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How to Migrate a Website to Hostinger

Migrating your website to Hostinger

Updated over a week ago

If you have a website hosted on a different platform and wish to migrate it to Hostinger, we are more than happy to do it for you! 😊

Before starting the migration process, check this important considerations:

  • You should first migrate your website to Hostinger, and only point your domain to Hostinger after the migration is completed. This way, your original website stays online until the migration is over – it can take a couple of days

  • Email service should be migrated manually by you. To do so, please refer to this tutorial: How to Migrate Email Services to Hostinger Email

Step 1 – Requirements

You are eligible for a free website migration if your site is:

  1. Currently hosted with another hosting provider other than Hostinger, and

  2. Built with an open-source CMS, such as WordPress.org, Joomla, etc.

Websites created with custom builders like Blogger, Wix, Shopify, Google Sites, etc. cannot be migrated. In such cases, you will need to re-create your website - Hostinger Website Builder is a perfect tool for this task!

If your website meets the above requirements, proceed to the next step. Additionally, it's recommended that:

  • Two-factor authentication and anti-bot verification is disabled in your current hosting account and your website admin page

  • There is enough free disk space in your current hosting to create a backup

In case your website is already hosted at Hostinger, check the following section:

Internal Migration

Transferring websites between Hostinger accounts or hosting plans does not qualify for free migration. These migrations need to be performed manually on your end. Here are some helpful guides to assist you with the process:

How to move a website to a different Hostinger account

How to move a website to different hosting plan (within the same Hostinger account)

Step 2 – Preparations

After validating that your website meets the requirements, make sure you have an active hosting plan with a domain added.

To ensure your website is up during migration, do not point your domain to Hostinger yet wait until your website's migration is completed💡

If you haven’t set up your hosting plan yet, you may request website migration while setting it up.

Step 3 – Create the Migration Request

There are two ways to request website migration from your hPanel:

  • Open the Websites section and click on Add Website Migrate Website:

    (The button is labeled Add or migrate a website if you have multiple hosting plans)

  • Or, click on the profile icon, select Migrate Website, and then click on Add request:

    The option to migrate a website from the header menu


In both cases, you will be presented with the migration request form:

  1. Select the control panel you need the migration from: WordPress.org, cPanel/HWM, or Other.

  2. Fill out the required information according to the type of control panel

Learn more about the migration process for each type of website 👇

Migrate a WordPress.org Website

If your website is live (online), select Use WordPress login, insert all the parameters, and click on Submit request. Our tool will check if the credentials are correct, and if so, we'll start migrating your website:

The option to migrate a WordPress website and how to fill it in

If your website if offline, select Use link to backup files, and provide us with the link to your website files (Google Drive, Dropbox, WeTransfer or OneDrive).

If your website is on WordPress.com, you can migrate it by following this tutorial: Moving From WordPress.com to WordPress.org 💡

Migrate a cPanel/WHM Website

If your current hosting is using cPanel, choose the cPanel & WHM option. Insert all the parameters, and click on Submit request. The tool will check if the credentials are correct, and we can start migrating your website:

The option to migrate a website hosted on a cPanel hosting and how to fill it in

Email migration is not supported - to manually import your emails on your side, follow this guide: How to Migrate Email Services to Hostinger Email 💡

Migrate Another Type of Website

If your website is not WordPress-based and not on cPanel, choose the Other control panel option:

The option to migrate a website hosted on any other control panel hosting and how to fill it in

You may select this option if your website files are currently stored in Google Drive, Dropbox, WeTransfer or OneDrive. This way, we'll need the link to your website files – add it to the Additional information section.

After submiting a website migration request, you may check its status right away ⚡️

Step 4 – Point a Domain to Hostinger

You'll get an email notification once the migration is completed – you can use the SkipDNS tool and the IP address of your hosting plan to verify it's good to go.

Remember to point your domain to Hostinger servers only after the migration is over to prevent prolonged interruptions 💡

Now that you have confirmed that your website is fully migrated, point your domain to Hostinger and enjoy the boosted experience with us! 🚀

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