WPX Hosting Vs Kinsta – Which Managed WordPress Host is Faster?

WPX Hosting Vs Kinsta

Since 2013, the WPX hosting did a commendable job supporting many businesses over the years. The service is affordable, fast, reliable, and comes with reliable support.

Kinsta is a popular managed WordPress hosting platform that has been around since 2013. The service is known for its cutting-edge technology and which helps it offer the best performance and security. Kinsta also has an excellent support team. You can also read our Kinsta Review 2021 to get a detailed analysis of kinsta.

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I have closely studied the various aspects of the two hosting services, including their pricing, features, and performance. I tested the performance of the two services using some advanced testing methods. This post will walk you through all the essential things that you need to know about the two services to easily choose between the two by the end of this post. 

WPX Vs. Kinsta: Pricing

WPX allows customers to choose from 3 plans, and the plans are based on the number of sites, storage size, and bandwidth. Here are the plan details:

  • Business: $20.83 per month, 5 Websites, 10 GB Storage, and 100 GB Bandwidth. 
  • Professional: $41.58 per month, 15 Websites, 20 GB Storage, and 200 GB Bandwidth. 
  • Elite: $83.25 per month, 35 Websites, 40 GB Storage, and Unlimited Bandwidth. 

The below features are included in all plans: 

  • High-Speed Custom CDN With 26 Global Edge Locations 
  • Unlimited Site Migrations To WPX Unlimited SSLs 
  • Staging Areas 
  • DDoS Protection 
  • Free Malware Scanning & Removal 
  • 30-Day Money-Back 
  • 28 Day Automatic Backups

Kinsta has a lot of plans for the customers to choose from, as many as 11. The plans were created based on the number of WordPress installs, monthly visits, and disk space. Here are the Kinsta plans:

  • Starter: $30 per month, 1 WordPress installs, 25.000 visits, 10 GB disk space
  • Pro: $60 per month, 2 WordPress installs, 50.000 visits, 20 GB disk space
  • Business 1: $100 per month, 5 WordPress installs, 100,000 visits, 30 GB disk space 
  • Business 2: $200 per month, 10 WordPress installs, 250,000 visits, 40 GB disk space 
  • Business 3: $300 per month, 20 WordPress installs, 400,000 visits, 50 GB disk space 

All Kinsta plans come with the following features:

  • Free CDN
  • 30-day money-back guarantee
  • Free unlimited basic migrations
  • 25 global locations
  • Automatic daily backups
  • Automatic DB optimization
  • 24/7 support
  • Multi-user environment
  • Staging area
  • PHP 8.0 support
  • Free SSL Certificates

If we compare,  WPX plans are more affordable than Kinsta plans and also come with more resources. However, Kinsta provides you with many plans to choose from, and you could easily find the best plan if you have a dedicated business. 

WPX Vs. Kinsta: Performance

1. Server Response Time

The server response time is the first thing to consider when checking performance, and I started with the server response time test by hosting a site with each of the two services. I then monitored the server response time of my sites for several hours using the Pingdom tool. 

My WPX site recorded an average server response time of 423 ms, and my Kinsta site recorded an average server response time of 360 ms. As we compare, Kinsta has a faster server response time than WPX.

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2. Uptime

The next crucial test of performance is the Uptime test, and every site with a business needs constant availability to succeed. I tested the uptime of my sites hosted with the two services. 

My WPX site recorded an uptime of 100%, while my Kinsta site had an uptime of 99.99%. Even though both WPX and Kinsta have decent uptime for sure, WPX has slightly better uptime than Kinsta.

3. Load Testing

If you are looking forward to hosting a high-traffic site, it’s wise to check in advance if the hosting services you are counting on can handle high traffic. To check this, I performed load testing on my sites hosted with the two services wherein I passed on 1000 concurrent traffic in 1 minute to the sites and monitored their response time. 

My WPX site recorded 28 ms in Clients Per Test (1000 Clients in 1 Minute), while my Kinsta site recorded 33 ms in Clients Per Test (1000 Clients in 1 Minute). Hence, you can see that  WPX has performed a bit better than Kinsta even though both are reliable enough for high traffic sites.

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4. Global TTFB

Checking the Global TTFB is crucial for sites that rely largely on multiple global locations for their traffic. I tested the global TTFB of my sites hosted with the two services from ten global locations. My WPX site recorded an average TTFB of 440.481 ms and had a pretty good TTFB across all ten locations. 

My Kinsta site had an average TTFB of 496.86 ms with a decent TTFB in all the locations, especially in San Francisco, Dallas, and New York. However, if we compare, WPX has performed better than Kinsta in the Global TTFB test, which is also reflected in the average TTFB.

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5. Core Web Vitals

Maintaining a good user experience has become extremely important for sites for better rankings. Performing the Core Web Vitals test, you can determine which one of these two services can help your site with a better user experience. 

As I performed the test on my sites, my WPX site had a ‘Largest Contentful Paint' of 0.601s, ‘Cumulative Layout Shift' of 0, and a ‘Total Blocking Time' of 0 ms, while my Kinsta site had a ‘Largest Contentful Paint' of 0.787s, ‘Cumulative Layout Shift' of 0, and a ‘Total Blocking Time' of 0 ms. WPX has once again performed better than Kinsta, even though both have good Core Web Vitals.

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WPX Vs. Kinsta: Features

1. Control Panel

It is always important to pay utmost attention to the control panel of hosting services since you will maintain your hosting account through the control panel. WPX has a custom control panel with much better usability, navigation, and format than a cPanel.

However, the control panel has all the important functions of a cPanel. Kinsta also uses a custom control panel called the Kinsta dashboard. 

The Kinsta dashboard is intuitive and provides users with simplified site management and many useful tools such as phpMyAdmin, redirects, logs, SFTP, backups, and more to manage your account. Further, the Kinsta dashboard offers detailed site analytics.

2. Data Center Locations

It’s always wise to host your site from the closest location to your target audience. Before you can select a hosting service, you need to find out the data center locations of the hosting service to be sure if the hosting service has the data center location you are looking for.

WPX has three data centers located in Chicago, London, and Sydney. Even though this doesn’t leave you with too many options to choose from, there shouldn’t be any problem as long as you find your desired data center location among the three available options.

Kinsta, on the other hand, provides users with 24 Google Cloud Platform data center locations across the globe to choose from, and this also increases the possibility for you to find your desired data center location. Hence, Kinsta has a leading edge over WPX in terms of data center locations.

3. CDN

CDNs or Content Delivery Networks are increasingly used these days by sites and hosting services to improve load time. WPX has its built-in CDN available for free on all plans. However, the CDN comes with different bandwidths on different plans. The Business plan gets 100 GB bandwidth, the Professional plan gets 200 GB bandwidth, and the Elite plan has unlimited bandwidth. 

The WPX CDN has 26 global locations for content delivery. Even though the CDN works traditionally, it has the advantage of constant tweaks and excellent maintenance, which makes it more effective than any traditional CDN. Kinsta, on the other hand, uses KeyCDN with 35 global locations to deliver your content to your target audience. The CDN uses HTTP/2 and IPv6 alongside a traditional caching mechanism.

4. Staging

Staging or creating a clone of your live site is a pretty handy feature for testing different modifications before applying them to your live site. WPX allows you to create staging sites for free on plans. Users can create staging sites from the WPX control panel, test changes, and push the final changes to the live site. Most importantly, the entire process is swift and simple.

Kinsta also offers this feature for free on all plans, and users can easily create a staging site from the Kinsta dashboard and test various modifications. After one is done with testing, one can push the final changes to live in just a few clicks. 

5. Backups

Before hosting a site with a hosting provider, you need first to check if the hosting provider you are counting on has a decent backup system in place. WPX has free automated daily backups on all plans, and the host stores the backups for 28 days. Users can easily restore any backup within 28 days from the date it has been stored.

Backup is equally reliable in Kinsta with free automated daily backups on all plans, and restoring backups in Kinsta is also ridiculously simple.

6. Security

Your site is surrounded by constant security threats as long as you don’t ensure that your hosting service has the best security system in place. WPX does a great job ensuring high security for sites on all plans with features such as Malware Scanning and Removal, DDoS Protection, email spam filtering, and free SSL Certificates.

As far as the security system in Kinsta goes, it is exceptionally reliable with features such as resource isolation, DDoS protection, and Hardware Firewalls alongside Google’s high-security network.

7. Support

While you are up to choosing a hosting service, you must pay utmost attention to the support service. With reliable support by your side, you can get out of every technical difficulty really fast. WPX has an extremely dedicated support team to help the customers 24×7 through live chats and tickets. The support team has maintained a good track record so far.

Kinsta has one of the finest support teams in the industry with the most efficient and experienced WordPress experts to help the users with their technical issues through 24×7 live chat and email. 

Conclusion

I am sure you found this post useful, and I tried my best to give you good clarity on the pricing, performance, and features of the two services. WPX offers better pricing than Kinsta, and also, the WPX plans have more resources than the Kinsta plans for the same price range. 

Kinsta offers customers more options to choose from, and this holds both for pricing and data center locations. WPX has also done better than Kinsta in the performance tests. When it comes to features, both have almost all the features you would need to host a site. 

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