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restoring a site backup

daveyace
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restoring a site backup

how do you restore a site that i backed up on word press?
i have the file just cant find how to restore it??? thanks
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jimcoe
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Go to http://www.wordpress.org and do a search on "restore from backup". The WordPress docs have good explanations. You may want to check their docs also on how to do a complete WordPress backup - because there is a lot more involved in a full WordPress backup than just the internal "export" function.

For complete protection, I use the "WP-DBManager" plugin to backup my WordPress database in an email to my PC every week (and it does a daily backup to my web server), AND I do the export function, AND I use my web hosting services "MyPHPAdmin" tool to dump the database to a local PC file, AND I use FTP to download my complete WordPress folder path to my PC every month.

That gives me complete protection for any eventuality (+ backing up my whole hard drive to an external USB hard drive every night).

Once you've lost a WordPress blog because of some stupidity at your hosting service, you'll get "full backup religion", like I did.

Hope this helps...
_jim coe
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daveyace
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i contacted support and they told me that because i backed up with affilorama hosting that i cant restore my site. But what is the point in backing up if you can't restore??? is my site lost forever now? i really don't get it
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esolutions
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Hi,

If you have the backup files, then it is not lost forever. Who is telling you that you can't restore your site? Might be time to get a different host that will help you restore your site and do daily backups for you.
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jimcoe
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@Daveyace:
You say you backed up, but there are several parts of a WordPress blog and different ways of backing them all up (see below). So saying you "backed up" doesn't tell us whether you have everything you actually need in order to do a restore. One needs to know exactly what you backed up and how you did it. If Affilorama support staff say you can't restore, well - they should know.

I'm just another member here (though an expert webmaster), so I can't comment on that.

Why depend on your hosting service for backups? That's not a good proactive business practice.
Best to do it yourself AND also have the hosting service's backup as a "last ditch fail-safe".

Some hosting services don't even guarantee to backup your stuff (their legal department objects to that or such). That means if your hosting service isn't an excellent one, you CAN'T depend on their backups at all - they only backup for themselves, not for you.

As I discussed above, the http://www.WordPress.org docs explain in detail how to do a complete backup to your own computer. And that WP-DBManager plugin is a big help along with the WP procedure.

Yes, this professional backup process may not be easy for newbies - but you can't be a newbie forever. If you're a serious online marketer, you either have to eventually learn to do this stuff, or hire someone (who works directly for you) to do it for you.

Here is a link to the WordPress Codex section on backing up:
http://codex.wordpress.org/Backing_Up_Your_Database

And here for restoring:
http://codex.wordpress.org/Restoring_Your_Database_From_Backup

Hope this helps....
_jim coe
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daveyace
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i backed up with affilorama hosting and affilorama support said i cant restore to their hosting and the only reason you can back up is if you want to move your site to a different host. I don't know why but it sucks
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jimcoe
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Yes, it sucks in your case - but my point was that you could have made your own backups - then what Affilorama does or doesn't do would not matter. Wish I'd thought to post about this before your problem occurred.

Folks! Please take responsibility for making your own blog backups!
I guess it's too late for your blog, Daveyace - and that's a real shame. But I posted the above so that others can learn to take responsibility for their own backups - especially after finding out that their hosting service doesn't provide any.

Hope this helps...
_jim coe
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lilygreen289
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Hi,

If you have the backup files, then it is not lost forever. Who is telling you that you can't restore your site? Might be time to get a different host that will help you restore your site and do daily backups for you.
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daveyace
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affilorama is telling me that i can't restore it because i am using their own hosting. the only way i can restore is if i get a different host.

and yes you may be right maybe i should get a different host but why should i pay for a different host when ive payed for affilorama hosting?
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