At Kinsta we believe that speed and stability are the hallmarks of a great website. Our mission is to bring you top-of-the-line managed WordPress hosting without compromises. This is why today we are announcing a completely new infrastructure based on Google Cloud Platform.

We’ve combined lightning fast PHP 8.1, 8.2 and 8.3, MariaDB, latest LXD container technology and developer tools like SSH and WP-CLI. We believe we have created the best and fastest managed WordPress hosting solution available today.

Why We’re Switching To Google Cloud in 2016

We started planning an infrastructure overhaul back in 2015. Working with multiple data center providers we saw a lot of room for improvement but we were bound by the limitations imposed on us by these providers.

About 6 months after that (late 2015), one of our major providers started experiencing malfunctions and other outages that caused problems not just for Kinsta, but for other hosting companies as well. Worst of all this resulted in downtime for our customers which is unacceptable. This strengthened our resolve – looking for a new provider that meets our quality standards was the way forward, we were on the right track.

By moving to Google Cloud Platform in 2016 we knew we could ensure a high-level of redundancy and have granular control over our servers. This would allow us to tweak your hosting environment – making your site faster, more stable, more secure and completely isolated.

In addition, we could bring you the best of both worlds: isolation and scalability even beyond the largest VPS options at other providers. The decision was made, we would move our infrastructure to Google Cloud Platform!

A Leap Forward In Hosting Environments

All hosting environments consist of two parts: hardware and software. Finding the right hardware was only a matter of time so we poured thousands upon thousands of development hours into forging the most modern software suite available today.

Our two most important tools are LXD and PHP 8.1, 8.2 and 8.3. LXD is a next-generation container hypervisor which enables us to completely isolate not just each account, but each separate site. This ensures that no resources are shared and also increases security.

PHP 8.1 is the latest version of the server-side language WordPress is based on. PHP 8.1 is so much faster and more efficient than its predecessor that in many cases websites render twice as fast. Aside from the speed increase, this makes your website a lot more stable and conserves resources.

Load time decreasing significantly on a client's site after moving to Google Cloud
Load time decreasing significantly on a client’s site after moving to Google Cloud Platform

Focusing On Developers

We decided that it was high-time to empower developers. SSH access, Git and WP-CLI are offered out of the box on all our Google Cloud accounts, giving you the tools you need to get the job done better and faster.

What About Our Existing Customers?

If you are an existing customer on our previous VPS plans, or legacy shared plans we’ll contact you with further information about what this means for you. At the end of the day you’ll always have the choice of remaining with your current plan; we will continue to support all our previous plans.

Looking To The Future

After testing our new infrastructure with the help of some of our existing clients we received extremely positive feedback resulting in a great experience overall. The sites reported speed increases and significantly reduced resource usage across the board.

Google Cloud Platform, LXD, PHP 8.1 and all the other great software solutions we’ve poured into our new infrastructure will give our users better, faster, more powerful and more reliable websites which – at the end of the day – is all that matters.

Amidst all these changes, we’re keeping everything that makes Kinsta great. Our professional technical support and focus on customer satisfaction will remain the same.

We look forward to bringing you the next generation of managed WordPress hosting, see you on Google Cloud!

Mark Gavalda Kinsta

Mark has many years of experience leading teams in the fields of marketing, web design and development. As a dev guy he used his WP expertise to collect the know-hows of creating a reliable and customer friendly hosting company to satisfy the increasing demand of clients. He is an urban cyclist and autodidact who never stops learning new skills.