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Kinsta Is Boosting WordPress Performance for Everyone up to 200%

kinsta.com | Oct. 14, 2019 | 15 min read

Over the past month, Kinsta has been testing new machines internally and the performance gains are huge. Here are the details and what this change means for the users.

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Trishan Mehata

Thanks for sharing this. How does Kinsta compare with WPX Hosting?

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Ben Sibley

I switched from WPX to Kinsta. Kinsta is faster, the uptime is much more reliable, and the dashboard is really nice. And manual backups only take a few seconds rather than a few minutes.

The one issue I have with Kinsta is that, like all the managed WP hosts, they charge you based on visits and despite their efforts to charge only for real visits, my site was getting many times more visits in their dashboard than in Google Analytics. I would recommend setting up Cloudflare's firewall if you're going to use Kinsta - that drastically reduced my hosting costs.

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Tom Zsomborgi

Hi Ben, thank you for your comment and thanks for hosting your sites with us!
One thing I would like to add: Google Analytics doesn't count and show visitors using an adblocker since JS is not loaded on the site. And since these are getting more popular this can mean up to a 30% difference - depending on your nice even more. So 100 visits in GA, in reality, can be 130 visits hitting the server - and we do count these visitors.
Cloudflare is a great tool and they have a huge pool of all kinds of resources to further reduce bots.
Thanks, Tom

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Ben Sibley

Hey Tom,

When I started using Cloudflare's firewall I saw a large reduction to my visits in the Kinsta dashboard. I also noticed I had a huge number of Russian and Ukranian visitors that seemed illegitimate, so I further optimized the firewall to block that traffic too. Honestly, it might be unfair to expect Kinsta to filter all of that stuff out without using a service like Cloudflare, but in the end Cloudflare is a necessity for me because it reduced my hosting costs by about 60% and I saw no drop in my site's revenue after blocking these visitors with the firewall. These were all unprofitable visits I was paying for.

I'm only mentioning this stuff because I think other WP users should know they may need to use CloudFlare to get better visitor counts and factor the cost of a Pro Cloudflare plan into their decision. Also, this issue is not specific to Kinsta - it's been the same for me with all managed WP hosts that charge per visitor.

Anyway, that's my only complaint about the service and it's pretty easily fixed. Kinsta is the best hosting I've ever used and the recent update just made my site even faster, so I happily recommend them to anyone considering a managed WP host.

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Tom Zsomborgi

Thanks for the details, Ben! I'll definitely forward this to the engineers to take a deeper look and see what we can do.
Your feedback means a lot and also thanks for recommending Kinsta!

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Aurelio

Nice!

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