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  • While fishing around using FTP, I accidentally deleted three or four files (don’t ask). Now my blog does not properly function (duh). I have the index, but if you try to click on anything in the side-bar, you get a 404 message.

    How can I simply replace the files that were deleted? (Difficult because I do not know exactly what was deleted.)

    I’ve just started the blog, and had not yet made a back-up. Yet I had created enough pages and posts to not want to lose my work.

    Will I have to scratch it all and re-load WordPress and my theme? Or is there a way to do a comparison and figure out what’s missing and re-load it?

    I’m shooting myself… but hoping I can find a way to replace what is missing rather than have to start all over from scratch.

    Any ideas?


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  • If it was core wordpress files just upload the wordpress files again no need to reload anything.

    Thanks Jeremy. Just to confirm I understand. I believe they were core WordPress files (hard to tell since they are missing). If I upload WordPress to my site again, will it just over-write the other ‘core’ files that are there, thus restoring the compliment it needs to operate? And if my theme is there, will it remain intact?


    Jeremy, I backed up my data-base, just in case. Then I went about re-loading WordPress. I want to load it in the same directory. Here’s the message I get:

    Path is already in use by another application install

    And then it suggests another path, which adds a directory that I do not want to add.

    How can I update the WordPress files, and keep it in the SAME directory and hopefully not lose any of the personal content I’ve already generated? Any more ideas? Thanks for your insight.


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