Will a wordpress website backup without mysql database work? (7 posts)

  1. tkucey
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I have a feeling I got some bad advice.
    I pulled down an old website to redesign it at a later date.

    Was told I only needed the html files:
    cgi bin
    the root folder files

    I went to restore it today. New host, new wordpress install and then when I uploaded these file it didnt work. I just get 500 internal server error.

    Then someone mentioned I need a mysql database for the site to work.
    Id not heard of that until now and have no idea where Id find it.

    All I really need is a screenshot of the old website.
    But Id LOVE it to be restored and working, but is this possible with the files I have?


  2. Yui
    Posted 3 years ago #

    wordpress doesnt use cgi-bin

    all the files you have you can delete, only wp-content/uploads folder will contain old site images, all data without database (or xml export dump) are lost

  3. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Without a database backup, I'm afraid you no longer have a copy of your old site. :-(

  4. tkucey
    Posted 3 years ago #

    oooooh man!

    I am heartbroken. I was so careful to download those files too.

    Thank you.

  5. WPyogi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    If the site was online, you may be able to find cached versions of the site via Google cache - http://howto.cnet.com/8301-11310_39-57569535-285/quickly-access-google-cached-pages-in-chrome/

    That might at least recover some content?

  6. tkucey
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Thank you all. Great suggestion WPyogi, but its been too long and they are nowhere to be found.

    A harsh lesson for me.

  7. WPyogi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    So sorry to hear that - I wish we had a magic wand to fix things like this :(.

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