How to Switch Hosting From WordPress to Hostgator
If you’re reading this it means you’re interested in switching your blog from using WordPress to using Hostgator. If that’s the case then you’ve come to the right place because here’s a step-by-step tutorial on how to do just that.
Why Should You Switch?
There’s a good reason why so many sites use WordPress to launch their blogs: it’s really quite easy to use and offers so much functionality out of the box. If you’re looking for a content management system (CMS) to use with your blog then you should go with WordPress.
And if you’re using WordPress to host your blog then you should consider switching to Hostgator because with them you’ll get a free domain and you can install WordPress onto their platform in a matter of minutes.
So here’s the deal: if you’re reading this then it means you’re probably considering making the switch to Hostgator but don’t know where to start. Or perhaps you’re already on Hostgator and want to know how to switch your blog over to WordPress. In either case, continue reading for the step-by-step guide on how to make the switch.
The Good And Bad Of Both CMSes
Before we begin it’s important to note the good and bad sides of both WordPress and Hostgator if you’re deciding whether or not to make the switch. This will help you make the right choice and decide which one is better for your needs.
With respect to the good sides, let’s go over a few things. First off, in terms of functionality, WordPress is extremely robust and offers a ton of features out of the box. It’s very easy to use as well and doesn’t require any kind of technical knowledge to get started. In fact, for the most part, anyone can use WordPress comfortably.
Hostgator also offers a ton of features and is very easy to use. Additionally, they have a ton of resources online that can help you get started. When it comes to functionality and being user-friendly these two CMSes can’t be beat.
How To Make The Switch
Now that you know what’s available out of the box with both WordPress and Hostgator you can make a better decision on which one is the best choice for your needs. Let’s take a look at how to make the switch. As we’ve established, WordPress is quite easy to use and doesn’t require any special training to get started. So it’s a no-brainer that most new blogs will launch on WordPress.org. And if you’re looking for a platform to use for your blog or website then WordPress is the way to go.
However, if you have technical knowledge (or are willing to learn) then you can use Hostgator instead. Or if you’re looking for a more advanced feature set then you can check out some of the other CMSs available.
1. Start A Blog On WordPress
If you want to use a CMS with your blog then the first thing you should do is register for a free.org domain with WordPress. Once you’ve got your domain you can launch your blog. To do this, click on the big grey cog in the upper right corner of your WordPress dashboard and select the Settings tab. Then scroll down to the bottom and you’ll see a tab called General Settings. On this tab, you’ll want to put a link to your domain’s website or social media accounts in the Network Links section. Then put a link to your home page in the Website section.
To set up the blog itself, you can use the WordPress dashboard’s Publishing section to upload your content. From there you can choose the template you want to use to build your blog on (you can use the Search bar to find specific templates if you’re looking for something in particular) and edit the content as needed. The important thing to note here is that everything you need to get started is already built in to WordPress.
And just like that, you’ve got a fully functional WordPress blog. The best part is that you only needed to register your domain and put a couple of links in the settings to make it happen. So although this was kind of a painless process, it didn’t require a lot of technical knowledge. Just enough to follow along.
2. Transfer Your Blog Over To Hostgator
Now that you’ve got your WordPress blog up and running you can begin the process of transferring your content over to Hostgator. To do this, you’ll need to login to your Hostgator account and click on the Tools tab at the top. From here you can click on the Import function (it looks like a big blue button) and choose the.org option from the dropdown menu.
Next, you’ll want to upload your content either one blog post at a time or in chunks using the button below the menu. When you’ve uploaded all your content, you can click on the Finish button to confirm the import. Now that your content is imported you can click on the Settings tab in the upper right corner to get started using the Hostgator platform. You can also reach out to their support team if you need help or have any questions.
Hosting On Both Platforms Is Difficult
One of the drawbacks to having a WordPress blog is that if you want to switch to Hostgator you’ll have to re-launch your blog from scratch. This involves getting a new domain name, editing your website’s content to fit the new platform, and setting up the blog itself from scratch. So if you’re looking for a fully managed blog host then you’ll need to opt for Hostgator because it’s the only company I know of that offers this service.
Additionally, if you decide you want to switch back, it’s a little trickier because you’ll have to go through the process of importing your blog from WordPress to Hostgator (and then removing the WordPress import). So if you’re looking for a one-stop-shop for your blog needs then Hostgator is a bad choice because you’ll have to go through this process every time you want to switch platforms.
On the other hand, if you want to be able to switch platforms anytime you want then WordPress is a better choice because it’s much easier to use and there’s a large community of support available if you have any questions or need help. Plus, most hosting companies offer some sort of money-back guarantee if you meet certain requirements.
The Final Word
So which one is the best? That depends on what you’re looking for. If you’re looking for a fully managed blog host then you should opt for Hostgator because it’s the only company I know of that offers this type of service. On the other hand, if you want to be able to switch platforms anytime you want then WordPress is the way to go because it’s much easier to use and there’s a large community of support available if you need help or have any questions.
One more thing, if you’re looking for a blogging platform then WordPress is the way to go because it’s extremely robust and offers so much functionality out of the box. If you have technical knowledge then you can opt for Hostgator instead because it’s quite easy to use and offers a ton of features. And if you’re looking for a free domain and want to install WordPress onto their platform in a matter of minutes then Hostgator is the way to go.