GoDaddy/Network Solutions to Kinsta: Unlock the Full Potential of Your WordPress Site

May 10, 2023

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Written By

Luke Walsh

Switching web hosts can be daunting, but migrating from GoDaddy or Network Solutions to Kinsta can provide significant performance and feature improvements for your WordPress site.

In this blog post, I’ll discuss the benefits of choosing Kinsta as your web host, outline the differences in features, and provide an overview of the migration process.

Benefits of Kinsta Hosting:

  • Speed Boost: Kinsta customers typically see up to a 20% speed increase after migrating their WordPress site, thanks to their high-performance hosting infrastructure built on Google Cloud Platform.
  • Google’s Top CPU Servers: Kinsta hosts WordPress sites on the highest-end CPUs and global availability through Google’s fastest servers and Premium Tier network, resulting in 30% – 200% performance improvements for clients.
  • High-Performance CDN: Kinsta’s Content Delivery Network (CDN) boasts 275+ locations worldwide, HTTP/3-enabled, and a one-click setup, delivering blazing-fast pages by serving cached assets from the visitor’s closest location.
  • Edge Caching: Kinsta’s Edge Caching technology serves cached content from multiple data centers with minimal setup, reducing load times by up to 49% and significantly improving Time to First Byte (TTFB) and cached WordPress HTML serving.
  • Application Performance Monitoring (APM): Kinsta’s home-built APM tool is included in all plans, allowing users to easily identify and troubleshoot site speed issues without the need for external plugins or paid services.
  • Data Center Selection: Choose from 35 Google Cloud data centers at no extra cost, ensuring maximum speed and performance for your website visitors. Kinsta’s CDN also offers 275+ Points of Presence (POPs), giving your site a global presence and unmatched speed.

Feature Comparison: GoDaddy, Network Solutions, and Kinsta

FeatureGoDaddyNetwork SolutionsKinsta
Hosting InfrastructureTraditional shared hosting or VPS optionsTraditional shared hostingGoogle Cloud Platform for high-performance hosting
Server Resources20GB – 60GB SSD storage depending on the plan100GB – 200GB storage depending on the planDedicated resources with isolated LXC containers* for each site
WordPress OptimizationManaged WordPress hosting with 1-click staging site for Deluxe and Ultimate plansManaged WordPress hosting with multisite managementFully optimized for WordPress with server-level caching and performance enhancements
Security24-hour malware scans and removal, Free SSL Certificate for duration of hosting, Daily website backup protection with 1-click restoreOn-Demand Cloud Backup, SSL includedFree SSL certificates, DDoS protection, daily backups, and hack-fix guarantee
SupportGeneral (limited) customer supportGeneral (limited) customer support24/7 expert WordPress support

Migration Overview:

  1. Sign up for a Kinsta hosting plan: Choose a plan that best fits your website’s needs and budget.
  2. Prepare your existing site: Before migrating, ensure your WordPress site is up-to-date and take a full backup.
  3. Request a migration: Kinsta offers free migration services for most plans. Fill out their migration request form with the necessary details.
  4. DNS configuration: While Kinsta migrates your site, update your domain’s DNS records to point to the new Kinsta hosting.
  5. Verify the migration: Once Kinsta has completed the migration, verify that your site is functioning correctly on the new hosting environment.
  6. Finalize the migration: After confirming that everything works as expected, complete the migration process by removing your site from the old hosting account.

Conclusion:

Migrating your WordPress site from GoDaddy or Network Solutions to Kinsta can significantly improve your website’s performance, security, and overall user experience. By understanding the benefits and features of Kinsta hosting and following the migration overview, you can unlock the full potential of your WordPress site and ensure its long-term success.

* LXC (Linux Containers) is an operating system-level virtualization technology that allows multiple isolated Linux environments, or “containers,” to run on a single host machine. Each container functions like a separate virtual machine, with its own file system, processes, and network configuration, while sharing the same Linux kernel as the host. This results in a lightweight and efficient virtualization solution with less overhead compared to traditional virtual machines, enabling faster performance and better resource utilization. In the context of web hosting, LXC containers provide better isolation and dedicated resources for each hosted website, ensuring that one site’s performance or security issues do not impact other sites on the same server.

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