How to Easily Transfer Your WordPress Website to A2 Hosting
A2 Hosting is one of the most popular web hosts among bloggers and content creators. Their user-friendly control panel makes it easy to set up and run a site. In addition, their hosting plans come with free domain registration, free backups, and free site-wide SSL encryption.
However, moving your WordPress site to A2 Hosting can be a challenge. The platform is optimized for usability and security, and this can be a hindrance for people moving from another platform. In this article, we will walk you through the process of effortlessly transferring a WordPress site to A2 Hosting. The steps include registering your domain, installing WordPress, and connecting the two databases.
Register Your Domain
The first step is to register your domain. You can find a suitable domain through any major registrar. Some good choices are:
Once you have registered your domain, proceed to the next step.
Point Your Domain At The Right Hosting
Once you have your domain, you need to point it at the right hosting platform. A2 Hosting is an attractive option for WordPress users since their shared hosting plans offer incredible value for money. Instead of paying huge amounts for dedicated hosting, you can have a fully functional and feature-rich site without the need to lift a finger. This is great for bloggers who are looking to keep their content flowing without worrying about the technicalities of managing a server.
To point your domain at A2 Hosting, you need to visit their website and click on the “Get Started” button. Alternatively, you can reach their hosting support team by phone at 866-616-3665 or via Live Chat during normal business hours. Once you are on their site, you will see a drop-down menu that will allow you to select the hosting plan that best suits your needs. Keep in mind: the shared hosting plans from A2 Hosting are incredibly cost-effective. This is because they are reputable for providing extraordinary value and they want to continue offering excellent service to their customers. Don’t hesitate to look into their shared hosting plans if you’re searching for a great value-for-money solution.
The next step is to install WordPress on your new host. The best way to do this is through a WordPress installation guide. Fortunately, A2 Hosting provides step-by-step installation instructions that you can follow. All you need is a content-creating platform and a place to put it. You can decide whether you want to use your own domain or the domain associated with your hosting package.
To start creating content, go to your dashboard and click on the “WP Toolkit” option in the left column. This will bring you to the WordPress Toolkit screen, as shown in the example above. From here, you can install plugins, manage themes, or create a new blog post. If you’re installing WordPress for the first time, it will walk you through the steps of setting up a blog with a custom domain.
Connect The Two Databases
Now that your domain is pointed at the right host and you have WordPress installed, the last step is to connect the two databases. You will use a tool called MySQL Workbench to do this. Once you are in the MySQL Workbench dashboard, click on the “Databases” link located at the top of the screen. This will open up a dialog box that will list all the databases associated with your WordPress install. Find the “wp_sites” database and click on it. This will open the WordPress Sites table located inside of it. Find the column labeled “site_domain” and click on it.
This will bring you to a new screen, where you can see the domain associated with each WordPress site. You can enter the values here manually or you can click on the “autocomplete” option and let the software fill in the database for you. Once you have entered the domain for the site you want to move, click on the “Connection” button. This will bring you back to the MySQL Workbench screen, where you see a green “checkmark” next to the database you just connected. You can now connect the same database to your A2 Hosting account (if you haven’t done so already) by clicking on the “Hosting” tab and choosing the “A2 Web Hosting account” located at the top of the screen. Select “Continue” when the system confirms that the two databases were successfully connected.
Congratulations! You have successfully transferred your WordPress site to A2 Hosting. You can now continue to add more value to your content by taking advantage of the numerous features available on the platform.