BlueHost is also a popular web hosting provider like iPage. It has tons of features and offers superb customer support. However, some web owners cannot afford its expensive web hosting fees. iPage, on the other hand, offers one of the most affordable web hosting services today. Combined with its promotional prices, iPage coupon codes and discount links, the affordable experience offered by iPage convinces more website owners to switch.
If you have finally decided to perform the switch of web hosts then your next question is – How do I transfer my website to iPage? You can do this by transferring your domain registered with BlueHost to iPage’s domain central. This is a simple task and simply requires online configuration on your hosting accounts.
By transferring only your domain name, you will be able to switch web hosting providers without need of transferring all your files and databases from your website. This also means that your site visitors will not notice much of the difference since the change takes place on the server side. Furthermore, your website need not experience downtime before the switch can be completed.
Transferring domain names is actually a two-part process. First, you need to register your domain name to your new web hosting provider or registrar. Second, you need to cancel your existing domain registration with your old web host or domain registrar. BlueHostallows domain transfer from its own registrar to another web hosting provider. However, users must take note of the following before initiating the web host switch:
The domain transfer only applies to .com, .org, .us, .biz, .info and .net domains.
The transfer process may take up to a maximum of ten (10) days.
No changes can be made to the Whois information once the transfer has begun. This includes contacts, DNS or server changes.
If the transfer is made during the waiting period (60 days for recently created domains and 45 days for renewed domains), you will lose the year you just paid for. So it is recommended that you wait for the domain transfer to be completed.
Only the domain registration and not the files, databases or emails of your site will be transferred.Now assuming that you have already purchased and complete the registration process with iPage, you can now follow these simple steps to transfer your domain from BlueHost to iPage:
You need to first unlock your domain name with your BlueHost. Web hosting providers automatically keep the domain names locked in their registrar for its security. When transferring a domain name, you need to manually unlock the domain name. For Bluehost, here is what you should do:
Login to your Bluehost account and go to the Bluehost Control Panel.
Click the “Domains” tab. Select “Transfer a new domain to your account” from the Shortcuts menu on the top left-hand side.
Type in the domain you wish to transfer and click continue.
Next, obtain a transfer authorization code. Authorization codes are usually assigned by domain name registries (also called transfer keys or EPPs) upon their registration. These codes are required for the transfer of domain names. For Bluehost, while still in the “Domain Manager” tab, click on the “Transfer EPP” on the right side of the domain name and copy the EPP code.
Now login to your iPage hosting account. Go to your hosting control panel and hover on the“Domain” tab then click the “Registrar Transfer” menu.
Type in your domain name you wish to transfer [space] Auth Code you get from Bluehost, then click the “Transfer to iPage” button.
You will receive an email containing instructions. Follow these instructions to complete the transfer process. After this, you can already manage your existing domain through iPage hosting.
Again lock your domain name to avoid unauthorized domain transfer
There you go, your domain name now resides with your iPage hosting account along with your other domain names. You can already control and manage it using iPage’sDomainCentral. 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.