Hostinger Alternative: The Benefits of Choosing Kinsta

If you’re looking for a Hostinger alternative that offers greater speed, stability, and scalability, you’re in the right place! Kinsta is an enterprise-grade managed WordPress hosting provider, powered by the ‘premium-tier’ Google Cloud platform. Let’s show you why Kinsta is the best Hostinger alternative you’ll find!

Introduction

A host offering WordPress-specific plans is always going to have similarities to the competition. However, while its specifications, features, and functionality could compare favorably on paper, parity is another issue. Hostinger is a general hosting provider that – unlike Kinsta – isn’t geared to tackle dynamic sites (such as WooCommerce stores) or enterprise-level deployment.

In fact, Hostinger targets beginner users and hobbyist bloggers who want more from their free host. It also captures a lot of cost-conscious businesses, given the low pricing. 

At Kinsta, we hear from many site owners looking to find a suitable Hostinger alternative, and searching for a better home for their business or ecommerce websites.

Over the next few sections, we’ll compare Kinsta and Hostinger. Our breakdown will show that Kinsta hosting is unlike other solutions. You’ll also discover the features that positions Kinsta as the top choice for managed WordPress hosting.

How Kinsta Compares to Hostinger in a Nutshell

This page will take a deep dive into what makes Kinsta the best managed WordPress hosting compared to Hostinger. Before this, let’s take an all-around look at the key differences.

Kinsta leverages the Google Cloud Platform, and was the first host to be exclusively powered by it. The platinum-level, premium-tier service offered by Google lets us maximize speed, security, and performance across each site on the network.

Leading software review and comparison site G2 have also placed Kinsta as the highest-rated managed WordPress host. We’re proud of the standing, and constantly strive to top the achievement through stellar service:

#1 WordPress Hosting Provider by G2

Users Love Us G2 awardMomentum Leader G2 awardBest Relationship G2 awardBest Usability G2 awardEasiest Admin G2 award

Here are some other key difference between Kinsta and Hostinger:

  • Kinsta is a specialized managed WordPress host, recommended by Google Cloud, using state of the art technology. There are ten plans suiting a range of budgets and use cases. In comparison, Hostinger offers four WordPress-specific plans, mostly focused on the needs of first-time site owners.
  • You’re able to choose from seven different data centers with Hostinger. However, Kinsta lets you choose one of 25 regional data centers from the Google Cloud Platform.
  • Kinsta offers a free Cloudflare integration. This means all sites on our infrastructure are protected by Cloudflare’s firewall with free DDoS protection at no additional cost.
  • Both Kinsta and Hostinger provide a free Secure Sockets Layers (SSL) certificate on all plans. However, only Kinsta lets you import existing SSL certificates through the MyKinsta dashboard.
  • Kinsta provides Secure Shell (SSH) access on all plans, whereas Hostinger doesn’t offer this on its lowest tier. What’s more, Kinsta supports “secure tunneling” into your databases.
  • Developers will have a smooth experience on Kinsta. Every plan is able to utilize Git, Composer, and WP-CLI to create the perfect development environment. Site staging is provided as standard on all plans, unlike Hostinger, which doesn’t offer any staging environments.
  • Kinsta offers a Content Delivery Network (CDN) – called Kinsta CDN – powered by KeyCDN on all plans. However, Hostinger only provides a CDN on higher tiers.
  • Kinsta’s Google Cloud infrastructure is fast and secure, either through its global-tier network, or cutting-edge Virtual Machines (VMs). This level of performance isn’t possible on Hostinger.
  • When it comes to bandwidth, Kinsta almost starts where Hostinger ends. Kinsta’s server architecture can support millions of site visits per month. Hostinger states it can handle roughly 300,000 visits per month on its highest tier.
  • Kinsta’s databases are self-healing (through monitoring and resolving PHP issues), and self-optimizing. Hostinger offers no optimization of your database, or any PHP monitoring.
  • Kinsta monitors your website 720 times a day to make sure it’s always up and running.
  • All Kinsta plans offer automatic daily backups, along with the option to manually back up your data. Hostinger only offers weekly backups on lower-tier plans.
  • Kinsta provides a plethora of tools to monitor the performance of your sites through the free Application Performance Manager (APM). Hostinger doesn’t offer this service, so you’d need to purchase a third-party solution.
  • There are two levels of caching for all Kinsta sites: At the server-level and through a dedicated, in-house developed plugin. Hostinger only provides optimization for the LiteSpeed Cache WordPress plugin.
  • The MyKinsta dashboard is custom-made for your account, and lets you access practically all of the features you need to manage and monitor your network. 
  • Kinsta provides a local development tool to help create your site and keep resource usage to a minimum. DevKinsta lets you connect to your Kinsta account and deploy your site within seconds. Hostinger offers no such solution or functionality.
  • With Kinsta, you’re able to request human-driven site migrations from all manner of other hosts.

What’s more, we also use the open source MariaDB database format, server-side custom caching, and HTTP/2 protocols for lightning-fast hosting. For sudden traffic spikes, Kinsta’s auto-scaling functionality beats out practically all other hosting providers, including Hostinger.

Try it out for yourself with our free MyKinsta dashboard demo! Register your account to see the user-friendly interface and explore our various tools.

Kinsta is Built for Performance and Scalability

The core fundamentals of Kinsta hosting are to provide fast, accessible, hosting as standard. We’re not confined to a certain type of hosting, and we don’t offer ‘shared’ hosting.

Our platform is custom-built to offer speed and a scalable infrastructure. Regardless of whether you’re a blogger looking for hits, or an enterprise wanting to grow your global market share, we’ve got you covered.

It begins with the Google Cloud Platform, which powers every Kinsta site with top of the line performance and service. Each machine utilizes up to 60 processors and hundreds of Gigabytes (GB) of RAM, offering a 200% performance boost over previous iterations. The Google Cloud premium-tier is highly-reliable, even compared to Google Cloud’s standard-tier offering.

It’s really fast and furious. The difference is unbelievable. And I can see why, the hosting is very carefully managed and very well optimised for you.

Because Kinsta uses Linux Daemon (LXD) hosts and Linux Command-Line (LXC) software containers, each site on our network is self-contained. Practically all of the software stack is modern and 100 percent private to your installation:

  • The Linux Operating System (OS) – an industry-standard OS for optimal server performance.
  • Enterprise-grade Nginx servers utilizing a reverse proxy that lets you load WordPress from a subdirectory, while simultaneously loading your main site.
  • MySQL databases that aren’t hosted on a remote server, making server latency minimal.
  • Your choice of PHP version (7.3–8.0), offering immense speed and performance gains regardless of the version.

What’s more, we also use the open source MariaDB database format, server-side custom caching, and HTTP/2 protocols for lightning-fast hosting. For sudden traffic spikes, Kinsta’s auto-scaling functionality beats out practically all other hosting providers, including Hostinger.

MyKinsta: A Dashboard That’s Better Than the Competition

Hostinger uses a branded version of cPanel, the popular hosting dashboard found on many other hosts. At Kinsta, we have always wanted to provide a better solution for users, tailored to the service we provide. The MyKinsta dashboard ticks all of the boxes, and is custom-built for WordPress site management on our platform:

MyKinsta is Kinsta's fully custom dashboard for managing WordPress sites.
The MyKinsta dashboard.

Here are just a few reasons why MyKinsta is a better option than cPanel, other open source platforms, or premium hosting dashboards:

  • You can switch between PHP 7.3, 7.4, and 8.0 to let you match or compare against deployment and production servers.
  • You’re able to issue multiple New Relic keys from the dashboard, which enables you to issue up to 720 daily uptime checks for any of your sites.
  • There’s instant site restoration, with the ability to choose a previous backup from at least a two-week history.
  • We offer a ‘one-click’ CDN setup, to help serve your site across the globe, without a performance hit.
  • Practically instant SSL certificate assignment, whether that’s using a free Cloudflare certificate or your own third-party solution.
  • The ability to deploy one-click staging, and restore backups either to your live or staging environments.
  • Access to our free APM tool, to keep tabs on your server performance.
  • Slick site analytics and other metrics, direct to the dashboard with practically faultless accuracy. It covers resource usage, bandwidth, CDN usage, cache rates, and much more.
  • MyKinsta includes database administration tools, such as phpMyAdmin for your entire network of sites.
  • There are WordPress debugging tools available to help you pinpoint potential issues with your installation’s code.
  • You can block IP addresses in a flash, direct from the dashboard.
  • We provide an option to easily transfer sites between accounts.
  • A choice of ten languages for non-English speakers – MyKinsta’s multilingual support is second to none.

Although we’re trustworthy, there’s nothing like taking MyKinsta for a spin yourself. Simply click the link below, register for a MyKinsta account, and take our dashboard for a test drive. You’ll find much more under the hood waiting to be discovered:

We love getting feedback at Kinsta, even more so when we use it to improve our products and services. You’ll find regular innovations inspired by user feedback throughout the MyKinsta dashboard, and we’re always open to investigating new ways to make your experience better.

Code Review Tools

Kinsta is Developer-Friendly

Kinsta was created for professional WordPress development, and much of our team is made up of developers. This is why we’ve created a core experience that is developer-friendly, and includes features and functionality with website creation and administration in mind.

With other hosting providers, Hostinger included, you won’t get the expansive collection of tools and services that Kinsta offers. Here are just a few reasons why you’ll love to develop WordPress websites on Kinsta:

  • You get SSH access, Git integration, Composer access, and the WP-CLI on all plans. Hostinger provides these on all plans except the entry-level one.
  • Staging environments for every site you run. Restored sites can be pushed live or to a staging environment of your choice.
  • Our Nginx servers operate using a reverse proxy. This means you can load a WordPress root site and subdirectory at the same time without overly affecting performance.
  • There’s flexible selection of your PHP version, and you’re able to run different versions on your production and staging servers.
  • Critical files (such as wp-config.php) are unrestricted, giving you full access to your sites when you need it.
  • Your database is 100 percent private, hosted locally within the site’s isolated container, and can be accessed using phpMyAdmin.
  • We provide add-ons such as Redis for blazing-fast database performance, and the ability to use custom Bedrock and Trellis setups.

There are a few more developer-friendly features worth mentioning. In comparison to Hostinger’s basic DNS Zone Editor and Cloudflare DNS, Kinsta utilizes Amazon’s Route 53 premium DNS. This gives you rock-solid uptime, speedy lookup times, and stability through the Anycast network.

What’s more, we only offer Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) access to the server, compared to the less-secure standard FTP offered by Hostinger.

On the whole, Kinsta is a managed WordPress host ready for both small- and large-scale development work. We don’t impose limits and restrictions on your server or files, and give you the tools to achieve success with your client’s sites.

Free Performance Monitoring Tool

WordPress is a dynamic CMS, which means it’s constantly executing PHP code in the background. Depending on your theme and plugin configuration, it’s possible for your site to get bogged down with bloated and inefficient code.

That’s where APM (Application Performance Monitoring) tools can help. An APM monitors requests to your site, and tracks various metrics like external API requests, database queries, PHP execution time, and more. This information allows you to quickly debug and troubleshoot performance bottlenecks.

All Kinsta plans come with a free custom-built APM tool that can be easily accessed right in the MyKinsta dashboard. Kinsta APM provides you with key WordPress performance insights without the need for expensive third-party subscriptions to New Relic and other APM services.

With Kinsta APM, you can debug the following and more:

  • Slow WordPress plugins and themes.
  • Long calls to external APIs and domains.
  • Unoptimized MySQL database queries.

Hostinger plans do not come with a free APM tool, and there is no option to install a third-party monitoring tool like New Relic. This makes it very difficult to quickly troubleshoot performance issues on your WordPress site.

Develop Locally with DevKinsta

For developers and agencies, Kinsta offers a simple to use (but powerful) local development tool called DevKinsta. With DevKinsta, you can launch WordPress sites with a full hosting stack and SSL support on your local computer with just a few clicks.

Develop locally and push to Kinsta with DevKinsta.

DevKinsta is fully integrated with MyKinsta and Kinsta’s hosting platform, which means you can develop locally and push updates directly to a staging environment on Kinsta! Hostinger doesn’t have an integration with a local WordPress development tool, which means there is no way to clone and push WordPress sites for Hostinger customers. If you’re a busy freelance or agency developer, DevKinsta’s advanced features and MyKinsta integration can be a huge time saver.

Kinsta Has a Global Presence

Hostinger offers seven data centers, but neglects to serve users in key areas such as Australasia and much of South Asia (such as India’s burgeoning market).

In comparison, Kinsta offers 25 different data centers (and counting!), powered by the stellar premium-tier Google Cloud Platform. Here is the full list of data centers you can choose from:

Our data center locations include:

  • Council Bluffs, Iowa, USA
  • London, UK
  • Sydney, Australia
  • St. Ghislain, Belgium
  • Changhua County, Taiwan
  • Mumbai, India
  • The Dalles, Oregon, USA
  • Ashburn, Virginia, USA
  • Moncks Corner, South Carolina, USA
  • São Paulo, Brazil
  • Seoul, South Korea.
  • Salt Lake City, USA.
  • Frankfurt, Germany
  • Jurong West, Singapore
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Montréal, Canada
  • Eemshaven, Netherlands
  • Hamina, Finland
  • Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Hong Kong
  • Zürich, Switzerland
  • Osaka, Japan
  • Las Vegas, USA
  • Jakarta, Indonesia

The expansive range of data centers means you can choose the right core location for your site. Of course, you can supplement this with our superb Kinsta CDN, powered by premiere provider KeyCDN. 

In addition, there are no extra charges, and the full range of data centers (and CDN coverage) is available across all Kinsta plans. You’re even able to use different data centers on multisite plans.

Turbocharging Your Content Delivery with Kinsta CDN

Speaking of our CDN, let’s give you more information on what’s on offer. It’s worth noting that the Cloudflare CDN (used by Hostinger) isn’t necessarily poor. However, we wanted to find something unique to Kinsta that slots into the whole service you’ll receive.

Kinsta CDN is enabled for free on all plans. It’s a HTTP/2- and IPv6-enabled CDN that is powered by the KeyCDN service. In contrast, Hostinger only includes a Cloudflare-branded CDN on higher tiers, without any customization for their network.

There are 34 target server locations, which means coupled with our data servers, there’s practically nowhere on the globe that will receive poor coverage. What’s more, Kinsta CDN remains free, regardless of bandwidth.

Optimized for WooCommerce and Easy Digital Downloads

An ecommerce site has many different needs compared to other types of websites. Because WordPress also has specific requirements, you’ll want a host that excels for both platforms.

Kinsta is of course a market-leader when it comes to WordPress hosting. However, our dedicated WooCommerce hosting is also a front-runner. Companies such as DARTDrones use Kinsta’s quality to keep income flowing through its site. The predicted ‘Shark Tank Effect’ after appearing on the program was non-existent thanks to Kinsta’s server infrastructure and technology.

We’ve already mentioned how Kinsta’s servers run on Google Cloud architecture, and that the Kinsta CDN makes sure your site loads globally. SSL certificates are free for every plan too, so you’re able to encrypt your customer’s sensitive data and keep them safe.

Even so, there are plenty of WooCommerce-specific implementations under the hood to benefit from:

  • Specific caching rules in place to help stores stay online and active.
  • A host of pages are excluded from caching to help the User Experience (UX).
  • When certain cookies are detected (such as woocommerce_items_in_cart), caching is disabled to ensure the checkout process is smooth.

You’ll also be able to scale your WooCommerce store, given the high-traffic numbers Kinsta is able to accommodate. Our hosting will join you on your ecommerce journey, and never let you down.

Free WordPress Migrations

Once you realize that Kinsta’s performance and service is the best in the business, you’ll likely want to move all of your sites here. Regardless of whether you’re transferring one site or hundreds, we offer hassle-free migrations, handled by our WordPress experts.

We chose the white glove migration from Kinsta and it was very fast. Requested the migration around 11am and it was done and ready to go at 3pm the same day!

You’ll get at least one premium migration for your site regardless of the plan you choose. To get started, simply sign up for a Kinsta plan. From there, fill out the dedicated migration request form, and our team will contact you to arrange a time and date. What’s more, you can track the whole migration process from your MyKinsta dashboard.

Expert Support for WordPress

While we have made sure that practically everything at Kinsta is user-friendly and intuitive, we still have a dedicated support team on hand to assist you.

We deliver round-the-clock support through Intercom – a unified customer messaging solution. Each conversation is automatically logged for future reference, and our experts will be fully up to speed on your issue.

Kinsta’s WordPress hosting support conversation ratings chart.
Kinsta’s WordPress hosting support conversation ratings chart.

In fact, our average response time hovers around two minutes – fast enough to halt any developing issue with your sites. This will keep your downtime to a minimum, and see you back up and running in no time.

Also, time zones and locations are no barrier to offering you support. We have knowledgeable experts ready to assist regardless of where you are in the world, or the language you speak. Each support request is treated as a ‘mission-critical’ issue, no matter what plan you’ve purchased.

Probably some of the best first line technical support I’ve ever had and I’ve been selling hosting for the last 20 years.

You’ll find easy access to support within the MyKinsta dashboard, although there’s also a stocked knowledge base containing helpful guides on how to resolve technical queries.

Finally, we also monitor the status of your site every two minutes. Once an issue is apparent, our proactive experts get on the case and immediately begin resolving the issue. We’ll be in touch to let you know all of the details, while you carry on working.

Safe and Secure

While Hostinger monitors its servers for malware, this is arguably not enough to protect users and visitors from malicious intent.

At Kinsta, we implement a number of active and passive measures to ensure everyone is kept safe – along with the sensitive data that passes through. Here are just a few of the ways we’re keeping you safe:

  • Automatic backups are made every day, and stored for at least two weeks.
  • A secure Cloudflare firewall with free DDoS protection.
  • We monitor your site every two minutes for downtime – that’s around 720 times per day – and get to work if there’s an issue.
  • Only SFTP and SSH connections are supported – Kinsta doesn’t allow for insecure FTP connections.
  • Free Cloudflare SSL certificates with wildcard support.
  • Minor WordPress updates are applied automatically, as they usually deal with security bugs and vulnerabilities. Core updates are still applied manually by you.
  • IPs that have six failed login attempts in a row are automatically banned.

All sites on Kinsta are automatically protected by Cloudflare’s firewall, which includes free DDoS protection. With our Cloudflare integration, you’ll get the benefits of enhanced security and performance without having to configure your own Cloudflare account.

We also provide security essentials that you’ll use daily. For example, you can implement strong passwords as standard and Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) across your accounts. With Kinsta, you’ll have peace of mind that your customers and your sites are safe from malicious attacks.

Feature Comparison Overview

If you’re looking for a direct comparison of features, check out the following list. We’ve provided a breakdown of how Kinsta and Hostinger compare on features:

KinstaHostinger
PricingPlans start at $30/monthPlans start at $1.59/month
Money-Back Guarantee30 days on all plans30 days on all plans
Plan Tiers10 (not including custom)4 (WordPress-specific plans)
Premium 24×7 SupportAll plansAll plans
Core InfrastructureSame across all plans (GCP)Same across all plans
SSH AccessAll plansAll plans, except the entry-level
Global Data Centers25 locations7
Free Cloudflare IntegrationX
Bandwidth LimitsNo limits (within AUP)300,000 visits
Container Technology100% resource isolation on all plansNot specified
Free Expert MigrationsAll plansAll plans
PHP VersionsPHP 7.3, 7.4, 8.0PHP 5.2-8
Free CDN34 (All regions)200 (Cloudflare)
Free Premium DNSAmazon R53Cloudflare DNS
Free SSL CertificatesAll plansAll plans
Free DDoS ProtectionX
Uptime MonitoringAll plansX
Resource LimitsOnly limited by PHP workersVaries by plan
Multisite SupportPro plans and higherOn higher tier plans
Free APM ToolKinsta APMX
IP GeolocationX
Reverse Proxy SupportX
Redis Add-onX
New Relic APM SupportX
Multilingual DashboardEnglish, Spanish, German, Dutch, Portuguese, Italian, French, Swedish, Danish, JapanArabic, French, Lithuanian, Portuguese (Brazil), Spanish (Spain), Spanish (Colombia), Ukrainian, English, Indonesian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish (Argentina), Spanish (Mexico)

Best Affiliate Program in the Industry

When it comes to client expectations, Kinsta is number one in the field, despite Hostinger’s successful affiliate program. This means our customers are happy to spread the word about our super managed WordPress hosting and excellent support. It’s why we’ve seen accelerated growth over the last few years.

This is also why we offer one of the highest-paying affiliate programs around. As a dedicated affiliate partner, you’ll earn up to $500 for every referral you make, and 10 percent monthly recurring lifetime commissions.

We use 60-day tracking cookies to make sure you’re paid for successful conversions. What’s more, you’re paid every month through PayPal. You can track all of these metrics through a dedicated affiliate dashboard; although, with our low customer churn rate – 4 percent – you’ll often only need to glance at how much passive income you’re earning from lifetime commissions.

Join Others Making the Switch to Kinsta

Kinsta is serious about innovation. Our technology is cutting-edge, and we want to keep it that way. We’re proud to offer best-in-class hardware, and custom software for each of our users. For a real-world look at what we do to constantly evolve our products and services, check out our feature updates and see why we’re constantly classed as number one.

We’re confident in our managed WordPress hosting. We also want you to be satisfied with every aspect of Kinsta, regardless of your goals. Because of this, we offer a no-quibble 30-day money back guarantee on all sales. If you’re convinced with Kinsta, and want to make the move away from Hostinger, take a 30-day trial – risk-free!