Did you just create your first site at Kinsta? Great! Follow the go-live checklist below to get your website up and going fast. If you run into any problems or have questions, our support team is available 24/7 and we’re happy to help.

1. Test Your Site

When you add a site at Kinsta, a temporary URL is automatically created for you. You can use this to test your site. (yoursite.kinsta.cloud). You can see it on the MyKinsta dashboard within the “Domains” section.

Kinsta temporary URL

Kinsta temporary URL

You will also want to make sure and add your primary domain. This is the domain you’re using when you go live (yourdomain.com).

Besides the temporary URL, you can also preview your website by editing your hosts file or using a handy tool like skipdns.link.

If you would like to migrate an existing website, you can follow our step by step guide on how to migrate a WordPress site to Kinsta on your own.

There are some plugins that are incompatible or banned at Kinsta. If you come across this see our help article that guides you through this.

Here’s a handy checklist before moving forward:

  • Have a valid WordPress install
  • Theme looks good
  • Plugins work as needed
  • Content is in place

2. Point Your Domain to Kinsta

After you’ve confirmed your site is all good, it’s time to make it live on your own domain. You have two options to achieve this: keep your existing DNS provider and add a DNS record, or use Kinsta’s premium DNS service.

Check out our guide on how to point your domain or DNS to Kinsta.

3. Set up HTTPS

Once your domain is pointed to your site at Kinsta, it’s time to enable HTTPS, for which you’ll need an SSL certificate. Kinsta comes with a built-in free solution, so we can make it easy and handle everything for you. But if you want to use an existing one or a 3rd party provider that’s fine as well.

The SSL certificate we provide is issued by Let’s Encrypt, it’s completely free, and when it expires we can automatically renew it for you. Check out our guide on how to install an SSL certificate.

Once the SSL certificate is in place you can redirect all HTTP traffic to HTTPS. This is what we call force HTTPS, and it’s a one-button solution in MyKinsta. See steps on how to force HTTPS.

4. Enable the Kinsta CDN

Next, it’s time to further turbocharge your website by using Kinsta’s built-in CDN. A CDN typically offloads 70% of bandwidth requests from your web server and can reduce load times by up to 50%! Turning it on is literally just a flip of a switch.

Check out how to enable the Kinsta CDN on your site.

If you choose not to use our CDN, we still recommend you set one up. Cloudflare is another great choice. Check out our tutorial on how to install Cloudflare on your site.

Important

Only one CDN is needed. Do not enable multiple CDNs, or you might run into problems on your site.

5. Add Redirects

If you had redirects (301, 302) setup with your old hosting provider you will want to add those in MyKinsta. Using WordPress plugins to implement redirects can sometimes cause performance issues. Adding them in MyKinsta means the rules are implemented at the server level, which is a much more optimal way.

Check out how to add redirects in MyKinsta.

6. Run a Speed Test

Once your site is live on Kinsta, you’ll want to run a speed test to measure your site’s performance. Speed test results can vary depending on how you run them, so you’ll want to make sure you are using the correct testing method.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when running a speed test.

  • The speed test location is very important. We recommend testing your site from a location that is close to your origin server, and one that is far away from your origin server. Stick with these two locations for the duration of the speed test, and do not jump around to other locations.
  • Always run the speed test multiple times to ensure requests to your site are hitting our page cache and your CDN cache. To verify the cache status, you can use the speed test tool to check a request’s response headers. If you see x-kinsta-cache: HIT and a similar HIT header for your CDN, the test is valid.

To learn more about the speed testing process, check out our guide on how to properly run a speed test on your site.


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