LAST UPDATE: JANUARY 2018
This guide is suitable for every user, especially for who is coming from SiteRubix hosting (Wealthy Affiliate).
In this post, I’m gonna tell you how to migrate WordPress website from one host to another, without any hassle and without being a skilled webmaster. Everyone can do this. Easy and simple. This guide is suitable for EVERYONE that is currently using ANY host (Hostgator, Bluehost, GoDaddy, etc) and wants to change to a new RELIABLE hosting without having the hassle to migrate the website by himself. Read the post until the end.
>>> If you are in a hurry, just skip to the guide <<<
In the previous tutorial (How To Move Your Site From Wealthy Affiliate To Another Hosting) I was guiding you through all the steps to move your website specifically from Wealthy Affiliate to Bluehost.
After several years, I found out that Bluehost is still a good service, but it lacks in something. So I went searching for other web hosting and after many hours and days, reading tons of reviews and comments, I choose to try these 3 hosting:
1&1 is very cheap. When you start using it you understand also why. I bought a domain name first because was something like $1.00, then when I had the need to move from WA I decided to buy the hosting too. I was new to this hosting world, so I just looked at the price, the cheapest, the better. Wrong decision.
Very soon I faced the problem how to move my site from the old hosting to the new one. 1&1 don’t have a chat service, they really seldom answer the emails and when they do, the answer comes 2-3 days later (if you are lucky). And you know that on the internet days = ages. Moving my website was a real nightmare. Lucky me, I found a friend that taught me what to do, and somehow in less than one week, I had my website on the new hosting.
Later on, I was so disappointed by the 1&1 service, that for another website I tried SiteGround. The thing that made me go with them was the ultra-friendly and ultra-fast Customer Care Service. In less than one minute there is always someone that provides help in real time. At the question “How do I move my site from my old hosting to the new one?” they just replied “Don’t worry, we will do it for you. For FREE.” And they did. Easy peasy. In half an hour they moved my website from my old hosting to the new SiteGround hosting. Excellent!
GoDaddy has a big name and big reputation. However, as many of the big names companies, there are more cons than pro going with GoDaddy. Limited disk space and database, huge corporation (that means that they could not care too much about their customers) and if you decide to, it is very difficult to leave. I tried to contact them a couple of time but the chat didn’t work. So I just dropped GoDaddy.
The Best Hosting
The best hosting among all the other hosting provider is SiteGround, without any doubt.
- 24/7 chat support, ticket support and call support
- good pricing for the WordPress plans
- FREE SSL certificate – almost mandatory if you want to rank high on google
- super-friendly customer service
- easy and hassle-free website migration (FREE of charge)
Unless you are a super-skilled-web-developer-super-hero, you’ll want to have a customer service that is always available, fast and expert, that will guide you step-by-step and in real time, for which you don’t have to pay any extra money.
Now I’m gonna tell you how to move your website from the old hosting to the new one. I suppose that you come from Wealthy Affiliate, but this guide is good even if you come from another host, in this case, you can skip to section 3.
1. DON’T STOP THE PAYMENT TO WA
If you stop the payment you won’t be able to access your username and password details anymore. When your membership expires you won’t get any commission if you have some credit from an affiliate too.
2. SAVE YOUR USER CREDENTIAL
Save or note your Admin details such as login username and password to access the site (ex. admin, xyz12345). Save or note your username and password for the FTP access (ex. ftp_123456, xyz12345). You may need the FTP username and password in order to transfer your site.
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4. TRANSFER THE WEBSITE
Update: Now the Account Setup is much easier. Just provide the login details and the technical team will migrate the content of your website from the old hosting to the new.
Go to SiteGround’s homepage and start the chat using the “Live Chat” at the top right corner. Tell the guy that answer, that you want to transfer your website. He will tell you what to do (basically nothing). Be ready with the user credential for the FTP access, you will have to give the username and password, in order to make them move your website – for free.
Now the very important thing, the transfer MAY TAKE A WHILE, so please:
5. CHANGE DNS
When your website is stored in the new hosting, you will have to change the DNS in your domain registrar account (like NameCheap, GoDaddy, etc).
If you are coming from Wealthy Affiliate what you have to do is go to SiteDomain –> Settings –> Name Servers, and change the Name Servers with the ones from SiteGround.
The Name Servers from Wealthy Affiliate will be something like this:
replace with the SiteGround ones that will look something like this:
If the tech team of SiteGround did the migration, you will receive a ticket reply with all the information you need, in order for the domain to start loading the content on SiteGround’s end. (It is amazing, isn’t it?) If you want to know the process and DIY here a step-by-step guide:
If you didn’t receive the email from SiteGround with the Name Servers, you can go to your SiteGround User Area –> My Accounts –> Information & Settings
Look for Account DNS. You will see something like:
Take note of both your Account DNS.
Go to the admin area of your domain name registrar and under the domain name replace the old DNS with the new one from SiteGround.
Save and wait for the DNS change to propagate. It may take up to 24 hours. Once again, please:
6. STOP YOUR PAYMENT TO WA
After 24 hours everything should be working fine and smooth. Check your website using the Incognito Windows of your browser. At this point, if everything is good, you can eventually stop the payment to Wealthy Affiliate. Notice that you will be not able to do ANYTHING on the Wealthy Affiliate website (even access to your profile) if you aren’t under the Premium Membership, so be sure to say goodbye to your WA’s friends before stop the payment.
If you want to have everything under one roof, you can transfer your domain name to SiteGround too. This service cost only $15 and it comes with an additional year of registration. To be able to do this you’ll need to own the domain name for at least 60 days. This step is optional, so it really doesn’t affect the performance of your site. I have my 2 main websites all under SiteGround while the others under NameCheap.
In order to transfer the Domain Name go to your Wealthy Affiliate Dashboard, and under Site Domains, turn OFF the Transfer Lock.
Be sure to install the new FREE authority certificate Let’s Encrypt. Here you can find how: Let’s Encrypt – Free SSL Certificate For Your Website
You just moved your website safely and quickly! Now it is time for a deserved, fresh beer!
If you need some other advice or any kind of help, just leave a message below I’ll be more than happy to help you!