One of the first decisions a developer has to make is choosing the hosting provider for their customer. In the current market, it isn't enough to choose something that works... more or less.
You've got to pair the site you prepared with a hosting service that will complement it and let it shine in any and all circumstances. That one happy customer can really boost your portfolio, so play your cards right in the hosting game.
What is Kinsta?
It's best to answer the question with an answer coming directly from Kinsta. As you can read on their website, "Kinsta is a managed WordPress hosting provider that helps take care of all your needs regarding your website."
Under the hood, Kinsta uses Google Cloud Platform which gives them access to numerous data centers around the world. Their architecture is all about speed and agility with NGINX, LXD containers and PHP 8.0.
As you can see from the technology stack, it's a hosting provider that allows you to focus on developing the site rather than battling server-related issues.
Aside from web hosting, Kinsta offers a wide array of additional developer tools which will make your day-to-day work much easier, such as a local development environment or CDN.
Speed and reliability
For me, the best things about Kinsta are their speed and reliability. Everything simply works.
Speed is only one of the many things Kinsta does right, and it'll make your customer really happy. How about some developer-oriented treats?
DevKinsta - work locally
As mentioned before, Kinsta comes with its own local development environment called DevKinsta, which allows you to work just as if you worked on an online server.
Aside from environment compatibility which is a great thing in its own right, DevKinsta facilitates easy PHP version switching, comes DB management tools and a mail catcher.
To top it all off, you can use it on virtually any machine as it's available for Windows, Linux, and macOS.
Staging environment - test it first
Out of the box you get access to a staging environment that replicates everything that lives on production. It's a standalone entity so you can use it to test all of the changes you make before you deploy them to the production server.
Integration with Buddy CI/CD - automate everything
There's nothing in the way of integrating Buddy and Kinsta. Why would you want to do that?
Here's an example of a pipeline that not only takes care of the file transfer and building everything but also makes sure that everything's thoroughly tested:
It's also worth mentioning that Kinsta severs all come with SSH and WP-CLI. This allows you to take care of many things directly on the server.
If you want to see this integration in action, just watch this video to see how Osom Studio uses Buddy and Kinsta in their projects:
A toolbelt full of useful
Kinsta gives you access to a number of really useful tools, such as caching, find and replace option, and New Relic monitoring.
What's more, you can easily set up CDN for the site. With this, the assets will load just as quickly, no matter who and from what location tries to access the website.
Last, but not certainly the least important, is Kinsta Application Performance Monitoring (APM), which is a tool that helps you identify the factors that have a negative impact on your site's performance.
The APM allows you to easily see which child pages, hooks, or DB queries are the culprit:
The customer support at Kinsta is just awesome. I don't have a lot of experience with it, which tells you a lot, but I've seen tweets and testimonials like these in the wild:
Personally, I contacted their support crew once or twice, always because a Bedrock update was giving me a hard time. Every time it took only a few seconds to get everything fixed - no time wasted whatsoever!
This is a very good sign - customer support should be the last resort and not a bunch of your pen pals. The less you contact them the better, even if you're missing out on getting to know some really great people.
That's in line with the entire appeal of Kista. It may cost a bit more on paper, but you can save some money and time and not hire a dedicated server maintenance person.
As you can see, Kinsta is a great, developer-centric platform. High-quality services, competent and responsive customer support and a choice of useful tools make for a great experience that allows you to focus on development instead of fighting the hosting provider.
Pair it all with Buddy, which takes care of all migrations between environments, and you've got yourself a WP developer's dream power couple.