There are many reasons why you want to move your website from Wealthy Affiliate to another hosting.
Whatever your reasons are, this guide will provide you the information about how to move EASILY to another host and without losing any of your data. I was a Wealthy Affiliate member and at one point I had to leave. So I myself did this process without any guide. I did a couple of mistakes that took me days to settle. I’m going to teach you how to save time (and headache), avoid those mistakes I made and go smoothly through this process.
While you may find a lot of info and tutorial about moving your website from a host to Wealthy Affiliate, you will not find so easily information about how to move FROM Wealthy Affiliate to another host.
UPDATE May 2016: Bluehost is charging $149.99 for the migration service, therefore, some steps on this guide are discontinued. Luckily another hosting company is offering the same migration service for free. Read more about it here –> How To Migrate WordPress Website Easy and Simple (and Free)
First of all: DON’T QUIT WEALTHY AFFILIATE. Not for now. Don’t even delete your preapproved payments on PayPal.
Secondly: DON’T CHANGE ANY DNS. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, don’t worry, it will be clearer later.
1. GET THE NEW HOSTING ON BLUEHOST
Chances are 99% of you guys are using WordPress.
WordPress.org recommended Bluehost as the first choice.
I would recommend the same. Even if Bluehost could be a cheap domain hosting, it has a good 24/7 Chat Support that will help you if any problems will occur.
The starter Bluehost offer is $3.95/month and that includes:
- unlimited domain hosting
- unlimited hosting space
- unlimited file transfer
- unlimited email accounts
- free domain name
- free site builder
- free instant set-up
- 24/7 CHAT SUPPORT
- $50 coupon to spend on marketing offer (like Google Adsense)
Two plans to start with:
starter basic – discounted rate of $3.95/month
plus – discounted rate of $6.95/month
If you can spend a little bit more there is one plan that is optimized for WordPress. It comes with several enhancements that will make your WordPress site faster, safer and WordPress-ready. Prices starting at $12.49/month – discounted rate.
2. BACKUP YOUR OLD WEBSITE
Now that you have purchased your new hosting (if you didn’t, go back and do it first!), it is time to backup your old website.
There are many ways to backup a website. The best one is to use the plugin called ManageWP.
Enter as usual into your website and from the dashboard press:
Plugins → Add New → Search for ManageWP → Install now
When the installation is done, activate the plugin and press on ManageWP in the banner at the top of the window
This will redirect you to the official website where you want to put your email and follow the instruction. It’s FREE and will save you a lot (a loooooot) of hassle.
If you followed the instruction and everything went fine, you will see your site on the side panel.
3. TIME TO SET UP THE NEW WEBSITE
Now it’s time to set up your new website on Bluehost.
UPDATE: BlueHost is now offering a paid migration service for $149.99. Since this guide was referring to their official guide that is not available anymore, I strongly recommend you to use SiteGround that comes with a FREE migration service. Read more about this here.
After login to your Bluehost account, you can follow the official guide from here and stop at the chapter “Changing the URL”. This will teach you how to install WordPress and set up ManageWP in the new hosting and migrate safely the data from the old hosting (in this case Wealthy Affiliate hosting) to the new hosting (Bluehost).
4. CHANGE THE DNS
Now you can finally change the DNS. If you have already purchased a .com domain name from another provider (GoDaddy, Hostgator, Bluehost, 1&1 etc…), go to the admin area of your domain name seller and under the domain name change the DNS (you might want to search in the support area “how to change DNS”) . You will find something like this:
This could take a while. You can check what is your DNS using whatsmydns.net, insert your website name (ex. mywebsitename.com), change the drop down menu from A to NS and click Search. If you see the old DNS somewhere, wait 10 minutes and the do the search again until you will see only the new DNS.
If you still have the website name myname.siterubix.com and you want to purchase a .com domain name (ex. myname.com), first of all, search if the domain name is available, just type under here the name you would like to buy and press check availability
After that go back to the official guide here at the chapter Changing the URL and finish the process.
CONGRATULATIONS! YOU ARE DONE!
At this point, you will have a copy of your website in the new hosting. Now you can go to PayPal (or the other payment method of your choice) and deactivate the recurring payment to Wealthy Affiliate.
- Buy the hosting at Bluehost
- Install ManageWP on the old website
- Login into your new Bluehost account
- Setup WordPress and install ManageWP on the new website
- Clone/Migrate your old website to the new using ManageWP
- Change DNS in order to have your domain name pointing to the new hosting
If you have any problem following this guide, just drop me a message in the comment below and I’ll be more than happy to help you during this process.