by Adam Preiser updated July 28, 2019

How To Change Website Hosts & Migrate All Your Data

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Here are some of my favorite web hosts.

SiteGround


SiteGround is a highly recommended web host online because they have catered to WordPress users and yet still have affordable pricing. They are most known for their fast performance and equally fast support.

Key SiteGround Features:

  • Free SSL Certificate
  • FAST Knowledgable Support
  • WordPress Staging Enviroment
  • Free Website Migrations
  • Daily Backups

SiteGround is a solid choice for your web hosting needs. They cater to WordPress websites and offer fewer resources than their competitors, but higher reliability.

Check Out SiteGround

Cloudways


Cloudways in a managed cloud server service where you choose the cloud provider and Cloudways connects their platform to it which makes it incredibly easy to manage. You pay a small monthly premium vs going direct in exchange for the management platform and support when you need it.

Key Cloudways Features:

  • Choose From 5 Cloud Hosting Services
  • Insanely Fast Servers
  • Easy To Use Control Panel
  • 24/7 Support & Live Chat
  • Free SSL Certificates
  • One Click Staging For WordPress
  • Free WordPress Caching Plugin

I really like what Cloudways is doing. Sure you can go directly to the various cloud hosting providers, but for the modest premium you pay, you get the Cloudways control panel and more importantly, support.

But in my personal experience support was not fast, or that interested in helping me.

Check Out Cloudways

A2 Hosting


A2Hosting is a US based hosting company that specializes in WordPress website hosting. They offer affordable prices, a stable hosting environment, and execelent support.

Key A2 Hosting Features:

  • Uses SSD Drives
  • Free SSL Certificate
  • US Based Support

A2Hosting is one of the top 3 WordPress web hosting companies that I recommend. If you want your WordPress website to have fast loading speeds without breaking the bank, then you should strongly consider a new hosting account with A2Hosting.

Check Out A2 Hosting

Good luck with your migration!

Adam
Adam
My passion is making the best quality video tutorial online, for non-techies. When I am not behind the camera, I am usually helping out one of my YouTube subscribers.

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  1. I found your blog via Google while searching for such kinda informative post and your post looks very interesting for me.

  2. Thank you so much for detailing this, I’ve been struggling for weeks with which host to choose.
    Anyway, i am looking for the cheap linux hosting. Can you suggest me the one most cheapest hosting provider to transfer my domain?

    Thank you so much.

    1. When it comes to hosting, the cheapest is usually the worst and produces slow websites. I would suggest checking out SiteGround which is supper affordable.

  3. Hello Adam. I saw a video like 2-3 weeks ago where you showed a way how to store the wp content on servers very cheap(cent amounts).
    Could you send me the link plz.
    Thx in advance
    Payam

  4. Hi
    I am not a web builder, I am a program developer. I was told to use name cheap as my hosting company, so I transferred my domain. I am starting to locate a web builder with LMS for on-line learning. I just found WP crafter, very impressive. I watched a video and like the product and want to learn more to build my site.

    Question;
    1. Can I utilize your website/LMS and remain with my current hosting company; at least for now?
    2. Will I be able to purchase your course to help me learn how to build website?
    3. Is their any costs associated with your website/LMS ?
    4. I must report all student content to several regulatory boards, if I move my hosting to where you recommend. IF I ever decide to change hosting;
    Can I move hosting elsewhere ?
    Do I loose the content if I move it ?

    1. You can migrate your hosting account or your domain wherever you want and as often as you want and you won’t lose any data. For hosting, they are not all the same, some are much better than others. Also, depending on the purpose of the website, you may want a higher powered web hosting account.

      For a Learning Management website, I would recommend one of the managed WordPress hosting companies or Siteground.

      My courses are available for sale 🙂

    2. This post helped me a lot when i moved my blog from one useless hosting company to the one am using right now

  5. Moving a website from one host to the other is mostly good with backup plugins, but only if you have clean version of your website already backed up somewhere.

    Thanks fof this guide anyways, i really appreciate.

    1. Yes that is another option IF you only need the website and do not need your email accounts, email forwarders, DNS settings, etc, migrated as well.

  6. We currently have an active, working domain for example — example.com. We are developing a new, updated site on; sandbox.example.com. We want to use a new host – either SiteGround, InMotion, or Cloudways. We want to move the sandbox site over first and then when it is ready, stop pointing to the old site and start pointing our domain to the new site. Will the migration of the three hosting services above handle this type of migration?

    Thanks,

    John

  7. I like to migrate to a new service provider, the process is too tricky & have many chances for errors which leads to data loss or rework. Thank You for writing this article

  8. Hi Adam,

    My website was very slow so I decided to move it to Siteground, But I was worried as I am not techie and not sure how to move the site, After watching your video tutorial I had not only moved my site but also improved my site optimized, Thanks for the videos, now I am on my way to becoming a pro.

  9. should n’t you first change your dns of your website address after making a backup before you ask inmotion to install it on your account?

    1. No you shouldn’t. You want to AFTER the new host has restored the backup. If you change the DNS before, and your new host takes 2 days to restore, then your website will be down for those 2 days.

  10. Hello Adam,
    If I use your link, but purchase the WordPress optimized hosting instead, can I still get your bonus courses? I have been chatting with someone from InMotion and really like what comes with the WordPress hosting!

    Thank you,
    Sharon

    1. From InMotion Hosting, yes. They recently released that new service and I haven’t had a chance to fully test it. But I will say that I am really excited about it and its build for high performance with no compromises.

    1. Well, it’s a tough one there. So you are 5 years prepaid? I will say that you need an SSL certificate and you get them included with InMotion Hosting, but not with GoDaddy. So that offsets some of the cost. But yes your experience will be much better for sure.

  11. Hey Adam,
    I am thinking of changing hosts. My host does not use CPanel for my wordpress site. Currently with host gator should I just ask them for a backup I am still in the process of building my site. TIA Dawn

    1. Hey Dawn, you can use a WordPress migration plugin like All In One Migration, I do have a tutorial on it, to just move the website. You would then need to recreate any email addresses. You know Hostgator does use cPanel.

  12. Please Tell me how to make sticky share buttons like your site. Please Please Tell me how to you make this.

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