New Relic is a monitoring tool that gives you detailed performance breakdowns on a granular level. The system comes with two caveats:

  1. We do not recommend using both Kinsta’s APM tool and New Relic for monitoring at the same time. It’s okay to switch between Kinsta’s APM tool and New Relic as long as both tools are not active at the same time.
  2. New Relic can slow down your website because it adds JavaScript on the front end. Be sure to turn it off when you’re finished debugging.

To monitor your website with New Relic, you’ll need to sign up for your own New Relic license key.

New Relic Plan Tiers

New Relic has four tiers of plans – Free, Standard, Pro, and Enterprise. To choose the right one for your site’s needs, check out and compare their plans on New Relic’s pricing page.

Get a New Relic License Key

If you haven’t already, sign up for a New Relic account. There are several API keys available for various features in New Relic. The key you’ll need to add to MyKinsta is the one they refer to as the license key (aka ingest – license). This is the primary ingest key used for APM ingest and other data ingest.

Once you’re logged into your New Relic account, click on the account/user dropdown and click on API keys.

Select API keys in the account dropdown.
Select API keys in the account dropdown.

On the API keys page, you’ll see multiple API keys. The one you need to copy is the INGEST – LICENSE key. Click the three-dot (more) menu for that key and select Copy key in the dropdown.

Copy New Relic license key.
Copy New Relic license key.

Add New Relic Tracking in MyKinsta

To add your New Relic license key to MyKinsta, begin by logging in to MyKinsta. Go to your site’s Tools page and click Start Monitoring under New Relic Monitoring.

Start New Relic monitoring for WordPress in MyKinsta.
Start New Relic monitoring for WordPress in MyKinsta.

In the Start New Relic Monitoring modal/pop-up, enter your New Relic license key and click the Start Monitoring button.

Add your New Relic license key in MyKinsta.
Add your New Relic license key in MyKinsta.

Monitor Your WordPress Site with New Relic

After adding your license key in MyKinsta, you’ll be able to view performance data for your WordPress site in New Relic. If your data doesn’t show up after a few minutes, try logging out and logging back into your New Relic account.

Go to Explorer > Services -APM or click on APM in the top navigation. You should see your WordPress site. It will have the same name it has in MyKinsta.

Viewing Services -APM In New Relic Explorer.
Viewing Services -APM In New Relic Explorer.

Click on your site name, and you can see the associated APM data In New Relic.

APM data in New Relic.
APM data in New Relic.

To learn more about how to use New Relic to troubleshoot performance bottlenecks on your WordPress site, check out the tutorials below.