Servebolt Review – Worth the Hype?

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I have to admit: I absolutely love Kinsta for hosting. I recommend it over hosts like WPE, SiteGround, and Flywheel.

Now you may be asking… why?

Kinsta vs WPE

I will concede that WPE is far cheaper than Kinsta. However, two things stand apart for Kinsta over WPE:

  1. Lightning fast and competent support
  2. A highly intuitive control panel even my clients can understand
  3. Easy backups access and no-brainer staging sites
WPE Hosting Panel
WPE Hosting Panel
Kinsta Admin Panel
Kinsta Admin Panel

Kinsta’s starter plan is 5-sites for their base plan and will set you back about $100 a month. Need 6 sites? You need to go up to $200 a month. This is the only thing I hate about Kinsta. I truly wish they had a la carte pricing for, say, one more site rather than paying an extra $100 a month if I go over.

WPE is a bit more generous. In contrast to Kinsta, WPE offers about 10 sites for about $100 a month.

So why pick Kinsta over WPE? Simply, from my experience: speed, support, and ease-of-use.

It seems WPE likes to change up their UI periodically, and each time I log in, something changes and I have to dig for it.

WPE support is “okay.” I’ve waited up to 30 minutes for live-chat support from WPE, and Kinsta’s wait is roughly 5-10 minutes on a bad day.

With WPE, I have to contact support for what I consider mundane things. Kinsta is more of a do-it-yourself type host and gets out of your way.

Kinsta vs Flywheel

I tried Flywheel based on a recommendation. It’s super easy to migrate to, and it promises world-class speed and support.

The only positive thing I can say about Flywheel is that it looks pretty.

I’m no optimization expert, so please don’t cringe at my grades, but here is a quick speed test report for Kinsta vs Flywheel hosting using the same site.

Kinsta Speed Test
Kinsta Speed Test

Ignoring all the red (please), Kinsta typically loads for me in less than 2 seconds on desktop. Let’s contrast this to Flywheel.

Flywheel Speed Test
Flywheel Speed Test

Look at the load time. Eek.

Here’s another test I ran on one of my client’s sites.

OKC Mediator on Kinsta
OKC Mediator on Kinsta

And here is Flywheel, on the same site:

Flywheel Speed Test
Flywheel Speed Test

There’s just simply no comparison.

Servebolt

I was reluctant to try another host obviously after my experiences with WPE and Flywheel. But after seeing their promises for speed, I had to try for myself.

ServeBolt Speed Test
ServeBolt Speed Test

As you can see in the above example, my non-optimized site rendered in less than a second. This is the fastest I’ve ever seen my site load.

On top of that, the WP admin for both WPE, Flywheel, and Kinsta can be super slow. I didn’t experience this on Servebolt.

Servebolt’s customer portal is far from intuitive, but once you start playing around, it starts making more sense. If anything, their portal is not something I would recommend for clients to use as it’s highly confusing.

Servebolt Pricing

Servebolt is arguably more expensive than WPE, Flywheel, and Kinsta. I’m on their 2nd tier plan ($70 a month), which only allows 2GB of storage, but since it’s stored on SSDs, it’s super fast.

And they offer the traditional perks such as backups, support (which is stellar), and real-time monitoring.

So Which Host Do You Recommend?

This is hard to say. Hosts come and go. Every host promises speed. But my recent experience shows me:

  1. Choose WPE for speedy sites for simple to advanced clients.
  2. Choose Flywheel if you like pretty stuff. Otherwise, avoid.
  3. Choose Kinsta for a highly intuitive admin panel, fast support, and speed.
  4. Choose Servebolt if you don’t have a lot of storage and want ultra-fast sites.

I admit this is an unscientific analysis, but if my clients could afford it, I would drop them on Servebolt in a heart-second. Otherwise, I choose Kinsta.

Thanks for reading.

Ronald Huereca
Ronald Huereca

Ronald Huereca

Ronald has been part of the WordPress community since 2006, starting off writing and eventually diving into WordPress plugin development and writing tutorials and opinionated pieces.

No stranger to controversy and opinionated takes on tough topics, Ronald writes honestly when he covers a topic.

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