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How To Transfer WordPress from Bluehost to SiteGround Hosting and Migrate Your Content (Great Idea for 2020!)

If you want to transfer WordPress from Bluehost to SiteGround hosting and migrate all your content — Welcome! You’re in the right place.

To start with a little migration inspiration, I thought I’d share a story: 3 weeks ago my friend who runs an online publishing company emailed me upset with how Bluehost had treated her, their prices, everything was going wrong. We got on a Google Hangout call and I vowed to help her. Do you know how long SiteGround migration took us?

We successfully migrated her site to a SiteGround GoGeek plan in under 2 days. That’s the story πŸ™‚ 3 years of pain at a bad web host solved in 2 days!

Life is short, migrate. In a nutshell, we saved Nicole a ton of money, increased page speed, beefed up security (with a free SSL and backups) and overall found her website a cozier home.

Nicole can now relax and focus on selling eBooks and courses and managing the huge community of publishers she loves.

Now I’m getting more questions than ever (which I love!) on how to switch from SiteGround to Bluehost so I figured I’d write you guys a complete SiteGround migration guide with all new graphics so you can follow along easily and move your hosting too – it’s seriously an amazing idea!

Why You Should Migrate Hosting to SiteGround Today

Here at EasyWebsiteIdeas.com we actually love Bluehost for bloggers just starting out and love SiteGround for advanced bloggers and websites, folks who do it for their business, etc etc.

Other great reasons to transfer WordPress from Bluehost to SiteGround include:

  1. SiteGround has been growing rapidly in popularity from 2016-2019
  2. Free Let’s Encrypt SSL which is super easy to install
  3. Free SiteGround optimizer plugin for even more speed
  4. They have an amazing support team
  5. Perhaps most importantly, average WordPress websites consistently load with page speeds of < 2 secs on Pingdom, which is GREAT for SEO.

As per point #5, please see this comment a fan posted:

transfer bluehost to siteground speed increased

To put this in layman’s terms: 1.8 or any page load time under 2 seconds is highly desirable for all of us ever since Google made page load speed a big criteria in Search rankings. Faster page load speed = happier Google = more traffic = more ways to make money blogging for you.

Even though Bluehost is officially the #1 WordPress recommended web host, SiteGround will likely be surpassing them soon.

What Does SiteGround Migration Cost?

At SiteGround WordPress migrations are free.

You can request a free SiteGround professional migration for new GrowBig and GoGeek plans. If you get a StartUp plan you’ll need to do a manual plugin migration (also free and easy, I’ve use this method 4 times now).

Domain migrations do cost a $14.95 service fee, but SiteGround will give you a free year on the domain.

Their plans don’t confuse people – SiteGround simply gives you all the quality and power of a dedicated plan for one simple price of $3.95/mo.

transfer wordpress from bluehost to siteground

EWI Migration Tip: I am also offering a full SiteGround migration service for an affordable fee if you’re busy or simply prefer a hands-off approach where an expert will migrate for you. All you have to do is setup your new SiteGround account. Then I’ll take care of the migration, domain details, and support tickets plus I’ll provide you with a 3-part video series on every step we did in case you’d like to replicate it in the future. If this service interests you, I can slot you in right away, please email me with subject like “Expert Migration Service” and we’ll get you going! (Typically takes 1-week to complete)

So, back to the migration we just completed, my very first step was actually to contact SiteGround support and ask them the exact steps to transfer hosting from Bluehost to SiteGround (so I could explain them before we began to my client, Nicole).

Live Chat support told me with their usual humor and charm that once I setup my new account, I can request a free “Professional Migration” where the SiteGround admins migrate everything, or I could choose to migrate manually using their SiteGround Migrator plugin.

Both options are free, so we’ll cover both here! πŸŽ‰

How to Transfer WordPress from Bluehost to SiteGround with a Professional Migration (Recommended for Beginners)

The professional migration service is the best option for new GrowBig and GoGeek plans, but is not available for StartUp plans. If your budget only allows you to get the StartUp Plan, please see steps below to do a free manual plugin migration (I’ve done this manual method 4 times now and it’s also pretty easy, just follow our steps here and ask me any questions, seriously!).

Are you ready to transfer WordPress from Bluehost (or any web host) to SiteGround? Here’s how to do it:

  1. First, setup your new account: We recommend you do this step today to get the ball rolling. GoGeek is the best option. Browse deals here.
  2. Choose their Professional Migration service: You can select this option right away in your new SiteGround Dashboard.
  3. Provide Access to your Original Website: Give SiteGround your Bluehost cPanel information (100% secure).
  4. Allow SiteGround time to migrate your WordPress content: For us this took only one night plus one morning.
  5. Preview Your New Site: Load it in your browser using a special previewing tool (your old site still remains unchanged).
  6. Lastly, point your Bluehost domain to SiteGround using nameservers: This final step directs any and all visitors to your new SiteGround hosting and new website.

Bonus: Because my client friend also wanted to transfer a domain name from Bluehost to SiteGround, I’ll include those steps below for you too.

Estimated Time to Completion: 2 Days (if you start today!)

Difficulty Level: Beginner

Please click on the links above to jump below and start your Bluehost to SiteGround migration.

steps to change website hosting from bluehost to siteground

For WordPress users in need of new hosting in 2020, here are the complete steps to Switch Website Hosting from Bluehost to SiteGround:

Step 1) Get Your New SiteGround Plan

SiteGround plans are all awesome, we’ve been a customer for years and have tried the StartUp, GrowBig and GoGeek plans if you need guidance.

To begin, visit www.SiteGround.com

information iUse this link β†— to get our latest SiteGround discounts updated daily.

You’ll see three Powerful WordPress Hosting plans, exactly what we want.

  • StartUp
  • GrowBig
  • GoGeek (what we use here)

If you are on a budget then you can choose their “StartUp” plan. It’s great for smaller blogs and sites with low traffic.

However, if you expect more traffic and have a larger website (100+ posts) , we recommend choosing their β€œGoGeek” plan which we run on here. It’s truly unlimited.

Whichever you choose, migration will work fine and you can later upgrade or downgrade based on your needs. 

Once you’ve made up your mind, click on Get Plan:

siteground get plan buttons can't go wrong

Next, choose “I already have a Domain” and enter your domain then click the blue Proceed button:

I already own this domain

Now create your SiteGround account with a login email and password:

Then enter your Client Information (about you or your business):

Next, enter your Payment Information just like you would at Amazon, AinBnB, Uber, Apple or wherever you shop online:

Need to pay with PayPal? Please email me and I’ll show you how.

Now it’s time to review your Purchase Information. Click on Data Center and choose the closest location to you. 12 months is a great period but longer is good too. In Extra Services, I would leave SG Site Scanner unchecked. It just lets you know if you’ve been hacked (trust me, you’ll just know you ever get hacked, which is very rare at SiteGround.)

Now it’s time to Pay Now. If you chose 12 months then your total should be $143.40. Check the Confirm box and click Pay Now:

Hopefully it will say Your Account Was Successfully Created!

You’re well on your way now with the process to transfer hosting from Bluehost to SiteGround. Let’s keep our momentum!

Next, click on Proceed to Customer Area:

Step 2) Choose a Professional Migration

(If you bought a StartUp plan you should use the manual migration steps below, it’s easy and makes sure you get a free SiteGround WP migration). 

You have a new account at SiteGround and the battled is half done, congrats!

In your new client area, click on Set Up Site button.

You’ll be taken to the Add New Website screen at SiteGround, where you’ll go if you add new websites in the future.

Under Migrate Website, hit Select:

Then click Professional Migration:

Step 3) Provide Access to Your Bluehost Website and Request Migration

Once you’ve selected a Professional Migration (free for new SiteGround accounts) you’ll see the Provide Access to Website form.

Enter your cPanel URL (the link you use to login to Bluehost’s cPanel) along with your username and password. Don’t worry at all about confidentiality here, these a trained experts.

Then click Continue at the bottom of the screen. 

SiteGround will begin your migration!

Step 4: Allow SiteGround Experts Time to Migrate Your Content

Okay, your work is done now.

You’ll get a migration ticket email once migration has begun, and then the ticket will be updated when your Bluehost to SiteGround migration is finished. For me, this took all of one morning! So not much more than 1 night of filling this information in, then a morning where they did the hard work.

SiteGround tickets btw are created by their expert admins who take pride in the tickets they successfully complete for you, so you have a real person to respond to with any questions.

You get honest, timely, personable, nice support always at SiteGround

Step 5: Preview the New Site

Your expert migration admin will give you a couple options to checkout your site on your new web hosting. 

The easiest option is to visit https://hosts.cx/ and enter your IP address (included in your migration ticket) and domain name.

Once you do this you can preview your new site, and hopefully it looks beautiful.

Step 6: Enter Your SiteGround Nameservers

Once you’re satisfied with your migrated content, it’s time to head to your Bluehost cPanel and point your Bluehost domain to SiteGround. My client bought her domain name from Bluehost so we needed to enter her new SiteGround nameservers at Bluehost.

If you bought your domain name somewhere else like GoDaddy then enter your SiteGround nameservers in over there instead.

You’ll want to click on domains up top:

Then scroll down and click the checkbox by your domain name in the lower left.

Next click Nameservers, choose Use Custom Nameservers, and enter in your two nameservers SiteGround has assigned you.

bluehost nameservers how to change

Click save nameserver settings, and just like that… you’re done!

How to Transfer Bluehost to SiteGround using a Manual Plugin Migration

The manual plugin migration also called “WordPress Automigration” is the best way to migrate WordPress to SiteGround if you have a StartUp plan, plus it is also the best way to migrate additional websites to SiteGround.

wordpress automigration

From SiteGround’s WordPress Tools Knowledge Base:

To transfer your site with WordPress Migrator through Site Tools, you have to go to WordPress > Migrator. You have to select the domain of the site you want to transfer, and a path if needed. Then you have to click the Generate button to get your migration token. To start the migration, you have to log in to your site, install the SiteGround Migrator plugin, paste the migration token in the plugin, and click the Initiate Transfer button.

If that sounds a little complicated, here are the easy steps and what you need to click:

  • Visit the Websites tab at your my.siteground.com
  • Click the orange New Website button
  • Choose Existing Domain, enter the domain of the existing website you are migrating to SiteGround
  • Click Continue
  • Click Migrate Website
  • Choose WordPress Automigration
  • Continue

Now follow these easy steps:

you are all set get migration token siteground

You will download the plugin from within your original WordPress site (the site at Bluehost), and paste the migration token is the plugin options.

This will get the content started transferring over.

Lastly, point your domain at your new hosting using your SiteGround Nameservers.

And as a finale, you can transfer your domain to SiteGround too below (for bonus organizational points and speed).

If this all still sounds confusing, or you just want the peace of mind when someone does it for you, you can also hire me to migrate all your WordPress sites for you, just email me if you’d like to go that route

Bonus Step 7: Migrate a Domain Name to SiteGround

how to transfer domain name to siteground

Here is the easy 12-step process to transfer your domain name to SiteGround:
1. Visit gregnarayan.com/siteground to setup your new SiteGround account with the best discounts
2. Choose I already have a domain name and enter your domain
3. Click Pay Now for your hosting account
4. Login to the original place you registered your domain name (For Bluehost this is cPanel)
5. Turn off domain privacy and unlock your domain
6. Copy down the EPP code
7. Point your nameservers to SiteGround now. This ensures you can use WordPress in the meanwhile.
8. Head back to SiteGround and login to your client area, then click Marketplace > Domain Transfer > Get
9. You will pay $14.95 excl. tax but good news is you get a one year extension on your domain renewal date!
10. On the Domain Transfer screen enter your domain name then click Check Status
11. If your domain is unlocked, you’ll be taken to the domain can be transferred screen. Enter your EPP code and basic contact info here.
12. Click Begin Transfer and you’re all set!

Conclusion: Getting More Loving WP Help

How did your Bluehost to SiteGround web hosting migration go?

I wrote this guide for pure fun, I enjoyed the learned process and love the idea of helping more of you guys. But I also wrote it because I understand this process can be anything but fun.

You have at least 2 ways to get WP help here!

  1. If you’re stuck mid-migration, please ask your questions below and I’ll try to get you an answer in under 24 hours!
  2. If this all seems like too much, email me with the subject “Migration Service” and I’m happy to migrate everything for you like we did for Nicole.
  3. Considering you’re on the Internet there are millions of ways to get help, some better than others, so thought I’d point that out too πŸ™‚ But obviously our help is the best, period.

Did you enjoy your switch from Bluehost to SiteGround?

Letting us know reviews in the comments can be priceless in terms of helping those who follow in your footsteps.

So please post any question you have in the comments and I’ll try to help out! πŸ˜€

FAQ to Help You Transfer WordPress from Bluehost to SiteGround

How do I transfer my domain name to SiteGround?

how to transfer domain name to siteground

Here is the easy 12-step process to transfer your domain name to SiteGround:
1. Visit gregnarayan.com/siteground to setup your new SiteGround account with the best discounts
2. Choose I already have a domain name and enter your domain
3. Click Pay Now for your hosting account
4. Login to the original place you registered your domain name (For Bluehost this is cPanel)
5. Turn off domain privacy and unlock your domain
6. Copy down the EPP code
7. Point your nameservers to SiteGround now. This ensures you can use WordPress in the meanwhile.
8. Head back to SiteGround and login to your Client Area, then Click Marketplace > Domain Transfer > Get
9. You will pay $14.95 excl. tax but good news is you get a one year extension on your domain renewal date!
10. On the Domain Transfer screen enter your domain name then click Check Status
11. If your domain is unlocked, you’ll be taken to the domain can be transferred screen. Enter your EPP code and basic contact info here.
12. Click Begin Transfer and you’re all set!

Do I have to transfer my domain name to SiteGround

domain transfer in progress

No. You can just point your nameservers from your domain registrar to SiteGround. However! As SiteGround says “Transfer all your domains in one place, make their management easy and convenient, as well as get awesome domain renewal prices.” Plus, you’ll have a faster website due to less DNS lookups.

Is SiteGround better than Bluehost?

When comparing Basic Bluehost plans to SiteGround StartUp plans, SiteGround beats Bluehost in page speed time according to Pingdom tests, making their hosting a better choice for the money. Page speed is largely becoming the #1 factor for Google Page Rankings and SEO in general. Further more, at SiteGround you get SG Optimizer plugin, tons of free themes, and support that actually knows you and cares (we’ve tested it!)

How do I transfer my WordPress site to SiteGround?

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The 5 general steps (explained in beginner friendly detail in our post) are as follows:
1. Setup your new SiteGround plan
2. Choose a Professional Migration
3. Enter your cPanel login details
4. Test out the new migrated site
5. Switch your nameservers to go live!

Does it cost to transfer a domain name?

Yes. The cost is $14.95, however SiteGround will extend your domain for a free year after your domain is migrated over, so it kind of pays for itself.

How do I unlock a domain for transfer?

unlock your domain

If your registrar is Bluehost, go to your cPanel, click on Domains tab, click the checkbox next to your domain name, then click on the lock tab, then click unlock your domain.

8 replies on “How To Transfer WordPress from Bluehost to SiteGround Hosting and Migrate Your Content (Great Idea for 2020!)”

Thanks Greg!

The Bluehost to SiteGround transfer worked for me in about 10 hours and I though I’d ask a common question here in case others have it:

When can I shut down my Bluehost account, because I don’t wanna keep paying for it?

SiteGround support was so personable like you said too, they don’t ask the stupid questions like hello may I have your full name sir blah blah blah πŸ˜€

Anytime Zahari! You can shut down your Bluehost account as soon as you’ve successfully migrated your domain. Ask SiteGround to confirm everything is transferred and finished to be 100% sure before you cancel Bluehost. Then ask for a prorated refund! πŸ™‚

Of course, Crysta! Hoping your Bluehost to SiteGround migration went smoothly and you’re enjoying the enhanced speed, free themes and all new features. I’m here for any questions!

Great question.

I am currently offering a 3-part SiteGround Migration Video Series on how to easily complete:

1. Professional Migration
2. Plugin migration
3. Domain transfer

All on your own with complete steps and personal access to 24/7 support with me, your expert πŸ™‚

The price of the SiteGround Migration Video Series is $29.95 one-time and you have unlimited access to the videos and support forever.

If that interests you, please let me know right here!

Alternatively, you can also hire me to complete your migration for you, for a one-time fee of $79.95 which also works great for people who are just busy or focused on other things and want a fully headache free process.

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