Migrate to Host Gator

This guide is intended to help those who have decided to migrate their content to Host Gator to complete the steps necessary to successfully migrate. If you haven’t read “Leaving UMW Domains Overview” please review this page first before following the steps below.

Host Gator Plans #

UMW has partnered with HostGator to offer recent graduates a one-time discount on the purchase of a hosting account for 1, 2, or 3 years. This offer includes free migration of your site facilitated by HostGator support. See the Migration Information page to access the special for more details about costs.

Please note: You need to be logged in to your UMW Domains accounts to see the Migration Information page

HostGator offers 3 different hosting plans. The Hatchling Plan is a hosting plan for a single domain, comparable to UMW Domains, and will be suitable for most UMW students. To read more about the different plans see their Web Hosting page for comparison details.

Set-up Your Account #

  • You can access the special offer for UMW alums on your Migration Information page.
    • You need to be logged in to your UMW Domains account to view this page.
  • When signing up for your account please be sure to select the proper tab at the top
    • Select “Register a New Domain” (1) if you want to change your domain.
    • Select “I Already Own This Domain” (2) if you want to transfer your domain.

New Content Transfers Form #

After you’ve set up your account fill out this form. Prior to filling out the form you’ll need to unlock your domain and request an EPP code.

You can easily unlock your domain by going to the Migration Information page and clicking on the Locked button. Then you can click the Get Code button to receive your code.

Transferring Your Content to HostGator #

After you’ve signed up for hosting with HostGator, you’ll have to complete the process to have them migrate your content. This article provides details about the content migration process with HostGator. There are a few pieces of information you’ll need:

  • IP/Hostname: To obtain this, go to your DoOO cPanel dashboard. Click the link on the right for “Server Information.” Find the numerical address listed as “” This is what you need to enter.
  • cPanel URL: This URL will be the same as your IP/Hostname with “/cpanel” appended to the end.
  • Previous Hosting Company: You will likely have to choose “Other” from the drop-down.
  • Control Panel: You should choose “cPanel.”
  • It is unlikely your site has an SSL certificate (you would likely know if it did).
  • Account Username/Password: You can find this information by going to the Migration Information page. Your cPanel username and password is listed at the bottom of the page.

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