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How to restore your WordPress Website? (A Guide)

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WordPress backups are useful in case you face any kind of problem with your WordPress website. Therefore, learning how to restore them becomes a crucial process. However, restoring a WordPress backup can seem like a hectic task, especially for beginners. Hence, this article will talk about different ways in which you can restore your WordPress backup files.

Image of Cloud Backup

What you will go through?

Different ways of restoring backups in WordPress

  1. FTP
  2. Manually
  3. Plugins (UpdraftPlus, BackupBuddy)

Fortunately, there are many ways in which your WordPress website’s backup can be restored. However, the easiest option available is to use one of the backup plugins offered by WordPress. Manual backup of WordPress websites can also be created with the help of using FTP.

The process of restoring the WordPress database is dependent completely upon the way in which the backup was created in the first place. For instance, if the backup was created using various plugins like UpdraftPlus, then UpdraftPlus will be used in restoring that database. Similarly, if a manual backup was attempted then it can only be restored manually. 

There are many ways to restore the WordPress backup although the basic steps remain the same. 

Latest dive into different ways in which you can easily restore your WordPress website.

How to restore backup manually with the help of FTP?

When you are planning to manually restore your WordPress database with the help of FTP, there are certain things that you need to keep in mind. 

Screenshot of the FTP interface

First of all, WordPress restoration through FTP is only possible if your WordPress backup is up to date and you have already uploaded everything you need to on your website and have all things set in a customized manner.

This restoration is generally useful when your WordPress website is hacked. But it can only be processed after you have deleted all the files and directories present in your site.

Steps to restore a backup Manually

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  • First of all login into the hosting and then reach the file manager icon to delete all the existing files.
  • The next step is to download a new copy of your WordPress website from WordPress.org and then extract it directly into your hard disk.
  • Then launch the FTP client after which you will upload all the backup files to the server.
  • Once all the WordPress database is uploaded, visit the file named wp-config.php from the backup data.
  • After this, upload all the other files from your WordPress backup and upload it in your directory.
  • Then all you need to do is visit your WordPress admin area and install all the WordPress plugins you earlier had on your website.
  • Now move on to the installation of themes and after then visit settings to adjust all the permalinks.

Restoring WordPress backup using BackupBuddy

Restore using BackupBuddy

When it comes to restoring a backup using WordPress plugins, BackupBuddy is one of the most popular options. 

If you use BackupBuddy to create a backup of your WordPress database only then it can be used to restore all that data.

here are some simple steps which can be used to restore WordPress backup using BackupBuddy:

  1. Login to the WordPress website and visit the BackupBuddy plugin.
  2. Once you have reached the BackupBuddy, move to the page that says migrate/restore.
  3. After this, download a fresh copy of the importbuddy.php file.
  4. Now you need to download a copy from your WordPress backup which can be downloaded from the backups option of BackupBuddy.
  5. Connect your WordPress website with the help of FTP after you have the zip file of the backup in your device. Then delete all the files from your server.
  6. Next time is to upload the importbuddy.php file and back up to the root folder of the WordPress website.
  7. After this, you will be shown the backup you uploaded.
  8. The next thing you need to do is provide the URL of the website and database information.
  9. In case you are attempting to remove malware from your website, remember to delete the old database and then restore the new one.

Once you are done, the temporary data stored in the database during the restoration process will be deleted and the site will start working normally.

UpdraftPlus to restore a WordPress backup

Restore using Updraft

Another popular WordPress backup plugin is UpdraftPlus. It also allows you to restore your WordPress database.

The first step is to ensure that the backup is created using UpdraftPlus and then start the process of restoring your WordPress site. Just like other plugins download the complete WordPress data into your computer. Even if the backup data is stored in some sort of cloud storage like Google Drive or Dropbox, it needs to be downloaded into the computer.

Again the next step is to connect to the FTP client and delete all the WordPress data. After which you will be needing to install WordPress once again and sign in to your website. 

Once you are logged in to your website then you need to start the UpdraftPlus plugin and then visit the restore button. The next step is to click the option that size ‘upload backup files’ and then upload the files which were earlier downloaded on your computer.

Updraftplus will store all these files and then show them on the backup page. Once this process is done you need to click on the restore button.

After this, you will witness a popup where you need to make sure that all the plugins, themes, database, and other options are checked. then you need to click on the restore button again to complete the process.

This will allow updraft plus to start extracting the data and then restoring all those files. Once done you will be redirected directly to the success page.

This process will be applicable to all the other similar WordPress plugins which offer file backup and restore facility.

This is all you need to know regarding restoring your WordPress site and databases. However, it is suggested to improve the security of your website to avoid any loss of data in the future. For this, you need to change all the passwords and get a website firewall to protect it from malware activities.

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Tim Michaels
I am into WordPress and web development for the last 10 years. I use my experience to help people just starting with WordPress. Follow my blog at WP Uber for everything related to WordPress.
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