The WordPress community In the WordPress community, the importance of regularly scheduled website backups is frequently stressed. However, a lot of people only realize how important backups are once they’re dealing with a malfunctioning site.
If this happens, you can’t get more relieved than knowing that you have an exact copy of your website that you can access to restore your efforts. If you’ve got your databases and files back up, you’ll have the option of manually restoring to your WordPress website.
Editor’s note: It is recommended always to keep a second backup copy of your data saved to an external location in case of emergency.
In this article, we’ll go over the times you’ll require to restore your website from a backup, as well as the options available to do it. We’ll also show you how to do it by hand in just five steps. Let’s begin!
What are the reasons you’d want to restore your WordPress website from an archive?
Backups of your WordPress databases and files allow you to restore them in the event that there is a problem with your website. If your site has been compromised and damaged by a cybercriminal, for instance, having a copy of your site that has been updated allows you to salvage your website and restore it to its original state.
You may be proficient in programming and web development but still see something new occur to your website. Issues with themes, plugins, or even a person manipulating your website’s code could lead to the site not being able to handle simple troubleshooting.
Whatever happens to your website, it is important to address the issue and ensure that your website’s content is available to the users. The process of restoring a backup from the last backup is typically the quickest way to get back from the aftermath of a WordPress catastrophe. This will give you time to begin solving the root of the issue.
Common ways to restore WordPress backups
There are a variety of ways you can make as well as recover WordPress backups. One option is to utilize plugins like UpdraftPlus, BlogVault or ManageWP. While these plugins can be beneficial, they are also limited.
As an example, you’ll be able to save your backups on the storage options that are supported by the plugin. In addition, you might not be able to utilize the automatic restore feature when you’re not able access the backend of your website.
Another option is to check with your hosting service provider. A lot of web hosts offer backups in their plans. Some provide the service as an additional feature. This usually includes a “one-click restore feature.
But, your host could store backups of your site on the server that hosts your website. If the server is damaged in any way, your website and the most recent backup could be deleted.
This is why it’s recommended to backup your most recent backups to your personal PC or cloud account. If everything fails, you’ll be able to restore your WordPress website.
The process is difficult when compared with recovering your website with an application or the hosting service account. However, restoring manually damaged sites is often the most secure (or the only) method available.
How do you easily restore your WordPress website from an archive (In five steps)
To manually restore the functionality of your WordPress web page, you’ll require copies of your WordPress database and files stored on your personal computer. A basic understanding of the File Transfer Protocol (FTP) and PHPMyAdmin is also helpful. If you’re not acquainted with these tools, you’ll still be capable of following the steps listed below.
Step 1: Login to the hosting account, then launch phpMyAdmin.
In the beginning, you’ll need to sign in to your account on hosting in order to access phpMyAdmin, which is the database manager WordPress utilizes. If your host is using cPanel, then hit the PHPMyAdmin icon in the menu under the Databases:
Image alt=”The icon of phpMyAdmin that is in the cPanel.” data-no-retina=”true” src=”https://s42013.pcdn.co/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/phpmyadmin-databases.png”/>Hosts who use different control panel interfaces must offer an easy way to connect for this system. You might need to consult the documentation for your provider to find the interface. After you’ve logged into the phpMyAdmin program then go to the tab for databases. tab.
Step 2: Import your backup database
If you are beginning to restore your databases, you’ll be given the option of choosing to delete your current one and transfer the backup into it, or to delete it entirely and create another one to serve this reason. If you go with the latter option, make sure you include your new credentials in the wp-config.phpfile.
Once you’ve located the database you’d like to backup the backup of your WordPress backup, click the Import tab in the upper right on the page:
Image alt=”Selecting your backup data source to import to phpMyAdmin.” data-no-retina=”true” src=”https://s42013.pcdn.co/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/import-choose-file.png”/>Then, in the Format section, click the dropdown, and then select SQL:
Image alt=”SQL formatting settings in the phpMyAdmin.” data-no-retina=”true” src=”https://s42013.pcdn.co/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/sql-format.png”/>After that, press the Next, click on the button. It might take a few minutes to allow phpMyAdmin to transfer your backup database. However, when it’s done, this section of your website (which comprises your posts and pages) should be restored.
Step 3. Install and sign into your FTP client.
After your database is functioning, now is the time to pay attention to those WordPress files. To recover them, you’ll require your hosting company’s tool for managing files as well as an FTP client like FileZilla.:
In cPanel, you can locate the credentials you need by clicking FTP Accounts under Files:
The image alt=”The FTP Accounts icon in the cPanel.” data-no-retina=”true” src=”https://s42013.pcdn.co/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/ftp-accounts.png”/>After you have downloaded and launched FileZilla then log in using your credentials, then click the Quickconnect button:
The image alt=”Login credentials to FileZilla.” data-no-retina=”true” src=”https://s42013.pcdn.co/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/filezilla-ftp-login.png”/>This will establish an internet connection with your server. You’ll be able to tell when you see the Status changes to a the directory listing of “/” successful.
Step 4 Step 4: Step 4: Upload the WordPress backup files
In FileZilla, you’ll be able to see all your files locally on the left of your screen. It’s crucial to ensure that your backup file is an unzipped file and then saved on your computer to ensure that it is accessible from to you. The remote site (your server) will be located on the right side of your screen:
After that, you need to then upload your backup. FileZilla allows you to drag and drop the backup files from your personal computer onto your server. Other platforms should offer an easy option to upload option.
In the case of FileZilla, you will see three tabs located at the lower right of your screen. They are Files in queue, Transfers that failed,and Successful transfers. Quoted files are the ones that participate in transfer from the system to your Server.
After they’ve been uploaded, the backup files will be listed under the successful uploads tab. Based on the dimensions of your website, this process can take a long time. When the queued file reaches zero, the restoration will be completed.