Here at Kinsta, we use Google Cloud Platform to power our high-performance WordPress hosting infrastructure. This means you have access to 24 data centers around the world when launching your WordPress site on Kinsta. In this article, you’ll learn how to add a new WordPress site in your location of choice in MyKinsta.

Add a New WordPress Site

To add a new Kinsta site, go to your “Sites” list, and click Add Site in the upper right corner.

Create a WordPress site in MyKinsta.

Create a WordPress site in MyKinsta.

Next, you’ll be prompted to select the type of site you want to create. There are three options.

Select the site type you want to create.

Select the site type you want to create.

  1. Install WordPress – this option installs a fully functional WordPress site that is ready for you to use immediately.
  2. Don’t Install WordPress – this option installs all the necessary software to run a WordPress site (web server, PHP, MySQL, etc.), but does not install WordPress itself. This is a good option for users migrating to Kinsta with Duplicator or setting up a Bedrock/Trellis installation with a custom file structure.
  3. Clone an Existing Environment – this option allows you to clone an existing staging or live environment to the live environment of a new site.

Option 1 – Install WordPress

The form for adding a new site with the “install WordPress” option includes a number of fields to customize your site. Here is everything you need to know about them.

Your Domain Name (optional)

If you already have a domain, you can add it during site creation. Otherwise, you can always add a domain to your site later on. If you don’t specify a custom domain when creating the site, it will be assigned a temporary kinsta.cloud domain automatically.

Name of This Site

The name of the installation will be shown in the MyKinsta dashboard, it won’t be visible to your sites’s visitors.

Location

You can select a physical location for each of your sites. This is where your data is actually stored and served from. We support 24 locations, and recommend choosing a location closest to your user base as this will decrease latency, TTFB, and load times.

WordPress Site Title

This allows you to set the site title for your WordPress site. It will be visible to your visitors in a number of places including the browser tab and a number of other places depending on your theme. The site title can be changed in WordPress settings after site creation as well.

WordPress Admin Username

You will use this to log in to your WordPress installation. You will be able to add new users later on. We recommend choosing something other than “admin” for the username for maximum security.

WordPress Admin Password

You will use this password to log in to your installation. We automatically enforce strong passwords to protect users. You can use the “generate new password” option if you want a new one.

WordPress Admin Email

WordPress uses the admin email address to send important notifications.

Select a Language

Select the language you would like to use WordPress in. You don’t have to write content in the same language as your WordPress interface so feel free to choose your native tongue even if you are writing content in English.

Multisite Installation

Tick this box if you would like to create a WordPress Multisite installation. Once selected you may choose between Subdomain and Subdirectory installs.

Install WooCommerce

If you are creating an ecommerce website WooCommerce is the most popular and best ecommerce plugin out there. Check this box to install it automatically.

Install Yoast SEO

Yoast SEO is the most popular SEO plugin for WordPress, with over 3 million installs and a 5 out of 5-star rating. Check this box to install it automatically.

Option 2 – Don’t Install WordPress (Empty Environment)

The “Don’t Install WordPress” installation option is helpful for users who need a blank environment for Duplicator migration or custom Bedrock/Trellis installation purposes.

Your Domain Name (optional)

If you already have a domain, you can add it during site creation. Otherwise, you can always add a domain to your site later on. If you don’t specify a custom domain when creating the site, it will be assigned a temporary kinsta.cloud domain automatically.

Name of This Site

The name of the installation will be shown in the MyKinsta dashboard, it won’t be visible to your sites’s visitors.

Location

You can select a physical location for each of your sites. This is where your data is actually stored and served from. We support 24 locations, and recommend choosing a location closest to your user base as this will decrease latency, TTFB, and load times.

Option 3 – Clone an Existing Environment

The “Clone an Existing Environment” option allows you to clone a live or staging environment from an existing Kinsta site to a new site. This installation option lets you make a copy of a site without the need for complicated migration plugins.

Environment to Clone

The “Environment to Clone” field lets you choose an existing live or staging environment to clone.

Clone an existing Kinsta environment to a new site.

Clone an existing Kinsta environment to a new site.

Your Domain Name (optional)

If you already have a domain, you can add it during site creation. Otherwise, you can always add a domain to your site later on. If you don’t specify a custom domain when creating the site, it will be assigned a temporary kinsta.cloud domain automatically.

Name of This Site

The name of the installation will be shown in the MyKinsta dashboard, it won’t be visible to your sites’s visitors.

Location

You’ll notice that the “Location” field is greyed out for this installation option. Cloning is only possible within the same data center location. If you want to host your cloned site in a different data center, reach out to our support team after the cloning process has finished, and we will be able to move the site for you.

Completing The Process

When you’re ready, click on Add Site button. Creating the new site will take a few minutes, and you will receive a notification in the MyKinsta dashboard when it is ready.


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