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  • Hi.

    Web hosting company died without notice; requesting a tarball is not a guaranteed fix. I regularly backup WP files, but, of course, not the database. Can’t find any evidence of a db backup anywhere on my drives.

    I noticed online that people talk about rebuilding their DB from google cache files. I’d like to do that with the wp-content cache files I backed up. I will need to create a new mysql db with the new host, and whatever else required to even login to the wp admin panel for that site (*big big frown*).

    Where can I find a step-by-step guide for this? Or is anyone kind enough to spend time explaining how I’d do this?


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  • It is unlikely that you will be able to re-build the site from the contents of /wp-content alone. On a default setup this folder contains:

    /plugins/ – your installed plugins
    /themes/ – your theme(s)
    /uploads/ – your images, PDFs, audio, video etc files

    You would be missing your posts which are stored purely in the database.

    From the sounds of it you have been using a cache plugin which has been storing files in a /cache/ folder within wp-content. Depending on which cache plugin you have used will depend on how useful the files within that folder are.

    I would start by doing a google search for “” to see what pages of your site have been indexed. I would then grab everything you can out of the Google caches as a precaution.

    After that contact the developer of your cache plugin to see if the contents of your cache folder are of use.

    Hi scottsweb. Thank you so much for replying.

    In the interests of sharing with anyone else who might have a similar problem, I think you’re right about the cache plug-in.

    I just looked at one of the files in wp-content/ and saw advanced-cache.php, where I found the name of the plugin: Quick Cache. I’ll contact the developers after pulling what I can from Google caches.

    Have a good weekend.

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