There are several ways to restore a WordPress site from a backup, depending on the type of backup and the method used to create it:
- Using a Backup Plugin: If you have been using a WordPress backup plugin, you can restore your site by going to the plugin’s settings and clicking the “Restore” button.
- Using cPanel or FTP: If you have a full site backup, you can restore it by using cPanel or FTP to upload the backup files to your server, and then using phpMyAdmin to import the database.
- Using a Backup Service: If you have been using a backup service such as VaultPress, you can restore your site by logging into your account and following the instructions provided by the service.
- Manual restoration: If you don’t have access to the backup, you can restore your site by manually uploading all the files and database to your server.
Here is a general process of restoring a site from a backup:
- Make a backup of the current site, in case something goes wrong during the restoration process.
- Deactivate all plugins, this will prevent any plugin-related errors during the restore process.
- Import the database backup, use phpMyAdmin or similar tools to import the database backup.
- Replace the current wp-content folder with the one from the backup, this will restore all the media files, themes and plugins.
- Update the site URL and home URL in the database, to reflect the new location of the site.
- Re-activate the plugins.
- Test the site to make sure it’s fully restored and all the links are working.
It is important to test your site after restoring the backup to make sure that everything is working as expected. It is also a good practice to schedule regular backups of your site to have a fallback plan in case of any future issues.
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Last modified: March 3, 2023