Migrating to iPage
Many ask, “Can I transfer my site to iPage?” Well the obvious answer is yes. Any website or webpage can be transferred to another web host if the need arises. But the real question is – How? Let us discuss your options should you wish to migrate to another web host.
What do you mean by transferring your site?
Transferring a website to another web host can mean two things: either you merely transfer your domain (the name of your website) or you transfer your entire site (files, database, and all contents).The first option is much easier and can be done in an hour or two. Let me guide you through the steps in transferring your domain.
iPage Domain Transfer
A domain name, or simply domain, refers to the web address used to identify your website like www.mywebsite.com. Your visitors can access your website by keying in this domain name on their web browsers.Domains are purchased online through the so-called domain registrars. They are not free and you need to pay an annual fee for each domain name you registered.
iPage, on the other hand, is a popular web hosting provider that provides free domain registration and transfer.Free domain transfer means that the domain name you registered under other domain registrars can be transferred to iPage. This way, you can manage and administer an external domain from your iPage hosting account. Domain management in iPage is done through DomainCentral. Here, all your domains, whether add-on domains or subdomains, are gathered and organize for easy management. You can also review each of their status or renew their registration from here.
To transfer your domain to iPage, you only need to follow these simple instructions:
Unlock your domain name –To transfer your domain, you need to unlock it first. Domain names are regularly locked by domain registrars upon registration. This is to avoid unauthorized transfer of domain names by accident or otherwise.
Get a Transfer Authorization Code – Next, you need to obtain a transfer authorization code, also known as Transfer keys or EEPs. These codes are required by most domain registrars to allow transfers of domain names and to confirm the user’s intent to transfer. The process of getting Transfer Authorization Codes depends on your domain registrar. It is usually displayed in your account or needs to be emailed to you upon request. There is a helpful table online called the iPageKnowledgebase from which you can learn the instructions on how to obtain transfer authorization codes from each domain registrar.
Go to your iPage hosting account – This step assumes that you have already signed up with iPage. If you have not yet, then go to their official site first and start your registration. Now login to your iPage hosting account and go to your admin control panel.
DomainCentral– Now in your admin control panel, open the “DomainCentral” icon. Next, key in your domain name; select the “Add Existing Domain” option then click “Add”.Select the domain name you just added and expand it to open the domain settings dialog.
Enter Authorization Code – Key in the domain authorization code you obtained in the previous step, and thenclick the “Transfer” button.
Email Confirmation – You will then receive an email containing instructions. Follow these instructions to confirm and complete the transfer process. After this, you can already manage your existing domain through iPage hosting.
Lock your domain again – Again lock your domain name to avoid unauthorized domain transfer.
To know more about domain transfers, you can try iPage’s video tutorial through this link: http://www.ipage.com/support/tutorials/view_tutorial.bml?kbid=6093.
Transferring your entire site
This type of migration entails the arduous task of transferring all your files and databases to another web host. Unfortunately, like all other web hosts, iPage does not support the automatic transfer of websites and their contents. You need to do this manually by downloading all your files and databases via FTP, uploading them to your new web host, and configuring your hosting account and new website to that of the old. This usually takes a lot of time depending on the volume of files and the skill of your webmaster.