Kinsta is a performance-oriented managed WordPress host that’s powered by Google Cloud Platform, which is the same hardware running Google’s own products (maybe you’ve heard of Google?).
In the past, Kinsta was almost exclusively a premium host, with prices starting at $100. That’s changed now, though.
Beginning in November 2017, Kinsta completely relaunched with an all-new pricing plan that starts at just $30 per month.
In my Kinsta review, I’ll investigate Kinsta through the lens of its new pricing and all-new dashboard design. And, of course, I’ll also run plenty of performance tests so that you can see how quickly your site will load with Kinsta.
In general, Kinsta consistently impresses me with its performance and it’s one of my favorite WordPress hosts. But let’s not jump the gun – here’s why I think that:
Kinsta Performance Tests: My Test Site Loaded In Under 1 Second
How quickly your website loads is a massive part of how successful your website is. Page load times affect everything from your Google ranking to how much people enjoy browsing your site and are willing to buy stuff from you.
So if your chosen host doesn’t set you up with a quick-loading WordPress website, none of the other bells and whistles make a difference.
That’s why I want to start off my Kinsta review by running a few performance tests.
To see how quickly Kinsta loads, I’ve set up a test site that:
- Is using the Elementor page builder
- Has a homepage using the Elementor Canvas blank layout and an Elementor landing page template.
Other than installing Elementor, I didn’t make any changes to my test site. Its page size is 1.0 MB and it has 43 requests.
First, I ran it through a Pingdom test, where it loaded in just 946 ms:
Then, I put it through GTmetrix, where it loaded in a similarly impressive 0.9 seconds:
So, as far as one-off tests go – Kinsta consistently loads in under 1 second, which is pretty dang fast. But what about a situation where your site is receiving actual traffic?
That is, will your site load just as quickly for the fiftieth visitor as it does for the first visitor?
To see if that’s the case, I ran my test site through a Load Impact test with 50 concurrent visitors.
This article was written by Colin Newcomer and originally published on WPKube.