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Updated: This article has been updated on 13th October 2019 to show updated screenshots as per new Godaddy and BlueHost interface.

Here’s an article to help you move your website from GoDaddy to BlueHost.

In my previous article, I had touched upon few GoDaddy Alternatives if you are fed up with GoDaddy. One of the alternatives that I recommended was BlueHost.

For all those who are convinced, I will show you how to move domain and website from GoDaddy to BlueHost.


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GoDaddy to BlueHost Migration Steps

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Attention: Below steps are Technical in nature. Any incorrect changes done to the server may result in serious data loss and more. So, please be careful.

Total Time Required (if you do it yourself): 2 – 4 Hours (Approx)
(it can be even longer than 4 hours if data involved is large)

Checkout the video below to see the steps:

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Step 1. Transfer your domain

Open Domain settings

Login to GoDaddy and click on Manage for the domain you wish to migrate.

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Disable domain lock

If you’ve got Domain lock turned on, be sure to turn this off.

Additional Settings

Get authorization code

To complete the domain transfer, you’ll need an authorization code from your existing registrar.

Before you click “Get authorization code”, make sure you have the correct email address updated with GoDaddy.

If the email is going to abuse@godaddy.com, then it means your email is not configured correctly in Godaddy to receive authorization code. So, better contact Godaddy and get it fixed.

Click on “Get authorization code” to have GoDaddy mail you the authorization code and domain information.

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The email looks similar to this:
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Login to BlueHost and enter your authorization code.

The domains option is found under cPanel settings. Click on Transfer domain.

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Enter your domain name.

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Next, enter the authorization code you received via email.

You’ll now receive another email containing a second verification code. Enter the second verification code.

Change the name servers.

Choose the option to update the name servers to BlueHost.

The name servers for BlueHost are ns1.blueHost.com and ns2.blueHost.com.

Additionally, choose a renewal option, update your contact information and agree to the Terms of Service.

Finish the checkout process.

Accept pending transfer on GoDaddy

Go back to GoDaddy transfers and accept the pending transfer.

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Step 2. Transfer your files

Open GoDaddy Web Hosting Manager

Login to GoDaddy and navigate to Web Hosting Manager.

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Create an FTP user account

Navigate to FTP settings and create an FTP user account.

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Also, make a note of your FTP address.

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Download files and folders

Connect to your FTP address with an FTP client and download your website’s files and folders.

Upload files to BlueHost

Login to BlueHost cPanel and open File Manager.

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Upload the files and folders downloaded from your GoDaddy account into the domain’s directory.

Step 3. Migrate your database

If your website uses a database, you’ll have to migrate it along with your domain and files.

Login to phpMyAdmin

Under GoDaddy Web Hosting Manager, click on phpMyAdmin to access the database.

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Export database from GoDaddy

Click on Export to start exporting your database.

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Keep format as SQL and select the database names to export.

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Import database into BlueHost

Navigate to phpMyAdmin on your BlueHost cPanel and import the database you exported from GoDaddy.

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Import database on Bluehost

Navigate to BlueHost “Database Tools” section and click on “phpMyAdmin”. Create a new database here. Then click on “Import”, select the SQL file and click “Go”.

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Conclusion:

If you are follow these steps, you can easily move your website from Godaddy to BlueHost. As always, take backup before you start the migration process. Let me know if anything is not clear by commenting below.

If you want to Install WordPress on BlueHost follow these steps.

Enjoy your new hosting provider!

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