# Transferring Your WordPress Domain to Bluehost: A Comprehensive Guide
Domain transfer can be daunting, but if you’ve decided to move your website domain from WordPress to Bluehost, this article will guide you through the necessary steps. The transfer process involves migrating your entire website, domain, and other associated data from one hosting provider to another. This requires DNS changes, domain registry updates, and a host of other procedures to ensure a smooth transfer process.
## Step 1: Ensure Eligibility for Transfer
Before embarking on the transfer process, you need to meet certain eligibility requirements. Your domain should not have been registered within the last two months, to prevent fraud and protect against involuntary domain transfers. Additionally, ensure that your domain is not locked or on hold; unlock your domain before initiating the transfer process.
## Step 2: Obtain Authorization Code
To proceed with the transfer process, obtain an EPP (Extensible Provisioning Protocol) authorization code from your WordPress hosting provider. The EPP code is a unique security code that confirms that you are the rightful owner of the domain name you wish to transfer. You can obtain this code by logging into your WordPress hosting account, accessing the domain you want to transfer and copying the EPP code to your computer to use later.
## Step 3: Sign Up with Bluehost
If you do not have a Bluehost account, you will need to sign up for one. This is important because you will need to provide them with the EPP code during the transfer process. To sign up, navigate to the Bluehost website and click the “Get Started” button. Choose a hosting plan that meets your website requirements, add the domain transfer option to your cart and proceed to the checkout page to set up your account.
## Step 4: Initiating the Domain Transfer Process
After setting up your Bluehost account and logging in, navigate to the domain transfer section of your Bluehost account dashboard. Enter the domain name you want to transfer, provide the EPP authorization code, and ensure all information is correct before clicking the “Submit” button. You will also need to specify the type of domain transfer, either a full domain transfer that transfers your website, files and databases, or a domain-only transfer that moves only the domain name.
## Step 5: Wait for the Domain Transfer to Complete
Once you’ve initiated the domain transfer process, it may take up to 7 days for the transfer to complete. During this time, you may receive an email from your WordPress hosting provider to confirm the transfer. Once the transfer is complete, you will receive an email confirming the transfer from Bluehost. The domain will now be hosted on your Bluehost account.
## Step 6: Verify DNS Settings
After the transfer is complete, you must verify your DNS settings to ensure your website runs correctly on Bluehost. Browse the Bluehost website and click the “DNS Zone Editor” link to view your DNS settings. Verify that they are correct and make any necessary changes to ensure your website functions as expected.
Transferring your WordPress domain to Bluehost is relatively straightforward once you understand the steps involved. Ensure you meet the eligibility requirements, double-check the information you add, and verify your DNS settings to ensure your website is fully functional on Bluehost. Follow this comprehensive guide to ensure a smooth transfer process.