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After I wrote this post on how to set up an SSL certificate for your site, I received quite a few messages about how to move your blog to SiteGround. Most people were looking to switch because the SSL options with their existing provider were not as seamless as with SiteGround.
When I recommend hosting providers, I only recommend ones that I trust and use with my clients’ sites and my site. I believe that when someone goes to a website that I built, their experience reflects the quality of my work. So, I want to ensure that clients are with the best providers for their needs. I recommend SiteGround to almost everyone, especially new bloggers. I use SiteGround for this site. If a client has more than 200,000 page views/month, I recommend OrangeGeek.
History of Transfers
Last year when I offered premade packages, it seemed like each project included a hosting transfer. Clients were moving from Bluehost and GoDaddy because they were experiencing issues. With GoDaddy, the most significant problem was site security. In fact, this year, I transferred two sites jeopardized on GoDaddy servers. With Bluehost, issues were with server uptime. SiteGround appeared to be a good alternative due to their similar pricing for service. In fact, I would argue that SiteGround’s hosting is much better than the both of those platforms.
Timing Your Transfer
At the time of doing this transfer, Bluehost would issue you a refund for hosting you did not use. About three months later, they terminated this policy. Refund policy differs from hosting provider to hosting provider. However, if you are struggling with security and outages, I would take the loss on your end and get to a reliable provider ASAP. If you are not in a hurry, then I would time your transfer at least two or three months before your current hosting expires. This overlap gives you leeway in case something happens (likely nothing will happen – I’m just cautious).
Transfer to SiteGround
The process is ridiculously easy, and your site will be up the entire time. You don’t do any of the heavy work! Follow these steps:
- Sign-up for SiteGround. The $3.95/month shared hosting should be enough for most blogs. However, if you get more page views, select the appropriate plan.
- You will be prompted to submit info to transfer your website. Enter this information. SiteGround offers a free migration. If it doesn’t show up, in your SiteGround account, visit the Support section and select “Transfer Website.”
- Once you submit the login details to SiteGround, the transfer process can take anywhere from 24-48 hours. Even though your site is live, I recommend that you don’t do anything to your site this time. You could end up doing something to the old hosting site after the migration takes place and those changes don’t transfer.
- Once you receive an email from SiteGround stating that the install is complete, they will provide you with instructions on how to update your nameservers.
- Log in to your domain registrar. Update your nameservers to point to SiteGround nameservers.
- If you use Google Apps for Work, login to your SiteGround Cpanel. Go to MX Entry, select your domain, and press Set Google MX. This update ensures your Google Apps continues to work.
- Nameserver changes can take up to 48 hours to occur. If you log in to your site, make sure you clear your browser and website cache to ensure you are working with your site on SiteGround. Caching issues can cause you to work on old versions of your site.
Once the migration takes place, give it a few days before you activate Let’s Encrypt to make sure everything goes over smoothly!
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