Kinsta vs. WordPress VIP

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Kinsta
Score 8.0 out of 10
Mid-Size Companies (51-1,000 employees)
Kinsta offers Application Hosting, Database Hosting, and Managed WordPress Hosting. They support multiple languages and frameworks, such as NodeJS, PHP, Ruby, and Python, to make it easy to connect a GitHub, BitBucket, or GitLab repository and automate deployments. Their Database Hosting supports MariaDB, Redis, MySQL, and PostgreSQL and their service aims to allow users to create while offering performance. When including Kinsta's Managed WordPress Hosting, users gain Google Cloud-backed…
$7
per month
WordPress VIP
Score 9.3 out of 10
Enterprise companies (1,001+ employees)
Wordpress VIP, from a team at Automattic, is enterprise WordPress hosting with customer or digital experience features for enterprises.N/A
Pricing
KinstaWordPress VIP
Editions & Modules
WordPress Hosting - Starter
$35
per month 1 WordPress install, 25,000 monthly visits, 10 GB SSD storage
Application Hosting - Hobby
Starting at $7
per month 0.3 CPU, 0.3GB RAM
Application Hosting - Standard
Starting at $20
per month 0.5 CPU, 1GB RAM
Application Hosting - Memory Optimized
Starting at $35
per month 0.5 CPU, 2GB RAM
Application Hosting - CPU Optimized
Starting at $36
per month 1 CPU, 1GB RAM
Database Hosting
Starting at $18
per month Starting at 0.25 CPU, 256MB RAM, and 1GB Storage
WordPress Hosting - Business
Starting at $115
per month 5 WordPress installs, 100,000+ monthly visits, 30+ GB SSD storage
WordPress Hosting - Agency
Starting at $340
per month 20+ WordPress installs, 400,000 monthly visits, 50+ GB SSD storage
WordPress Hosting - Enterprise
Starting at $675
per month 60+ WordPress installs, 1,000,000+ monthly visits, 100+ GB SSD storage
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
KinstaWordPress VIP
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeOptionalNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Features
KinstaWordPress VIP
Security
Comparison of Security features of Product A and Product B
Kinsta
-
Ratings
WordPress VIP
9.1
1 Ratings
12% above category average
Role-based user permissions00 Ratings9.11 Ratings
Platform & Infrastructure
Comparison of Platform & Infrastructure features of Product A and Product B
Kinsta
-
Ratings
WordPress VIP
9.1
1 Ratings
17% above category average
API00 Ratings9.11 Ratings
Internationalization / multi-language00 Ratings9.11 Ratings
Web Content Creation
Comparison of Web Content Creation features of Product A and Product B
Kinsta
-
Ratings
WordPress VIP
8.5
1 Ratings
11% above category average
Code quality / cleanliness00 Ratings9.11 Ratings
Admin section00 Ratings9.11 Ratings
Publishing workflow00 Ratings7.31 Ratings
Web Content Management
Comparison of Web Content Management features of Product A and Product B
Kinsta
-
Ratings
WordPress VIP
9.1
1 Ratings
21% above category average
Bulk management00 Ratings9.11 Ratings
Community / comment management00 Ratings9.11 Ratings
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KinstaWordPress VIP
Small Businesses
Liquid Web
Liquid Web
Score 7.7 out of 10
ManageWP
ManageWP
Score 9.7 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Pantheon
Pantheon
Score 8.6 out of 10
Image Relay
Image Relay
Score 9.4 out of 10
Enterprises
Pantheon
Pantheon
Score 8.6 out of 10
Tridion
Tridion
Score 9.3 out of 10
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User Ratings
KinstaWordPress VIP
Likelihood to Recommend
8.8
(16 ratings)
9.0
(18 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
10.0
(1 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Usability
10.0
(1 ratings)
8.2
(1 ratings)
Availability
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
10.0
(3 ratings)
8.9
(18 ratings)
Implementation Rating
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Configurability
8.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
9.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
9.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
KinstaWordPress VIP
Likelihood to Recommend
Kinsta
I currently haven't found any scenarios whereby Kinsta is not well suited. Kinsta is suited to a variety of WordPress websites from business brochures to eCommerce. Kinsta's support is second to none, so if you lack technical knowledge, this is a great host to be with, especially if you need Managed WordPress hosting.
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Automattic
WordPress VIP really changed the game when it comes to WordPress CMS and Content Management. A one-stop shop for all our client's business needs. We are focusing on Content Management instead of technicalities. The big advantage is the security features covering all recent vulnerabilities that any WordPress developer/user wastes lots of precious time fixing/updating. Performance-wise, WordPress VIP is definitely up there. We’ve been doing lots of optimization work over the last few years. Every client wants to score 100. With WordPress VIP we decreased the time spent on optimization significantly and now feel confident with taking more performance optimisation work than we did before. Lastly, maybe the most important for every business is the support quality. WordPress VIP runs a superb support team with phenomenal knowledge and expertise. Quick to respond and solves issues here and now. It is definitely recommended.
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Pros
Kinsta
  • Developer friendly; WP-CLI; SSH access
  • Amazing support - I never have to wait more than a minute or two to get a response!
  • Kinsta is also willing to troubleshoot issues that are not their own. They don't just say "It's not our problem" without helping to debug the issue.
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Automattic
  • Security - class leading security, ensuring sites are protected and operate hassle free
  • Scalability - provide patches and updates first before the market place
  • Reliability - up to 99.9% up time, with a fantastic track record
  • Performance - hitting the high notes for Core Web Vitals and ensuring WordPress is operating at its peak performance
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Cons
Kinsta
  • No email solution provide resulting in having to find some other solution
  • Some clients find the price point difficult
  • Some clients find the lack of phone support difficult (although we find their online support great)
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Automattic
  • There aren't any smaller hosting packages for organizations with lower budgets
  • Plug-in updates through the repo can be somewhat tedious
  • Timezone issues with support can happen occasionally
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Likelihood to Renew
Kinsta
This is an extremely solid hosting product that I have yet to find clients who use it disappointed. I have had clients move from other competitors several times in search of something more reliable and scalable but not after they moved to Kinsta.
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Automattic
Most clients never even consider moving to another platform once they are set up on WordPress VIP.
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Usability
Kinsta
Their dashboard is really well layed out and simple to use for most users. I also really appreciate the fact that our clients are able to collaborate with us by granting us access. Their site migration tool is straightforward and painless to use as well!
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Automattic
There is documentation for everything you might need.
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Reliability and Availability
Kinsta
We never had any major downtimes with our service, and I believe that's because it's based in a cloud-based network so therefore our system is being shared amongst multiple points.
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Automattic
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Performance
Kinsta
As mentioned before the performance was amazing and pages were loading quickly. They also provide other tools to help you improve further.
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Automattic
No answers on this topic
Support Rating
Kinsta
They are quick to respond, very knowledgeable and I don't have to be escalated to get my problems resolved quickly. They have an efficient chat system that allows for support requests to be handled quickly and easily picked up by another specialist if the need arises. They are always there when I need them.
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Automattic
The people who work for WordPress VIP clearly are passionate about representing the organisation. Therefore when support is required, they do go above and beyond what you may expect in terms of overall support. They take security very seriously, and due to the nature of VIP, it's rarely a concern for the end-user, if at all.
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Implementation Rating
Kinsta
Not really it's a really easy to use system and straightforward!
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Automattic
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Alternatives Considered
Kinsta
GoDaddy is the one that drove me nuts. Downtime, poor performance, abysmal customer service. I switched to Kinsta because they looked like they’d do right everything GoDaddy did wrong (and they have). Hostinger is a company whose services I still use and am pleased with them. Their shared WordPress hosting is a good value and where I put experimental sites and low-traffic things that don’t justify the purchase of better hosting at this time. They also provide good email hosting and customer service has been good. My second-favorite service provider.
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Automattic
Our team manages 4 different brands' websites and before WordPress VIP we were using multiple different hosts including DreamHost and AWS. These were convoluted and didn't offer the enterprise features for our organization that WP VIP was capable of. We also considered Pantheon, but they were not Wordpress-centric enough for the direction we were going.
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Scalability
Kinsta
We worked with clients who have major surges of visitor hits on a Buddhist website, and Kinsta was definitely up to the job. They were able to handle this and still provide excellent performance. As well, it was easy to track down other barriers for Google Ratings using their system to further improve the performance of these clients.
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Automattic
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Return on Investment
Kinsta
  • Our website was up and running in less than a day
  • Despite not doing a huge advertising drive yet (we're still not ready at the moment), we've noticed a steady increase of organic visitors to the site, at least by 30%, which still isn't a lot in overall numbers at the moment, but that is expected
  • Cost is higher, so we've had to separate a budget just for Kinsta
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Automattic
  • Working as a WordPress VIP gold partner has helped our business grow from 12 staff to 28 staff in 2 years. They have brought many projects to the table that are always the right ones for us and they really understand our goals as a business.
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ScreenShots

Kinsta Screenshots

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