For many website owners, there is no worse feeling. You enter your site’s URL into your browser’s address bar, and you are presented with something most unexpected. Whatever it is, your site isn’t as it should be.
The cause is unknown. It could have been a hacker, a server malfunction, or something else – that is not particularly important to you. What is important is getting your blog back up and running as quickly as possible.
And that is where one of ManageWP’s most invaluable features swoops in and saves the day. Our backup tool allows you to make copies of your entire portfolio of blogs as regularly as every single day. Restoring your site from your most recent backup can be achieved with just a few clicks.
In many cases, “prevention is the best cure”, but in the case of unpredictable catastrophic database failure (or any other site-killing event), prevention is sometimes impossible. So we look instead to “expectation is our savior”.
The sooner you accept that your site might fail, the sooner you can put measures in place to recover your precious data, should the worst happen.
You’ve got some great options with ManageWP. When you set up a scheduled backup (on your Dashboard), you can select where the backups should be saved. They will be stored on your site’s server as default, but for more comprehensive protection, you may choose to save your backups to an external source.
Once your backups have been scheduled, you can rest assured in the knowledge that you are fully protected against even the worst site failures.
Restoring Your Site to Its Former Glory
This process applies to any corruption/deletion that you may experience. In order to get your site back up and running, you just need to follow these three simple steps.
1. Re-install WordPress
You will first need to install a clean version of WordPress to your site. Simply copy the method that you used when first creating your site. Most hosting providers offer a simple one-click install of WordPress.
2. Retrieve & Upload Backup
Fetch the zip file that contains your most recent backup. The location of this file will of course depend upon where you asked ManageWP to send backups.
Once you have it, use your FTP client to upload the zip file to the “wp-content” directory on your site. If you are unsure of your FTP settings, your hosting provider will be able to give them to you. Alternatively, they may have a browser-based file manager that you can use.
3. Clone The Backup Onto Your Fresh WordPress Install
Click the “Clone/Migration Wizard” option within “Tools” in your Dashboard navigation menu. You will now be presented with four options. We are interested in the third option:
Enter the location of your backup file. It is likely to be “http://www.yoursite.com/wp-content/yourfile.zip”, or something very similar. Once you are done, hit “Next”.
When prompted to select a destination on the next screen, choose “Existing Website” and select the site you wish to restore. Click “Next” button, give it some time to copy the file and restore your backup and you are done!
That is literally all it takes to get your website back up and running. As long as you have ManageWP set up to take regular schedule backups, you will never have to worry again about losing your content again.
Blog post updated on June 20, 2014