Free WordPress Hosting Migration with Hostgator Hosting

We recently published a post on how to migrate WordPress hosting, but for many users migrating WordPress hosting is a technically challenging process.

Most bloggers who initially used inexpensive hosting or shared hosting when they started blogging (as we advised here), may now have reached a level of success which calls for more advanced hosting.  However, due to a lack of technical knowledge, they continue to rely on  free or cheap hosting which may present issues in terms of a lack of advanced resources or frequent downtime.

In today’s post we will have a look at one of the best shared hosting services which will allow you to migrate your WordPress blog for free to their hosting service.


Hostgator, one of the best shared hosting services for WordPress, is not free, but it does offer quality hosting for a very reasonable price. One of the best features offered by Hostgator is its customer service, a very important feature of any service.  In addition to their commitment to excellent customer service, Hostgator offers free WordPress hosting transfer, making the transfer to their service even more compelling. They offer this service so that new customers can move from their old hosting service to Hostgator with minimum stress and hassle.

Before you sign up for Hostgator, however, here are some of the facts you should consider where Hostgator’s free webhosting migration is concerned:

Facts about Hostgator’s free webhosting migration:

Main domain:

Hostgator allows free migration for your main domain. It does not matter if it is a WordPress blog or a static website, they will migrate your blog for free.

Upgrade your package:

If you are an existing customer, you can upgrade your hosting package to a higher level. For example, if you have the Hatchling plan, you can upgrade to the Baby plan or to the Business Hostgator plan, and ask them to migrate it for free.

Migrating multiple WordPress blogs/websites:

If you have more than one blog to migrate, you can get in touch with Hostgator customer care before you sign up with them, and negotiate a deal to buy their hosting service if they are willing to handle the migration of more than one website.

Having said that, you should be aware that when Hostgator’s customer care handles your WordPress hosting migration, some common issues you may encounter are:

  • Images not uploading
  • Cache not working
  • Wp-db manager plugin not working
  • Odd character WordPress issues

These are issues which they are supposed to handle, but because they follow traditional migration methods, (such as migrating databases and moving WordPress content folders), they can easily miss some of these features.

Do let us know if you prefer Hostgator over other shared hosting services, or if you prefer some other hosting service which you believe is comparable to Hostgator.

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Harsh Agrawal is a blog scientist and a passionate blogger. He is blogging since 2008 & writes about Blogging, SEO, Make money online & tech. His blog, ShoutMeLoud receives 1 million Pageviews/month and have over 700K subscribers.


COMMENTs ( 12 )

  1. Saket Jajodia says

    I will prefer self migration even if I broke something I will get knowledge if I ask other people to do everything for me then I won’t be able to know what they have done and even if they have done everything or not.

  2. rajinder singh says

    sir i having a blog on blogger so if i buy a webhost and then how will i shift my whole website to host. one more problem i want to change my blog from blogger to wp so first i have to change my blog and then i should migrate..?

  3. rahul says

    sir i have some doubts and questions about this topic so please answer this questions

    1> i am willing to start my blog so which plan is the best for any beginner and which plan you user on hostgator

    2> do i pay yearly , per 6 monthly or monthly ,how can i save a lot of money by choosing the right paying period “What Do you say”

    3> suppose i payed for a year for baby plan what if i later plan to upgrade to hatching plan what will happen to my money “answer if you can ”

    i have asked you so many questions sorry if i am bugging you ,

    • says

      Rahul if you are planning to host only one site, you should go for hatchling plan and if more than one you should go for baby plan.
      I suggest go for one year hosting plan and use coupon code shoutmeloud25 to get 25% off.
      Yes you can upgrade your plan anytime by asking the customer support. You need to pay the difference in the amount.
      Do let me know if you have any more questions.

  4. Sathish @ TechieMania says

    Great news. I have used Hostgator services before for migrations works, I have always hired professionals. Its good to see that now they are doing it for free for their customers. Thanks for sharing the news man.

  5. kbharath says

    Thanks for sharing this Harsh, because i have an idea to move my blog techntricksonline to Hostgator soon because i have been experiencing problems in dreamhost.

  6. Amrish Singh says

    Harsh I have a wordpress blog and i want to change its hosting company .I have registered its domain name from an Indian domain registrar and host this from U.S . I want to know that can I upload my .sql file hostgator .I don’t want to lops my blog data .Is this possible

  7. Jasmine says

    HostGator is a great web hosting company, there servers are fast and very stable.

    Anyway, I would also recommend GreenGeeks. I think GreenGeeks is equally good as HostGator if not better, furthermore they are a Green web hosting company – these days it’s just better to pay more attention to our mother earth! :)

  8. Vivek Parmar says

    That’s great offer. Hostgator recommended webhosting to start with blogging later on you will learn many more things.