How To Migrate Hosting From GoDaddy To Bluehost 2020 (Ultimate Solution)

Welcome to InfoLeading Blog where detailed information is shared. Today, I will be sharing with you a detailed guide and ultimate solution on how to migrate hosting from GoDaddy to Bluehost.

I recently moved one of my WordPress sites from GoDaddy to Bluehost and found out that switching hosting providers and servers are quite very easy.

In this very article I will list out and explain 10 complete steps to follow on how to transfer your hosting from GoDaddy to Bluehost.

How to migrate hosting from GoDaddy to Bluehost

So I do advice you to take your time and read this article which covers all the steps you need to migrate hosting from GoDaddy to Bluehost.

And I will also show you at the end of this article how to move your domain from GoDaddy to Bluehost as well for those who no longer like GoDaddy domain registrar.


Here Is A Video Tutorial To Migrate Hosting From GoDaddy To Bluehost


Like I said earlier, I migrated one of my blog’s hosting from GoDaddy to Bluehost but it was a bit difficult then. This is because while sourcing for information on hosting transfer, it happened that most of the information were outdated and or incomplete.

This made me more curious to find out an easy and ultimate solution to this problem. Of course most of the challenges I faced was due to the fact that GoDaddy and Bluehost always makes changes to their respective websites which makes them look different every year other than the past years.

In this article, I aim to show you how to migrate hosting from GoDaddy to Bluehost in a simple stress-free way. And finally I will give you a free tip on how to move your domain from GoDaddy to Bluehost although this is will be at the end of this post.

Remember not to skip any words written in this article, so you can fully understand the steps to migrate hosting from GoDaddy to Bluehost carefully as fast as possible without stress. That is why I have made thorough research and compiled the steps you can follow easily.

So in this step by step guide, I will be showing you how you can change your hosting providers manually without making use of any plugin. I didn’t have this guide to assist me then, yet it didn’t take me more than an hour to migrate hosting from GoDaddy to Bluehost.

Before we embark on the steps to migrate WordPress site, I will love to list out the common questions most people ask about this process.

a.) How can I migrate WordPress site to Bluehost?

b.) What is the difference between GoDaddy hosting and Bluehost hosting??

c.) How to transfer website from Godaddy?

d.) How will I create Bluehost account?

The above questions are the major queries that people always seek answers to. And I will answer to all these questions in this very article.


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So without wasting much of your time let us get in to the process of transfer our WordPress Hosting from Godaddy to Bluehost manually in a very simple and easy way.

How to migrate hosting from Godaddy to Bluehost

Let me start by explaining what is required for transfering your website from Godaddy to any other providers (Bluehost) in a layman’s terms.

First and foremost before you embark on the journey of moving WordPress site to Bluehost, you must purchase a hosting plan with Bluehost. Then you will download your entire blog files (which includes posts, themes, plugins, comments, photos, users etc.) in a zip format from Godaddy Cpanel into your computer, refer your domain to the new Bluehost hosting account and finally upload your blog files to Bluehost from your computer. That’s all, super easy right?

This article is a step-by-step tutorial that will assist you on how to migrate hosting from GoDaddy to Bluehost without stress.


NOTE: The processes involved on how to migrate hosting from GoDaddy to Bluehost are the same for moving other WordPress blogs/websites between other hosting companies that operates on cPanel.

For example: Assuming you want to migrate your WordPress hosting from HostGator to Bluehost or switch from SiteGround to Bluehost, you will follow the same strategies in this article because all the aforementioned hosting platform operate on cPanel.


Before I get into the steps involved on how to migrate hosting from GoDaddy to Bluehost, I’ll assume that you bought your domain name and hosting from GoDaddy registrar. Like for me I bought my hosting from GoDaddy and I got a free domain name for 1 year which was about $12 -$13.

There are so many reasons why people switch hosting providers. Most of the reasons are poor loading time, high cost etc. Mine was high cost on the renewal from GoDaddy, it is very costly although the loading speed time is efficient for a normal blog like mine.

So without wasting much of your time, let’s head into the step-by-step guide for migrating blog from GoDaddy hosting to Bluehost.

Step 1: Purchase hosting and migrate WordPress site to Bluehost

First and foremost, you have to purchase hosting on Bluehost. You will do this by signing up and creating a web hosting account with Bluehost. In order to do this, CLICK HERE – you will purchase hosting at 63% discount + a free domain name for the first year. The hosting of your blog with Bluehost will cost you as little as $2.95/month.

How to start a blog on Bluehost

If you click on the Get Started green button above, you will see a page asking you to select a hosting plan (for instance; if you are managing only one blog, then you should choose the basic plan).

After you have selected your hosting plan, the next page that will pop up is where you are going to key in your existing domain name (that is the domain name you purchased from GoDaddy) in a field written Use a domain you own.

Then enter all the your details, choose how long you want your hosting plan to last (for me, I will recommend 36 months which is 3 years because it will save you a lot of money), you can opt in for their Domain Privacy although it is optional and pay.

Finally, you will be told to create a password for your account. That is all that is required in the first step for you to purchase and migrate hosting from GoDaddy to Bluehost.

Advantages and Benefits of using Bluehost as your web hosting server or provider

  1. It is cost effective – $2.95/month.
  2. Once you purchase any hosting plan, you will get a free domain name.
  3. Runs a Cpanel platform which is user-friendly.
  4. Page loading speed is very fast.
  5. WordPress is preinstalled automatically.
  6. Quality security options.
  7. The customer service support is 24/7.
  8. It is highly recommended and widely used by many bloggers worldwide.

Step 2: Compress and download your WordPress files

The next step to migrate hosting from GoDaddy to Bluehost after purchasing your hosting in Bluehost is to go back to your GoDaddy cPanel, select all your files, compress and download the files into your computer or mobile phone depending on the gadget you are using to migrate hosting from Godaddy to Bluehost.

Below is a detailed procedure to compress and download your WordPress files.

  1. First and foremost, Log in to your GoDaddy account.
  2. Go to Web Hosting section and click on Manage.
  3. This will take you to your cPanel. You will see Web applications under it is Files. Click on the File Manager icon.How to migrate hosting from GoDaddy to Bluehost
  4. This will open up a new page like this above. On the left side of the cPanel look for public_html folder. Click on it and it will open all of it’s contents to the right. Those files are all your WordPress files.
  5. Mark the select all the files icon and click on the Compress button from the top menu.
  6. Select the .Zip File Archive format and hit Compress files.
  7. You should take note of the Archive location. By default the new zip file folder created will be located in the same public_html.
  8. After the compression is done, look for the new zip file created  and click on Download from the top menu. This will download your WordPress files into your computer.

Step 3: Export and download your GoDaddy database files

After you are through with all the steps involved in the compression and downloading of your files, you will also export and download GoDaddy database files into your computer by following the below steps.

  1. Go back to your GoDaddy cPanel and look for Databases section by scrolling down. And then click on phpMyAdmin.
  2. Your databases will show on the left-hand side of that cPanel dashboard. Then click on the blog’s database. This will expand and pop up all the documents and files of your database which looks like comments and post to the right.
  3. You will see on the top menu Export, click on it.How to migrate hosting from GoDaddy to Bluehost
  4. Select the Export method >> Quick and Format >> SQL and Tap Go. This will save the database straight to your computer.

Step 4: Change your domain nameservers to point to Bluehost

  1. Go back to your GoDaddy account by clicking on the My Products on the top right corner of the page.
  2. It will expand, then click on Domains section and select Manage DNS.
  3. A new page will pop up. Look for Nameservers by scrolling down.
  4. Click on the Change button.
  5. You have to replace GoDaddy nameservers with Bluehost nameservers which you received on your email account during the time you signed up for Bluehost hosting. Bluehost nameservers looks like this; NS1.BLUEHOST.COM and NS2.BLUEHOST.COMHow to migrate hosting from GoDaddy to Bluehost
  6. After setting up the nameservers like in the image above, click on Save. This will start pointing your domain to Bluehost. Like I said before that I will show you how to also transfer your domain to Bluehost so you will have both your hosting and domain under your Bluehost account. You can do this later by following the last step in this tutorial.

Step 5: Assign your Domain name to Bluehost cPanel

  1.  Now go and Log in to your Bluehost account.
  2. Go to Domains section and click on Domain Manager
  3. Select Assign located o n the top menu.
  4. Choose the second option which is Use a domain that is not already associated with your account and key in your domain name. For instance InfoLeading.com.How to migrate hosting from GoDaddy to Bluehost
  5. Scroll down to step 3: choose addon vs. parked like in the image above and ensure that the Addon domain is selected.
  6. Go to step 4; choose addon directory and sub-domain, click on Create a new directory like this; public_html/InfoLeading. For the subdomain use InfoLeading (but replace InfoLeading with your own domain name).
  7. Then finally click on Assign this domain.

Step 6: Transfer your WordPress compressed files to Bluehost cPanel

  1. Go to Hosting located on the top menu in your Bluehost account.
  2. Scroll down to the Files section and click on the File Manager. It will pop up a page asking you to choose a directory you want to open. Select Document Root for and choose your domain name from the drop-down list and click on Submit.
  3. Tap on Upload in the top menu to upload the compressed zip file you downloaded from your GoDaddy cPanel in step 2. If your zip file is more than 150Mb, you need to upload it using FTP. This is a bit tricky but I will show how. Here, you’ll go back to the hosting menu on Bluehost and choose FTP option from the top menu. You will create a new FTP account and download a free software called FileZilla in your computer.How to migrate hosting from GoDaddy to Bluehost
  4. Once you have finished uploading the files, choose that zip file and click on Extract.

Step 7: Create a new MySQL database in your Bluehost Cpanel

  1. Go back to your Bluehost cPanel Dashboard and search for the Database section then click on MySQL Databases.
  2. Create a new database that is database1. Tap on Create database and copy out the name of the database because you will use it in the next step. For instance your database will look like this prefix_database1.How to migrate hosting from GoDaddy to Bluehost
  3. Then scroll down to add a new user which is user1. Create and add a password and write down your username including the prefix – prefix_user1 and password. Click on create a user.
  4. Then finally add the newly created user to the database you just created and click Add.

Step 8: Move phpMyAdmin database files to Bluehost

  1. Go back to the Database section again but this time around choose the phpMyAdmin.
  2. In the left hand side of the panel, look for the database you just created in the step above and click on it (if you can’t find it, expand the folders by clicking on the + sign). the right hand side of the panel will be empty.How to migrate hosting from GoDaddy to Bluehost
  3. Then finally Import the database you downloaded from your GoDaddy cPanel in step 3 above.

Step 9: Edit the Wp-Config.php file

  1. Go back to the Hosting section in the top menu.
  2. Scroll down to the Files section and click on the File Manager. It will pop up a page asking you to choose a directory you want to open. Select Document Root for and choose your domain name from the drop-down list and click on Submit.
  3. Now choose the wp-config.php and open it with the Code editor.
  4. Look for the DB_NAME, DB_USER, DB_PASSWORD and change all those places highlighted with the database name, username and password you created in step 7 above.How to migrate hosting from GoDaddy to Bluehost
  5. Finally Save it.

Step 10: Setup and save Permalinks

  1. Go to your blog and Login to WordPress dasboard as usual with your username and password.
  2. Go over to the settings >> Permalinks
  3. Choose the setup you need for your permalinks and click Save.

And finally you are through with the processes involved on how to migrate hosting from GoDaddy to Bluehost. Your blog would now start running on Bluehost.

Step 11: (Optional) Transfer your GoDaddy domain to Bluehost

Like I said before that I will show you in the final step on how to transfer your GoDaddy domain  to Bluehost. This section is optional but if you are tired of GoDaddy and want your Domain name to be in the same registrar where your hosting is, then this option is for you.

As you have finished with the steps to migrate WordPress hosting from GoDaddy to Bluehost, you have to know that your domain is still registered with GoDaddy. You can leave it there if you want to but GoDaddy renewals sucks that it why it would be better to move everything to Bluehost.

But I just discovered that domain renewals are more cheaper on Clouflare at about $8.03 each year. I will write another post about Cloudflare domain registrar so you will understand more in details how to migrate over to Cloudflare registrar which offers more security and also speed up website loading.

Back to where we were, for you to transfer your GoDaddy domain name to Bluehost, you will have to follow the steps below.

  1. Login to your GoDaddy account.
  2. Go to Domains section and click on Manage.
  3. Scroll down and find where it says Domain lock and unlock it by switching it off.
  4. If you happen to have purchased any private registration with GoDaddy before, you should as well turn it off. You may wait for a few hours for this to be effective.
  5. Go over to where it says Get authorization code. An email will be sent to you on the email address you registered your GoDaddy account with (this may take few seconds or minutes as the case may be).How to migrate hosting from GoDaddy to Bluehost

Once you have gotten the authorization code, you should now head over to your Bluehost account and follow the steps below.

  1. Go over to Domains and scroll to the list of domains then check the little box next to your domain.
  2. Click on the Transfer options tab.
  3. Then click on the Transfer this domain to your account link
  4. Now paste your authorization code gotten from GoDaddy in there.
  5. Choose domain privacy and auto-renew if you want and finally complete any purchase. You will be charged for the domain registration for extra year. This extra year starts immediately the domain registration you paid on GoDaddy expires. So you won’t loose anything.

So that is all that you will do to transfer your domain name from GoDaddy to Bluehost. The domain transfer may take several hours to become effective but all these happens behind the scene.

At this junction, you must have learnt how to migrate hosting from GoDaddy to Bluehost easily without stress.

Conclusion:

I have listed and explained the 10 easy in-depth step-by-step guide on how to migrate hosting from GoDaddy to Bluehost manually without stress.

I now believe that you must have successfully migrated your WordPress hosting from GoDaddy to Bluehost and for the final step on how to transfer your domain name from GoDaddy to Bluehost as well.

Also, if you have been running a custom email address using GoDaddy’s webmail, you should transfer it as well.

GoDaddy charges for the email services it renders when it is unlimited already on the Bluehost hosting plan. So I don’t see the point of paying GoDaddy for the email services.

In other for you to do this, simply find the Email tab section in your Bluehost account and then create the same custom email addresses you had with GoDaddy.

And then finally you can now connect your custom email addresses to either Gmail, Outlook, or whatever services you want to use for sending and receiving emails.

Finally we have come to the end of this tutorial on how to migrate hosting from GoDaddy to Bluehost manually the easy way.

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