How To Migrate WordPress Website From HostGator To WP Engine

It’s been around 11 days since last post that I didn’t update this blog. Last week, I was thinking about Link Building Strategy Part I that I’ve been testing with niche site. Actually I was planning to write about it. But why I’m writing this topic instead. Well, it begins from this point. Every morning I read the articles from many bloggers on a regular basis. I found Quick Sprout , which Jon Haver mentioned on his website to check On-Page SEO and load time of your website. So I’ve checked speed of my website and I found this result that pretty bad for load time from current HostGator Web Hosting.

Host Gator Load Time

Host Gator Load Time

And this is the result with new web hosting, WP Engine. So what do you think?

WP Engine Load Time

WP Engine Load Time

Load Time has improved by 79.90%, reduce from 3.98 seconds to only 0.80 seconds. That’s pretty cool, right? Along the way of blog migration, I’m quite impressed with WP Engine migration process, checkpoint backup and wordpress core engine. I’ll describe with this article if you want to migrate your blog or website to a better web hosting. WP Engine (aff link) is also the right choice!

WordPress Blog Migration Process

There are few steps to migrate your WordPress blog or your website from old webhosting to a new one. Well, if you don’t want to do it yourself, you can hire someone to do it for you. For WP Engine, they also have their partner to do a migration for you, which $199 for migration service. And they claim that WP Engine will definitely be faster than HostGator, which I think it’s true from my experience.

OK, let’s get back to our topic!   

Before migrating your blog or your website, first step is backup!

That’s right. You need to backup your blog first! This is a step to backup your website.

Signing-up For WP Engine Webhosting Plan

You can choose which webhosting plan that suits you. For me, I choose Personal Plan for my blog, which 1 WordPress Install, $29 per month, 25,000 visitors per months, unlimited data transfer and 10GB local storage. You can sign-up with link below and get 2 months free!


Working With WP Engine User Panel

WP Engine user panel is difference from cPanel that I ever experienced before with HostGator. It’s quite easy to use. After you’ve signed-up for WP Engine, you’ll receive an email with everything you need to know. If you want to access to your user panel, your URL is

Working With Temporary WordPress Site

Before migrate your website, you need to prepare your new WordPress website first. So it’s being ready to migrate with no problem. All you need to do is update your WordPress and plugins to the latest version for your temporary site from this URL: http://(yourlogin) You can follow these steps here. After you’ve completed this step, I would recommend creating first checkpoint-backup.

Importing Your Data To WP Engine

Well, when I was continued until these steps myself with migration process from WP Engine. My site was redirected to the real domain name and I wasn’t able to access WP Engine menu under WordPress’s Dashboard to locate my IP and CNAME. So I would recommend following these steps instead.

Be Rich And Rich Journey: Going Live With WP Engine

These steps are quite complicated. I’ve tried these steps around 2 times before my site has just gone live with no problem. From my experience, I would recommend following my steps as describe below:

For me, I follow an update DNS with godaddy. Then final step is waiting around 24-48 hours before DNS update.

Final Thought

Migration process takes time around 3 days for me to do it. During this time, I’ve discovered many thing myself, which trial and error. The best thing of migration process is you will know that what is right and what is wrong for you when you want to do something that you never do it before. But if you don’t want to do it yourself, you can hire someone and let them do it for you. Well, I also change my website theme. So what do you think? Please share your comment below. See you next week!

About the Author Raweewan M

Raweewan M is the founder of BeRichAndRich.Com. I loves building online business, affiliate marketer, e-book publishing, travelling and helping other people.

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  • It ís nearly impossible to find educated people for this subject, but you seem like you
    know what youíre talking about! Thanks

  • This blog was… how do I say it? Relevant!! Finally I have found something
    that helped me. Cheers!

  • I once tried WPengine, probably a year ago, they are such a professional in wordpress.

  • Thanks for this tutorial RM. And your results speak for themselves! I definitely need to put a few of my more important sites on a better server like WPEngine. This is on my to-do list before my hosting renews next month.





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