Website migration services

Overview

DreamHost offers a variety of website migration services, such as moving from your current hosting provider to DreamHost or moving a site within DreamHost between accounts.

The following describes the various migration options to consider for both WordPress and non-WordPress sites. You can also contact support to discuss an option that best fits you. If you are not currently a customer and would like to migrate your WordPress site, you can select that option during the signup process.

WordPress migration services

Migrating WordPress from your current hosting provider

DreamHost can move your WordPress site to your DreamHost account by moving all your data over to a new server, all without any interruption to your existing users. Visit the following page to learn more about the Website Transfer service:

Pricing

If you wish to migrate from your current hosting provider, another DreamHost account, or another TLD (e.g., example.net to example.com on the same account):

  • $99 — Migrating to a standard hosting plan, per site.
  • Free — Migrating to any DreamPress plan.

Limitations

  • The WordPress Migration service cannot move WordPress Network (multisite) sites at this time.
  • If your site is hosted at WordPress.com, only an export of your pages, posts, and embedded images are available. You will need to set up your own theme, plugins, and most layout items such as widgets and menus again.

Moving WordPress between DreamHost Accounts

DreamHost's technical support team can move your WordPress site from an existing DreamHost account to an existing DreamHost account by moving all your data over to a new server, all without any interruption to your existing users. For more information, see the following article:

Pricing

If you wish to migrate from another DreamHost Account:

  • $25 — Migrating to a standard hosting plan, per site.
  • Free — Migrating to any DreamPress plan.

Limitations

  • The WordPress Migration service cannot move WordPress Network (multisite) sites at this time.
  • As it is not possible to host the same domain on two accounts simultaneously, there will be a brief amount of downtime (usually less than 5 minutes) as DreamHost makes the switch. If you’re using external name servers, you will need to update your domain’s A records to match the new IP.

Changing WordPress site URLs

You are able to move your WordPress site to a new domain name in the panel if it was installed using the DreamHost WordPress installer or DreamPress. For more information, see the following articles:

DreamPress is a managed WordPress hosting plan that DreamHost offers as an upgrade to a standard hosting plan.

If you have recently migrated your site to a new domain, changed the URLs on your own, or have added an SSL certificate to a domain that was previously not using one, you will need to manually change your WordPress site URLs.

DreamHost is able to change the URLs for you for a one-time charge of $19.99. To submit a WordPress URL change request, visit the Contact Support page in the panel and include the domain/URL you are changing from, and the new domain/URL you would like to use. The DreamHost support team will reply back confirming the $19.99 charge and the work being done.

This service is free for DreamPress sites.

Non-WordPress migration services

Migrating Non-WordPress sites from another DreamHost account

If you find yourself in a situation that requires changes to your site, and your developer isn't available to help, DreamHost's skilled support team may be able to assist you for a small fee.

You can find more information about supported services and associated costs in the DreamHost Professional Services article.

If your site is not built on WordPress, DreamHost may still be able to help migrate your site. The cost for this service is $99 and this will be refunded if DreamHost is not able to successfully migrate your content. Please submit a ticket on the Contact Support page in the panel and include any information you have about your site. A DreamHost migration representative will be happy to look into this for you.

Limitations

  • Proprietary site builders and hosting services such Wix, Weebly, or Squarespace cannot be migrated to DreamHost.
  • Windows Server-based "Active Server Pages" (ASP) websites cannot be migrated to DreamHost.

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