How to Easily Move WordPress Hosting from Godaddy to BlueHost
A couple of weeks back, I wrote a blog post about how to easily move your WordPress hosting from GoDaddy to BlueHost. Since then, I’ve gotten a lot of e-mails asking me how to do this. So today I’m going to give you a step-by-step guide on how to easily move WordPress hosting from Godaddy to BlueHost.
The Reason Why You Might Want To Move
So why would you want to move your WordPress hosting? The answer is simple. BlueHost offers a lot of great services and features that you might not get with GoDaddy. Specifically, BlueHost offers:
- Free domain privacy
- Free backups
- Free DDNS forwarding (Domain Name System (DNS) resolution)
- Free domain forwarding
- Free private name servers
- Free shared hosting plans
- Free installation of a WordPress blog
- Free WooCommerce
- Free Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate
- Free purchase of a Plus or higher plan
Now, all of these things are awesome, and you might not want to spend a penny on a domain if you don’t have to. On the other hand, sometimes it’s nice to have a domain that’s dedicated to a single purpose (like www.youraid.com or www.airbnb.com).
For those reasons and more, moving your WordPress hosting might be an easy decision to make.
The Steps To Take
So how can you move your WordPress hosting? The answer is pretty simple. All you need to do is sign up for a free account with BlueHost. Once you’ve signed up, you’ll be given a choice of different hosting plans to choose from. The next step is to click on the Get Started button to continue.
For those of you who have a WordPress blog or website and are considering switching to BlueHost, here’s what you need to do:
- Go to the WordPress dashboard and click on the settings tab (above the menu)
- Under the settings tab, you’ll see a few options relating to hosting. Choose the option that suits you best (you’ll need to know what type of hosting you have before making this decision)
- From here, you can make some basic changes relating to your website’s appearance, such as changing the color of the text or applying a new theme (if you’re not sure what kind of hosting you have, visit the WordPress help center for information)
- Once you’ve made the necessary changes, click on the Update button at the top of the WordPress dashboard
- You’ll then be provided with a code. Copy this code and paste it into the header section of your website’s source code
- Then, visit your website and you should be good to go. It really is that easy
If you follow these steps, you’ll be able to move your WordPress hosting with ease.
Which Plan Should You Go For?
So you want to move your WordPress hosting to BlueHost? Great! There’s a reason why we recommend BlueHost over other providers. Here’s a breakdown of what makes BlueHost so special:
First off, they offer a free domain if you register with them (just make sure you set up your domain security properly).
Second, they offer a $2.95 per month premium plan that comes with free backups, private email addresses, and free domain privacy (this is the basic plan). To get these perks, you’ll need to pay $5.45 per month for the Plus plan and $11.95 per month for the best plan (Pro)
Now, these prices are for a one-year term. However, if you’re looking for a longer commitment, you can purchase a full-year plan for only $12.95 per month with the aforementioned perks.
To be able to host websites on an unlimited basis, you’ll need to pay a bit more for the Plus and Pro plan. However, the features and the service quality are great and it’s a good option for those who are just getting started.
How To Find The Best Hosting For Your Needs
So you’ve decided to move your WordPress hosting and need to know where to go to find the best plan? Great! It’s important to find a hosting plan that suits your needs. After all, you’ll be depending on the provider’s services to host your blog or website. This is why it’s important to do your research and read reviews before committing.
When it comes to finding the best hosting for your needs, it’s important to keep your target audience in mind. Do you want to appeal to a wide audience or a specific audience?
If you want to appeal to a large audience (e.g., you’re looking for an affiliate product to promote), go with a shared hosting plan. These hosting plans are generally cost-effective and since you’ll be sharing resources with other websites, it’s easy to get around the technical aspects of website building.
On the other hand, if you’re looking for a product that’s more tailored to the tech-savvy audience (e.g., you’re running a photography blog and need advanced features), go with a VPS (Virtual Private Server). A VPS isolates your website from the rest of the shared hosts on the server, giving you greater capacity to handle traffic spikes (when a lot of people visit your site at the same time).
The important thing to keep in mind is that you need to find a hosting plan that suits your needs. As I mentioned before, BlueHost offers a free domain if you register with them. However, it’s not always the case that you’ll get a free domain with every hosting plan. So, make sure you check the terms and conditions of the plan you’re considering before committing.
Switching To BlueHost Is Easy
So you have decided to switch to BlueHost and moved your WordPress hosting there already? Great! Now comes the hard part…admitting you’re wrong about GoDaddy and showing the world that BlueHost is the better choice. Believe it or not, this is actually easier said than done. Here’s why:
If you’ve been paying attention to the news over the past year, you’ll know that GoDaddy has had a pretty bad year. The company faced a series of humiliating lawsuits and had to settle with the U.S. government. Most recently, in October 2019, GoDaddy settled with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over claims of deceptive practices. In return for paying a $16.65 million fine, GoDaddy had to admit to the SEC that it had made false statements regarding its flagship product and promised to properly disclose any material changes to its services.
In light of this, many people still think that GoDaddy is the best option when it comes to web hosting. However, if you follow my previous steps, you’ll be able to easily move your WordPress hosting to BlueHost without needing to change a single thing about your site (the name of your domain, your contact details, etc.).
The truth is, if you really want to switch to BlueHost but are worried about whether or not you can live up to their reputation, there are other options. In fact, there are a few other web hosting companies that are just as good as BlueHost. The only difference is your wallet will be thanking you later.