This plugin is designed by the WordPress experts at Bluehost, one of the world’s top WordPress providers. It was created to make migration easier and faster by only requiring you to install this plugin and follow the simple steps. Once you’ve completed your compatibility check, this plugin will create a secure copy of your website and begin the transfer to your Bluehost hosting account.
Important: You will need a Bluehost hosting account for this plugin to complete the migration. It is not intended for migrations to other hosting providers.
- Install the plugin by clicking
Add New on the Plugins screen in your WordPress admin, then searching for “Bluehost Site Migrator”.
- Activate the plugin.
- Click on the “Site Migrator” link on the left-hand menu in the WordPress admin to get started!
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Bluehost only allows its customers to use this plugin for one website. If you need to migrate multiple Wordpress sites they make you pay $150 or you must do it manually. It appears there's a reason this plugin has mixed reviews while SiteGround's migration plugin has mostly positive reviews.
After staging a setup of Woocommerce, on a website, I deployed the new version of the website. It worked to show basic structure, but menus and breadcrumbs did not migrate. The menus and breadcrumbs were linked to the staging site.
I called Bluehost who went through and fixed it after many tries.
Found out the next day that the backend wp-admin dashboard had a staging site active and not a production site. The name of the staging site was the same as the production site with the addition of an "/" at the end.
I called Bluehost again. The agent advised to deploy. We deployed the staging site, and the Bluehost plugin froze and the website was no longer accessible. We tried many ways to reactivate with no avail.
Finally, to fix the website, I offered help with a backup. I was able to help Bluehost by restoring the website.
After this call, I have found many staging files through the cpanel file manager. I am in the process of manually deleting those.
I would have been better off manually setting up and manually migrating all files of the staging site. Bluehost staging may initially look a little like it works, however the Bluehost staging does not work for all practical purposes.
First time I've tried the plugin.
The Bluehost account already had some basic WP site under that domain, but the domain was pointing to another provider where It was developed.
I have initiated a transfer via plugin, which worked almost perfect, there were some issues with the content, but nothing major.
So now I had two websites in admin panel under same domain name, old blank one, and new one.
I have deleted the old one, and new one was saying domain needs to be connected.
I have contacted support many times to resolve it, and either them or automatically, site was deleted.
Then they tried to restore it, and they hooked up wrong database files, (the design on front was good, but content was empty).
So overall really bad experience, lost around 10 hours.
Then, i tried transferring my site to @Siteground via their migrator.
All happened in 5 minutes perfectly without issues.
So overall, when you choose hosting, don't save those $2.99 or you will loose many more.
I've migrated 3 websites using this tool and all went smoothly. There is a component that is manual and requires their migration team to complete the process however it is my understanding that component is temporary and will soon be fully automated. Overall, this made the transition from another hosting provider much smoother.
I used this plugin thinking it would be automated, but it requires human intervention from a Bluehost migration specialist. Was told by support that this takes up to 7 days to complete, even for small sites. Plus, if you want the website moved to an add-on domain, you have to email them and hope that they get it. The plugin has you login to your Bluehost account, but doesn't ask which domain you want to put the migrating website.
“Bluehost Site Migrator” is open source software. De volgende personen hebben bijgedragen aan deze plugin.Bijdragers
- Updated dependencies and copy regarding compatible hosting plans.
- Additional checks for presence of required functions.
- Fix for geolocation functionality
- Adds international support
- Update a URL reference on final migration screen
- Performance improvement: Image optimization
- Security Patch: Add empty index.php file to prevent directory browsing on insecure server configurations.
- Maintenance: Update account creation URL.
- Security Patch: Update Lodash version
- Maintenance: Remove debug code