How to Transfer WordPress Hosting to Bluehost

So you’ve decided to make the move from shared hosting to a VPS or dedicated server. Congrats! Now it’s time to figure out how to move your site. First off, you’ll need to decide what to do with the data you’ve gathered over the years. Will you keep everything or dump it? That’s your call. Now let’s get to the fun stuff…

Step one: Take a good look at your existing shared hosting plan.

This is the plan you’re most familiar with. The one that, for some reason, you think will work just fine for your site. But will it? Is it fast? Is it secure? Do you have the budget for a VPS? These are all important questions you need to ask yourself before making any decision.

Step two: Calculate the cost of a VPS.

Now that you have an idea of what you’ll need to transfer, it’s time to look into the price. You’ll need to decide if you can afford a VPS or dedicated server. There are several price comparison websites that can help you out.

Step three: Decide on the location of your VPS.

Depending on your budget and the size of your site, you’ll need to decide where to place your VPS. If money is no object to you and you’ve got the budget, then the perfect place for you would be in the US. That’s also where most of the high-quality support is located. You can also look into colocation centers, where you’ll get a physical presence in the form of a hardware server. This is usually associated with a higher cost, but you’ll have the peace of mind that comes with the proximity of a service provider that’s on call if you need them.

Step four: Decide on the plan you need.

This is quite possibly the most important step. You need to decide what you need for your site, and that will dictate what kind of plan you need. If you have a specific website in mind, then you can find the perfect VPS plan just for you.

If you’re looking for a one-stop-shop for all of your hosting needs, then you can look into a managed VPS plan. These are the plans built around a specific server that’s managed by the provider. So all the maintenance and updating that needs to be done is taken care of for you. You just need to focus on creating content.

Step five: Determine how to move your domain to the new server.

If you’ve been running your site from shared hosting for some time now and have built up a trusted relationship with your current host, then you can ask them how to move your domain to the new server.

They’ll walk you through the process and even help you set up your DNS – the address that your visitors enter into their browsers to reach your site. It’s usually a pain to set this up yourself, and most web hosts will make this part as easy to use as possible. Just remember, if you’re using the default DNS servers provided by your web host, then you’ll need to make sure you change them to the DNS servers of your new host. This is quite possibly the most frustrating step of the whole process. It can take some time to get this figured out correctly, and you’ll have to test your site in several different locations before you’re comfortable deploying it live.

Step six: Migrate your content.

You’ll need to take a lot of time to transfer all of the content from your old host to your new host. This isn’t something that can be done overnight. It’ll take you a good chunk of time to get this done correctly and be sure that all of your content is transferred over to the new server.

You might consider using a plugin like WordPress Migrate. This is a plugin that’s integrated into the WordPress dashboard. When you install it, it’ll walk you through the process of moving all of your content from one host to the other. It’ll even move your existing posts, pages, and settings for you. Just follow the on-screen instructions and be sure to check off all the options as you go.

Step seven: Set up your blog’s email.

Did you forget to set up your blog’s email? You’ll need a way for readers to contact you. Now is the time to do this, and it can’t be done easily through your web host. Some free providers like Google Apps will allow you to set this up quickly and easily. Just follow the instructions to get this done.

Step eight: Customize your blog.

Did you forget to customize your blog? You’ll need to do this to make it your own. This is a bit more involved, but you can do this through your web host or with a third-party tool like Jetpack. With Jetpack, you can download a skin from the Theme Store and install it on your blog. You can put your own logo on the blog and even make it your blog’s address rather than the standard WordPress address.

Step nine: Test your blog in multiple locations.

Once you’ve set everything up, it’s time to test your site in several different locations. You can do this through your web host or through a third-party tool like WP Testing. WP Testing is a tool that’ll allow you to test various aspects of your site, from loading speed to layout and functionality. This is a great tool for finding and fixing any glitches before going live.

Step ten: Go live!

Finally, you can go live! Once you’ve tested your site in several locations and are happy with the results, it’s time to make the move to the big leagues. Launch the plugin WordPress Migrate, and you can get to work on making your site look and function the way you want it to. From here, you can continue to grow your site as you see fit.

It’s not often that you get to choose the time and location of your death. Choosing a web hosting service is a bit like deciding when you’ll go on your own deathbed, but it’s an important decision you need to make if you decide to move from shared hosting to a VPS. You’ll need to set the date in advance if you want to be sure you can make this transition.