Getting Started with SiteGround
Transfer an Existing Site

Transfer an Existing Site

Once you have selected a domain, you can easily migrate an existing site to SiteGround on step 2 of the Website Setup Wizard. To initiate a site transfer, click Select under Migrate Website.

Then, you have the option to choose between an automatic migration available for WordPress sites via our Migrator plugin or a professional migration by our experts.

Transfer an existing site with the WordPress Automigration

If you choose to proceed with an automatic transfer, select WordPress Automigration and click Continue.

At the last step of the setup process, you will see a link to download our Migrator plugin and a token which you can use to initiate the migration from your WordPress admin. For detailed instructions, check out the WordPress Automatic Migrator tutorial.

Get a professional migration done by our experts

If you choose a professional migration, our Technical Support Team will do the website transfer for you. We will ask you to provide access details such as your control panel’s URL or FTP host and login credentials so we can access your site and transfer it.

When you fill in the required information and pay for the service, our system will post a ticket to the support engineers who will do the rest. Please note that website transfers may take up to 5 business days depending on the size of the website, the limitations set by the old host, the connectivity, and other.

Do a manual transfer or leave it at a later stage

If you prefer to migrate your site manually on your own or with the help of your web manager via FTP/ SSH, or you wish to initiate the migration at a later stage, just click the Skip & Create Empty Site link. This will create an empty site and a control panel for it, which you can use to explore all the features and tools we have provided at your disposal.

Adding extras and launching your new site

The last step of the setup wizard gives you the option to add useful extra functionality to your new site. Before you launch your site, you can add to it the Site Scanner solution which will monitor your site and notify you if your site gets hacked. To get this extra service, click Add. Once ready, click Finish and your website creation will be completed in a couple of minutes.

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