In the last post I shared with you some of the reasons why I decided to leave Bluehost to host this particular blog (Magnet4Blogging) with SiteGround. In that same post I briefly shared with you the process and the outcome. If you missed this post you can catch up with it here later.
Recently I decided to migrate yet another site of mine from Bluehost to my GrowBig shared hosting plan with SiteGround, so in this post I’m going to share with you the steps that I took to achieve this in greater detail, as well as some of the problems that I ran into during the process.
Back in May of this year (2015), I decided to leave Bluehost for good, and I’d heard a lot of great things about SiteGround whilst I was shopping around for a good web host alternative.
Many web hosting review sites and some colleagues of mine were recommending SiteGround, so I decided why not, anything has to be better than what I was currently using.Thinking of migrating your WordPress site from BLuehost to SiteGround web hosting? Read this first before you do Click To Tweet
Migrating from Bluehost to SiteGround for this blog went completely smooth without a problem, and the entire process was quite quick and effortless almost. For my niche site JusticeForDadsUK.com however, it was still a smooth process, but I ran into a few problems, here’s what happened from start to finish.
The aim of this post is to help you take the steps to migrating your site from your current host, which might be Bluehost, to SiteGround should you wish to. Here I’m sharing my experience with you.
The first thing that I did was to log into my SiteGround web hosting (aff) account as normal. From Home, I clicked on the Support tab and then on the link to Transfer Website, see image below.
I was then greeted with the website transfer form where I carefully filled in the details required to migrate the site over from my current host (Bluehost) to SiteGround.
Just to make you aware that this is a paid service, it’s free if you’re opening a new shared web hosting account for the first time, and as long as your site is under 1GB in size. The transfer fee is normally $30 per website / cPanel.
Once the form was filled, I simply hit the submit button and waited. A few hours later I got an email from one of SiteGround’s tech support staff to say the process was complete, happy days right?
No… not happy days.
The database I requested to have moved for the site in question was the wrong one. SiteGround team had moved the wrong database.
I checked phpMyAdmin to make sure I wasn’t wrong about this, and yep… there before my very eyes was the wrong database. I reopened the support ticket and responded to technical support team to tell them that they had moved the wrong site for me.
I stated clearly which database I wanted moving when I filled out the transfer form, the database name is bodyboar_wor2, instead the database to another site that I didn’t want to use was transferred.
Just to clarify, I have no technical knowledge or experience in hosting or site migrations, I’m still learning about this area even though I’ve blogged and worked with WordPress for years. This was a little bit frustrating for me to say they least. I waited for a response from SiteGround team…
…19 hours later I received a response from SiteGround technical team, it said:
…Fabrizio I have created a new database called Magnet44B_wor2 in which I have imported bodyboar_wor2… See below.
Happy days? Heck this time yeah! From a customer stand point, I was happy with SiteGround’s efforts to fix this. Next job for me was to migrate the domain name from Bluehost to SiteGround.
Migrating Domain Names From Bluehost To SiteGround
OK so to migrate my domain name for the website SiteGround just transferred for me (JusticeForDadsUK.com), I first had to unlock the domain from my Bluehost account, see image below.
Then I went back into my SiteGround account and clicked on the Add Services tab, then scrolled down the page to Order Extras, then clicked on the Domain Transfer button.
I then filled in the domain transfer form which is pretty much self-explanatory, but I’ll walk you through the process nevertheless. Here is a screen shot of the form below.
Product Information – Here you enter the domain name you want to transfer and select any additional options.
Domain Transfer Information Required – Here you need to enter the EPP authorisation code, and administrative email address. In Bluehost you can find your EPP code under domains, then elect the domain you’re transferring. In the domain information box you’ll see a tab called transfer EPP, that’s where you will find your EPP code. Here’s a screen shot of mine.
Domain owner info – This is where you place domain owner information such as name and address, email, phone and country. It’s important you keep this information up to date at all times.
OK so for me, once I was done filling this information page, I simply confirmed the terms and hit submit order with my payment details.
If you’re doing this for the first time yourself, the process isn’t over yet.
You will be sent an email from SiteGround to authorise the domain transfer. Click on the approve transfer link within this email, a page will load in your web browser and you will need to enter your EPP code again, and simply agree to the terms of transfer. Once submitted you’ll see this follow up page:
I’d recommend saving the page or printing it, or screen grabbing it even for your future reference. Additionally you will need to go back into your Bluehost domain info page to confirm the transfer there too.
The process is complete, transfer usually takes 7 days but I’ve found this to happen much sooner. If you log into your SiteGround account and go to to My Account, under Domains you’ll see the the domain transfer is pending. See image below.
One last thing I need to mention is that you will probably need to change your domain DNS, as it will still be pointing to the Bluehost server your site was hosted on. If you didn’t move your site (as show at the start of this post), and only the domain name, then leave this well alone.
And that folks was my little experience with migrating my parenting niche WordPress site from Bluehost to SiteGround. I now have both my blog and niche site hosted with SiteGround.
Asides from the small but time consuming error SiteGround made with moving the wrong database (website), the outcome was a positive one in the end. Though they never admitted error or apologised for the inconvenience caused, they did rectify the problem for me reasonably quickly, so like I said, happy days.
I’m still very happy that I made the decision to move away from Bluehost, and to stop paying the ridiculous $35 per month for VPS I didn’t need.
Now that I have a great non-EIG owned, reliable hosting company to host my blog and my little niche website with, I very much recommend to anyone, stop paying for gimmicks and promises with your current web host provider… Move on, definitely give SiteGround a try (aff), the offer a great all round service, better customer support and reasonably good response time.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading through this post, and seeing the steps I took for successfully migrating my WordPress niche site from Bluehost to SiteGround. If you found any value here, please do share your thoughts and comments over on Google+ or Twitter, and don’t forget to share this post with all your social networks peeps too.
Thanks for reading and best of luck, your blogging friend.
Fabrizio Van Marciano.
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