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  • Resolved Phran


    Here’s the situation. . . I had a .com address and changed it to a .net. I decided to keep the old .com for a while so that I could use it to redirect old traffic to my new site. I asked bluehost, my host, to reassign the .net as the primary site on my account, to avoid trouble several years down the road when I intended to delete the .com. I was warned that this process would delete everything, so I made a full backup of the site using an FTP program. So far, so good. I reuploaded everything. Now, the wordpress blog doesn’t work on the old domain. I called bluehost and they say that what I’m missing is a file with the extension .sql, which has all of the information in it. Is this true? All the images are still there in my local files, as are the modifications I made to the themes. How can I recover the text?

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  • Moderator Samuel Wood (Otto)

    (@otto42) Admin

    If you didn’t backup the database, and bluehost doesn’t have a backup of it for you, then you’re screwed.

    The posts and everything else is in the database. It’s not in the files you FTP’d down.

    More info here:

    Best case scenario: Your database still exists and you can get access to it via phpmyadmin or something like that. Ask Bluehost.
    Not-as-good-scenario: They have a backup and can get it for you.
    Even worse scenario: You have to find copies of your posts on a Google cache or somewhere like that and repost them manually.
    Worst case scenario: You’re totally screwed.

    Otto42, THANK YOU.

    Database does not still exist. Bluehost does not have a backup. GOOGLE IMAGES HAS A BACKUP. I would never have thought of that.

    Moderator Samuel Wood (Otto)

    (@otto42) Admin

    While Google Cache still has a backup, copy and paste all the text into a text file somewhere. Try to get all the comments and such too, if there are any. It’s annoying, but you might be able to recreate most of it from that.

    Yes — I used “get source” on the google cache to preserve all my hard work locating URLS. I’ve also saved a copy and paste version. OHMIGOD.
    P.S. When I said google images in the above post at 2AM (while frantically copying files), I meant google cache.

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