed is a significant factor in Google’s algorithm, so fast-loading websites can expect to rank higher in the SERPs and attract more visitors. Then there are the user […]
You can find Bryce on LinkedIn or Twitter. This is our recent interview with him, as part of our Kinsta Kingpin series. Q1: What is your background, & how did you first get involved with WordPress? Like most people in the WordPress space, I first got into it by building simple blogs and sites for myself and […]
The dreaded spam folder. One thing all businesses try to avoid when it comes to sending out emails. Winding up in the spam folder can drastically diminish your total number of email opens, which in turn affects the number of clicks back to your website. In a lot of email clients, such as Gmail, the […]
No matter what business you operate in, customers are your lifeline. Without them, you wouldn’t generate any sales, get referrals, or develop new relationships. True customer relationship management helps you better understand your customers and engage with them throughout the entire customer lifecycle. By analyzing data, you can determine what they need or want, and […]
You can find Ionut on LinkedIn or Twitter. This is our recent interview with him, as part of our Kinsta Kingpin series. Q1: What is your background, & how did you first get involved with WordPress? I have a software engineer background, however, I have learned along the way that I have other passions and skills, so […]
We are excited to officially announce the release of the MyKinsta v2. Our new dashboard has been redesigned from the ground up, based on user feedback and much-needed integrations with new features we have been adding to our hosting platform. The UI is now cleaner, faster, and more intuitive to use. Today we are going […]
Project management involves planning, organization, and discipline to follow procedures and policies to ensure tasks meet their deadlines and stay within budget. This usually involves working with multiple members on a team to achieve pre-determined goals and objectives. Quality control checks by a project manager might also be involved to make sure things are up to […]
SVG is an XML-based vector image which is commonly used by websites and brands to display logos and icons on their websites. The main reason they are especially popular among developers and designers is because they are a scalable image format, generally smaller in file size (sometimes by quite a bit), and don’t pixelate on retina screens. […]
You can find Bob on LinkedIn or Twitter. This is our recent interview with him, as part of our Kinsta Kingpin series. Q1: What is your background, & how did you first get involved with WordPress? Well, I guess that depends on how far back you want me to go. I started in freelance graphic design in the […]
A very common scenario when dealing with WordPress is diagnosing high admin-ajax.php usage. If you have been working with WordPress for a while, you have most likely encountered this when running speed tests or checking your server access logs. This is generally caused by 3rd party plugins or from frequent un-cachable admin dashboard requests, due to the Heartbeat API, […]
One of the exciting things we get to do here at Kinsta is work with all sorts of new cutting edge companies. Recently we had the pleasure of working with DARTDrones, who provide hands-on expert drone training and Part 107 drone pilot certification across 40 different cities in the United States. Today we’ll dive into how we […]
You can find Cody on LinkedIn or Twitter. This is our recent interview with him, as part of our Kinsta Kingpin series. Q1: What is your background, & how did you first get involved with WordPress? I started out as a self-taught website designer back in 2000 while attending college. I learned the basics of Photoshop and HTML […]
PHP is one of the most popular scripting languages on the web today. According to W3Techs, PHP is used by over 82% of all the websites who use a server-side programming language. This means for every 8 out of 10 websites you visit, they are most likely utilizing PHP in some form or another. And of course, it […]
Getting tons of traffic to your website is always a good thing, and something we all crave for our businesses and blogs. But if the traffic doesn’t convert to something, such as a sale, an eBook download, or signup to your email list, then there really is no point. There are some exceptions to this rule, […]
You can find Beka on LinkedIn or Twitter. This is our recent interview with her, as part of our Kinsta Kingpin series. Q1: What is your background, & how did you first get involved with WordPress? My background was in Chemistry rather than web development, so I started with WordPress as a user trying to maintain a website […]
The affiliate marketing space is booming, and has grown into a very important and effective channel for driving sales. Thanks in a big part to WordPress, many internet marketers are now working from home and making a living from their websites. It is typical for a consumer nowadays to lookup reviews online when they are contemplating […]
For some of us, February 28th, 2017 will be remembered as the day that felt like half the internet went down to due a major outage from Amazon S3. It felt vaguely familiar to the DNS Doomsday back in October 2016. Even those who don’t use AWS felt the effects as scripts, dependencies, and CDN resources began to timeout across […]
When it comes to hosting and using fonts on your WordPress site there are a lot of different options. You can host them locally, you can use Google fonts (most themes nowadays have Google fonts integrated), or utilize another 3rd party service like Adobe Typekit. Today we want to dive into a few reasons why […]
You can find Sallie on LinkedIn or Twitter. This is our recent interview with her, as part of our Kinsta Kingpin series. Q1: What is your background, & how did you first get involved with WordPress? I’m actually a classicist: I spent 5 years not getting a PhD in Greek and Latin language and literature. That’s how I […]
We realize that many of you wear multiple hats and juggle an almost unprecedented amount of tasks each month. One minute you might be writing a blog post and the next you are on the phone trying to close a deal. Finding a way to speed up certain tasks or automate them can sometimes make […]
As of March 2017, Disqus is now going to be charging a monthly fee to remove advertisements from your WordPress comments. This is something that has always been free to disable in this past and is a pretty big change that will affect thousands of businesses and bloggers that rely on Disqus to power their comments. […]
You can find Mario on LinkedIn or Twitter. This is our recent interview with him, as part of our Kinsta Kingpin series. Q1: What is your background, & how did you first get involved with WordPress? I got obsessed with computers back in 1996 when my parents bought my first personal computer (100MHz CPU, 16MB of RAM, 421MB […]
Your WordPress host could be lightning fast, but it isn’t always a magic wand for horribly coded or un-optimized plugins and themes. We see this all the time here at Kinsta. Sometimes even just one bad plugin or snippet of code can be your site’s worst enemy, and bring everything to a crawl. That is […]
When it comes to the overall speed of your WordPress site, a lot of times we focus on front-end performance and optimizations to improve page load speeds. However, sometimes it is good to look at it from the server-side, where your website originally starts loading. Today we are going to dive into how TTFB (time to first byte) […]
You can find Maura on LinkedIn or Twitter. This is our recent interview with her, as part of our Kinsta Kingpin series. Q1: What is your background, & how did you first get involved with WordPress? My parents were both software engineers for a major bank, so I always had access to a computer and the internet […]
We realize that many of you don’t keep up with the latest Google trends and updates. How can you? Many of you are busy running businesses and there is only so much time in a day. Another large portion of you might outsource work on your website to an agency or WordPress maintenance company. But they […]
When it comes to choosing a payment gateway to use on your WordPress site, there are two popular ones that usually come to mind, PayPal and Stripe. Years ago PayPal used to be one of the only easy solutions for ecommerce sites, but that is no longer the case. Stripe provides lower transaction fees and is very […]
You can find Puneet on LinkedIn or Twitter. This is our recent interview with him, as part of our Kinsta Kingpin series. Q1: What is your background, & how did you first get involved with WordPress? I started wrangling with web projects in my fifth grade (Year 2000) when Internet was still a big deal in India. […]
When it comes to web performance, WordPress caching is just one of those things that every site owner has to deal with at one point or another. We love WordPress, but it’s definitely not the fastest platform, especially if you compare it to a completely static site. One reason for this is simply because it’s […]
We get asked this question all the time, and that is “How do I setup conversion tracking for my WordPress site?” When it comes to running a successful WordPress site, the first thing you need to ensure is that your site loads fast. The second is you should be tracking conversions for every action that […]
Push notifications, also referred to as web push notifications, have gained a lot of popularity among online businesses and marketers over the last couple years. These present another way to capture your audience, increase return visitors, and in most cases have shown drastically higher CTR and engagements vs that of your typical newsletter signups. Today we are […]
2016 has been an extremely busy and exciting year for us here at Kinsta. We first want to thank all of you for supporting us thus far and trusting us with hosting your businesses, blogs, and e-commerce WordPress sites. As the WordPress community continues to grow, 27% of the web as of November 2016, so will we. Check […]
Nobody likes spam, and it can be a very frustrating for WordPress site owners as it typically involves taking time to setup filters and researching the best way to block it. Many by now are used to dealing with referrer spam, as it something that has plagued us for years. However, in the past couple months there […]
You can find David on LinkedIn or Twitter. This is our recent interview with him, as part of our Kinsta Kingpin series. Q1: What is your background, & how did you first get involved with WordPress? I have been fond of the web since I was 17. This was when 56K modems, Netscape and AltaVista were popular, long […]
Here at Kinsta we work with a lot of agencies and freelancers that deal with clients on a daily basis. It is not uncommon for clients or even a CEO of a company to ask their agency or WordPress developer to increase their Google PageSpeed Insights score. Google does a good job at marketing this tool to […]
You can find Anil on LinkedIn or Twitter. This is our recent interview with him, as part of our Kinsta Kingpin series. Q1: What is your background, & how did you first get involved with WordPress? My first encounter with WordPress started in 2004 during my college days when I was studying Computer Science. As a part of […]
Let’s first start out by saying, setting up a WordPress multilingual site can be very confusing! Even for seasoned WordPress developers and users, there are suddenly a lot of questions that get raised when first figuring out how to deliver your website in multiple languages. We actually just finished a multilingual setup on our site […]
Kinsta has a Let’s Encrypt integration, which means means free SSL hosting and certificates for all of your WordPress sites. The certificate renewal process is completely automated, which in turn saves you money and time. You can literally make the switch within a click of a button. This is available from within your MyKinsta dashboard. If […]
We are always looking for ways to expand here at Kinsta and so we are happy to announce our new Spanish hosting initiative. There has been a lot of work put into making this happen and we are excited to finally share it with you. This includes members on the Kinsta team that can now assist […]
You can find Tom on LinkedIn or Twitter. This is our recent interview with him, as part of our Kinsta Kingpin series. Q1: What is your background, & how did you first get involved with WordPress? Like a lot of folks in our industry, I got into web design as a hobby at quite a young age. […]
There are a lot of misconceptions about large multipurpose WordPress themes like Avada and the X theme and that they might bring your site to crawl. It is true that most multipurpose themes do have some bloat accompanied with them (especially when paired with WooCommerce), but when optimized correctly they can load fast. So today […]
With every new company, startup, or product launch comes the ultimate question, how much should you charge for your WordPress product or service? Where do you even begin to set a baseline? This is not something to take lightly and you should definitely do your market research for your target audience, as well as check […]
You can find Charlie on LinkedIn or Twitter. This is our recent interview with him, as part of our Kinsta Kingpin series. Q1: What is your background, & how did you first get involved with WordPress? I started my career as an executive consultant in the financial services industry typically serving as a hybrid business and technical […]
Some might lead you to believe “SEO is dead.” Google that search term and what comes back in return is over 800,000 search results. However, just because SEO has changed drastically over the past decade doesn’t mean it is dead, it simply means it has changed. Businesses now have to take new and unique approaches […]
Sometimes it can be more convenient to work with WordPress on your local machine. Today we want to share with you an awesome WordPress product, DesktopServer from ServerPress, which can make installing WordPress locally a complete breeze. You can literally launch a new development install in a matter of seconds with a simple click of a […]
You’ve probably heard the term “premium DNS” thrown around before and maybe you didn’t give it a second thought. Most people know that using a premium DNS provider can help them but don’t take the initiative to implement it, or perhaps don’t know how. On October 21, 2016, the largest DDoS attack in history occurred, bringing down […]
For your business to succeed online today you have to juggle all sorts of things; everything from marketing, hosting, social media, advertising, content creation, etc. This can all become quickly overwhelming and very stressful. Today we want to explore why choosing a managed WordPress hosting service, as opposed to a shared host or small VPS, can […]
The web is constantly evolving and for a lot of business owners this means the need for staying on top of all the changes with Google. If you don’t adapt it means you could get left behind. Google AMP, their mobile initiative to speed up the web, is now approaching it’s one-year anniversary. Since it is a lot […]
When it comes to WordPress security, there are a lot of things you can do to lock down your site to prevent hackers and vulnerabilities from affecting your business or blog. The last thing you want to happen is to wake up one morning to discover your site in shambles. So today we are going […]
You can find Steve on LinkedIn or Twitter. This is our recent interview with him, as part of our Kinsta Kingpin series. Q1: What is your background, & how did you first get involved with WordPress? I started Zeek Interactive more than 20 years ago to create interactive games. Over those 20 years, Zeek worked in Shockwave, […]
It has been over eight years since the last encryption protocol update, but the new TLS 1.3 is now about to be finalized. The exciting part for the WordPress community and customers here at Kinsta is that TLS 1.3 includes a lot of security and performance improvements. With the HTTP/2 protocol update in late 2015, […]
You can find Kim on LinkedIn or Twitter. This is our recent interview with her, as part of our Kinsta Kingpin series. Q1: What is your background, & how did you first get involved with WordPress? My background was retail management… pretty far from WordPress. I was widowed in 2003 and was working full time when I lost […]
As most of you know by now, WordPress is far more than a blogging platform. It is a full-blown content management system (CMS) that is capable of handling of being used for everything from large enterprise sites to high-traffic magazine publications. WordPress is now used by over 27% of all websites on the internet and shows […]
You can find Jean on LinkedIn or Twitter. This is our recent interview with him, as part of our Kinsta Kingpin series. Q1: What is your background, & how did you first get involved with WordPress? I started out as a freelance website developer and for this reason I soon needed a CMS to implement on my […]
You can find Mason on LinkedIn or Twitter. This is our recent interview with him, as part of our Kinsta Kingpin series. Q1: What is your background, & how did you first get involved with WordPress? While my actual college degree is in education, I spent the first several years of my professional life in video production. Eventually […]
Security is of the utmost importance to us here at Kinsta. That is one reason why we recently launched two-factor authentication to secure your Kinsta accounts. Over the past week there have been some serious OpenSSL security vulnerabilities and we want to let you know that we have been patching our NGINX servers and load […]
We made the decision here at Kinsta to move our entire infrastructure to Google Cloud Platform early 2016, making us the first managed WordPress host to exclusively utilize the platform. By doing this we could ensure a high-level of redundancy and have granular control over our servers while also having the ability to tweak our hosting environment; making customers’ sites faster, more […]
Review Signal just released their annual 2016 WordPress hosting performance benchmarks and we are excited that Kinsta once again proved to be one of the best companies across all tiers! When it comes to managed WordPress hosting, things like customer support, reliability, and up-time are all very important. But another very important factor is performance, how consistent are they, […]
We take security very serious here at Kinsta and that is why we are excited to announce that we now have two-factor authentication for all WordPress customers. It is available for everyone within your My Kinsta dashboard. Today we will dive into why WordPress two-factor authentication is important, our new feature update, and a great free way […]
The president might be leaving office, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have anything left to say. Check out the 6 reasons why the president loves and endorses the WordPress community.
In today’s post we are going to dive deep into a HTTP to HTTPS migration and share applicable tips to hopefully make the transition for your WordPress site as smooth as possible. As some of you may know, Google has been working hard on their objective of moving everyone to a more secure web. For WordPress […]
Check out these 20+ different awesome SaaS products that we use here at Kinsta to help grow our WordPress web hosting company, collaborate with our team, generate leads, analyze data, and much more.
Check out our in-depth tutorial below on how to fix the annoying leverage browser caching warning on your WordPress site. Most likely you are seeing this when running your site through Google PageSpeed Insights or Pingdom. There are a few different ways to resolve this warning.
Nikhil Vimal runs TechVoltz, a WordPress agency focused on building awesome plugins, along with consulting for Gravity Forms, Easy Digital Downloads, and eCommerce.
Travis Totz is the new Senior Web Strategist at Modern Tribe, one of the top agencies in WordPress.
Kevin Ohashi is the creator of Review Signal, one of the few sites on the planet that does honest hosting reviews. Kevin knows a lot about scaling and WordPress, and below is our recent Q&A interview with him as part of our new Kinsta Kingpin series.
Customer Relationship Management (or CRM) isn’t a new idea. Despite becoming popular in the 90s, some people still think of it as simply a glorified contact list. But CRM is so much more than that.
If you’re in the middle of a fundraiser, there are few better ways to reach a wide audience and raise more money with Internet crowdfunding. Thanks to certain WordPress plugins and themes, it’s now easier than ever to set up a crowdfunding website in almost no time at all.
WooCommerce is by far and away the most popular free ecommerce solution for WordPress. Here’s a comprehensive tutorial to setting up WooCommerce that investigates each and every one of the plugin’s nooks and crannies.