Your card will be charged for the amount of your hosting plan as well as any overage charges or add-ons each month on the same date that you signed up for service. For example, if you signed up on March 4th, you would be charged immediately for your first month, and then on April 4th, you will be billed for your second month.
You can add more than one credit card to your account. If you do and we cannot process your payment using the default card, we’ll retry payment using any additional cards on file. In this way, adding more than one card will help ensure that your monthly payment is processed successfully.
We exclusively use Stripe as our credit card processor; we don’t accept PayPal payments. However, for annual plans, we do accept wire transfers or checks.
The First Payment Attempt
As explained, our billing system automatically renews your monthly hosting subscription on the same day every month. Payments may fail due to insufficient funds or cards having been reported lost or expired. The most common reason for payment to fail is when a bank simply declines the transaction. If this happens, you will need to contact your bank and ask them to allow Kinsta Inc. to process the payment.
After the first failed payment attempt, we will send an email to the email address you use to log in to MyKinsta, asking you to work with your bank to ensure payment can be processed successfully. This email is sent to you from the address [email protected] so please make sure you treat it as a high priority and make sure it’s not delivered to your promotions tab or spam folder.
If you have an outstanding invoice and wish to retry payment without waiting for our billing system to retry payment automatically, you can easily do so by logging into MyKinsta, going to the Billing > Invoices tab, and clicking on the Pay button next to the failed invoice.
If payment is successful, you will be able to download a PDF of your paid invoice within a few seconds.
The Second Payment Attempt
3 days after the first payment attempt fails, our billing system automatically tries to process the payment again. If payment is successful, there’s nothing further to do. If payment fails for a second time, you will receive a second email letting you know that you have an outstanding invoice that needs to be paid.
The Third Payment Attempt
7 days after the first failed payment attempt, our billing system automatically tries to process the payment again. If payment is successful, there’s nothing further to do. If payment fails for a third time, you will receive a third email letting you know that you have an outstanding invoice that needs to be paid.
The Fourth and Final Payment Attempt
14 days after the first failed payment attempt, our billing system automatically tries to process the payment one final time. If payment is successful, there’s nothing further that you need to do.
However, if this fourth payment attempt fails, our billing system will cancel your hosting plan automatically. This will mean that you no longer have an active hosting plan.
After the fourth failed payment attempt and subsequent subscription cancellation, all of your sites (including both live and staging environments) will be automatically and permanently deleted. In addition, all Kinsta DNS entries and all other data associated with your account will also be automatically and permanently deleted.
In short, once an invoice has been unpaid for 14 days, the associated hosting plan will be canceled. Following cancellation, all data hosted on our platform will be deleted.
If you have any issues with your payment, please don’t hesitate to contact us during this 14 day grace period by opening a ticket with our Billing team.
A Note About Annual Plans
Most of our clients opt for monthly plans, and the description of our billing process above is written to apply to the process that plays out for clients subscribed to a monthly hosting plan. If you opt for an annual plan, there are some slight differences:
- Payment for your hosting plan will be charged on the date of signup and then once per year on the anniversary date. For example, if you sign up on March 4th, you’ll pay for a full year of hosting, and your next plan renewal will occur the following March 4th.
- Payment for overages and add-ons is processed every month. For example, if you signed up for an annual plan on March 4th and then opted for some add-ons and incurred an overage, the overage and add-ons would be charged to the card on file on April 4th.
- The 14 day period described above in which payment is attempted four times applies to your annual hosting plan renewal only. Your account won’t be canceled automatically due to failure to pay overage and add-on fees. If this happens, we will reach out to you by email and work with you to sort out the issue. However, we do reserve the right to cancel service manually following a suitable warning period if overage and add-on fees do go unpaid.