Creating and deploying websites, apps, and databases has never been easier than it is today. In the modern internet landscape, there’s an ever-growing plethora of options and opportunities for languages, frameworks, platforms, and so much more.

With so many options and opportunities, it’s more important than ever before for developers to stay nimble and flexible in their strategies. Likewise, they need to be able to expect the same flexibility from their databases. It’s imperative that a database be able to expand and evolve along with its site or app, or else performance and user engagement may suffer.

Originally, Kinsta Database Hosting customers could not alter the size of their databases once they were deployed. However, we recognized that this limitation could become an obstacle for many who would inevitably want to extend the functionality and reach of their projects.

We understand that flexibility is critical to the growth of a successful website or application. So, we’ve removed this restriction.

You can now increase the size of your Kinsta-hosted database at any time — even post-launch.

How To Change Your Database Size

You can change the size of your Kinsta-hosted database through your MyKinsta dashboard:

  1. Log in to your MyKinsta account.
  2. Select Applications at the left, then find and click on your database’s name.
  3. Navigate to Settings on the left.
  4. Click the Edit details button at the top right.
  5. Choose a new option from the Database size dropdown.
  6. Click the Edit details button to confirm your changes.
Choose your new database size.
Choose your new database size.

That’s it! No need to update billing or other settings. After these steps, your database will automatically be upgraded to the capacity you selected.

When To Resize Your Database

How will you know when to resize your database?

The easiest way to tell is to keep an eye on your database’s CPU and memory (RAM) usage in your Database Analytics. You can review your database’s resource consumption history, along with other metrics like runtime and storage, by navigating to your database in MyKinsta and clicking on the Analytics option at the left.

Resource usage analytics.
Resource usage analytics.

If you find your database is regularly reaching the upper limits in terms of available CPU and RAM, it’s probably time to upgrade to a larger database type.

Simplifying Database Management at Kinsta

It takes an extraordinary amount of effort and time to strategize, code, and collaborate on the launch of an application or website. The last thing you want to worry about is whether your database will be able to handle the load you’re planning for it.

With our Database Hosting solution, you’ll be able to connect directly to your frontend, regardless of whether that frontend is hosted with us or not. Kinsta currently supports the following databases, with more to follow soon:

  • Redis (5.0 and 6.x)
  • MariaDB (10.4, 10.5, and 10.6)
  • PostgreSQL (9.6, 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14)
  • MySQL (8.0)

If you do choose to take advantage of Kinsta’s Database or Application Hosting options, you’ll be able to integrate your applications with your databases seamlessly and monitor metrics across both. And right now, Kinsta is offering a free trial on your first month’s worth of resources. There’s never been a better time to switch.