Rackspace Alternative: The Benefits of Choosing Kinsta

If you’re looking for a Rackspace alternative for managed WordPress hosting, Kinsta should be at the top of your list. Our services are powered by the Google Cloud Platform, which means you get access to a premium tier network. Moreover, we optimize our plans for ease of use and performance. Unlike many other hosting providers, Kinsta makes it easy to launch new projects. Let’s find out how!

Introduction

Rackspace provides several types of plans, including bare metal servers and private cloud solutions. It also offers the option to work with several cloud hosting providers, including Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Cloud.

Kinsta, on the other hand, is powered exclusively by the Google Cloud Platform. By signing up for Kinsta, you get access to virtual machines in over 24 data centers across the world.

Kinsta’s architecture was designed from the ground up to work with WordPress. We take Google Cloud’s servers and optimize them for WordPress users. That means you get unmatched performance that rivals most other web hosts in the market, without having to fine-tune every aspect of your server or WordPress itself.

Although both Kinsta and Rackspace are cloud hosting solutions, the former offers a much more optimized service. With Kinsta, there are no hidden costs or complex setup processes. You sign up, and then you can launch a WordPress website in a matter of minutes.

How Kinsta Compares to Rackspace Hosting in a Nutshell

Before we dive into the specifics of Kinsta vs Rackspace, let’s break down the key differences between both services.

Kinsta is the first host to be powered exclusively by the Google Cloud Platform. Google’s premium-tier network positions us to maximize the speed, security, and performance of each site hosted on our platform.

We are also proud to be a top-rated managed WordPress host on G2, the world’s leading software review and comparison site. Kinsta takes the lead when it comes to ease of use and administration, both of which are critical aspects when running a website:

#1 WordPress Hosting Provider by G2

Users Love Us G2 award Momentum Leader G2 award Best Relationship G2 award Best Usability G2 award Easiest Admin G2 award

With Kinsta, you get a hosting platform that caters to WordPress businesses, enthusiasts, and developers. Our entire service catalog centers around ensuring that your WordPress website can grow to its full potential, without compromising on speed.

Rackspace also offers managed web hosting plans, but its service is not geared toward WordPress users in particular. Some additional key differences between Kinsta and Rackspace include:

  • Kinsta offers clearly-priced and defined plans for all levels of WordPress websites. Rackspace plans vary a lot depending on the resources you need, the extras you choose, and whether you opt for managed hosting or not.
  • Kinsta houses every WordPress site in its own isolated container, which has all of the software resources required to run it (Linux, Nginx, PHP, and MySQL). The resources are 100% private and are not shared with anyone else or even among your own sites. Rackspace offers both shared and private containers for your projects.
  • Kinsta has 24 data centers worldwide, while Rackspace has only 14.
  • Kinsta offers six types of backups: free automatic/daily, optional hourly, manual, system-generated, downloadable, and external backups sent automatically to Amazon S3 or Google Cloud Storage. We also offer one-click backup and restore features. Rackspace offers automatic cloud backups as an add-on for its plans.
  • Kinsta uses a unique caching system to automatically cache pages at the server level, eliminating the need for any plugins or add-ons. Rackspace includes caching functionality if you opt to use its Cloud Load Balancers add-on for your server.
  • Kinsta support, composed of WordPress experts and Linux engineers, is available 24/7 for every customer via live chat. Rackspace support is also available around the clock, with phone, live chat, and email ticketing as options.
  • Kinsta offers free, expert-performed migration services with all of our plans. Rackspace offers paid migration services. 
  • Kinsta is powered by a custom-built dashboard called MyKinsta, which is designed to provide the most user-friendly experience possible for managing websites. Rackspace also uses a custom dashboard, but it’s not designed with WordPress users in mind.
  • Kinsta makes it easy to develop websites locally using the DevKinsta application.
  • All Kinsta plans include free access to our in-house developed Application Performance Monitoring tool (Kinsta APM).
  • We monitor your sites every two minutes for uptime, which equates to 720 daily uptime checks
  • With Kinsta, you get access to automatic MySQL database optimizations.
  • Kinsta is developer-friendly and includes SSH, WP-CLI, and Git on all plans. We also support advanced configurations such as Bedrock, IP Geolocation, reverse proxies, Redis, etc. With Rackspace, you can set up the same tools manually, but that process requires sysadmin experience.
  • Each Kinsta website can have its own staging environment, which you can push to production with a single click. 
  • Kinsta offers a 30-day money-back guarantee. Since Rackspace charges you based on hourly server use, it doesn’t offer refunds.

In case you’re not convinced yet, let’s look more closely at what Kinsta has to offer.

Kinsta is Built for Performance and Scalability

Kinsta and Rackspace both offer cloud hosting services, but the underlying infrastructure is very different.

With Kinsta, you get access to the Google Cloud Platform. We take Google’s virtual machines and configure them to deliver unparalleled WordPress performance. Although you could directly sign up for Google Cloud, our team’s WordPress and sysadmin experience will be hard to match.

Rackspace, on the other hand, offers both physical dedicated and cloud hosting solutions. If you opt for cloud hosting, you can pay for managed or unmanaged services.

In either case, the servers you get aren’t optimized for WordPress use out of the box. Moreover, you need to have a clear idea of the amount of server resources that you’ll need for your website.

Using Kinsta, you get access to machines with a lot of CPUs and RAM. Matching those specs on Rackspace could be prohibitively expensive in some cases.

Kinsta enables you to choose from over ten standard hosting plans (custom plans not included). We don’t limit the best features only to the highest-paying clients. Our broad selection of plans is all about providing customers with plenty of options to choose from when it comes to scalability.

When using Rackspace, you don’t ‘sign up’ for a plan. Instead, you choose the specs of the cloud server you want to spin up. Its cheapest server setup, which includes 1 GB of RAM, starts at around $23 per month, including managed infrastructure services.

Rackspace also charges you depending on how much bandwidth you need, which means costs may rise quickly. 

Starting at just $30 per month, Kinsta plans include all of these technical elements and more. For each site hosted on our platform, we use LXD-managed hosts and LXC software containers. This means that every site has its own isolated container equipped with all the necessary resources, including MySQL, PHP, Linux, and Nginx. 

Kinsta’s scalable infrastructure also enables you to upgrade or downgrade your plan with ease. Plus, we have custom-compiled Linux packages and Nginx rulesets that enable us to maximize the performance of your WordPress sites, as well as more than 30 different software packages and PHP extensions.

With Kinsta, configuration is never a concern. You can quickly and easily launch a new WordPress site from your MyKinsta dashboard, and choose from any of our 24 global data centers.

Kinsta eliminates the need for any caching plugins or add-ons, because we use different caching systems to reduce server load and accelerate response times. These include Bytecode, Query cache, Page cache, and CDN cache. We also support Object cache if you need it.

We also understand that uptime is a critical priority, which is why we offer compute-optimized C2 Google Cloud machines that enable our customers to see major improvements in average response times. In fact, depending on the type of site you’re running, simply switching to Kinsta could result in an immediate speed improvement between 20% and 300%!

Website load times and performance issues have been sorted out with Kinsta, resulting in more time for more productive activities. Our customer is also quite satisfied with the service levels. It’s a win-win for us. We have worked with different service providers but the experience has not been very great. Since Kinsta is a WordPress specialised hosting provider it makes a lot of difference.

The bottom line is that using Kinsta as your managed WordPress hosting provider can save you a lot of time and money, and help you avoid plenty of headaches and frustration.

Expert Support for WordPress

Every website runs into technical issues at some point. Even if you’re a WordPress expert, it’s always great to have a knowledgeable team that has your back and can help you repair your website at a moment’s notice.

With Kinsta, you get access to such a team of WordPress and Linux experts. In addition to multilingual support and resources that are available in 10 languages, we also have an initial ticket response time of under two minutes. If you don’t believe us, just ask some of our clients!

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

Kinsta support is also quick and convenient, with an average initial ticket response time under two minutes! In fact, in the past two years, more than 97% of Kinsta customers left a chat support session happy or satisfied.

The balance of performance with easy to use tools. You don’t need to know how to run a server to operate on Kinsta and it’s also optimized very well for WordPress performance…If I have a question, Kinsta support is also there to help, super knowledgeable and friendly. I love it, my clients love it, what else could you need in a hosting company?

What’s more, you won’t need to repeat the same explanation to agents over and over again. If a different WordPress expert needs to weigh in on your tickets, they’ll be able to catch up nearly instantly.

With Rackspace, you get access to around the clock support via multiple channels. However, Rackspace support is more focused on server management and optimization, instead of applications such as WordPress. If you have WordPress-specific issues, you’ll probably need to troubleshoot them yourself.

MyKinsta: A Custom-Built Dashboard for Powerful Site Management

Rackspace gives you access to a custom dashboard that enables you to manage multiple servers simultaneously, as well as activate new services. However, that dashboard is focused primarily on server management instead of Quality of Life (QoL) functionality.

At Kinsta, our mission is to make managing your WordPress site as simple and straightforward as possible. This is why we custom-built our own user portal, MyKinsta, specifically for WordPress site management:

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

Let’s take a look at some of the powerful features that make our MyKinsta dashboard so useful:

  • One-click staging environments and an option to restore backups to production or staging.
  • Quick phpMyAdmin access.
  • Premium Amazon Route 53 DNS, to manage your DNS records directly in the dashboard. 
  • An Application Performance Monitoring (APM) tool that logs information about your website’s performance, including PHP processes, database queries, and more. 
  • Detailed analytics and insights, including bandwidth and visitor data, performance analysis data, CDN usage and insights, and cache HIT and MISS ratio. 
  • One-click CDN setup.
  • A search and replace tool to make performing bulk updates easy.
  • One-click PHP version switching, and the option to restart PHP when needed. 
  • An easy-to-use tool to purge the site cache.
  • Simple redirect management.
  • The ability to quickly and easily block IP addresses via the IP Deny tool.
  • New Relic integration.
  • Free one-click Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates and the option to import your own.
  • A WordPress debugging tool.
  • Simple password protection for your environment, and the option to strengthen login security by adding your SSH keys to the dashboard. 
  • A multilingual dashboard that’s available in 10 languages: English, Italian, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Japanese, Swedish, Danish, and Dutch.

You can try out MyKinsta for yourself with our free demo! All you have to do is register for an account. Then you can check out the user-friendly interface and explore the various tools, to learn for yourself what makes MyKinsta unlike the others!

At Kinsta, we value our clients’ feedback and are always looking for opportunities to improve. We regularly incorporate the requests and feedback we receive to enhance our offerings. In other words, we’re always innovating and exploring new ways to make your website and hosting experience better!

Code Review Tools

Kinsta is Developer-Friendly

Rackspace’s dedicated and cloud hosting solutions give you full control over your server’s configuration. That means you’re in charge of setting up the software you need, as well as configuring it. For example, if you’re a WordPress developer and you regularly use WP-CLI or version control software, you’d need to set up both manually when using Rackspace. 

That’s not necessarily a bad thing, particularly if you have system administration experience. However, all that effort spent on server management means you’ll probably have less time to focus on building and growing your WordPress website.

Kinsta, on the other hand, simplifies the server configuration and website setup process as much as possible. If you want to, you can leave all the advanced configurations to our team of WordPress experts, and focus entirely on your website.

If you’re a developer instead, you’ll be glad to know that Kinsta provides you with an extensive collection of tools and features to help streamline your workflow efficiency. Some of the developer-friendly features you’ll have access to at Kinsta, which you won’t necessarily get with Rackspace, include:

  • WP-CLI, SSH, and Git access included, regardless of your plan. 
  • Six different types of backups available: automatic/daily, optional hourly, manual, system-generated, downloadable, and backups sent automatically to Amazon S3 or Google Cloud Storage. We also offer one-click backup and restore features. 
  • A Redis add-on for quicker database performance.
  • The option to load your site over reverse proxy.
  • Unrestricted access to your site’s critical files. 
  • The ability to use custom setups such as Bedrock and Trellis.
  • An option to run a different version of PHP for each live and staging site.
  • Default enabled post and page revisions.
  • The ability to restore backups to staging as well as production. 
  • An APM tool that lets you debug your website, thanks to in-depth logs you can access from the MyKinsta dashboard.

Using Kinsta, setting up staging environments is as easy as clicking a few buttons. Once you’re done testing, you can push staging websites to production with that same level of ease. Even better, with Kinsta your staging sites aren’t included in your total disk space usage (only your live sites are).

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.

Rackspace plans do not come with a free APM tool, which makes it very difficult to quickly troubleshoot performance issues on your WordPress site. Since Rackspace offers unmanaged hosting, it’s possible to install a third-party monitoring tool like New Relic APM but that requires a separate New Relic subscription which starts at $99/month.

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! Rackspace doesn’t have an integration with a local WordPress development tool, which means there is no way to clone and push WordPress sites for Rackspace customers. If you’re a busy freelance or agency developer, DevKinsta’s advanced features and MyKinsta integration can be a huge time saver.

Safe and Secure

When using Rackspace, you get access to several standard security features. However, a lot of its more advanced features are only available as add-ons.

Kinsta takes both active and passive measures to secure every site hosted with us, regardless of your plan. This includes:

  • Monitoring your sites every two minutes for uptime, which equates to 720 daily uptime checks
  • Implementing strict software-based restrictions
  • Detecting DDoS attacks as they happen, and stopping malicious code from entering our network.
  • Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) support
  • A Google Cloud Platform firewall
  • Automated backups for all plans
  • Isolated LXC containers
  • Self-healing PHP
  • Only support for encrypted SFTP and SSH connections (no FTP)

At Kinsta, we understand that any downtime can have a dramatic impact on the user experience for your websites. That’s why we provide premium uptime monitoring for every website on our platform. We check all the sites on Kinsta every two minutes, and if we detect any downtime or technical issues, our WordPress experts will jump in right away.

Optimized for WooCommerce and Easy Digital Downloads

WordPress is far more than just a blogging platform. Many of the world’s biggest online stores run on WordPress and ecommerce plugins such as WooCommerce and Easy Digital Downloads. This is why Kinsta is optimized for online stores.

To optimize the speed and performance of your online store, we offer automatic purging of cache and archive pages, as well as:

  • Excluding ‘My Account’, checkout, cart, and other pages that shouldn’t be cached
  • Ensuring a smooth checkout process by automatically bypassing the cache for users when “woocommerce_items_in_cart” or “edit_items_in_cart” are detected
  • Putting specific rules in place to allow EDD and WooCommerce functionality during server-level page caching

With Rackspace, you don’t get access to ecommerce-specific plans or functionality out of the box. Setting up and configuring an ecommerce website to deliver top performance is all in your hands.

Kinsta Has a Global Presence

Kinsta has a global presence, with 24 data centers (and counting) spanning five continents. Our massive footprint makes it easy for you to pick a different data center for each of your websites. Plus, there are no extra fees or hidden charges!

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

Rackspace offers 14 data center locations around the world only, including options in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and South America.

Free WordPress Migrations

Kinsta makes migrations as quick and painless as possible. In fact, we handle the entire migration process for you, and we make sure that your WordPress website is working perfectly from the start.

All you need to do to request a migration is fill out a form, and you’ll hear back from one of our WordPress experts shortly after. Together, you’ll schedule when you want the migration to occur, and then you can track its status from the MyKinsta dashboard.

Kinsta is by far the best. And the migration was so easy. I didn’t have to do anything except run a few tests.

With Rackspace, you can opt to pay for migration services, but they don’t come as a part of any cloud servers that you decide to launch through its platform.

Turbocharging Your Content Delivery with Kinsta CDN

All Kinsta plans include a free CDN. You can easily enable it for your sites through the MyKinsta dashboard.

We’ve partnered with KeyCDN, a premium HTTP/2 and IPv6-enabled Content Delivery Network (CDN). Our content delivery architecture is built specifically for high throughput and low latency, and your content will be delivered and cached from our CDN’s 34 POPs across the globe. Our locations span all major regions, including Asia, North America, Europe, Australia, South America, and Africa!

Rackspace also provides you with access to a global CDN network. However, Rackspace’s CDN solution comes as an extra to its hosting services, and you have to pay for bandwidth expenditures.

Feature Comparison Overview

Now that we’ve made it this far, let’s take a look at some of the biggest differences between Kinsta vs Rackspace:

KinstaRackspace
PricingPlans start at $30/monthPlans vary depending on the server resources that you need.
Money-Back Guarantee30 days on all plansNone
Premium 24×7 SupportAll plansYes
Core InfrastructureSame across all plans (GCP)Dedicated servers and public cloud solutions.
SSH AccessAll plansAll plans
Global Data Centers27 locations14
Bandwidth LimitsNo limits (within AUP)Yes
Container Technology100% resource isolation on all plansYes
Free MigrationsAll plansNo
Staging EnvironmentAll plansNot specified
PHP VersionsPHP 7.3, 7.4, 8.0Manual installation
Switch PHP EngineOne-click change in dashboardManual
Free CDN34 (All regions)No (7 regions for an additional fee)
Premium DNSAmazon R53Yes
Free SSL CertificatesAll plansManual installation
Uptime MonitoringAll plansYes
Resource LimitsOnly limited by PHP workersVaries by plan
Multisite SupportPro plans and higherYes
Free APM ToolKinsta APMX
IP GeolocationNot specified
Local Development ToolX
Reverse Proxy SupportNot specified
Redis Add-onNot specified
New Relic APM SupportNot specified
Multilingual DashboardEnglish, Spanish, German, Dutch, Portuguese, Italian, French, Swedish, Danish, JapanNot specified

Best Affiliate Program in the Industry

A lot of Kinsta clients are so satisfied with our services that they go on to recommend the platform to their friends and customers. That word of mouth has helped Kinsta become one of the fastest-growing web hosting providers in the field.

Since we want to reward our users for referring new customers, we’re proud to offer one of the highest-paying affiliate programs in the industry. Whether you run an agency, work as a freelancer, or just use Kinsta to host your own websites, our affiliate program can help you earn truly passive income.

As a Kinsta affiliate partner, you can earn as much as $500 (depending on the plan) for every signup referred to us. Additionally, you’ll receive a 10% monthly recurring commission for the lifetime of the customers referred.

Rackspace also runs its own affiliate program, but payouts are much lower than what Kinsta offers. If you refer a client that pays over $150 within a 12-month period, payouts start at $50.

Join Others Making the Switch to Kinsta

At Kinsta, our mission is to offer the fastest, latest technology possible. We’re always evolving and adapting to use the most innovative solutions available.

When you check out our many feature updates, you’ll see that no other hosting provider releases new options, tools, and integrations at the same rate and frequency.

Although Rackspace offers a broad range of services and customizable servers, it’s not the most WordPress-friendly solution on the market. If you want to unlock your WordPress website’s full potential, switch to Kinsta and try our plans risk-free for 30 days!