That’s Why
InstaWP Is Better

That’s Why InstaWP Is Better Then TasteWP

There are only a few services that offer to create online WordPress sandboxes and test sites in a few seconds. One such service is InstaWP, and another name that pops up is TasteWP.

This post will compare the offerings of two major players in this segment – InstaWP & TasteWP.

First, let’s have an overview:

Then
TasteWP

InstaWP is an all-in-one WordPress online development platform offering multiple features. it provides you to create staging sites, also known as dev sites, of your live WordPress sites.

TasteWP

TasteWP focuses primarily on creating test sites for quick testing and playing around with WordPress. Both InstaWP and TasteWP have many similarities. The sites are created within seconds. On TasteWP, you also get the option to install plugins of Inisev, the parent company of TasteWP.

While both services look similar at first glance, InstaWP is quickly innovating in terms of adding new features to appeal to a larger audience of WordPress developers, designers, agencies, and even bloggers and newbies. We will list the features to understand the capabilities better.

Speed Comparison

We have used the same PHP version (8.0) and WP Version (6.1.1) to test the performance using the default theme and plugins provided by each platform:
Tested on 9th Feb 2023*
Performance Score
100%

More is better

99%
Largest Contentful Paint
434ms

Less is better

1.4s
Structure Score
100%

More is better

93%

“InstaWP has been an invaluable tool for support and QA testing for our work on Google’s Site Kit and Web Stories plugins, allowing us to quickly and easily spin up new sites to test a wide variety of scenarios.”

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Bethany Chobanian Lang

Community Lead, 10up

Performance

TasteWP installs their backup plugin and a few more plugins/themes when you spin a WordPress site with them. On the other hand, InstaWP is committed to offering a fresh WordPress instance without any plugin/theme pre-installed until the user selects to install one. This ensures better performance and user experience for InstaWP users.

Analytics

You can create demo sites with an InstaWP free account. However, if you wish to track your demo’s performance, it can only be done when you have a premium account. Alternatively, as TasteWP installs its preferred plugin on the demo sites it creates, it lets you track the number of demos created.

If you go for a paid InstaWP account, you can:

  1. You can track active/total demo sites.
  2. Install your own plugin and use your own template to launch demos. It will have your own content as well, theme and plugins, and configuration too. Learn how to set up product demos here.
  3. You can collect emails and send them to your marketing software.
  4. You can log in to demo instances to provide pre-sales support. 
  5. You can lock down sites so that users cannot download your pro plugin demos. 

Not only this, but your pro account will help you Create staging for your internal teams and shut down your staging servers completely. 

Imagine how much money it can save for you! And, of course, it boosts your conversion rate too 🙂

Pricing (comparison between “most popular plans”)

Both InstaWP & TasteWP provide free accounts with temporary website support. If you need permanent sites, then you will need to upgrade to a paid plan.
Get access to powerful tools inside your InstaWP account.

$6/mo

5 Site

TasteWP

Only one plan available.

$4.98/mo

Per Site

InstaWP offers powerful features in other plans

Features Comparison

InstaWP
TasteWP
SITE FEATURES
Custom Site Name
In-built Database Editor
In-built Code Editor
View Logs
Export to LocalWP
ADVANCED FEATURES
SFTP / SSH
Map Custom Domain
WP CLI Commands
Third Party integrations
Clone Sites
Save Versions
Public API
Git Integration
Github Actions Support
PHP Configuration
Post-execution Commands
TEMPLATES
Save As Templates
Template Branding
Webhooks
Instant Templates
Content in Templates
Lead Generation
Lock-down wp-admin
TEAMS
Create Team
Team Members
Whitelabel (private suffix domain)
Enterprise Infrastructure & Plans
Detailed Documentation
GENERAL FEATURES
Temporary Sites
Permanent Sites
Pre-install plugin/theme
Multiple PHP Versions
Chrome Extension
Social login

Conclusion

If you are just testing a plugin or playing around with WordPress, you can use any service. However, InstaWP is an advantage there as it comes with a faster infrastructure without bloatware. InstaWP is funded by Automattic and founded by Vikas Singhal, whose focus is to continue innovating in providing a product aimed at creating WordPress staging sites as quickly as possible.

InstaWP will be an excellent choice for more serious use cases as it comes with a fully built development platform and not just a sandbox service. Especially the 1-click WordPress staging plugin and Git Integration.

For Plugin & Theme companies, InstaWP offers a blueprint (a.k.a Templates), which can have pre-installed plugins, themes, AND content, whereas TasteWP’s concept of templates is just pre-installed plugins and themes.

The great news is that both InstaWP & TasteWP offer free plans that can be used to test the systems’ capabilities and choose according to your needs!