How to Switch Hosting from GoDaddy to HostGator

Undoubtedly Godaddy is the number one Domain Name provider all over the world. But when it comes to best hosting company then Godaddy is not much popular like HostGator. HostGator is one of the most popular web hosting companies. It hosts over 9,000,000 domains!

If you are not satisfied with Godaddy Hosting Services, you can switch your hosting from Godaddy to HostGator easily. In this post, I’ll show you how to do it.

Time to Switch

Before I dive to the tutorial, I would like to tell why you should switch to Hostgator.

  • Hostgator offers free domain and file transfer.
  • It has more rich features like unlimited Disk space and database.
  • It offers user-friendly control panel.
  • Hostgator is very popular for its Live Support.
  • Hostgator guarantees 99.9% uptime.

How to Transfer WordPress Blog from Godaddy to Hostgator

This is very simple. Just follow the steps…

1. Get HostGator Account

At first you need to create an account on HostGator. Just go to , choose your hosting package and sign up for the account. I am using baby plan for a while and happy with this package.

Now the GOOD news is I have a coupon code that helps you to get 30% off on your purchase. Use the coupon code “RTBHOSTING30 while signing up. You can also get started with HostGator for just $0.01 by using coupon code RTB1CENTHOSTING. 

Read: How to Sign Up for Hostgator for $0.01

2. Backup your Site

It’s always a good idea to back up your site before editing or transferring files.

Go to your Godaddy account and take a backup of your site. Alternatively, you can use export option in WordPress dashboard to back up your blog.

Quick Guide: Go to WordPress Dashboard > Tools > Export > Click on ‘Download Export File’

Export in WordPress Dashboard

3. Fill Out HostGator Transfer Form

Now it’s HostGator’s turn. Just fill the Hostgator Transfer Form and relax. They will do it free for you.

They will need FTP info to access your old host in order to transfer your files. If you got stuck on something, just knock them on Live Chat. They are there to help you out.

It might take some time to gain the all files of your site. So do not cancel your Godaddy Hosting account until the process is fully completed.

Have patience and wait. You will not face any downtime.

4. Connect Domain Name with Hosting

Once you’ve confirmed that your files has been transferred completely, go to your Godaddy account and point to your Domain name to HostGator Hosting.

It may take some times to implement the changes.

If you want to transfer your Domain Name Registration, Hostgator will also do it for free. Just request here.

5. Ask Godaddy for Refund

You can get refund on remaining unused that may be left on the account. To get your money back, you can submit a help ticket or you can call them.

And cancel your Godaddy Hosting Account.

That’s it. You are Done.

Hope this post helps you to transfer your website from Godaddy to Hostgator. Now share your experience about transferring your site with us. Feel free to share this post on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.

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4 responses to “How to Switch Hosting from GoDaddy to HostGator”

  1. Kristina Avatar

    I want to move my domain to Host Gator but do not want to move the website content, meaning I would like to restart my website. How do I move the domain and restart the website on Host Gator using wordpress?

    1. Istiak Rayhan Avatar
      Istiak Rayhan

      It’s simple. Just move your domain to HostGator. And then install WordPress. You will get fresh start. Let me know if you need any other helps. Thanks.

  2. Isaac King Avatar
    Isaac King

    Hey Istiak, thanks for the quick and easy tutorial. One question: do I ask for the refund on the remaining hosting before or after closing my Godaddy account?

    1. Istiak Rayhan Avatar
      Istiak Rayhan

      Yes, you can ask for the refund. But it’s not obvious that they will give you the refund.

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