I don’t know about you but I really need to write down lots of notes in order to remember important or unimportant stuff. For instance, important things like transferring a domain or a hosting account would be helpful to remember for when it will need to get done again. So, this is why I’m writing this post, to remind myself and to help those who are trying to transfer their domains into one hosting account at GoDaddy.
Yep, until my friend told me, I didn’t even know that you could have one hosting account that hosts multiple websites at once, even each one with its own WordPress blog. Keep in mind that the GoDaddy’s Economy Hosting plan does not provide this option, you need to get either the Deluxe or the Unlimited hosting plan in order to have multiple websites at the same time.
Make sure that you pay attention to all details, and make sure that you know what you are doing. I am not going to be responsible for any of your mess-ups and mistakes. Keep in mind that websites constantly change from time to time, so GoDaddy might move their buttons and links. I’d recommend calling GoDaddy support before doing anything important like this, but if you want to try do it yourself, then follow the instructions below. Also, read through all of the steps before doing anything at all. So, let’s begin Transferring the Domains With WordPress Blogs Under One Hosting Account.
- First, buy or make sure that you have an appropriate hosting account which will allow you to have multiple websites under it.
- Back-up all Databases of websites which will be moved.
- Download and Save the sitemap files, favicons, and wp-content folders with all of the blog’s images to your computer’s hard-drive, (do this for all the websites which need to be moved).
- If you are canceling the previous hosting accounts and want the left over hosting time refunded or credited, then call GoDaddy Support and do it over the phone with them.
– Before completing this step, make sure you are ready to lose everything that is on your domain. Only continue with this step if you are on the phone with GoDaddy support or if you are ready to lose any left over hosting time. To Cancel an old hosting account, Go To My Account, Click on Web Hosting, Click on the Options Button next to a domain that is ready to be completely deleted, and on the bottom left corner of the pop-up you’ll see a link “Cancel this account”.
- After getting a new hosting account and deleting an old one, GoDaddy support may recommend to wait a day or two in order for everything to set up appropriately. I waited overnight after purchasing the new hosting plan.
- Now, if you got your new hosting plan ready and set up, and everything unneeded is deleted, then let’s begin setting up the domains under that new hosting plan.
- On the main page of GoDaddy website, Log in and Click on My Account. Lots of closed tabs will show up in the middle of their website. Find and open the Web Hosting Tab.
– If you haven’t already set up or assigned the primary domain for this hosting, then do it now. Then, when it’s done assigning the primary domain to this new hosting account, come back to this Web Hosting Tab and click on Launch button.
– The Hosting Dashboard in Hosting Control Center will open up. On lower top you should see the three large buttons: FTP File Manager, Domains, and Email. You need to click on the Domain button.
– In the Domain Management page find and click on the Add Domain button on the right to add domains under this one same hosting account.
- In the Add Domain window type in the desired domain in the Domain text box, and in the Folder text box type your desired name for this domain. On the server these additional domains are like additional folders, but on the internet you’ll only need to type in that specific domain and it will open up by itself without the primary domain under which you added additional ones. Usually people name their folders just like the domain is, for instance a GoDaddy.com domain could have a folder name called GoDaddy. Click OK button when done.
- Repeat the last step for all domains that you want to add under this same hosting account.
- When you are done adding domains, then let’s go and install the WordPress Applications under these domains.
- Click on green Home button or tab on very top part of this whole page.
– Now we are back at Hosting Dashboard in Hosting Control Center. On the right you should see Big black button called Applications (Install and Manage), Click on it.
- Now we are at Hosting Connection which contains lots of Hosting Applications. Find and Click on WordPress Application.
– Now, find and Click on the wide bright button called Install Now!
- On the next page you will see the available domains which you can choose from to install your new WordPress Application. Just follow their 4 easy steps and make sure to write down the passwords and usernames which you will assign.
- GoDaddy may take about couple hours to install your new WordPress Application, so I’d repeat these steps for all of my domains which I want to have the WordPress on.
- When the WordPress install is accomplished, then log in to GoDaddy again and go to Web Hosting tab again from the main GoDaddy’s page and Click Launch button again.
- We need to restore the old databases for all old websites. Let the Hosting Control Center be open for now, we need to do something else.
- I use Dreamweaver for uploading my web files, but you may use something else. Whatever you use, make sure that you upload all of your old databases to the same _db_backups folder under the primary domain ONLY! Pay attention now, this is where I messed up, I uploaded my databases under each appropriate domain which was a mistake. Upload ALL of your databases into the one very first primary _db_backups folder, and Make a note on paper or something which database goes for which domain. Now, when you are done uploading your old databases let’s go to the next step.
– In the Hosting Dashboard in Hosting Control Center find and Click on Databases tab, and then click on the MySQL icon.
- Under the appropriate database option Click on the Edit/View Detail “Pencil” Icon.
- At the Details page of an appropriate database Find and Click on the Restore Icon, the available backed-up databases should show up, Choose the appropriate one and click on the Restore button.
- Repeat the last step for all databases that you want to restore under their appropriate locations.
- This may take a while so maybe go take a break or do something else, like find the new or previous WordPress Themes for all of the desired websites.
- After the database got restored, you can go to each one of your website’s admin pages and install the desired WordPress Themes.
- Also, remember to Upload the previous images, sitemaps, and favicons in the appropriate folders of the renewed websites.
- Plugins, widgets, and other customizations are up to you to play around with.
See, that wasn’t so hard… Thank you for reading and enjoy your renewed blogs :)
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