New Relic is a monitoring tool that gives you detailed performance breakdowns on a granular level. We use New Relic tracking 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 tracking only works with PHP, it won’t provide data in an HHVM environment. New Relic will only allow one license key at a time which means that we’ll lose the ability to monitor your site. In other words, you can’t have two New Relic scripts running on your domain at the same time.
Due to this we only recommend adding your custom license 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.
Purchase New Relic APM Key
Below are instructions on how to purchase your own New Relic Application Performance Monitoring (APM) license key, which you can then add in the MyKinsta dashboard.
Head over to New Relic’s APM pricing page.
Select the “Self-Hosted Environments” option.
Choose between the Pro or Essentials plan. We utilize the Essentials plan here at Kinsta and that is the one we recommend.
What’s the difference? The Pro plan has longer data retention and a few additional features: service maps, deployment tracking, and SLA reports. Compare the two.
Add New Relic Tracking
To add your New Relic license key to MyKinsta follow the steps below.
Log in to the MyKinsta dashboard. Select the site in question and go to the tools section.
Under New Relic Monitoring click on “Enable Monitoring.”
Enter your New Relic license key and click on “Start Monitoring.”
To remove your license key simply click the delete button. This will hand back New Relic tracking operations to us and we’ll resume monitoring your site.
You can then log in to New Relic’s dashboard to monitor your site’s performance. If you are new to New Relic, we suggest checking out our tutorials: