How To Transfer A WordPress WebSite To Hostgator Or A New Host

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Learn how to move a wordpress site to Hostgator or a new hosting company.

If you need to move a website over to Hostgator and it’s a wordpress website, this video is going to show you how to transfer a website and have no downtime.

I’ll be showing you how to transfer a wordpress blog backup and install it on Hostgator hosting, you don’t need to be using Hostgator, your host just needs to access to phpmyadmin to follow along.

In this video I’m going to cover, downloading the wordpress complete backup and database, this is created with a plugin called “WordPress for Google Drive”
Adding domain to Hostgator and installing a new wordpress blog.
Uploading the wordpress blog backup core files via FileZilia a free FTP software program.
And the final step of importing the wordpress blog database via phpmyadmin

If you need any help please feel free to ask for help, if you’ve already joined Hostgator don’t forget you can always jump on the live chat support.

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Here is the long version of how to move a wordpress blog:

WordPress Backup Plugin Videos
This video is a little old and I plan on creating a new one ASAP, the plugin is called “WordPress for Google Plus”.

The other plugin mentioned in the video is called “BackWPup”. I’m going to redo the video and will post link here over the weekend.

Craig Smith

  • Krishna Angampally
    Posted at 12:01h, 18 August

    Hey Craig, one more question. I have done everything you said above. And pointed the DNS to hostgators servers. Is my website now being hosted by hostgator?

  • Craig Smith
    Posted at 16:15h, 18 August

    I just checked kcacreations (not sure if that's the domain you're talking about, but the DNS setting are still pointing to WA hosting.

  • Craig Smith
    Posted at 16:16h, 18 August

    That shouldn't matter as you're not transferring the actual domain from namecheap or Godaddy etc. You're simply moving the website.

  • Tracy Campanella
    Posted at 17:47h, 18 August

    Very helpful video. Thank you. Favorited!

  • aalr1986
    Posted at 03:48h, 10 September

    the step of dropping the tables. This is the one thing I was missing. THANKS!

  • Craig Smith
    Posted at 17:15h, 10 September

    Perfect, glad I could help.

  • Ky Trang Ho
    Posted at 16:37h, 19 September

    How do you do this if you don't have Configure Google?

  • Craig Smith
    Posted at 20:21h, 29 September

    Hi, what is the error message, please message me the error and site URL and I'll have a look for you.

  • Piotr
    Posted at 17:58h, 19 October

    what about when I want to move to new server and also to new domain.
    How I can do that please reply?

  • DomainDiving
    Posted at 07:27h, 02 November

    Thumbs up! Great video 🙂

  • nolo conosco
    Posted at 00:00h, 22 November

    i wanna see the secret stuff! what did you blur out?! porn masta!

  • Gloria Reibin
    Posted at 00:18h, 26 December

    I have a baby account with Hostgator. I created an AdOn domain and did the word press thing, but it appeared to come out as a subdomain. Does that mean that I can not migrate the files to my main AddOn Domain?

  • Gloria Reibin
    Posted at 21:44h, 27 December

    Craig,help.  I downloaded to domains and  copied files, but neither shows a DB when I click on wp-content

  • Sandeep Das
    Posted at 08:48h, 18 February

    Nice video bro thanks i got help alot

  • dimos premtis
    Posted at 18:11h, 07 May


  • Brenden Thieroff
    Posted at 08:09h, 03 August

    Never mind, I figured it out.  For anyone wondering the same thing, you go to Settings/General and change the WordPress address and Site Address to the new site… DUh.. 🙂  Thanks for the video again!

  • Santhosh Reddy
    Posted at 16:35h, 11 November

    I have did the same thing you have told but i am getting ERROR 403 – FORBIDDEN  … anyone can help me out with this error… its kinda urgent 
    thanks in advance 
    p.s – email me the solution 

  • Travis Pronschinske
    Posted at 00:32h, 08 December

    Having an issue. Don't see any of my pages, content, or photos. Seems to me like possibly a database issue I'm assuming. Any idea as to what it could be? I have followed your video instructions but no luck.

  • mckay Smith
    Posted at 21:49h, 11 December

    Just an update, he called the plugin to upload site into google drive "wordpress for google drive," but i had to type in "wp-google-drive" for it to pop up in the admin plug-in search menu.

  • David Osullivan
    Posted at 22:47h, 18 January

    Worked perfectly thank you

  • Victor Acosta
    Posted at 21:59h, 03 February

    When you first get on to FireZilla, What Details do you use to get the new files? So in other words, How do you connect to your new hosting ( 4:27  in the video) so I can see all the empty new files like you did?

  • Craig Smith
    Posted at 22:12h, 03 February

    Hi Victor, for some reason I can't reply to your comment directly. I used my cpanel login details to connect to the new hosting, primary domain and cpanel user and pass.  But I would now recommend you take a look at this tutorial


  • Guido's How-to's
    Posted at 10:23h, 07 May

    So by doing a clean install of WordPress with QuickInstall you're bypassing the part where you have to manually add a database, and edit the wp-config.php file to make contact with the database you made; exactly where a lot of people make mistakes. Smart move!

  • gig970
    Posted at 17:20h, 12 May

    Hi Craig, Thanks for the tutorial, its very informative.
    this is for multiple account under the primary domain (Baby package in HG) and thats what I have from other hosting and planned to transfer to HG. But my question is how do you transfer the primary domain first I mean should I do the same procedure as you described for my primary domain and then add new domain under primary account and follow your steps? Thanks a million 🙂

  • Top Five
    Posted at 11:08h, 06 February

    ass hole, you are blurring the video we are not even understanding what you are doing

  • youjohnny16
    Posted at 02:53h, 08 February

    Thanks Craig. Excellent.

  • Nelly Nelson
    Posted at 13:44h, 25 March

    is there anyway of doing this without going through hostgator. I have a webhost and site so there is no need for me to be pauing £x a month for something I have.

  • Mike Pilcher
    Posted at 05:15h, 22 April

    Thank you for the great video! Very helpful. 🙂

  • Paul Ward
    Posted at 18:19h, 13 July

    Beware – if this is the first site you are transferring over to Hostgator YOU DO NEED the wp-config.php file – else you wont be able to get into phpmyadmin. Youll get 401 permission errors

  • Michael Nakonecznyj
    Posted at 22:05h, 13 July


  • hardyal kushwaha
    Posted at 13:38h, 03 October

    Smith give me your youtube tutorial link for Google Drive for WordPress…Thanks

  • Michael Kelly
    Posted at 03:54h, 01 May

    Hi there Craig,

    Thanks for the tutorials – is this demonstration from a local server?

    My situation is, I have built my first website locally through WordPress and I want to transfer it to Hostgator. I have set up my hostgator account, just need to know if this is right process for my situation.

    Also I noticed Paul Ward commented;

    "Beware – if this is the first site you are transferring over to Hostgator YOU DO NEED the wp-config.php file – else you wont be able to get into phpmyadmin. Youll get 401 permission errors"

    Is this something I should be doing also instead of deleting it?

    Thanks Craig,

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