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  • Resolved DocHoloday


    Hi everyone,
    I’ve recently had my host go down for an extended period of time. I changed hosts and set up a new WP install. Recently, my old host had limited (ftp only) access for a short time. I downloaded my entire site from the old host before it went down again, WP install and all. Since I can’t get to my dashboard on the old install to use the export feature, is there anyway to import all of my old posts using just the raw data? Is the post data stored in my mysql database or in a file(s) that I’ve already got. What would be the easiest way to restore all the old posts? Any suggestions?

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  • DocHoloday, I’m not sure what you mean by “and all”. It’s important to know that a WordPress blog consists of two parts:

    (1) the WordPress files, images, plugins and any other items you may have added.

    (2) the database where the posts, comments, options, etc. are located.

    If you can’t get the database, you won’t have your posts, etc.

    If you do not have the database in one form or another, you might ask your old host for a “database dump”, which is essentially a text file containing the database data.

    All your content is in the mysql database. Nothing in the files (except, maybe, a customized theme).
    Without a database backup (export, dump – whatever you call it) there is no way to restore your old posts.
    If the old host has a database backup or if they are willing (and can) make one, then you’d be OK.

    Great, thanks guys. I’ll contact the host again and see if they still have the databases. I wasn’t sure what I was looking for, I’m glad I asked.

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