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I have saved all my WP directories from a dead server, how to get it on a new 1

  • Hello,

    Ok so I managed to save all my folders and files from my server before it went down.
    I saved all the files in the public_html (wwW) directory and I had maybe 6-8 wordpress sites.

    I saved everything like the wp-admin/wp-content all the 401.html, etc..

    My question is how do I install this on my new server?
    When I FTP it in the public HTML and install wordpress with simple scripts it doesn’t pick up or use the files i put in the directory?

    Please tell me that there is a way so I do not throw countless hours of works down the way

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  • You didn’t mention if you also exported the databases from your old server. That is where all of your posts, pages, etc. are stored. You will need them to fully restore your previous sites.

    oh boy no i didn’t export the databases… am I out of luck?

    WPyogi

    @wpyogi

    Forum Moderator

    Unfortunately, yes, all the content is saved in the database, so it’s gone if you don’t have a copy of those 🙁 .

    If that is the case, then please explain THIS information in the Codex!!!

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Backing_Up_Your_WordPress_Files

    Are you sure you are giving the correct information? Because if so, I’m screwed. I read this page and backed up all my WP directory with all the content and other folders there. Then I created a new database and re-downloaded the most updated version of WordPress and my Theme since I could not log onto my site for the life of me, even after trying everything suggested for logon issues. Now that I have a new database, a new config file, and all of my old WP saved on my machine, I was hoping to get that old content back in. What gives!!???

    WPyogi

    @wpyogi

    Forum Moderator

    WordPress FILES do not contain your database. The second line of that page is this:

    This page talks about Files only; if you need to back up your WordPress database, see the Backing Up Your Database.

    Wpyogi, if you are right, then this codex needs to be REMOVED. It is MISLEADING. It states that the FILES are the critical areas to back up, and that most of the core stuff comes from a reinstall of wordpress. Am I misunderstanding something????

    Moderator Andrew Nevins

    @anevins

    Forum moderator

    Which part is misleading?

    This is the paragraph I am referring to:

    By default, the files in the directory called wp-content are your own user-generated content, such as edited themes, new plugins, and uploaded files. Pay particular attention to backing up this area, along with your wp-config.php, which contains your connection details. The remaining files are mostly the core files, which are supplied by the WordPress download zip file.

    Is there any way to get anything from my site that existed perfectly yesterday into the one that exists today if I backed up my entire WP directory (which was where my domain pointed to yesterday and it worked perfectly?)?

    WPyogi

    @wpyogi

    Forum Moderator

    The first line of that article is this:

    There are two parts to backing up your WordPress site: Database and Files.

    The title of that article is Backing up Your WordPress Files – that’s the part covered in that article. There are many links in that article to the rest of what is required AND the main Codex section starts here:

    http://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Backups

    Moderator Andrew Nevins

    @anevins

    Forum moderator

    Is there any way to get anything from my site that existed perfectly yesterday into the one that exists today if I backed up my entire WP directory (which was where my domain pointed to yesterday and it worked perfectly?)?

    Yeah, you can get edited themes, new plugins, uploaded files and general installation details.

    Why do I sense that you two are being a bit sarcastic with me? I realize in this instance that I did a search of the codex and came up with one small bit of information that I needed. What I am asking now is for help with my dilemma. Am I asking in the wrong place? I thought WordPress was supposed to be pretty user friendly. I’ve spent hours in the forums yesterday and today trying to figure out how to move my stuff from http://strongmamabirth.com/wp to http://strongmamabirth.com and I felt like, to the best of my ability, I followed all the instructions in the multiple codex pages I read about this topic. But that led to issues with logging in that I couldn’t seem to solve. So, now, maybe I should ask a bit more nicely (as you can see from the green man next to my name), I am frustrated. And I am wondering, specifically, what I should do next. I have a completely saved collection of files that were in my /wp directory, which was live yesterday. I have a brand new database and install of WP and my theme. Can I do ANYTHING next to get me closer to where I was yesterday without re-creating the entire site? Thanks for your patience with me, and I would appreciate a direct link to anything that would be helpful.

    Moderator Andrew Nevins

    @anevins

    Forum moderator

    Why do I sense that you two are being a bit sarcastic with me?

    Can you specify what you’re referring to here?

    WPyogi

    @wpyogi

    Forum Moderator

    Sorry, we are, in fact, quite sympathetic to your situation.

    But now I’m not sure what you are asking – if you’re asking about the site files and what not, that’s not the content (i.e. posts, images), etc. that is stored in the database. The “wp-content” folder is not the same as the “content” stored in the database – maybe that’s what is confusing? If you don’t have a copy of your database or exported content file, no there is nothing you can do to recover that.

    What happened to the server? Does it still exist? Can you get access to the database?

    Your passive re-quoting the codex to me, verbatim, instead of something a little more specific that would be helpful to me. Never mind. I don’t know why I expected any web programmer computer person to be helpful. Why would a volunteer moderator for wordpress actually be helpful? I’ll just rebuild the site and be done with it.

    WPyogi

    @wpyogi

    Forum Moderator

    To restore the wp-content folder from your old site to the new one, sure, just use FTP to copy that folder to the new site folder on the new server. That will move your theme, plugins, etc.

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