Here at Kinsta, we use Google Cloud Platform to power our high-performance WordPress hosting infrastructure. This means you have access to 34 data centers around the world when launching your WordPress site on Kinsta. In this article, you’ll learn how to add a new WordPress site in your location of choice in MyKinsta.

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Add a New Site

To add a new Kinsta site, go to your Sites list, and click Add Site in the upper right corner.

Create a WordPress site in MyKinsta.
Create a WordPress site in MyKinsta.

Next, you’ll be prompted to select the type of site you want to create. There are three options.

Select the site type you want to create at Kinsta.
Select the site type you want to create at Kinsta.
  1. Install WordPress: This option installs a fully functional WordPress site that is ready for you to use immediately.
  2. Don’t install WordPress: This option installs all the necessary software to run a WordPress site (web server, PHP, MySQL, etc.) but does not install WordPress itself. This is a good option for users migrating to Kinsta with Duplicator or setting up a Bedrock/Trellis installation with a custom file structure.
  3. Clone an Existing Environment: This option allows you to clone an existing staging or live environment to the live environment of a new site.

Option 1 – Install WordPress

The Install WordPress option includes several fields to customize your site. Here is everything you need to know about them.

Site name

The name of the site will be shown in MyKinsta but won’t be visible to your site’s visitors. This will also be used for the first part of your site’s temporary domain (sitename.kinsta.cloud).

Data center location

You can select a data center for each of your sites. This is where your data is actually stored and served from. We support 34 locations and recommend choosing a location closest to your user base as this will decrease latency, TTFB, and load times.

WordPress site title

This allows you to set the site title for your WordPress site. Depending on your theme, it will be visible to your visitors in the browser tab and other places. You can change the site title in WordPress settings after site creation.

WordPress admin username

You will use this to log in to your WordPress installation. You will be able to add additional users later on. We recommend choosing something other than “admin” for the username for maximum security.

WordPress admin password

You will use this password to log in to your installation. We automatically enforce strong passwords to protect users. You can use the generate new password option (reload icon) if you want a new one. Here’s how you can change your WordPress password later on.

WordPress admin email

WordPress uses the admin email address to send important notifications.

Select a language

Select the language you would like to use WordPress in. You don’t have to write content in the same language as your WordPress interface, so feel free to choose your native tongue, even if you are writing content in English.

Install WordPress Multisite

Tick this box if you would like to create a WordPress Multisite installation. Once selected, you may choose between a Subdomain and Subdirectory install.

Install WooCommerce

If you are creating an ecommerce website, WooCommerce is the most popular and best ecommerce plugin out there. Check this box to install it automatically.

Install Yoast SEO

Yoast SEO is the most popular SEO plugin for WordPress, with over 3 million installs and a 5 out of 5-star rating. Check this box to install it automatically.

Option 2 – Don’t Install WordPress (Empty Environment)

The Don’t install WordPress option is helpful for users who need a blank environment for Duplicator migration or custom Bedrock/Trellis installation purposes.

Site name

The name of the installation will be shown in MyKinsta but won’t be visible to your site’s visitors. This will also be used for the first part of your site’s temporary domain (sitename.kinsta.cloud).

Data center location

You can select a data center for each of your sites. This is where your data is actually stored and served from. We support 34 locations and recommend choosing a location closest to your user base as this will decrease latency, TTFB, and load times.

Option 3 – Clone an Existing Environment

The Clone an existing environment option allows you to clone a live or staging environment from an existing Kinsta site to a new site. This installation option lets you make a copy of a site without the need for complicated migration plugins.

Clone an existing Kinsta environment to a new site.
Clone an existing Kinsta environment to a new site.

Environment to clone

Choose an existing live or staging environment to clone.

Site name

The name of the installation will be shown in MyKinsta but won’t be visible to your site’s visitors. This will also be used for the first part of your site’s temporary domain (sitename.kinsta.cloud).

Data center location

The data center location field is greyed out for this installation option because cloning is only possible within the same data center location. If you want to host your cloned site in a different data center, open a new chat with our Support team after the cloning process has finished, and we can move the site for you.

Completing The Process

When you’re ready, click the Continue button. Creating the new site will take a few minutes, and you will receive a notification in MyKinsta when it is ready.