How to Restore a WordPress Website from a Backup

If you’re reading this, I assume you’ve already heard the bad news about Covid-19. Regardless of your political affiliation or religious beliefs, one undeniable fact remains: the world is a sadder and darker place because of this pandemic. While the situation may be improving, the world has changed, and it will take some time for everyone to get back to normal. This blog post will walk you through the steps to take to restore your WordPress website to its original, non-corona state.

Back Up Your Site

Nowadays, it’s nearly impossible to know what will happen tomorrow, so it’s crucial that you prepare for the worst. One of the best things you can do for your website (and, ultimately, your business) is take regular backups. You can use a service like WordPress Backup Pro to do this effortlessly. WordPress Backup Pro allows you to create custom schedules, so you can ensure you always have a current backup available.

Taking a backup doesn’t require any particular technical knowledge. All you need is an Internet connection and a couple of clicks of the mouse. So, even if you’re not technically-inclined, you should still be able to restore your site with little to no trouble.

Create a New Account

You’ll need to create a new account to access the restored site. This is because the original account will be used to log-in to the new, clean version of your site. So, it’s essential that you create a separate account for this purpose. You can use the same email for the new account as the one you currently use for your WordPress website, or you can choose a different email address entirely. It’s your call.

Update All Your Accounts

After you’ve created a new account, you’ll need to log-in and go the My Account page to update your credentials. You can click on the “Forgot my password” link to reset your password. When you click this link, you’ll be taken to a reset page where you can choose a new email address. Enter this new email address in the designated field, and click the “Send password reset email” button.

If you use the same email address for your Twitter account that you use for your WordPress website, you’ll need to update your Twitter with your new email address. If you don’t use Twitter, then you can choose another social media platform to update with your new email address. Whatever account you use, ensure that it’s registered and active. You don’t want to waste any time updating your account information after you’ve restored your site.

Install Security Plugins

Installing security plugins is another crucial step to taking after restoring your site. This is especially important if you use the same email address to registered with your social media accounts. Installing a security plugin allows you to protect your site from hacks and malicious activity. For instance, you can use Wordfence’s free plugin to protect your site against hackers and scammers. This plugin works by checking for spammy words and phrases in your content as you type. If these are found, they will show up in red in your editing screen. A similar plugin is Akismet, which is also a free option. These types of security plugins work by scanning your content for keywords and detecting words and phrases that might be used to bypass the content filter. If you find that your site has been hacked or compromised in any way, you can contact the support team directly through the WordPress dashboard. They will be able to help you out.

Set Your Language And Currency

Setting your language and currency is another step you need to take after restoring your site. WordPress provides you with several options in regards to the language in which your site should be presented. You can choose from “English” (default), “Spanish”, or any language you might know. Currency is automatically detected based on the country you’re in, but you can change this if you don’t want to use the default. For example, if you’re in Australia and you select Australian Dollar as your currency (AUD), all of a sudden your site’s content will be presented in Australian Dollars. Setting these options won’t take very long, and it’s much easier to do than you’d think. Just log-in to your WordPress dashboard and look for the Settings menu. From there, you can adjust the language and currency of your site as you see fit.

Adjust The Default Styling

WordPress provides you with several options to change the default styling of your website. You can change the colors, font, and the layout of your site through the dashboard. The best part is that these changes are all done through the simple click of a button. To access these options, log-in to your WordPress dashboard and click on the Design tab located in the left-hand column. Here you can change the following:

  • Design
  • Color Scheme
  • Font
  • Layout
  • Header Style
  • Footer Style
  • Table of Contents Style
  • Shopping Cart Style
  • Blog Layout
  • Blog Archive Style
  • Sidebar Style
  • Full Width Portrait
  • Full Width Landscape
  • Hide Posts
  • Display Posts
  • Include Teasers
  • Exclude Categories

You can use the above options to change the appearance of your site, but you should bear in mind that once you save these settings, you’ll have to create a new template to use them. Alternatively, you can click on the “Appearance” link in the left-hand menu to access the same settings in the dashboard. These options will change the look and feel of your site without having to create a new template.

Restore From A Local Backup

If you’ve taken the time to back up your site, then the last thing you want to do is lose all your work. Especially if you’ve spent a decent amount of time on it. Luckily, there is a way to restore your site exactly as it was before the pandemic. This process is a bit more complicated, but it’s still possible. First, you will need to download the ZIP file of the backup that you’ve created. If you’ve used WordPress Backup Pro then this file should be named something like “wordpress-backup-2020-03-19.zip”. If you’ve used a different service then you’ll need to find the equivalent file and save it to your computer. Once you’ve downloaded this file, unzip it. Now, you’ll need to visit your local library or download a copy from a digital library. Once you’ve got the book, you can start restoring your site. First, you will need to install Wordfence’s Data Recovery Tool. This is a simple extension for browsers that will help you effortlessly restore all your site’s data. After you’ve installed this tool, open it and click on the “Recover Data” button. Now, all you need to do is click on the “Restore from Local Backup” button and follow the on-screen instructions. When this process is complete, you will be taken to a screen where you can access your restored site. Congratulations! You’ve just successfully restored your WordPress website from a local backup.

At this point, you might be thinking “okay, great. But what if I’ve taken my site down before the pandemic and now I want to bring it back.” You’ve taken the right steps, but you couldn’t restore your site without having another quick look at the instructions first.

If you’ve followed the above steps and still can’t get your site to load correctly, then there’s a chance the problem might be related to a few plugins you’ve installed. In this case, you’ll need to delete those plugins and then try again. It’s also possible that some extensions are conflicting with one another and causing issues. In this case, you’ll need to remove one at a time until you find the root of the problem.