Kinsta vs Siteground for WordPress Hosting

Kinsta is right on the bucket list of people looking for managed and reliable WordPress hosting. Siteground has been around for quite some time and is known to offer a low price entry point for WordPress hosting. Given a choice, what WordPress host would serve your cause between Kinsta and Siteground? We look at some key aspects of Kinsta and Siteground to help you make an informed decision.

Price – Kinsta vs Siteground

One of the primary differences between Kinsta and Siteground has to be the substantial difference in price of the managed WordPress hosting that is offered by Kinsta and Siteground. This is the reason that your first decision point should be around the kind of money you are willing to spend on a managed WordPress hosting plan. To add perspective to the price difference between these two hosts, we look at the data provided by each host for the managed WordPress hosting plans:

  • Siteground comes for $24.99 a month for managed WordPress hosting plan that can handle 100,000 visits a month. The first year price for Siteground hosting is discounted by over 70 percent and you will pay just $6.69 a month (annual term) instead of the regular $24.99 a month. For 100,000 visits a month, Kinsta will cost you $115 a month. The price of Kinsta is in different league. And, we will look at the infrastructure and service offering of Kinsta that can justify the premium pricing.
  • Siteground would cost $39.99 a month for managed WordPress hosting plan that can support 400,000 visits a month. The first year entry price for this plan is $10.69 (annual term) only. Kinsta is $340 a month for handling traffic of 400,000 visits a month.

Price is the biggest differentiator between Kinsta and Siteground to begin with. If the price point of Kinsta fits in your budget, you can read through the elements of managed WordPress hosting on Kinsta. It is a different matter though that a traffic of 400,000 visits per month has its own monetary value. Hosting costs pale into insignificance in comparison to the monetary value of traffic.

Datacenter – Kinsta vs Siteground

Kinsta and Siteground host on the Google Cloud Platform (GCP). There would be differences in the compute size and type used by each company. And, there are likely to be additional differences in terms of the number of sites loaded on a server and the acceptable server loads for each company.

  • Kinsta offers to host your site in one of the 34 datacenters on the Google Cloud. 11 datacenter locations in US and 10 datacenter locations in Europe are part of Kinsta’s managed WordPress offering.
  • Siteground offers 7 datacenters on the Google Cloud Platform. There is a single availability zone datacenter that is offered by Siteground in US. There are four datacenter locations in Europe and one each in Australia and Asia.

Kinsta’s offering is far more diverse in terms of data center locations. Apart from this, Kinsta uses C2 compute engines on the Google Cloud Platform. Siteground’s compute engine information is not publicly available for us to validate.

Kinsta will be more appropriate over Siteground for the following cases:

  • If you are looking to cut down latency of your website by placing the website closer to your target audiences.
  • For ecommerce stores, Kinsta would offer better performance as the sites can be placed specific to the user locations.
  • If your business is solely focused on European customers, Kinsta has to be the preferred option.
  • Finally, even in the US, Kinsta offers 11 datacenter locations in comparison to the Iowa datacenter location offered by Siteground.

So, Kinsta and Siteground do offer Google Cloud Platform hosting. But, the extent and scope of network coverage is way more exhaustive on Kinsta. And, this is especially true for US and Europe based business organizations.

CDN – Kinsta vs Siteground

Siteground offers its own CDN network comprising of 14 datacenter locations. CDN or Content Delivery Networks help in delivering static content to website visits from local locations. CDN networks help in reducing page load times drastically. Siteground’s CDN offering needs to be bought as a separate offering. Siteground does offer a free CDN option. But, the data transfer limit of 10 GB is too low to make any meaningful impact on your website’s load times. The premium version of CDN offered by Siteground will cost you $7.49 a month. First year entry price is discounted by 50% for annual term of billing.

Siteground does offer you an option to use any third-party CDN alongside its managed WordPress hosting.

Kinsta offers Cloudflare CDN integration for sites hosted on Kinsta network. Cloudflare is, agreeably, the best CDN service available in the world. There are no additional charges to make use of Cloudflare CDN on Kinsta. You can enable Cloudflare CDN from within your Kinsta control panel.

Kinsta’s CDN integration with Cloudflare helps in:

  • preventing DDoS attacks
  • providing Cloudflare firewall solution for hardening your website’s security
  • offering true CDN service through Cloudflare’s extensive edge network across the globe

If you were to use similar Cloudflare services on Siteground, it would cost additional money. On a feature by feature comparison, Kinsta’s Cloudflare CDN integration is preferable over Siteground’s proprietary CDN network.

Performance Tuning – Kinsta vs Siteground

Kinsta’s improved performance for the LAMP stack and managed WordPress hosting can be attributed to additional performance tuning measures that are executed by Kinsta:

  • Kinsta uses an APM or Application Performance Monitoring tool to monitor performance of the LAMP stack and WordPress stack on a perpetual basis. It is able to isolate issues and resolve them to maintain the desired levels of application performance.
  • Kinsta performs an automatic weekly database optimization for WordPress sites. While working on WordPress sites, we add stuff to the database in the form of post iterations that add to the size of database. By optimizing the database on weekly basis, Kinsta is able to keep the database cleaner. A lean and clean database will add to WordPress performance.
  • Kinsta uses LXD or a virtual containerization technology to run each WordPress site in a logically isolated hosting environment. Each site has its own LAMP stack. The isolated environment allows your WordPress website to access resources that are earmarked for it. There is no sharing of resources between different sites hosted on the Kinsta framework.

The APM, automatic database optimization and LXD containers help in achieving desired level of performance for sites hosted on the Kinsta network.

Caching – Kinsta vs Siteground

Kinsta and Siteground offer caching at the server level and the page level. Kinsta goes beyond server and page level caching. We look at the caching options available at Kinsta and Siteground.

  • Siteground offers Memcache at the server level. For page level content caching, Siteground offers its own SuperCacher plugin to manage cache settings. With SuperCacher, you can manage Memcache, cache for dynamic content as well as the cache for static content. SuperCacher does a decent job in offering caching of content to improve site speed and user experience.
  • Kinsta offers server level cache, page level cache, byte level cache and object level cache. Kinsta uses OPcache for caching of PHP code so that it is not compiled repeatedly. Object caching helps in caching database queries. Kinsta offers Redis object caching for additional pricing. Page level caching is provided through the NGINX FastCGI cache. And, finally you can use CDN caching to store static content on the edge locations of CDN providers like Cloudflare, Cloudfront and Rocket CDN.

In terms of caching, Kinsta offers a granular level of cache settings and configuration. Kinsta adds its own cache header to the pages served through Kinsta servers. Cache setup and configuration on Kinsta offers a more comprehensive experience and improvement in page speed.

Therefore, when it comes to caching, Kinsta easily outscores most competitors including Siteground.

Email Hosting – Kinsta vs Siteground

Siteground allows you to create unlimited email accounts through its control panel. Kinsta does not provide email hosting. Kinsta focuses on WordPress hosting only. Therefore, if you choose to host with Kinsta, you will need to provision emails at a different email hosting provider.

Control Panel – Kinsta vs Siteground

Kinsta offers its own dashboard to manage all aspects of WordPress hosting. On a similar basis, Siteground offers its own custom control panel. CPanel, Plesk or Direct Admin hosting on Kinsta or Siteground is not a feasible option.

Summary

Kinsta and Siteground are established WordPress hosting companies. The main points that you ought to be aware of are:

  • LXD containerization of WordPress sites on Kinsta.
  • Cloudflare CDN integration on Kinsta.
  • 34 datacenter options on Kinsta against 7 datacenter options on Siteground. Both offer hosting on Google Cloud Platform.
  • Substantial price difference between Kinsta and Siteground.
  • Extensive level of caching on Kinsta in comparison with Siteground.

For business websites that need uptime, Kinsta offers a more reliable WordPress offering. If you are just starting up, Siteground should tick all the boxes as well.

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