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Why do you want to transfer your blog hosting account from WhoGoHost to NameCheap?
Think through the choice you’re making today.
If it’s all about the quality of hosting services you’re getting from WhoGoHost at the moment, then fine…go on with the hosting account transfer.
But if you’re making the choice just because someone you look up to in the business says foreign web hosts are better than indigenous web hosting companies. My advice is that you take a moment to think through your needs and wants at the moment.
Think about your current level of expertise in online marketing. If you’re a Nigerian and just starting out in online marketing, is better to start with an indigenous web hosting company (talking from personal experience).
There are dozens of web hosting companies in Nigeria at the moment but not many really worth their salt. if you’re keen on hosting with an indigenous web host (something I highly recommend if you’re just starting out) Garanntor is an indigenous web hosting company you can try.
Away from that, below I listed some important factors to really consider before making the switch.
Besides, on this page, you’ll find detailed information on how to transfer your hosting account from WhoGoHost to NameCheap.
Exchange Rate – Naira to Dollar.
The first thing I want you to consider is the Naira to Dollar exchange rate. Trust me, this little thing could cause financial issues in the future when its time to renew your hosting account.
Fine, it’s easier to get started with NameCheap for as low as $2.88/mon ($24.88/yr) for a shared hosting account with the stellar package. But if you’re a beginner online marketer/blogger that earns little to nothing from your blog at the moment, think about the renewal fee just in 12 months coming.
At the time of writing this line, the official CBN exchange rate is 304 Naira to a Dollar.
Do the maths.
304 x 24.88 = we’re talking about #7,296 Naira. This amount may seem little at the beginning, but when is time to make the payment…then you will realize is not that little to get.
If you’re still learning how this blogging thing and online marketing generally works, I would advise you to stick to Garanntor for the moment.
Learn and grow your online business with affordable web hosting company like Garanntor.
When you’re certain of what you’re doing and sure of your blog income…you have the freedom to choose either to host with a foreign host or remain with a local hosting service provider.
Except that the quality of hosting services you’re experiencing from WhoGoHost at the moment is that terrible. (Like the one I experienced and write about on this page) that left you with no other choice than to look for a better hosting provider.
If you’re not making a significant income from your blog at the moment, the hosting fee is something to really think about for Nigerians hosting with foreign companies.
The problem is when you convert the hosting fee in Dollar to it Naira equivalent…you might not be able to cover the cost if you’re a beginner.
Payment System Factor.
Another factor I want you to consider is the payment system.
With the current CBN policy on international payment using local bank Naira MasterCard, your Naira MasterCard might no longer work on international merchant websites that only accept $$$ currency.
So if you don’t have a Dollar MasterCard or other means of making international payments like PayPal, Payoneer, relatives living abroad etc…means of payment is another thing to consider seriously.
Though I hope the CBN look into this policy soon and consider the youth of this nation who are trying to earn their living online legally by trading their skills, knowledge, and experience with the rest of the world.
Okay, If you’re sure of what you came here for…let’s move on.
Steps to Transfer Hosting From Whogohost to NameCheap.
The steps in transferring your hosting account from WhoGohost to NameCheap are no different from other web hosting companies too.
I have done it in the past when I decided to move this very blog you’re reading from WhoGoHost to NameCheap back in the middle of 2015.
First thing first, makes sure your current hosting account remaining expiring period is more than four days left or at least, 3 days and is active. This is necessary should in the case of any unforeseen hiccups that may require extra days of work.
Next, log into your current Cpanel account with WhoGoHost and use the backup wizard to backup your site so it contains the most current backup of your entire blog files and contents.
After that, you’ll need to purchase hosting package from NameCheap (if you haven’t done so already). This hosting package must be equal or higher in specifications with your current hosting account.
For instance, if you’re utilizing the WhoGoHost Pro Plus package with 5 Addon domains, you’ll need to purchase a hosting package from NameCheap that has such specification or higher if you want to maintain your 5 addons domains.
After your purchase and the activation of your hosting account, you’ll receive your welcome email from NameCheap via the email address you register with.
The next thing is to submit a hosting account transfer request form to the NameCheap hosting transfer assistant department.
You’ll need to supply the NameCheap hosting transfer assistant department with your current Cpanel login details to confirm the ownership of your account and for the migration process.
You will find every detail needed to confirm your account ownership and begin the migration process on this page.
You don’t need to worry about anything or involved in the migration process, the hosting transfer assistant department will take care of everything on your behalf.
From moving the files from your WhoGoHost Cpanel account to restoring it on your new NameCheap Cpanel – everything is done with a few clicks.
After the migration process is completed and you have received the confirmation email from NameCheap technical department, the next thing for you to do is log into your WhoGoHost client area and :
Click on my domain from the drop-down navigation menu bar and select your domain. Now click on the small arrow button beside the status green symbol.
From there click on “Manage NameServer” and a new page will open.
On the new page that opens, select “use custom nameservers (enter below)“. After that, input your NameCheap domain name server given to you in the welcome email you’d receive upon hosting account activation.
Click on “Change Nameserver” just underneath.
Give it some time for proper DNS propagation. It may take anywhere from 0 to 24 hours for the propagation to take its full effect.
If your files are still present on your WhoGoHost server and your hosting account still active, your readers might still be viewing your content via WhoGoHost server during this period.
Until the DNS changes take its full effect, don’t deactivate your current WhoGoHost hosting account.
Not because of any other thing, but so that your site visitors can still view your blog via WhoGoHost server while your new nameserver is warming up.
Once you confirm the DNS changes has taken full effect, you can ask for hosting account cancellation request from WhoGoHost customer services.
Though from experience, this is something they’re not going to do happily. But you can ignore and just forget about the cancellation thing entirely.
The most important thing is your blog files and content now hosted on another server.
If you have any questions to ask concerning the whole process described above, don’t hesitate to get in touch via email or my Whatsapp ID (09056169849) or leave me a comment below.