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  • smbr


    I am a first time user of both websites and struggling to upload my wordpress website to bluehost.
    I have installed WP on BH which works fine but it seems to be showing a trial website that I was playing around with initially instead of the website I have actually designed and saved on WP!
    Any ideas on how to get BH to pick up the correct website??


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  • svetlin1984


    Are both sites in the same directory?



    I do not understand your problem

    Thread Starter smbr


    I have designed the website on wordpress, and there is only 1 on there. However my first attempt at designing the website which I deleted is showing when I publish to bluehost.

    When you say directory where do you mean? Is this in wordpress or bluehost?



    Thread Starter smbr


    update – I have created a website with – can this actually be uploaded to bluehost as a host website??



    Yes you can follow this tutorial

    I hope that will help 🙂



    Yes you can upload wordpress to any web hosting providers server, you just need to database and files transferred.

    Swapnil V. Patil


    Bluehost offers installer with Marketplace, which I think is pretty easy to handle for a beginner.

    Here are the steps to install WordPress on Bluehost using Marketplace

    Installing WordPress with Marketplace

    1. Login to your Bluehost cPanel account.
    2. Find the Website section and select Install WordPress.
    3. Click the Install button.
    4. Choose the domain name to install it to. In the field next to the domain, you can enter a subfolder such as ‘blog’ or leave it blank if you want the site’s main page to be the blog.
    5. If necessary, you can edit the email address, username and password for the new WordPress installation. Click “advanced options” and you can change those settings.
    6. Read through the license and service agreements and check the boxes.
    7. Select the Install Now button.

    If you have already installed a fresh WordPress and looking for a solution to transfer your local/dev setup to BlueHost

    Migrating WordPress to BlueHost

    1. To start, log into your current host and use a provided program (such as phpMyAdmin) to export your site’s database.
    2. Use your preferred FTP program (such as Filezilla or Cyberduck) to download and save your wp-content folder (a.k.a. the files that make up your WordPress site.) Of course, You won’t need to download files if your existing site is on local
    3. Login to your Bluehost control panel.
    4. Install WordPress using the Marketplace, one-click install tool.
    5. Create an FTP account in your Bluehost control panel so you can upload your files to your new WordPress site folder. When creating your FTP account, keep in mind that you might want to change its designated directory to something easily identifiable.
    6. Launch your preferred FTP program and open a new connection. Log in with your new FTP account info.
    7. Overwrite the existing wp-content folder with the one you downloaded from your previous host.
    8. Open phpMyAdmin in the Database section of your Bluehost cPanel.
    9. Select the database to which you want to import your data. You may need to look up this information. (To do so, go to the File Manager in your control panel and open your public_html folder. Then scroll down to find the wp-config file, right-click the icon, select “Code Edit”, and then “Edit.” In the code edit window, scroll down to identify the database you should use.
    10. Back in your phpMyAdmin window, once you’ve selected the correct database, you will see a list of tables. Drop these tables before you import your new data by selecting the “Check All” option at the bottom of the list and then selecting “Drop.”
    11. Now it’s time to import! Go to the “Import” tab in phpMyAdmin. Choose “Browse your computer” and find the SQL database file that you exported from your previous site. (It should be named something similar to “bluepm1_wor2.sql”.) Make sure the SQL format is selected and click “Go.”
    12. Here is an important step after you import your database. After your database is imported, check to learn the new table names. If your table names begin with ‘wp_’ then you don’t need to make any changes. However, sometimes your tables will import with a name like ‘wrp-‘ Go to your file manager and open the wp-config file in your public_html folder.
    13. Right click on wp-config, select “Code Edit”, and then select “Edit.”
    14. Scroll down until you find the line “Stable Prefix” line. Edit it to read ‘wp_’.
    15. Now that you have your database and site files, it’s time to put everything on your temporary URL. This is how you move your site without any downtime.* First, in your phpMyAdmin site, select wp-options from the menu on the left of the screen. Then, select “Edit” on the “site url” line. (This will typically be line .) Paste in the temporary URL provided to you when you created your Bluehost account and click “Go.” (Tip: if you’re not sure what it is, it can be found in your Bluehost welcome e-mail.) *Note: all of these previous steps can help anyone move their WordPress site. The following steps are for those are want to move their WordPress site without any downtime.
    16. Repeat Step 11 for your “Home” line in wp-options. (This is typically line 36.)
    17. Now it’s time to see if your work has paid off. Enter the temporary URL into your internet browser and check to see if your site is there. If so, you’re nearly done!
    18. Log into your WordPress admin site to save your Permalinks. Go to “Permalinks” under the “Settings” tab of the dashboard and click “Save Changes.”
    19. Before you can move from the temporary URL to your permanent one, you must change the nameservers associated with your domain to point to Bluehost. This can be done in the domain manager of your domain registrar, whether it be with Bluehost or another registrar. Use the following: NS1.BLUEHOST.COM and NS2.BLUEHOST.COM. (This indicates that your site is hosted at The DNS change can take anywhere from a few hours to several days to propagate. Once it is finished you will be able to use your domain on your new site.)
    20. Once the DNS change in complete, log into your WordPress admin site and go to “General” under the “Settings” tab. Then, enter your domain into the “WordPress Address” and “Site Address” fields, and click “Save Changes.”
    21. The last step is to enter your domain URL into your internet browser to check to see if your site is live. If so, then congratulations! You have successfully moved your WordPress site to Bluehost.

    These steps will remain more or less the same for most hosting providers.

    As you may have already expected, migrating WordPress first time can feel to be a little overwhelming, but once you do it, you would realise it is not much difficult either.

    Happy WordPress’ing,

    You can install WordPress on BlueHost by using one-click installation. It is very easy way to install.

    I have kept all the steps with a screenshot that will help you to install WordPress in right way. Follow my steps to install WordPress on Bluehost

    • This reply was modified 4 years, 9 months ago by Chris Wagner.


    I am totally frustrated as indicated will help in migrating my site if ever we move to them, we only need a domain and web hosting using bluhost which I did. I am not an IT guru so I prefer a professional people to do it to avoid messing up with my files, but up to now I haven’t heard from them or any outcome to m request. I have already filled the request for migration TWICE and still nothing happened. I wasted time in blogging bcos I prefer my site is live when writing my blog. I did try to write offline but kept saying upgrade which frustrates you even more. Please migrate my files . Anybody who could help please. thanks

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