January 06, 2017

Restore Backups To Staging

Today we’ve rolled out a new feature that should help in the development of small and large websites alike. It is now possible to restore a live site’s backup to your staging site. This could make your life easier in a number of ways, such as:

  1. A smoother and more flexible development experience
  2. See how your site worked previously without having to touch your live site.
  3. Retrieve information from a previous backup without modifying your live site

restore-to-staging

This feature is available for our Google Cloud customers and can be found in the backups section of each site. Read more about how to restore a backup to staging.

December 14, 2016

Custom New Relic Tracking

Today we’re rolling out a new feature for our Google Cloud customers which will allow you to deep-dive into your website stats by adding your own New Relic API key.

New Relic is a monitoring tool that gives you detailed performance breakdowns on a granular level. We use it internally to keep tabs on all websites on our network and react speedily to any issues before they cause problems.

The system comes with two caveats. New Relic only works with PHP, it won’t provide data in an HHVM environment. New Relic will only allow one API key at a time which means that we’ll loose the ability to monitor your site.

Due to this we only recommend adding your custom API key if you have the capacity to monitor your website for potential issues that could cause downtime, or if you want to look at some details temporarily and then remove your key to give back monitoring capabilities to us.

For more information, take a look at our knowledge base article on Custom New Relic Tracking.

November 30, 2016

Free SSL Support Now Available Via Let’s Encrypt

We’re stoked to announce a great feature today that will not only increase security for sites hosted with us, but will save our clients money! We’ve added full support for Let’s Encrypt which is a free, automated, and open Certificate Authority.

Let’s Encrypt is completely free and completely safe. It is backed by corporations and ventures such as Automattic, Mozilla, Cisco, Google Chrome, Facebook, Sucuri – just to name a few.

Grab a free certificate today and add it easily in your My Kinsta backend. If you’d like to know more, take a look at our post about the Let’s Encrypt Launch.

September 15, 2016

Two Factor Authentication (2FA) Now Available

Security is one of our main priorities here at Kinsta and today we’re taking a big leap forward helping you to keep your account safe. We’ve made two factor authentication – 2FA – available to all accounts, it only take a minute to set up.

Two factor authentication uses an additional method of verification – usually a code sent to you via your smartphone. We’ve partnered up with Authy to give you secure one-time codes to use to access your Kinsta account.

To learn more about how 2FA works, why it’s important and how to enable it for your account, take a look at our 2FA blog post.

August 26, 2016

Account Activity Log Now Available

We’ve released a great new security and monitoring feature: the Activity Log. The Activity Log allows you to see all the actions that were taken on your account and who these actions were taken by. Log in to your My Kinsta dashboard to see the new Activity Log menu item.

Kinsta Activity Log
Kinsta Activity Log

This feature brings another round of security to our systems by allowing you to easily track all actions. You’ll also be able to see everything we do within your account.

August 01, 2016

HHVM Environment Switching Available

A few weeks back we introduced the ability to switch your environment between PHP 5.6 and PHP 7. We’re happy to announce today that the ability to use HHVM has also been added to our Google Cloud plans.

HHVM is great because it provides 2-5x better performance than the official PHP FastCGI interpreter. To make sure you can test your website before making the switch (which you should) you can also select HHVM for your test environments.

Switching PHP Versions at Kinsta
Switching PHP Versions at Kinsta

Before you use HHVM on your live site please note the following:

  • Some themes and plugins may not be compatible with HHVM so make sure to perform a full website test using a test environment
  • New Relic does not support HHVM yet so we won’t be able to see backend processes if something is slowing your site.

July 15, 2016

Introducing Companies

We love working with agencies and other organizations managing websites for multiple clients and we want to make their experience the best possible. Today we’ve added a new companies feature to the My Kinsta dashboard which will allow our clients to manage their assets much more easily.

You can now create multiple companies and create sites attached to these companies. You can see which company you’re currently logged in as in the sidebar, under your name. Use the dropdown to switch companies and go to the settings section to add new ones.

This is the first step in a larger strategy that will eventually allow you to attach multiple users to each company with restricted privileges. For now you can add additional users to your company but each of them will be an admin so use with care! Added users must have a Kinsta account to be able to log in. We will make changes to this in the future to make the system more flexible, stay tuned!

July 06, 2016

One-Click Staging Push To Live

We’re super happy to announce an amazing new feature for our Google Cloud plan customers today: Push to live. Each of your sites has a staging environment you can use to test new plugins and new code. Once you’re happy with your tests you can now click a button to push all these changes to your live environment automatically.

Please read our knowledgebase article for all the information about push to live, and happy developing!

June 08, 2016

Separation Of Staging And Live Environments

Today we’ve finished the separation of staging and live environments in the admin which is huge news! This means that our Google Cloud plan customers can now restart PHP, add domains, switch PHP versions and do other cool things that could previously only be done live.

When logging in you’ll see a selector in the header section of each site. You’ll be able to switch environments and see the details of each environment separately.

This is just the beginning of a number of planned amazing features which required this separation to work properly, stay tuned for more soon!

June 03, 2016

Secure Generated Password For New WP Installs

We’ve made a small change to the site creation process to make our network even more secure. An admin password is now generated for you which you can re-generate and copy to your clipboard on-the-spot. We highly recommend using a complex password like this, it makes your websites a lot more secure!

June 02, 2016

Plugins List In My Kinsta

We’re so happy to announce an exciting new feature for our Google Cloud Plan customers: your site’s plugin list is now available from your My Kinsta dashboard. The list contains your plugins, their status (active/inactive), current version and whether or not an update is available.

This is the beginning of something extremely exciting. We’ll be adding more and more to this feature to make it a central location for you to manage your plugins without having to go to the WordPress admin. Stay tuned for more!

June 01, 2016

New Backup Features

We’re announcing an awesome feature for our Google Cloud Plan customers. You can now list your site’s internal backups via the My Kinsta dashboard. One backup is created daily and you can create backups manually – it only takes a few seconds, check it out.

Note that backups can not be downloaded but the last 14 backups (manual and automatic included) are available for restoration. If you’d like to restore a backup simply click the restore button. A new backup will be created before the site is fully restored to make sure you can undo it if needed. Take a look at our Knowledgebase article for more info or check it out yourself on My Kinsta