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It seemed to grow incredibly well with bloggers, has fewer glitches, is more affordable (for what you get), has fantastic backups and site checks, and provides amazing customer service.
Because of these rave reviews, I decided to switch my hosting from Bluehost to SiteGround. And I haven’t looked back. The customer service has been ridiculous. The best part? They handled my hosting process FOR FREE***. There were just a few things I had to do on my end, and in this post, I’m going to walk you step by step through how to do that.
Sign up for the SiteGround Transfer
Visit SiteGround and click Website Transfer from the top menu
Now click the Sign Up Now button
You’ll then see a list of hosting plans to choose from. If your blog is newer, I recommend sticking with just the StartUp option for now. Once you have selected the option you want, click Get Started
You’ll then need to enter in your domain information. First click on the circle next to I already have a domain.
Next, enter in your current website url in the field after where it says www.
Then click PROCEED
Then you’ll create your new login information and enter in some personal information:
Next, you’ll be asked to choose which purchase option that you want. When I spoke with bloggers about their advice for hosting service, one blogger in particular (whom I trust) said that she regretted not having purchased the larger package. Therefore, I personally selected the 36 months package. This turns out to be only $3.95/month. You also can select additional services. Obviously, you want the Free Website File Transfer (so they can switch you hosts for you), but I also recommend the SG Site Scanner. I get regular emails that let me know everything is safe and secure with my site.
Next, click on the “I confirm” blurb and select Pay Now
Next, you’ll set up your new hosting account. Click on the small circle next to Transfer a website and then click the Complete Setup button:
Next, you’ll enter in your control panel info. Let me walk you through that:
- Since you are using Bluehost, your Control Panel Type should be a cPanel
- Your Control Panel URL is https://my.bluehost.com/web-hosting/cplogin
- Next, type in your Username and Password (they need this so that they can log into your Bluehost account and start the transfer.
- Where it says Former host select Bluehost from the dropdown menu
- Next, click Confirm
You’ll then get confirmation that you are giving them permission to do a website transfer. Make sure that you’ve checked the “I confirm” blurb and select Complete Setup
And yay! You get confirmation. Now don’t be deceived…just because your Hosting Account is ready to use doesn’t mean that your transfer is done. I made that mistake and called customer service asking what was up. It takes about a day or so for them to complete the setup.
I also got an email notification that they received my request. Heads up, the email comes in as a SiteGround ticket:
Change Where Domain Points To
Then, within 24 hours, I received notification that everything was good to go. Now, heads up, this email was pretty intimidating and I had no idea what all this lingo meant. I called customer service and they were AMAZING at helping me figure out what to do. But let me walk you through it. First, here’s the message and all its scariness:
I cut off part of it, but you catch my drift. YIKERS! But basically what it’s telling you to do is change where your domain is pointing towards. Right now, your domain address (so like www.MethodicalBlogger.com) is pointing to your website as it’s hosted under the Bluehost hosting account. You want to enter in these fancy codes so that they know to point to the SiteGround hosting account.
Let me show you how to do that if your domain is managed by Bluehost. But heads up: during this time you do not want to make any edits to your blog (like editing or writing blog posts) because they won’t save.
Go to Bluehost.com and click on Login and enter in your account info.
Next, select domains from the top menu:
Next, select your domain:
Then click on the name servers tab
In the Use Custom Nameservers section, add the two codes that SiteGround gave you in that crazy-talk email. Then click save nameserver settings.
And that’s it! You’re good to go! I personally contacted SiteGround just to have them look at everything and make sure I did it right. It took just minutes for me to start and end that call, so it might be worth it for your peace of mind!
If you have any questions about this process, please do not hesitate to comment below! I’d also love to hear what hosting service you currently use.
*** Edited to add: we are hearing that people with larger sites (over 50MB) are not transfered for free. The fee was $50. One blogger (see in comments) said that the switch was still well worth it.
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