SiteGround alternative: benefits of choosing Kinsta

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.

Kinsta is built for performance and scalability

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.

Kinsta has allowed us to offer a bulletproof service to our top-tier clients and keep them happy. Especially those who have traffic spikes with sudden server demand as a result of media attention or marketing.
Adam Broadbent
Adam Broadbent
Founder, Willing Web

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.

Account limited temporarily

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.

Our search for a new WordPress host was due to security concerns and unresponsive hosting partners. Migrating to Kinsta was a straightforward and surprisingly pleasant process. Since migrating iCompareFX.com, we are seeing faster website speeds and higher conversions within a more secure environment.
Dave O Neill
Dave O'Neill
Founder, iCompareFX.com

Optimized for WooCommerce and Easy Digital Downloads

Kinsta’s platform is also optimized for ecommerce sites which can be very demanding and generate a lot of cache-bypassing dynamic page loads. We help clients using WooCommerce and Easy Digital Downloads on a daily basis increase the speed of their online stores. A few examples include:

  • Fast server-level page caching in place with rules to ensure proper WooCommerce and EDD functionality.
  • By default, certain pages that should never be cached, such as cart, my-account, and checkout, are excluded from caching.
  • Users automatically bypass the cache when the “woocommerce_items_in_cart cookie” or “edd_items_in_cart” are detected to ensure a smooth and in-sync checkout process.
Optimized WooCommerce WordPress hosting

Kinsta is the fastest WordPress host you’ll find on the web! Review Signal publishes an annual review, where they do rigorous performance testing of the top hosts in the industry. Kinsta has scored “top tier” performance four years in a row. While SiteGround has in fact failed in some of their tests and was nowhere near as fast.

Web performance benchmarks ($25-50/Month Tier)

The tests were run on an identical WordPress dummy site with the exact same plugins unless one was needed for that particular provider's caching mechanism.

WebPageTest.org is used to measure in seconds the overall load time from different geographical locations (first view only). Lower is better. Tests were run from 11 locations. Kinsta beat SiteGround in 10 out of the 11 tests.

Kinsta SiteGround
Dulles 0.387 0.508
Denver 1.287 1.358
LA 0.833 0.894
London 1.076 1.082
Frankfurt 1.014 1.235
Rose Hill, Mauritius 2.436 2.108
Singapore 1.902 2.564
Mumbai 2.114 2.329
Japan 1.186 1.769
Sydney 1.609 2.126
Brazil 1.513 1.565

UptimeRobot and StatusCake are two uptime monitoring services used to measure consistency.

Kinsta SiteGround
UptimeRobot 100% 99%
StatusCake 100% 98.94%

Load Storm is used to help simulate real user load. This test scaled from 500 to 2000 users over 30 minutes with 10 minutes at the peak.

Kinsta SiteGround
Total Requests 294176 317462
Total Errors 3 16
Peak RPS 225.5 245.1
Average RPS 163.43 176.37
Peak Response Time(ms) 10036 4569
Average Response Time (ms) 355 404

It’s almost boring writing about Kinsta. 100% uptime. 0 Load Impact errors. 3 Load Storm errors. Another Top-Tier performance that I’ve come to expect.

Kinsta also had a perfect run at the Enterprise tier. This is why people shell out top dollar for Enterprise level hosting. Kinsta had perfect 100% uptime on both monitors. They also had 0 errors on both load tests and the lowest peak response time on the Load Storm test. A Top Tier Performance was rightly earned.

Kevin Ohashi
Kevin Ohashi
Founder, Review Signal

Kinsta is developer-friendly

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:

  • SSH access and Git on Business 1 and higher plans.
  • We allow you to use custom setups like Bedrock and Trellis, as well as starter themes such as Sage.
  • We have one-click staging environments on all plans which allow you to easily push changes from staging to production as well as a site cloning feature.
  • We allow you to run a different version of PHP for each live site and staging site and switching between PHP engines takes just one-click.
  • You can restore automatic backups to production as well as staging. This is free on all of our plans. We've heard complaints from SiteGround customers that sometimes their backup process fails. Rest assured, we use ZFS based snapshots of the whole container, which can be restored almost instantly, without any server overhead.
  • Loading your site over a reverse proxy is possible, and we have many clients who do so. SiteGround doesn't allow proxies due to their security policy and data centers.
  • No limits that get in the way of your development workflow. SiteGround, for example, limits the number of files which can be uploaded and viewed in a single directory via SFTP to 10,000. This causes headaches for many users as they will be missing files when trying to download manual backups or migrating to another service.
  • Faster search with the Elasticsearch add-on and faster database performance with the Redis add-on. These are available on every plan at Kinsta due to how our infrastructure is set up. SiteGround only supports these on their Enterprise plans which start at $2,000/month.
Developer-friendly WordPress hosting

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!

Feature comparison overview

Here is a quick overview of some of the key differences between Kinsta and SiteGround.

Pricing
Money-Back Guarantee
Plan Tiers
*Premium 24x7 Support
Core Infrastructure (GCP)
Network
Global Data Centers
Continent Locations
Server-Level Caching
Container Technology
Staging Environment
Downloadable Backups
One-click Backup Restore
CDN
Premium DNS
Free Migrations
Resources Limits
Performance Analytics
GeoIP
Uptime Monitoring
Reverse Proxy Support
Additional Backups
+ Frequency Add-on
Cloudflare Railgun Add-on
Redis Add-on
Elasticsearch Add-on
Plans start at $30/month
30 days on all plans
10
All plans
Same across all plans
Low-latency and redundant GCP network on all plans
17 locations
5
Full-page cache on all plans
100% resource isolation on all plans
All plans
All plans
Free on all plans
Premium provider included
Amazon Route 53
Pro plans and higher
Only limited by PHP workers
All plans
All plans
All plans
SiteGround
Plans start at $3.95/month ($11.95 regular)
30 days but only on shared plans
11 (including shared)
GrowBig or higher plans
Varies per plan
Limited carriers
4
3
Varies based on plan
Shared, Cloud, Dedicated
GoGeek or higher plans
Disabled over 5 GB on shared plans
$19.95 per restore on StartUp plan
Free provider
StartUp plan or higher (Limited to 1)
Limits on connections, CPU, memory
Enterprise plans only

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.

Free migrations

Except for the Starter plan, all of our plans include one or more free migrations and you can purchase additional migrations at a discounted bulk price. 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.

Free WordPress migrations
Went from HostGator (garbage) to Siteground (not bad) to Kinsta (amazing). My site is the fastest it's ever been, and the customer support during the migration was the best I've ever experienced.
Joe Hanley
Joe Hanley
Owner & Software Developer, Audible Genius LLC

Expert Support

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. In fact, we hire less than 1% of applicants who apply. You won’t find better support anywhere else!

Kinsta's support is second to none. Their online chat team responds immediately every time I have tried to make contact. Each time they were able to fix any issues promptly - even in our timezone.
Ryan Channing
Ryan Channing
Founder, Blaq

Kinsta 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.

We're a small publishing company. We thought we were happy with another provider, but then outages hit and we had to switch. Kinsta was a bit more expensive but worth it. Not only is the hosting reliable, but the service team is also personable, fast, and top-notch. Kinsta allows us to focus on what we do. I don't know what else we could ask for.
Jay Campbell
Jay Campbell
Co-Founder, The Company Dime

Kinsta has a global presence

Kinsta is exclusively powered by the Google Cloud Platform and offers 17 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:

  • 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
  • Frankfurt, Germany
  • Jurong West, Singapore
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Montréal, Canada
  • Eemshaven, Netherlands
  • Hamina, Finland
  • Los Angeles, California, USA
  • 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.

    Turbocharging your content delivery

    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 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 33 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.

    Turbocharging content delivery

    Best affiliate program in the industry

    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.

    WordPress hosting affiliate program

    MyKinsta - A dashboard that’s better than the competition

    SiteGround uses cPanel for all of its clients. We aren't fans of cPanel and frankly weren't satisfied with any of the existing control panel solutions on the market. So we decided to build our own from the ground up specifically for WordPress website management.

    MyKinsta Dashboard

    In addition to everyday features which can be found in both our dashboard and at SiteGround, here are a few features unique to MyKinsta:

    • An incredibly easy step by step WordPress migration wizard. Let our support team handle everything and we'll let you know when your site is up and running at Kinsta.
    • Use our search and replace tool to make bulk updates on your site - for example, change HTTP URLs to HTTPS or update old shortcodes.
    • Detailed analytics including bandwidth and visitor data, cache HIT and MISS ratio, and performance analysis data.
    • New Relic integration for those that need to dive further into performance issues on their site.
    • Not only can you easily push staging to live but you can also restore backups directly to staging.

    Many MyKinsta features have come directly from our client’s feedback. We actively listen to all requests, and if something can help make everyone’s lives easier and more productive, you can count on us looking into it.

    Join others making the switch to Kinsta

    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!

    If you’re tired of subpar support or performance, Kinsta might just be the best move you ever make. Join today and launch your free migration. Let us handle the nitty-gritty stuff, and we’ll let you know when your site’s ready to go.

    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!

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