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  • kevin1889


    Looking for some help restoring wordpress from one machine to a new one.

    I had installed WordPress locally on my work laptop and was using it as a playground to teach myself the program before implementing a live instance on the web. I’m not strong at coding but was able to customize the code on some files to manipulate the theme to do what I wanted. Mostly through the help of these forums and searches.

    Unfortunately the company shut down and we were all let go on very short notice. I didn’t have time to do a full backup of the database and the wordpress files. All I was able to get was the initial ‘wordpress’ folder copied onto a jumpdrive.

    My question is, with the files I have, can I restore them on a new machine and get back to where I left off with all the theme and admin customizations and plugins? I haven’t been able to figure this out on my own yet.

    I’m not too concerned about the content of the pages, since I was just using dummy data as I learned the program. But I put in a lot of work with the look, feel and functionality of the pages on the site.

    Again, i’m not very strong at coding and the technical stuff, as you can tell by the poor backup procedures that got me into this mess in the first place. I’m looking for some advice on where to start, or if I have no chance of getting back to where I was and I need to start from scratch.

    I’m happy to provide any additional info you need.

    Thanks for your help!

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  • John


    Without the database, you will be missing most of your customizations. Your WordPress folder contains the basic application, configuration files that tell WordPress how to run and of course the theme and plugin directories. But the settings for all themes, plugins, as well as the actual content are stored in the database.

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