Are you planning to migrate your WordPress website to Hostinger?
Then, this article will be very helpful for you.
Here, I have mentioned the easiest way to migrate your WordPress (WordPress.org) website which is hosted with any web hosting provider to Hostinger.
So read on.
Automatic Migration Tool-
This article is all about using Hostinger’s automatic migration tool to migrate your website to Hostinger.
If you are a newbie who has never migrated a website before, then you should use this tool because here Hostinger’s experienced professional(s) will migrate your website for absolutely no charge.
The other good things are your website will experience zero downtime during this process and your search engine optimization (SEO) and all your blog posts, their images, your WordPress settings will remain intact after the migration.
I too availed this service to migrate one of my blogs from Bluehost to Hostinger on 4 February 2021.
I had a very good experience and in this article I will list out all the necessary steps for successful migration and some useful tips.
Step 1- Backup your website-
You should take a complete backup of your website by using WordPress plugins like UpdraftPlus and save this backup to a remote storage like Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.
Having a backup ensures that you can easily restore your complete website quickly if something fails during the migration process.
Step 2- Buy the right web hosting plan-
First of all, you should analyse the stats of your website like the number of visitors and amount of resources consumed or required.
Then, you should buy the correct web hosting plan of Hostinger.
For example, consider the following scenarios-
- If your website is receiving less than 10,000 visits monthly and you are planning to host only one website on your Hostinger hosting plan, then you should purchase their Single Web Hosting plan.
- If your website is getting more than 10,000 visits monthly but less than 25,000 visits monthly and you are planning to host other websites on your hosting plan, then choosing a Premium Web Hosting plan would be a good choice.
- If your website is getting more than 25,000 visits monthly, then without a doubt you should choose their Business Web Hosting plan.
- Even if your website is receiving less than 25,000 visits monthly but if you are confident that the number of visits will spike in the near future, then choosing Hostinger’s Business Web Hosting plan will be a wise choice.
Step 3- Disable two-factor authentication-
You should disable the two-factor authentication of both your WordPress blog and your web hosting account in which your blog is currently hosted.
These steps are necessary because the Hostinger team needs to access these properties to migrate your website and if you didn’t disable Two-factor authentication (2FA), they can’t access these properties and can’t initiate migration.
Step 4- Make a migration request-
It will take around 3-4 days to migrate your website.
So, you should plan accordingly like you should make this migration request prior to 5-6 days before your web hosting renewal with the other web hosting provider is due.
This is important because some web hosting providers will delete your website and its data when you don’t renew your hosting.
So, it’s better to plan ahead.
Now, let’s learn to make a migration request with Hostinger.
Login to your Hostinger account and click on your profile picture located on the top right corner.
Then, a small window will open and here, you should click on Migrate Website.
Then, the Migration Requests page will get opened, here click on the Request Hosting Migration button.
A new window titled WordPress Migration will get opened and here, you should fill out the details of your WordPress website and that of your web host with which your website is currently hosted.
Explanation of the WordPress migration window-
In the WP-Admin URL field, provide the login URL of your WordPress blog.
And then, provide your WordPress username and password respectively in the WP-Admin Username and WP-Admin Password fields.
Then, you should fill your web hosting login page URL and your username and password which you will use to login to your web hosting account respectively in Hosting Provider URL, Username and Password fields.
If you have any additional information to provide to the Hostinger team, you can fill that in the Additional Information box.
Finally, Select the right Hosting Account in the Select Hosting Account box (this box is present below the Additional Information box) and click on the submit button.
Step 5- Check the status of your migration-
Immediately after submitting the migration request, a clipboard icon should appear on the top right hand side near your profile picture.
By clicking on this icon, you will know the migration status of your website.
Once you have requested for migration, it is recommended not to do any changes to your blog like adding new blog posts or updating the blog posts until the blog migration is completed.
Step 6- Update name servers and activate SSL certificate-
Once the migration is finished, you will receive an email from Hostinger about the same.
That email will also contain the name servers of Hostinger.
You should visit the domain registrar of your website and update the name servers.
You should replace the name servers of your old web hosting provider with that of Hostinger’s.
Then, you should visit the hPanel of Hostinger and activate the SSL certificate.
Step 7- Check plugins-
If you are using any other cache plugin, you should replace it with LiteSpeed Cache plugin because this plugin performs the best with the Hostinger’s LiteSpeed web servers.
You should also visit the Cache Manager in hPanel and turn on Automatic cache for superior performance.
Some plugins like All in One WP Migration plugin, Akismet and Hello Dolly get installed during the migration process, if you don’t require these plugins, you can remove them.
Also, if you have previously deleted WordPress default themes, they might have reappeared during the migration process. So, you can delete them if they aren’t necessary.
If you are previously using two-factor authentication for your WordPress website and have disabled it for migration purposes, you should re-enable it.
Also, you should set up two-factor authentication for your Hostinger account for security purposes.
That’s all, now your WordPress website has been successfully migrated to Hostinger and you made all the necessary changes.
Now, you can continue working on your website.
If you have any doubts regarding the migration process, you can contact Hostinger support or ask your doubts in the comment section below.
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