If you're looking for a SiteGround alternative then you've come to the right place! Kinsta is powered exclusively by Google Cloud Platform and offers a unique and powerful approach to managed WordPress hosting. No resources are shared among sites and our entire platform is optimized for speed and scalability.
SiteGround is a great budget WordPress host for those just starting out. They even utilize some of the same latest technologies that we do at Kinsta. With that being said, there are some huge fundamental differences between how SiteGround and Kinsta's premium infrastructure is built and operates. We've seen from customers first-hand that scaling and growing a business at SiteGround isn't feasible due to increasing problems with performance and customer service.
Every day we encounter SiteGround clients that are looking for better alternatives that will speed up their sites and provide higher quality support. They want a host that they don't have to worry about outgrowing or getting repeat CPU limitation warnings. People ask us all the time how we're different from SiteGround, and that's the question we'll answer here. Below, we'll dive into how Kinsta is not your typical WordPress host and the benefits we offer.
From day one Kinsta was built for performance and scaling so that your WordPress sites would stay online during traffic surges. Our hosting platform doesn't fall into any of the traditional hosting categories. Our entire infrastructure is built on the Google Cloud Platform and is very different from traditional shared, VPS, or dedicated infrastructure.
Kinsta utilizes LXD managed hosts and orchestrated LXC software containers for each site. What this means is that every WordPress site is housed in its own isolated container, which has all of the software resources required to run it (Linux, Nginx, PHP, MySQL). The resources are 100% private and are not shared with anyone else or even your own sites. Unlike SiteGround we don’t offer shared hosting.
SiteGround has a number of limits in place on their WordPress hosting plans. They limit your site by server processes, the number of connections, CPU usage (which is shared), memory, total database size, database tables, and even database queries. Going over these limits typically results in accounts being temporarily suspended or limited (as seen below). This results in lost revenue for every moment your site is down.
At Kinsta we don't ever want to take your business offline. For many of you, your website is your primary source of income. That's why if we notice a problem we'll instead proactively reach out to you before doing anything. You shouldn't be penalized for being successful, and that's why we primarily only limit your site by PHP workers. Staging sites are also excluded from our reporting when calculating your total disk space usage, giving you plenty of room for testing and development.
When you come to Kinsta you get the same core infrastructure whether you’re on a Starter plan or Enterprise plan. It makes upgrading and downgrading your plan seamless and painless. On the other hand, when you need more server power at SiteGround you may have to move from a shared environment to a cloud hosting, then to a dedicated server, with site migrations required at every step along the way.
Our auto-scaling infrastructure is ready to handle your sudden surges in traffic and load. With our isolated software container technology, hardware resources are allocated to each site container automatically by our virtual machines on an as-needed basis. The result is a hosting configuration that is secure and private by design while simultaneously allowing server resources to scale up or down as needed based on the demands of the site.
Many of us at Kinsta are developers ourselves, that’s why from day one we’ve built our tools and dashboard with WordPress developers in mind. We provide the following features and accessibility to make your workflow more efficient, not all of which are available at SiteGround:
You might notice that we don't offer email hosting at Kinsta. Why not? Because this can cause all sorts of problems for you down the road. Blacklisted IPs, email deliverability issues, complicated email authentication configurations, and even a strain on server resources are a few that come to mind. If you want your business to succeed, you should utilize the best tools and services that are already available on the market. A few we typically recommend are G Suite, SendGrid, MailChimp, and MailGun.
Basic transactional emails, such as password resets and eCommerce purchase emails will work fine at Kinsta, but not bulk email sending or hosted email. We focus on what we do best and that is providing high-performance hosting and world-class support. Don't worry, we have plenty of great guides to get your email up and going!
Here is a quick overview of some of the key differences between Kinsta and SiteGround.
We only support encrypted SFTP (SSH File Transfer Protocol) and SSH connections (no FTP) when accessing your WordPress sites directly. This ensures that no clear text passwords or file data is ever transferred. SiteGround on the other hand allows FTP connections.
For a limited time Kinsta is excited to offer unlimited free migrations to all SiteGround customers wanting to make the move to Kinsta. This offer is valid through December 31, 2019. SiteGround only includes one free migration regardless of the plan you’re on. They also offer an entire cPanel account migration but if you were migrating from a host that doesn’t utilize cPanel, it doesn’t do you any good. This means resorting to do-it-yourself plugins. For larger and more complex sites, migrations can easily result in data loss or fail entirely if you don’t know what you’re doing.
Unless you’re a developer with time to burn, it’s much safer to let our expert migration team take care of everything for you. Moving your site to Kinsta usually won’t incur any downtime and we’ll help you inspect your migrated site prior to going live.
We don’t have level 1 or level 2 support reps. Our entire support team is made up of WordPress developers and Linux hosting engineers many of whom have managed their own servers, created themes and plugins, and contributed back to core. This ensures you’ll receive expert advice from someone who actively uses and develops with WordPress. Every Kinsta client gets to chat with the same team members that support our large enterprise and Fortune 500 companies. In fact, we hire less than 1% of applicants who apply. You won’t find better support anywhere else!
Our average ticket response time in Q3 2019 was 1 minute and 19 seconds! We also monitors your sites' uptime every minute which means that our slowest response time is 5 minutes to any downtime that may occur. Our staff is alerted instantly and quite often we start resolving the issue before you even contact us.
Wondering why we don't offer phone support? We have found that keeping support solely online allows us to better help you troubleshoot your website in a speedy and more efficient manner, as our engineers are able to focus all of their energy on solving your support concerns with the fewest number of distractions and interruptions possible. This, in turn, means that your support requests are ultimately resolved faster. We believe it wouldn’t be possible to provide the same effective assistance over the phone.
Kinsta is exclusively powered by the Google Cloud Platform and offers 20 data centers around the globe, extending across five continents. At Kinsta all data centers are available across all plans (with no extra or hidden charges), starting from as low as $30/mo! You can also choose a different data center of each of your sites. Current locations:
SiteGround only offers four data centers across three continents. They have nothing available for those in Australia or South America. This means for businesses who primarily serve customers in these locations they can expect higher latency and TTFB which results in longer load times.
Everything at Kinsta is interconnected over the highly reliable Google Cloud Platform premium tier network. This is designed to minimize distance and hops, resulting in faster and more secure global transport of your data. Beware, some hosting providers might opt for Google’s “standard tier” network service without telling you to cut costs, but we believe in only utilizing the best here at Kinsta.
Choosing a data center near you and your visitors will result in faster SFTP download and upload speeds, making file transfers quick and painless. You're back-end WordPress dashboard will also feel more snappy and responsive, especially when uploading files to the media library.
Kinsta cares about the performance of your site, not just from our data center, but at every point around the globe. That’s why we partnered up with KeyCDN, a premium HTTP/2 and IPv6-enabled content delivery network (CDN), and include free bandwidth across all of our plans.
KeyCDN’s content delivery architecture was built from the ground up with a focus on high-performance and designed for high throughput and low latency. When enabled, your content will be delivered and cached from their 34 POPs around the globe, this includes all regions: America, Europe, Asia, South America, Africa, and Australia!
SiteGround currently includes the free version of Cloudflare for customers. While Cloudflare's higher tier plans are quite good, their free version suffers from frequent outages and higher TTFB (unless you utilize their page cache rules, which can also cause additional problems). Other common complaints from Cloudflare users we see are timeouts and captchas.
Our CDN also automatically helps protect against bad bots as well as checks all the boxes when it comes to industry standards such as GZIP and HPACK compression.
Kinsta has become one of the fastest growing managed WordPress hosts thanks in part to the many happy customers helping to spread the word. Whether you're an agency, freelancer, or blogger, Kinsta is proud to offer true profit sharing with one of the highest paying affiliate programs in the hosting industry.
You earn $50 to $500 after every signup based on the type of plan you refer. On top of that, you get a 10% monthly recurring commission for the lifetime of the customer you referred, enabling you to build passive income.
We never settle for anything less than perfection at Kinsta. That's why we built our WordPress hosting affiliate dashboard from the ground up, meaning you don't have to mess with another confusing and cluttered 3rd-party platform. This allows our developers to easily build in new features as needed to help you earn even more.
SiteGround has a tiered approach in which affiliates can earn anywhere from $50 a sale up to a custom amount based on your volume. They don't offer any way to build passive income and are still using the same cumbersome affiliate dashboard they've been using for years.
Kinsta will never stop innovating and providing clients with the latest and greatest technology. If you don’t believe us, check out our feature updates. We push out new integrations, tools, and features at a rate faster than anyone in the industry!
We stand behind our service and want you to be happy with your hosting. We are proud to offer a 30-day money-back guarantee and no long-term contracts. Try out Kinsta risk-free for 30 days!