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Restoring WordPress Site From FTP Files (6 posts)

  1. MarximusMG
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hey everyone,

    Several months ago, my hosting package was about to expire for my website, so I hastily downloaded (via FTP) all of my site files and folders. I did not go through the typical backup process, but rather downloaded all of the files through FTP.

    Now that I have hosting set up again, I have set up a new installation of WordPress and would like to restore the site to exactly how it was before my hosting expired. How can I do this via FTP?

  2. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Unless you also made a backup copy of your database, I'm afraid you can't. All of your old content was stored in the database - not in any files.

  3. MarximusMG
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    So there's absolutely no way that this can be done? What is the file suffix of the database file?

  4. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    So there's absolutely no way that this can be done?

    Not without a database backup, no.

    What is the file suffix of the database file?

    .sql - although it may also be in a .zip or .gz archive.

  5. MarximusMG
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Ok, thanks for the help. That's pretty disappointing, but I guess there's no way around it. I would have thought that the posts would be saved to my WordPress account or something.

    Since I do have the template, theme, etc. files saved, how can I restore the appearance of the site via FTP?

  6. keesiemeijer
    moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    You can upload your theme to the wp-content/themes folder and activate it to have the same appearance.

    Maybe use the google cache to get some of your content back.
    http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:http://yourdomain.com/
    change http://yourdomain.com/ to your old domain.

    Or the The Wayback Machine: http://archive.org/web/web.php

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