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:

  1. New Relic will only allow one license key at a time which means if you use your own, 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.
  2. New Relic can slow down your website due to the fact that it adds JavaScript on the front-end. If our support team is debugging your site with our New Relic account, we will turn it off after six hours to help ensure your site is not adversely affected for an extended period of time.

If you want to monitor your own website or need ongoing access to New Relic data, then you will want to purchase your own license key. There are no limitations when using your own license key.

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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.

Step 1

Head over to New Relic’s APM pricing page.

Step 2

Select the “Self-Hosted Environments” option.

New Relic APM self-hosted

New Relic APM self-hosted

Step 3

Choose between the Pro or Essentials plan. We utilize the Essentials plan here at Kinsta and that is the one we recommend.

New Relic APM Essentials

New Relic APM Essentials

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.

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Step 1

Log in to the MyKinsta dashboard. Select the site in question and go to the tools section.

Tools New Relic

Tools New Relic

Step 2

Under New Relic Monitoring click on “Enable Monitoring.”

Enable New Relic monitoring

Enable New Relic monitoring

Step 3

Enter your New Relic license key and click on “Start Monitoring.”

Start monitoring with New Relic

Start monitoring with New Relic

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.

Step 4

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:

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