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  1. wx4sno
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    My web host recently had to erase my entire server and website. Luckily I created a backup of all folders and files on the site, including my wordpress files. I went ahead and re-installed wordpress 3.0.3 on my new site, then uploaded all my original content (wp-admin, wp-content, wp-includes, and all files/subfolders). However, when I go to my site (http://www.wx4sno.com/blog), I am greeted with the same-ol basic interface and not my old, previous blog which had a custom template, lots of posts, and images. Is there any way I can restore wordpress back to how it was before? I don't have a copy of my old SQL database nor anything other than the folders and files I copied before the server got erased.

  2. ClaytonJames
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    All of your actual written content is stored in the database. Without a copy of the database, you will probably need to start fresh. You may be able to recover some of your content by using Google cache as a viewing tool, but copy-paste is probably the best you can hope for.

    Pop this into the google search bar and then select the "Cached" link at the end of the url's to see what still might be around.

    inurl:www.wx4sno.com/blog/

    That might help you recover at least some of it. As far as the appearance, you should be able to just select and re-activate the pagelines "station" theme from your dashboard under Appearance > Themes settings.

  3. wx4sno
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Okay...I was able to save a copy of the cached blog which has my original layout. I saved it in Firefox by going File>Save Page As...

    I went ahead and activated the "station" theme in WP dashboard. Is there a way to transfer the cached page to WP somehow? What I'm really concerned with is getting the layout back to the original...I can live with not having all my previous blogs, but I spent a lot of time on the layout of the blog.

    Is there a way to copy the code from the cached page or some other way to get the previous layout back (using the saved cached page)?

  4. ClaytonJames
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    What I'm really concerned with is getting the layout back to the original...I can live with not having all my previous blogs, but I spent a lot of time on the layout of the blog.

    Any mods made to the theme files themselves will be fine, but because the station theme stores user selectable modifications from it's options pages in the database, I'm afraid those settings are all lost as well. In a twist of unfortunate irony, at the bottom of the themes settings pages is this:

    [Backup Option Informtion] To be sure you don't lose your option information, make sure to save a copy in your DB from time to time.

    [Restore From Backup] If you'd like to restore the options from your latest backup, use this button.

    Once you are back up and running, it would be good practice to schedule regular database backups as well as maybe making a backup copy of the Station theme settings to store in your database.

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