Can I Transfer My Site Away from FatCow?

Yes, and here’s a summary of the steps:

  1. Get an account at the host you want to move to.
  2. Copy your site from FatCow to your new hosting account.
  3. Cancel your FatCow account

If you don’t have a new hosting account yet, we highly recommend BlueHost, which gives you:

  • FREE Domain and Site Builder
  • 1-Click WordPress Installs
  • 24/7 Support
  • 30-Day Money-back Guarantee

With all this said, here’s how to get the lowest rate available at BlueHost:

Step 1 – Go To BlueHost

Go to www.BlueHost.com and click the “get started now” button. If you use this link, you’ll get the lowest pricing and a FREE domain too.

Step 2: Choose Your Web Hosting Plan

Once you’ve chosen your domain name, you’ll be able to choose your hosting plan.

Select the Basic option – it’s perfect for brand new sites.

There’s no need for the Plus or Prime accounts unless you want to host 2 or more websites already, or you are already getting over 100,000 visitors per month to your site.

Step 3: Enter Your Site’s Domain Name

After you click “Get Started Now” you will be asked to choose your domain name and click “next” to proceed.

Because you already have an existing website you want to transfer to BlueHost, enter your domain in the “I have a domain name” box on the right side.

Step 4: Complete Your Signup

Simply continue the rest of the signup process to complete it. After you’ve signed up, you’ll receive an email with your login information. Congrats! You’re now ready to transfer your website from FatCow to BlueHost.

Step 5: Decide How You Will Transfer Your Site

What kind of site do you have?

  • WordPress site/blog
  • Static HTML site (no database)
  • Dynamic site (html/php/mysql database and similar)

If you have a WordPress site, proceed to step 6.

If you have a static HTML site, please proceed to step 7. If you have a dynamic site with a database but it’s not WordPress, proceed to step 8.

Step 6A – Transfer A WordPress Website:

The easiest way to transfer a WordPress website is with ManageWP, which is FREE to use. It’s seriously a lifesaver for managing many WordPress websites at once like I do, and I highly recommend you give it a try.

Step 6B – Transfer A Static HTML Website:

In this case, you would:

  1. Connect to your fatcow account via FTP using something like FileZilla for example. If you aren’t sure about your FatCow FTP credentials, check in your FatCow control panel.
  2. Download all your files to a new folder on your computer
  3. Connect to your new hosting account (BlueHost for example) via FTP and upload all the files there.
  4. That’s it! Static HTML sites are simple 🙂

Step 6C – Transfer A Dynamic Website:

In this case, you would:

  1. Connect to your fatcow account via FTP using something like FileZilla for example. If you aren’t sure about your FatCow FTP credentials, check in your FatCow control panel.
  2. Download all your files to a new folder on your computer
  3. Connect to your new hosting account (BlueHost for example) via FTP and upload all the files there.
  4. Back on your FatCow account, export your site’s database via PHPMyAdmin which you can access from the control panel. It should download a .sql file for you.
  5. On your new hosting account (BlueHost for example), go to MySQL Database Wizard in cPanel and create a new database and database user, then give the user all privileges for that database. Ensure you use the same database password that was used on the database on your FatCow account; or use a new password if you want, but make sure to update any config files in your site so it can still connect to the database.
  6. On your new hosting account, launch PHPMyAdmin and open that database you just created. Then go to import and import the .sql file you downloaded earlier from your FatCow account.

Step 6D – Change Your Domain Name’s DNS

Now it’s time to change your domain name’s DNS entries to point to the nameservers of your new host. If your domain name is on FatCow, you would go to manage the domain in your control panel and update the DNS (domain name servers) there.

Since we’re using BlueHost in this example, that would be ns1.bluehost.com and ns2.bluehost.com.

Step 7: Optional – Transfer Your Domain Name Out Of FatCow

  1. You need to log in to your FatCow account, proceed to Overview then select Security. Just click Unlock Domain Privacy. Then, also click Disable Domain Privacy.
  2. Check the email information of your domain and make sure it’s updated for you to receive the confirmation link for your transfer. Just locate your contact information from the Contact tab of your account.
  3. Go to the Domain Central of your FatCow webhosting account, click the specific domain then select Transfer. Afterwards, click Send Auto-Info Code. The authorization code will be sent to the email assigned to that domain.
  4. The website that you would want to transfer should be active. In simple terms, the domain of that website should exist and can be accessed in the World Wide Web.
  5. By this time, you should have chosen the new hosting company that you would want your site to transfer to. In respect with the business company itself, you should email the administration of that hosting company and ask for the approval of your domain transfer. In your email, tate the basic information about your website, its domain, your previous webhosting provider, name servers and contact information. Wait for their response.
  6. If your request had been approved, then register to that hosting company and subscribe for a webhosting plan.
  7. Log in to your webhosting account from that new hosting provider. Navigate your way to the control panel of your account.
  8. Go to Domain Central of that account and select Add Existing Domain. Fill up the domain name you’ll transfer from your FatCow account then click Add.
  9. From the list of domains, click for the domain you have just been added. Wait for the dialog boxes to load.
  10. From the box asking for authorization code, input the keys for domain transfer. Select Transfer.
  11. Check your emails about confirmation of the domain transfer. Read and follow the further instructions. Click the confirmation link if given.
  12. Wait at a maximum of one week for the success of the domain transfer.
  13. Later on, you’ll be informed that you have successfully transferred your site away from FatCow to the care of your new webhosting provider.
  14. In the webhosting account of your new hosting provider, do not forget to lock your domain to secure the files of your website.

For example, if you want to transfer your site to iPage, just follow the steps and refer to iPage as the new hosting provider. There are no hidden charges after finishing the domain transfer. Transferring your site to other hosts all boils down to subscribing to their plans. With iPage, the transfer of domain from FatCow or any other webhosting providers isn’t only the option. It is possible for you to skip steps of domain transfer by changing your website’s DNS settings to care of iPage servers but it will cause the almost the same workload for you’ll have to bother yourself with DNS settings. So better just follow the 14 steps on domain transfer.

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