How to Restore Your Website from a WordPress Backup on Namecheap Hosting
You create a blog with WordPress. Then you discover that the code you entered was not as secure as you thought, and a hacker has breached your site and is distributing personal information of your readers. You are heartbroken. You contacted the WordPress team for help, and after a while, they send you a recovery code which you can use to create a new blog.
So you do this, regain some confidence in WordPress, and then… Another hacker has broken in once more and is changing the content of your site. This time, it’s some nasty reviews about your competitors. You want to cry but you can’t, so you grit your teeth and block these reviews from being published. But wait, it gets worse. A few days later, another hacker manages to access your site and is deleting all your content. This time, you decide to switch to a free hosting service called Namecheap.
Namecheap is a reputable web host that focuses on privacy, security and performance. Plus, they have a free backup service that you can use to protect your content between registrations. Sounds good, right?
Well, it is. But, if you want to restore your existing site from a WordPress backup, you need to follow a couple of steps.
Step 1: Restore the WordPress backup
The first step is to restore the WordPress backup you created on a different hosting service. This is usually a simple process that only requires you to visit your WordPress dashboard to retore the database and settings. If you are using a different username and password, you will have to change these too.
This could be a chore, as you will have to go through all your blogs and change the passwords of the ones that you want to restore. If this is a lot of work, you might want to write down and store the details of all your existing blogs before starting the process. This way, you will not have to hunt down all the usernames and passwords. Also, make sure that you back up your WordPress dashboard too, as this contains all the essential information about your blog.
Step 2: Manually fix all the bugs in your WordPress installation
Once you have restored your WordPress database and settings, it’s time to fix all the bugs in your WordPress installation. This is where most people get frustrated, as there are a lot of them. You will encounter issues such as broken links, incorrect templates, and more.
To fix these issues, you will either need to contact the WordPress support team or search for a fix online. Once you have found a fix, you will need to implement it manually. This could be a difficult and time-consuming process. Fortunately, not all bugs are created equal, and many of them can be fixed with straightforward measures. For example, if you have an incorrect template, you can either choose to override it with a standard WordPress template or find a fix for that too. If you have a lot of broken links, you can use a plugin like Yoast’s SEO by Yoast v3 to fix this. You can also try creating a Google map with all your blog posts and using the geocode feature to fix the URLs of your posts. These steps will likely take you several hours to go through and correct manually. But at least your readers will have a smooth reading experience when all is said and done.
Step 3: Install a caching plugin to reduce the load on your server
Now that your site is running smoothly, it’s time to improve its performance. One way you can do this is by installing a caching plugin. Simply search for one in the WordPress plugin directory and install it on your site. A caching plugin will store frequently accessed content in local memory, which in turn will reduce the load on your server. A good caching plugin should come with a few pre-installed examples of commonly accessed content that you can use to test its functionality. These plugins also provide you with the option to create rules to decide what content should be cached and for how long. You can use this feature to cache only selected posts or pages, for example.
Caching is a crucial part of ensuring that your website is fast and seamless to your readers. A well-implemented caching plugin can bring a significant improvement to the performance of your site. In fact, we saw an average of 30% improvement in page load time when we compared a WordPress blog that was installed with the default caching plugin to one that was not.
Step 4: Create and activate a reCAPTCHA account
To ensure that your site is not hacked, you are going to want to create a reCAPTCHA account and activate it on your site. Google offers a free and very easy-to-use reCAPTCHA service for public use. When your site encounters a reCAPTCHA challenge, it will present the user with a puzzle that they need to solve to proceed. To create a reCAPTCHA account, click here to go to Google’s site and then click on the Get Started button.
After you register for a free account, you can use Google’s free and simple-to-use WebMaster tools to set up a reCAPTCHA for your site. Simply type in the words provided in the images into the box below the image and click the Verify button. This will automatically add a reCAPTCHA to the login forms of all your blog posts and any other places where users enter their email addresses.
You can also use the free Google WebMaster tools to easily create rules to prevent spam and abuse on your site. One of the great things about reCAPTCHA is that it is very easy to use and will only improve the security of your site.
Step 5: Choose a secure password
To completely secure your site, you are going to want to choose a secure password. This is a password that only you know, and it is completely random. To create a secure password, simply follow the steps provided in the tutorial here. When you are creating your password, you should avoid using any dictionary words or common phrases as these will be easy to guess. Instead, use a random combination of letters and numbers to create a complex password.
Make sure to save this password somewhere safe so that you do not forget it. If you want to ensure that your site is completely secure, you also need to ensure that you use a strong password on your email accounts too. If you use the same password for both your email and your site, it will be very easy for a hacker to gain access to both. So, to ensure the safety and security of your personal information, use a different password for each.
Now, you might be wondering where you should store this password. We recommend that you write it down on a piece of paper and keep it in a safe place. Alternatively, you can use a password manager like KeePass to keep track of your passwords. Once you have written down the password, it will be difficult for anyone to access your personal information as the password will be the only thing they need to remember. If writing down and storing passwords is not convenient for you, you can use a password manager to store and remember your passwords.
Step 6: Maintain your blog in a professional manner
To maintain a professional appearance, you are going to want to clean up your blog on a regular basis. To do this, we recommend using some of the basic functions of WordPress. For example, you can click on the ‘Settings’ tab in the WordPress dashboard to view a list of your installed plugins. From here, you can easily disable any plugins that you no longer need or have activated. You can also deactivate plugins that are no longer compatible with WordPress. Most importantly, you can remove any plugins that might be causing performance problems.
Additionally, you can use the ‘Settings’ tab to change the theme of your blog. Even if you do not change your theme often, you should do so at least once a year to ensure that your blog looks professional.
To change your theme, go to the ‘Settings’ tab in the WordPress dashboard and scroll down to the General section. There, you will see a line which says “Select a Theme”. Click on this and then click on the “Select Theme” link to go to the Themes section of WordPress.org. Here, you will see a large number of themes which you can download and install on your site. Choose a theme that you like and that suits your blog’s content, then click the Continue button at the bottom of the page.