A while back I wrote a post about my experience with GoDaddy vs Hostgator WordPress Hosting and how I couldn’t take it any longer. Ever since then I’ve had people landing here from google with phrases like ‘How do I transfer my blog to Hostgator?‘ I thought I’d write this quick post and answer those questions – you know, make it easy for people to run from the bad customer service I endured at Godaddy into the welcoming arms of Hostgator 😀 Oh, and by the way, they will do this transfer for free when you buy hosting!
How to Transfer your WordPress Blog from GoDaddy to Hostgator – 9 Easy Steps
#1 – Pick your Package. Go over to the HostGator site and chose which hosting package you want. I’m using the ‘Baby’ plan and I have this blog plus a couple of sub domains and a whole whack of space. Right now, it’s serving me very well and I have no plans of expanding but should I decide I need other features it’s easy to upgrade.
#2 – Purchase your package and make sure you get all your confirmation emails etc.
#3 – Log into your GoDaddy account and download a back up of your blog content just so you have it…you can also export content directly from your wordpress dashboard to be on the safe side but honestly – unless you delete your original files (which you won’t do, will you?), they aren’t going anywhere.
#4 – Go to their Hostgator Transfer Form and fill it out. They will need ftp info to access your old hosting files (at GoDaddy or other host) in order for them to move it all over. It’s secure. Don’t fret. They are there to help you. Fill it all out, I did.
#5 – Wait for them to do their magic. It might take some time for them to gain access and pull all your files over. DO NOT CANCEL your Godaddy account at this point. Have patience and leave it all be so you don’t experience any down time. When your files have been transferred it’s important to note that your domain name registration hasn’t changed.
#6 – Once you have confirmation that your files have been transferred, log into your GoDaddy account and point your domain DNS to your new host. All the info you need is in the bottom left screen of your cPanel with Hostgator. If you need help, click here and watch the video tutorials – there’s one specifically for Godaddy.
#7- If you want to transfer your domain name registration over to Hostgator as well, they will also take care of it for free. I moved mine, easy peasy. To start the process go here. They will transfer the main domain name you used for your hosting account only at no charge.
#8 – It is possible to get a refund on remaining hosting months left with GoDaddy however you will have to submit a help ticket to request it. If you just go and cancel your account through your account settings you will NOT get a refund. In order to get your money back submit a help ticket asking them how to get a refund OR you can call in and request it from ‘customer service’. Do not do this unless you know your transfer is completed to Hostgator.
#9 – do a dance of joy, it’s all done!
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