How to transfer a website from SBI (Site Build It!) to another host

This is a preview version of my original tutorial (till Step 1). It’s great for anyone who doesn’t have much time until their SBI! subscription expires and needs to move quickly or for those who are not planning to convert to WordPress (although it’s possible to do that later). I am updating the tutorial right now and will release it for FREE in a matter of hours.

To those who have enough time and would like to jump straight to WordPress: this tutorial is more suitable for you.

How to transfer a website from SBI (Site Build It!) to another hostBack in summer 2012 I moved my website from SBI (or Site Build It! just for search ;-) ) to another host and during my first week away from SBI! I received many emails from other SBIers asking how I did it. I wrote some very lengthy emails with instructions (which I am happy to do by the way) and since the demand seems to be quite high I decided to post the instructions here.

For your convenience I split the tutorial in bite-sized chunks. Use the buttons below to navigate to whatever you are working on or read it all at once.

What are you waiting for?
BlockBuilders can move too
Step 1: Copy your website
Step 2: Open new account
Step 3: Upload your files
Step 4: Check your work
Step 4.1: Emails and subscribers
Step 5: Contact SBI!
Step 6: Switch name servers
Step 7: Do nothing
Important note
Step 8: Transfer your domain


UPDATE DECEMBER 2013: About few days ago SBI! released WordPress plugin that contains Brainstormer, cleaned up version of Action Guide, TNT, monetization articles and access to their forum. It is surprising because, as you probably know, SiteSell spent years bashing WordPress, which was quite ridiculous. The plugin costs $149 per year for multiple sites and has a free trial for 14 days. I will tell you more: the way plugin works right now is not “plugin-like” at all and can be used even for non-WordPress sites. I will not elaborate on what I think about this plugin, but seriously what are you waiting for? I can’t come up with one even half-convincing reason to continue paying $300 per year for one site on a clunky proprietary system.

Let’s say you have three SBI sites and are paying 900 per year. How do you justify spending this amount when you can pay $149 for all three sites + any potential sites you want to built using same keyword research tool and much better site building tool? That is $751 difference.

There is an argument that you still have to pay for web hosting. It is true. But most SBIers don’t need more than shared hosting, which can cost anywhere from 4-9 dollars per month for multiple sites. I have seen a post in SBI forums saying that shared hosting is painful and slow. IT IS NOT TRUE. I don’t have space to debunk these myths here, but just trust me it’s not true. This site runs on shared hosting. Was it too slow for you? I got so annoyed by this blatant misinformation that I took a speed test for this particular page. Despite it’s a WordPress site it is faster than 86 percent of all tested websites and loads in 1.18 seconds from New York:

speed test

It’s even faster than the static site of poster who made that claim.

If you have indeed have huge number of visitors, like consistent 10,000 -15,000 unique visitors per DAY or more + you want to use WordPress then yes, it won’t be cheaper than SBI. You will probably need a VPS which can cost anywhere from $30 to $80 per month and requires some learning (although there are always managing solutions for extra price).

SBI hosting is not faster than any other shared hosting. Static websites, like SBI provides, are fast everywhere. And if you want to use WordPress there is a simple trick to optimize it so it will run as fast as this website.

If you like SBI forums, you can have free access by simply opening a free bizXpress account and you will be able to post, ask and answer questions pretty much the same way like you do now. A part of forums will not be available to you, but in my understanding it’s not a very useful part. It is their embarrassing Wish List threads, perhaps some other SBI-specific stuff. Access to forums doesn’t expire after 14 days, so you’ve got nothing to lose (Update: apparently this was a bug on their side. Access to forums expires after 14 days now).

Then there is another thing: by opening their forums to public they exposed vulnerable sites of SBI owners to entire world. It was bad enough that you couldn’t post there without exposing your domain, but now anyone can open a free account, read forums and, if you ever bragged about your successes there, copy your website. SBI! websites are notoriously easy to copy. There is absolutely no guesswork as they are heavily templated websites. If you are successful and care for your website you should leave as quick as possible.

So, back to what we were talking about. Should you rush and buy that plugin? I am not sure. Move your website from SBI? Most definitely. You don’t want to be in situation when you HAVE to move and don’t have much time to learn new things. Better now than when you are forced to. Back to our tutorial.


It is not difficult to move your website from SBI. It’s a straightforward process, but you have to be very attentive to many little details. Please follow the instructions carefully. These instructions are accurate, proven to work dozens, if not hundreds, of times (Update August 2014: now definitely hundreds!)

The process boils down to:

  • copying your entire website using a free tool like Httrack
  • uploading your entire website with all its folders with another free tool (Filezilla) to your new webhost – a matter of pushing one button really!
  • changing your nameservers from SBI! to your new webhost (not more than 10 seconds)
  • when everything is done and settled you’ll have to register your domain with another registrar (tutorial on domain transfer is available here)
  • you might also want to convert your website to WordPress (optional, 3-part text and video tutorial here »)

All details are below + some additional links to Httrack, Filezilla, includes and WordPress tutorials (text and video). If you do it exactly the way I described, there will be no downtime whatsoever.

It works, it’s safe, you won’t lose your traffic. THERE IS NOTHING TO WORRY OR STRESS ABOUT. Trust me.

People who know tools or went through this process at least once before can get their sites transferred in under 30 minutes. Most of you reading this don’t know the tools we are going to use so it might take a couple of hours for you. It’s okay to split the work over few days to a week if necessary.

My tutorial may seem overwhelming but it is actually easy. Just trust the process, hundreds of SBIers (some of them admitted to be technically challenged) went through this process before you and were successful. There is no reason why you can’t do it.

BlockBuilders can move too

Some people think they can’t move because they are using SBI’s BlockBuilder. They assume they either have to copy-paste their entire sites to WordPress or transfer their sites to their own HTML first and only then move to another host. I thought so too, but recently Ken Evoy said you actually can take SBI’s template with you. His post is available in SBI forums here. So apparently there is no problem in taking your SBI template with you and the process of transfer will be exactly same like with your own HTML Once you move your block-built website will look just like it did with SBI but of course there will be no SiteCentral and building blocks backend (or whatever they have now in BB2). Your site will be in plain HTML now and you will need basic knowledge of HTML to edit your old pages. You will have two choices now –

  • learn some HTML to be able to add new pages or
  • convert your entire website contents to WordPress which needs some work but is worth it. Again, you don’t have to do it all at the same time. You can take a break after the initial transfer and take as much time as you need to convert to WordPress one page at a time. You will find a link to instructions on how to do this at the end of this tutorial.

I would recommend the last.

The Process

Hold my hand if you’re feeling scared; we’re flying up, up, outta here…
– Far East Movement – Rocketeer

The link to full version will be available shortly.

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  1. Thank you so much for this detailed post. I have been trying to figure out how to move my SBI to wordpress for a long time now. I just discovered that wordpress hosted sites are prettier than SBI hosted sites, plus lots of plugins.

    Thanks once more,


  2. Hi Elena,

    Thanks for all the work you’ve put into this article. I’ve thought about transferring from SBI too… in fact, I’ve just followed your exact instructions here, using Sitesucker to copy my site and Cyberduck to upload it.

    My question though is: I’m currently at Step 4 of your process, the IP address thing. But I don’t understand how to get it to work in my browser.

    I have my IP address and the username from my host. But everytime I enter it, www gets added on automatically in front of the IP address, which means it doesn’t work. What do I do? How else can I see the uploaded files of my website?


    • Hi Jon :)

      IP address preview works for most hosts but may still not work for some. Another reason why it doesn’t work for you may be that you already have another site at your new host. If it’s the first site you are uploading there try to search their help documentation or ask them how you can preview your website before pointing name servers.

      If it’s your second site there you will usually find preview at like described in this post
      (can be different between different hosts but should work for most).

  3. Hello Elena,

    I hope you are well.

    I recently bought a website that is currently on the SBI platform. It has about 370 pages in HTML format. I would really like to move it to WordPress but am really scared about losing my traffic. I would like to hire someone that has done many SBI to WordPress transfers before and has a lot of success having done it. It sounds like you might be the right person.

    Is this something I can hire you to do?



    • Hello Clarke,

      I am not doing transfers at the moment but you certainly can find other people willing to do this. Check this thread


    • Hi Elena,

      I’ve just tried your tip (and looked in the post you recommended) but it doesn’t work. Can you give me a specific example of what I’m supposed to type? Do I type in the actual IP address followed by my username and subfolder for my site? Because I did that and got an error message? Or do I type “ipaddress” like in your example? I find your help here really confusing.

      • Hi again Jon,

        it’s hard for me to tell why you are getting an error. There could be differences between hosts and maybe it’s different for yours. On Hostgator, Bluehost, Site5 and many others that’s exactly what you would do and I know it works there. It’s either your host has a different system for IP preview or something went wrong during file upload process and your files are not where they are supposed to be.

        • My upload worked fine, Elena.

          But can you explain – in simple terms – what I’m supposed to type into my browser? It’s not clear in the post you linked to. I need to see an example, so I can understand you.

          Also, I am going to ask my host if I can preview my website. But do I say to them, to make it clear that my site is hosted elsewhere? Do I just ask them “can I preview pages for an add-on domain except the website is hosted elsewhere?” I want to phrase it so they understand what I mean.

          Thanks again for your patience, Jon.

          • Just follow example given in that post: IP address like 123.456.67 then your is username preceded by ~ then subfolder where your files are. Usually that would be

            You phrased your question correct. They will understand you, because nobody will want to preview website that is already hosted by them. The only time client might want to preview his site is before the site is transferred.

            I understand that upload worked, but sometimes you might put files in wrong place. That’s what I meant. If you have any questions please start a forum thread and I will help you there.

          • Hi Elena – just to report back on our thread, to say yes, I can see my website now on my new host. So everything’s ok now, phew. Onto your next step with moving my site.

            Thanks again for your patience.


          • Awesome Jon! Hope it goes smoothly :)

  4. Hi Elena, thank you so much for this amazing site – it has been perfect timing for me, and I am progressing through each of the steps. I have a question, and I am sure it is within your instructions but perhaps I am not understanding it. I have copied and transferred to HostGator my files and set up my site WITHOUT the www. in HostGator. I do intend to eventually utilise WordPress (not immediately, it will be done over a period of time), so do I need to re-establish the www. at some point? I thank you for any information you can advise or a link where the information is, and apologise in advance for bringing up something that you have no doubt answered hundreds of times :-).

    • No problem Nicki :) I would suggest that you re-establish WWW immediately using .htaccess code mentioned at the end of this tutorial. WWW is important because Google sees sites with WWW and without WWW as different URLs. When you start working on WordPress, don’t forget remove that code from your .htaccess before installing WordPress. Once you install WordPress, you will see it has an easy way to add that again. For now it’s important to have it though and the only way you can add it now is using .htaccess.

  5. I am SO relieved to find you!

    In spite of the fact that I’ve been uploading my own html and css files to SBI, I’m a tech idiot. A tech wizard friend of mine strongly suggested it would be easier to update my site and add a blog to it if I were to switch to WordPress.

    I’m almost at the point of adding a blog, and and after reading through the SBI forums on the subject I know that is not a road I want to try to travel.

    It’s hard to leave SBI. They’ve given me a really solid start. When times were hard (the crash of ’09) and I couldn’t afford them anymore, they put me on their ReviveIt program so my site could at least stay up and running until I could get back on my feet again.

    The forums are SO helpful, and so is their customer support. The people bend over backwards to help you. I understand with their WordPress “plugin” (I think it’s called bizXpress), you wouldn’t able to post to the forums. I don’t know what access to customer service would be like.

    SBI has been invaluable to me.

    But they just don’t seem to be set up to handle some of the features I want to add . . . or I’m not tech-savvy enough to figure out how. True, they have a service where someone will do stuff like that for you, but I just can’t afford that. If I want to follow SBI’s advice and keep growing my site, I may end up outgrowing them.

    I went through a huge learning curve with SBI. I was not only building a new site following their very helpful (if a bit annoying) Action Guide, I was also learning to code. Sometimes the frustration and doubt was so great I’d end up in tears.

    But I now have a site that I’ll be proud of (once I update the look), is making a little money, and has lots of potential. I’m very grateful.

    So sadly, I’ll be transferring soon. I’ve bookmarked your page — don’t want to lose you!

    Thank you for this!!

    • Thanks for kind words Kelli :)

      Regarding bizXpress, even with free account you have access to SBI forums. Initially people with this type of account couldn’t post there but they changed it and the last time I checked I was able to post there. Nothing to worry about :)

  6. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! For this priceless information! :-)

    I will definitely use your affiliate link for hosting. :-)

    Question: I don’t see anything regarding switching over our newsletter subscribers and our email address which are both currently reliant on SBI software.

    Is this addressed somewhere and I am just missing it?

    Thank you :-)

    • Hi Danika and thanks for kind words :)
      Regarding email at, setup is very simple. Here is the link to tutorial on how to setup your email and make a contact form You will need contact form part only if you decide to go with pure html (no WordPress). If you are going to use WordPress there is a plugin for that and you don’t need to code anything manually.

      For ezine subscribers you can use MailChimp, it’s free until 2000 subscribers (unless you want to use autoresponders). All other services are paid, but then again, they offer so much more than what you had in SBI!

  7. Hi Elena,

    It’s not clear to me on your site how you add new pages to your SBI site once you leave SBI. My site uses a Blockbuilder 2 SBI theme. I know you can take this SBI theme with you – but when you add new pages, will these new pages still appear in this theme?

    Also, your tutorial about converting the site to WordPress. Are we basically making a copy of every page, adding the no.2 to every page, e.g. index-2.html? Then, when you are ready, you swap the original version for the copy?

    Thanks again,


    • Hi Jon,
      if you follow the tutorial above you will need to know HTML to add pages to your website or to convert to WordPress. In WordPress tutorial you just copy the contents of your pages into WordPress, delete old version and publish new one. It is all covered here, but I realize it could be too much information to grasp at once especially if you don’t know HTML or aren’t very technical. Just follow the steps and you should be fine. I designed these tutorials with your needs in mind, you just need to be very careful when following the instructions.

  8. I’ve been using Hostgator for over a year and I’m just deciding to transfer my SBI site to WordPress.
    Once you finish all the instructions, the thing I’m wonder is where do you login to update your transferred SBI-to-wordpress site?

    Obviously you’re not logging in to Site Central so how do you set up the username and password for WordPress like you do for other sites?

    • When you install WordPress you will have to create login details. And if you don’t use WordPress you will use cPanel to update your website.

      • So I do have WordPress and have created login details for my other sites. Now I’m wondering when my site does move over to HostGator, how do I create those login details for the newly transferred SBI site?

        • If you have an account there you already have login details for your cPanel.

          • Looks like I need a little bit more help. I did the whole transfer, everything as instructed, but when I login to my site I don’t see any pages or my site.

            At what point do I take the pages I uploaded in Filezilla and put them back into WordPress? I may need some more assistance, so who should I contact or what’s the easiest way instead of on this comment field?


          • Hi Damien, please use forum if you need more help

            If you did everything as instructed you will see your pages in file manager in your cPanel and you can convert to WordPress whenever you feel comfortable, usually people start converting after a few weeks they complete html transfer.

  9. I noticed the comment that if you have 5000-plus visitors (I’m assuming this means daily) that is would be expensive and require a lot of learning. My site currently has over 300 pages, and I am hoping to move it without too much difficulties? Eventually, I hope to reach that 5000-plus daily visitor mark. What is your opinion on moving a site this size?

    • Hi Suzanne, 300 pages is not much at all and if you haven’t reached 5000 visitors yet don’t worry about that statement.

  10. Hi Elena – just to update you, that I’ve now successfully move my site from SBI, ended my account there as well as converted it to WordPress. All’s working. Thank you for your tips here, made a difference. Nice not be with SBI anymore. They also tried to sell me on BizXPress on my way out, but seemed unable to justify why it cost $150 a year for essentially the keyword tool (since I already know the AG) other than “we know better”. No thanks.

    • Hi Jon, thank you so much for taking time to write this! It makes me happy and is a great inspiration for others who are still researching and maybe doubting whether or not they can do it. Wish you success and if you need anything don’t hesitate to post in forum here. Good luck!

      • Hi Elena, thanks for this. And to say to anyone on the fence about leaving SBI – Elena’s steps -do- work. Just be patient with each step and ask questions if you don’t understand. I was stuck a lot too, with some steps, but was determined to leave SBI. And now my site is free. Elena, thank you for your website and what you do. Can’t thank you enough :)

        • Hi Jon and thank you for taking time to write this. Yes, following this tutorial requires learning new things but it’s worth it. Feeling free feels so great! When I was in SBI! I spent a lot of time on needless manual tasks that can be easily automated with WordPress. If I wanted to change design I had to edit every page. I felt deprived, but not anymore. One bite at a time anyone can learn basic autonomy of their websites, understand file structure and learn to download and upload files. Thanks again!

  11. kasmedia says:

    Thanks for this terrific resource. One question that maybe you can help with or maybe only SBI support can. You say in your instructions:

    When you first contact them asking to unlock your domain include following information:

    original order number when you purchased SBI!
    last four numbers of credit card you used
    your IP address as it appears here

    That might be quite a high bar for me to get over. It’s been many years, several computers and one office move since I first signed up for SBI. Does anyone have experience of getting domains unlocked when you do not have this information available??

    • Hi Kasmedia, that’s SBI’s requirements. If you don’t have this information you should talk to their support about it.

      • kasmedia says:

        I feared as much. Thanks.

      • Thanks for the reply, Elena. I was afraid of that.

        One other question: Since I was hoping to take the opportunity of a move to get rid of those dreaded hyphens, I have already purchased the “un-hyphenated” version of my domain name. That said, I assume moving my site from a hyphenated version to an un-hyphenated version would result in the loss of all my traffic, correct?

        • Hi Michael, I never tried it myself. If I was you and there was no reason for me to believe that hyphens hurt my site I wouldn’t take the risk. Otherwise you can research for best ways to do it, see what people with experience say and just do your best to make those redirects properly. I think nobody can tell for sure. Some people gain traffic, some people lose. But then again, maybe they didn’t do redirects properly. You never know!

  12. For a small website, with about 15 pages or so, would it be okay to jump right into WordPress instead of copying and uploading the whole site first?

    • Hi Suzanne, it’s okay as long as you don’t change link structure and keep menus same. It’s not really about size.

  13. Hi Elena, will our website looks exactly the same after transferring to wordpress? or will it be a mess and we need to redo all pages? Do we have to reinsert adsense code and affiliate links and images? I’m nervous :p

    • Hi Susane, if you decide to convert to WordPress your site will not look exactly same but won’t be mess either. In WordPress there are fantastic solutions for ads where they can be added, modified and rearranged site-wide in one click (great for testing!) and as for affiliate links, you can do them manually or automate with plugin where your keywords turn into affiliate links. It is all covered here and hundreds of people did this before you using this very site. No need to worry. Please note that the tutorial above is for transferring site in static form though, not WordPress. You can convert it to WordPress later or jump straight to WordPress using my other tutorial.

  14. Hi,

    Could you please tell me how do I move SBI site to Google Blogger?


    • Hi Nesika,

      you can’t move an SBI! site to Blogger because Blogger imposes its own URL structure and all your URLs will change, hence you will lose traffic. If you are okay with that you can simply open a Blogger account something like and start copying and pasting the content of your SBI! site. When you are done you can take your SBI! domain and transfer to another registrar using this tutorial. When this happens SBI! version of your site will disappear and will be giving errors for a while. When domain registrar will confirm they received your SBI! domain, you can go to your blogspot blog and set that domain name as custom domain for your Blogspot blog so when people will enter they will find your blogspot blog, however all other pages (other than homepage) will have different URLs.

      Once again this of course results in loss of rankings, but if you never had traffic to begin with you could do this. In my opinion Blogger is quite restrictive and copying and pasting content to Blogger takes just as much time as copying and pasting it to WordPress and with only $60 per year you can have a better site hosted by a professional host without any loss or broken URLs.

  15. Hi Elena, around how long does it takes to move 330 pages using the “SBI straight to wordpress” ($22) method?

    • Hello Lean,

      it’s about copying and pasting and uploading images for each page. If you are seeing WordPress for the first time but are good at following tutorials I would expect it will take you around 30-40 minutes to get initial setup and set your homepage. From there on it’s a simple copy/paste job. You might want to spend some time playing with themes but you will have plenty of time for that later as you can switch themes in WordPress with one click. Realistically, I have seen people taking up to 3 months for this, because they took a lot of breaks. It can also be done in a week. Up to you basically.

  16. I asked SBI to resend my Site Build It! Mail. I logged on to my using the details provided in the Site Buid It! Mail. But I can’t access the page. This is what appears on the page.

    Error Page

    Invalid username/password entered.

    I asked again the SBI about it but there is no replay yet. Any idea why did it happened?



    • Hi Darwin, only two possibilities here: either you are using wrong login details or some technical problem on SBI! side. If you are sure you are using correct details (from Site Build It Mail, NOT your SiteCentral username/password) then it’s definitely some SBI’s bug which they must fix for you to be able to get in.

      Another thing I recall is that you can’t just copy and paste login details from email to login box – it won’t accept it. You have to actually type it yourself. Try this, maybe that’s the issue.

      • Thanks for the info, i tried to encode the username and password but it is still not working. SBI said they will investigate further. I hope they can fix it. :)
        Thanks once again.

  17. Hi again Elena,

    I already changed my name servers using my account in bluehost. Your instruction is not to do anything for(72hrs). But i tried to check my site (after24hrs :) ) if it is still live but I only see Welcome…bluehost etc. I also tried to see my site traffic in the logs but there is none. I just see my old sites there. Do you think is it normal? Do I have to completely wait for 72 hours before I see my site again. I am just a little bit worried because Maybe I failed to follow your instructions correctly and I’ll loss my entire site. Please advise. Thanks.



    • Hi Darwin,

      definitely something is wrong! My tutorials when followed correctly do not cause a minute of downtime, leave alone 24 hours. Here is what to do:

      1. You can come back to SBI!’s name server management area and switch Bluehost name servers back to SBI’s. This will bring SBI version of your website live (might take up to a few hours to become live again).

      2. While your SBI site is live again, figure out what went wrong. I suspect you messed up with file system when you were uploading Httrack copy. You either uploaded some unnecessary files or you uploaded correct files, but to a wrong place in your cPanel. These mistakes are common and I have warnings in Httrack tutorial. I will send you password to my “move in under 1 hour” tutorial to your Yahoo email (which I can see). Normally it’s only available to those who buy through my affiliate link but I think you need help to find your mistake. The screenshots there will hopefully help you find out what you did wrong. You don’t need to make new copies, you only need to figure out where you did mistake with file system. Email will arrive now.

      Once you correct your mistake you can preview and make sure everything works then switch name servers back to Bluehost.

      • HI Elena,

        I would like to express my deepest gratitude for all your help rendered to me during my transfer process. You are correct, I made a mistake in uploading my copied site through filezilla.

        I uploaded the entire folder instead of the folder that contains my domain only. I deleted what I have uploaded previously and then I followed your instructions thoroughly. After few moments, BANG!!! it works.

        Thanks for the mail. I really appreciate that. You have no idea how happy I am after my transfer. I am planing to convert my static site soon to wordpress.

        Though, I’ve been using wordpress in my other sites, I still have to read all your tutorials and watch the videos to figure the conversion out.

        How I wish i had found you two years ago.:)

        Once again. My Gratitude. Tomorrow, I’ll cancel my account in SBI.


  18. jerry hendrix says:

    I’m very new to IM, and have a couple of questions. Would you suggest I start out with sbi, then move on later, or start some other way? How do people copy your website, and how do you prevent this? Thanks

    • People can copy your keywords and site structure. In SBI! sites keywords are very obvious. I don’t suggest anyone to use SBI.

  19. jerry hendrix says:

    Thank you

  20. Hello Elena,
    I am so glad to find this post! It looks pretty thorough, and i’m looking forward to not spending so much. SBI! has helped me so much, but the cost for multiple sites is just too much for me, as my sites aren’t making that much money yet…
    and… since I won’t lose traffic with switching (which was my biggest concern), then I now just have to work on this.
    You mentioned above that for affiliate links we need to take out code – is this for EVERY affiliate link? – ie. amazon, adsense, etc? and this has to be done manually?
    Which part of code? is this for adsense? what about if we switch through with wordpress?
    Also, are your sites with asmallorange or hostgator? why would we choose one over the other?
    Thank-you again,

    • Hi Robin,

      1. yes, if you follow the tutorial there will be no traffic loss. Google couldn’t care less where you host your site as long as it’s not something that is associated exclusively with spam.

      2. Affiliate link issue is caused by SBI! actually due to their ancient tracking system. It attaches a piece of code for every outgoing link, including affiliate links. What you do later with the site (static or WordPress) or what software you use for site copying is irrelevant, because once SBI! has attached a piece of tracking code it has to be removed or else the link will not work.

      Unless something has changed, you will have to clean up these links, there is no other way. Some people told me they didn’t have this issue. I am not sure why. It could be that for some reason their SBI! tracking was not activated or maybe SBI! stopped it or maybe these people simply didn’t have many outgoing links and didn’t even notice the issue. My job is to warn though. Also Adsense is NOT affected by SBI’s tracking problem.

      The part of the code affected is described in the tutorial.

      3. I host my best sites with A Small Orange now. Hostgator is still good, but A Small Orange has a better and a more attentive customer service. It is run by ex-owner of Hostgator, the person who made Hostgator awesome in the first place. Hostgator was bought by another company (EIG).

      I also use many other hosts due to the nature of what I do (I NEED to have many different hosts). This site is hosted on Stablehost simply because I had an account there with tons of place and very little site. A Small Orange is best for those who need only one host.

      • Hello Elena,
        Thank-you for your replies!!! :) (but i never knew you responded as i wasn’t notified – i’ll check the check box below… maybe it went to trash..). I’ll check back for your response here.

        So… I’m building up the courage to purchase my site through ASO, since it’s what you recommend and what you have for your tutorials (I’m thinking to follow the picture tutorial then transfer to WordPress after with that tutorial), plus if i want to use hostgator later, it’s also cPanel, so i assume i could probably change it to hostgator if i need to later. (correct me if i’m wrong). As hostgator was recommended before, by a friend, but i like the customer service with ASO so far :)

        So, my three questions are:

        1. Your tutorial has wd15 and wd5 for promo codes, and i want to use the code (so you get $ and so i can use the code, but when i tried to put them in it didn’t work with ASO :( ). I contacted ASO and they said they didn’t have this website as an affiliate… :S What am I to do…???
        2. If i want to purchase a new domain name at the beginning (instead of ONLly transferring them – i want to do to transfer too… do i need to click on transfer at the start or can i purchase a new domain and then somewhere in cPanel do the transfer – if so how?)
        3. why do you need multiple host ors? Why don’t we?
        Thank-you SO much,

        • Hi Robin,

          something is wrong with my notification system after the latest update but I didn’t have time to look into it.

          You can use Hostgator right from the start if you prefer, but ASO is a better choice customer service-wise. This doesn’t mean that Hostgator is bad, ASO is just better in my opinion.

          For coupons, THANK YOU for telling me. I don’t know why it doesn’t work. Maybe they expired by the end of the year, but it’s something they didn’t tell me about. I sent them an email to see what’s happening. I am still their affiliate but I don’t think they know my website. You can use any coupon you find on the web, it’s not an issue. In my understanding, if you buy through my link I will get credited even if you use someone else’s coupons. Coupons are not used for tracking affiliate commissions. In any case, don’t worry about me being credited. If you want access to simplified tutorial I will give it to you even if you decide to use Hostgator. I have Hostgator coupons as well, by the way.

          To be honest with you, it was more profitable for me to promote Hostgator but because I stopped using it more than a year ago and because I really think ASO is better for you, I thought I should switch to promoting what I am using myself.

          I didn’t understand very well the question about new domain name. But if you mean you want to buy a new domain or get a free domain they offer you can but then tutorial will need to be readjusted and it might be a bit confusing if you are doing it for the first time.

          As for your question why I need many different hosts: normally you can host all your websites under one account at ASO or whatever you use. You don’t need to pay extra as long as your account allows to host multiple domains. In my case, however, I do some advanced stuff, running tests regular site owners don’t do and I need different IP addresses. It’s something completely different from what people do in SBI.

          Hope I answered your questions and if you can’t get to simplified tutorial drop me a line and I will send you password.

  21. Rafael Edwards says:

    OK. I had read the entire tutorial and I am ready to jump from SBI. But in the last section of Step 8: Domain transfer-switching name servers. IMPORTANT:outgoing links will be broken after transfer domain from Two Cows and SBI…
    How do we fix this problem? By converting now the static website into WordPress page by page after the transfer right away, or is it better to convert the entire website to WordPress first and then move it out?

    • Hi Rafael,
      it’s really up to you. It doesn’t matter in what order you do things. I wrote several tutorials to give more options to people. Some want to keep it static and some want transfer static first to see how things work and then slowly convert to WP. Some choose static option simply because it’s faster as they don’t have much time before their SBI! subscription ends. And then there are some others who want convert to WP right away. Direct conversion to WP takes some serious time as you need to redo your entire site before you can leave SBI!

      No matter what you choose to do, correcting links requires manual work. With this in mind it is probably easier to directly convert to WP or quickly transfer static website and immediately start converting it to WP and correct the links as you go. This way you won’t stay with broken links for too long. I noticed that most people don’t have that many outgoing links. SBIers typically don’t link to other resources on the web and use more Adsense than affiliate programs so this isn’t a big concern for them.

      Also broken links are strictly SBI! problem. It is not affected by domain name transfer. I wrote it at the end as important note, not a part of Step 8.

  22. THANK YOU SO MUCH! I just followed your detailed instructions and your post was the ONLY reason I attempted this myself. I’m waiting for my site to populate on the new host so I can transfer the domain. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! This was overwhelming until I read your post. I’ve been wanting to leave SBI a while but was super intimidated. This made it easy.

    • Hi Jennifer,
      thank you for your wonderful comment! I am so happy you found this helpful and yes, when you break it down to steps, it’s not that complicated. Anyone who figured out how to use SBI! surely can follow the steps in this tutorial. Wish you success with your online adventure!

  23. Hi Elena, thanks for this guide. A wonderful day to you. I am new to all of this and am on step 1 of the $22 option for transferring sbi site. I went with Hostgator.

    Here’s the issue: I clicked on Fantastico as you recommended but it returns a 404. Then, when I searched the word, “fantastico” in Hostgators “Walk Me Through”/”Can I Help You”, it took me to this url: which begins with the following ” Fantastico De Luxe Retirement FAQ

    Fantastico De Luxe has retired and is no longer supported by HostGator. Selecting this tool from within cPanel will now direct you to QuickInstall, our very own in-house auto installer. ” What do I do now? Thanks a zillion. I await your response.

    • Hi Roger,

      I am sorry, I wasn’t aware they retired it. Anyway, there is nothing to worry about. Here is the screenshot of Quick Install
      It is basically the same. The reason why I preferred Fantastico is because it lets you choose custom username, whereas QuickInstall uses default “admin”. Use the screenshot above to install WordPress using QuickInstall and I will update the tutorial for others shortly.

      You will be able to change “admin” once the WP is installed. Here is how:

      1. Go to Users ==> Add New
      2. Choose complicated username and password
      3. Fill the email field, however email for this second user should be different from the first one.
      4. Make sure to assign this new user the role of administrator (there is a drop down menu for this).
      5. Save and sign out.
      6. Now sign in as this new user.
      7. Go back to Users interface.
      8. Click Edit under the “admin”
      9. Change its role from administrator to subscriber.
      10. Click save.

      Now you should always sign into your WP using this new username. YOU DON’T HAVE TO DO THIS, but it’s a good security practice. You can do it now or later if you wish.

      If you have any problems, let me know :)

      • You’re plain awesome. Thanks. Will check it out. And that’s cool. It happens to all of us, website owners. :-) All the best.

        • Ha ha thank you Roger! :D

          • Elena, you wrote “1. Go to Users ==> Add New”. Where do I find this?

          • That is in your WordPress dashboard. Once you install your WordPress you will sign in with login details that QuickInstall sent you. You will see menu with many links to the left. One of the links says “Users”.

  24. Elena,

    The email I got says the following:


    Your installation is ready. You can access it now by going to .

    Admin Area:
    Username: ,,,,,,……
    Password: …..,,,,,….”

    I don’t understand how I’m being sent to my own website. Also, the link for the admin area returns a 404.

    Did I do something wrong?

    I also noticed that the version of Quickinstall on your screenshot is different. Yours is version 3.4.1 while the one on Hostgator is version 4.0.1. Version 4.0.1. includes “Enable Auto Upgrades”, and “Admin user”.

    What am I missing? How do I get to this WordPress Dashboard? Can’t seem to move past this. Thanks.

    • Yes the screenshot was made a while ago but it doesn’t matter. You can enable autoupgrades if you want. I usually prefer to update my WordPress manually. If it lets you choose Admin user now, great.

      As for domain question, you need to follow the tutorial. It seems you got confused with the screenshot and forgot to read the tutorial itself. In Step 1 you will have to go to your WordPress database and change domain for IP address. After that it will tell you how and where to sign in. Just go back to the tutorial. The only thing that changed is the screenshot. The rest is still the same.

      If you have any questions let me know. If this seems too hard I can install WordPress for you, no problem. You will have to send me your Hostgator login details to faletova (at) (you’ll be able to change all passwords later). I will install WordPress for you and modify database. However, you will still need to understand how it was done so you can follow the tutorial till the end.

      Also if you have more questions, it is better to post them on the tutorial page or forum. This page is for another tutorial that uses different approach.

  25. Just wanted to say ‘thank you’ in advance. I am making a move away from SBI. Just debating WordPress v Squarespace. See you are familiar with WP, wondered if you had an opinion about SquareSpace?
    It’s a secure shop front, responsive, ecommerce ‘ask’ I have.

    • Hi Michelle,

      I never used Squarespace but it seems to me it’s another proprietary system — precisely what most people want to escape from in SBI! WordPress, on the other hand, is absolutely open, free, flexible and powerful. It might take some time to get used to it but you can do almost anything you want with it. You can use any traditional host and change hosts as often as you wish. Most hosts support WordPress and many will even do free file and database transfer for you when you open a new account with them. SquareSpace seems to come with its own hosting and content management system just like SBI! In case you don’t like it, you will probably have to deal with another complicated site transfer.

      I found this article on WordPress vs SquareSpace. They did some useful analysis that may help you take decision. Sure this article is written by WordPress fans, but then again, WordPress is free and they don’t get anything from it.

      I don’t know about e-store, but for content website I would definitely choose WordPress.

  26. Hello again Elena,
    Thanks for the information that you provided earlier.

    I already changed my name servers using my account in ASO. I did recently check my site and it looks good, but noticed that the outgoing links are blocked. The code that SBI includes is what it’s causing this. Can you guide me on how to remove this code and be more specific on what part of the code has to be removed. I don’t know how to get to the codes on C-Panel.
    Also I had two other domains redirected to the same website (variations) I believe that I just do the same for these.
    Thanks once again.

    • Hello Raf,

      1. for other domains that are redirected to your website: if they are just domains with no pages on them, you don’t need to do anything about them.
      2. for your main website you have two options:
      – convert to WordPress page by page and clean links as you go;
      – edit raw HTML code directly from your cPanel.

      To edit from cPanel, you simply go to Log in and go to File Manager. From File Manager menu choose public_html directory for this website. You will see all your files there. You can edit each individual page by right clicking on its file name and editing the code. Code editing involves removing anything extra, i.e. anything that didn’t originally belong to the link. For affiliate links it is typically better to generate new code to make sure you didn’t leave out something.


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