Just last night we moved our website from Siteground to Kinsta. We are now powered by Kinsta on their Google Cloud Platform. Unlike Siteground, which is a managed shared hosting site, Kinsta houses our website in it’s own isolated Google Cloud Platform container.
Why The Move to Kinsta
We are always getting 504 Gateway error messages in Siteground when we login to the dashboard. It happens most of the time. Also, dashboard response was getting slower by the day. I didn’t notice any slowness in the front end but it gets frustrating when administering the dashboard.
We have read about Kinsta from different blogs. Also, Google promotes them if you want to leverage their Google Cloud Platform. It was actually a choice between Flywheel and Kinsta. With all the good reveiws about Kinsta, we decided on transferring servers.
Powered By Google Cloud Platform
No more shared hosting for us! We now have a dedicated VM container for our website. That means faster, speedier load times for our customers. We immediately tested load times and it was cut in half. In Pingdom Tools, our site loaded between 1.32 and 2.88 seconds. Not mind boggling but okay for me.
Also, in the event that our website grows we can immediately scale properly since we are hosted in the cloud.
Excellent Customer Service
We requested migration last night and in less than 15 minutes, Peter from Kinsta informed me that he can go ahead and do the migration. In less than 1 hour, he said that migration is completed and we just need to wait for the DNS to propagate. Once the DNS propagated, we cancelled our Siteground subscription and played with the Kinsta dashboard.
We had initial issues resolving DNS but Raam helped us resolve it. If we read their knowledgebase, we could have resolved it ourselves instead of giving them the hassle. It’s actually our second time moving hosts but we didn’t encounter any DNS issues before so we can be forgiven for being dumb about it.
The whole migration process plus the DNS propagation plus our DNS stupidity issue took more or less 2 hours. And Kinsta support was there all the way to guide us through.
Kinsta may be in the expensive side of hosting but we know for a fact that in the event our site grows we can scale properly. As an FYI, we are in their $60 per month plan. We will be observing for the next few months Kinsta’s performance and if we are satisfied we might pay yearly for our hosting.