The Intricacies of Restoring a WordPress Site from cPanel
WordPress is a widely popular content management system used by bloggers, webmasters, and businesses worldwide. Although it allows easy website building and management, sometimes mishaps leading to site crashes may occur, requiring site restoration. This process could be daunting for those unfamiliar with it.
Thankfully, having a backup of your site can ease the restoration process. In this piece, we’ll take you through the steps involved in restoring a WordPress site from cPanel.
Step 1: Login to your cPanel Account
To initiate the restoration process of your WordPress site from cPanel, the first step is to log in to your cPanel account. You can access your account via your browser by typing your domain name followed by /cpanel (www.yourdomain.com/cPanel) or by adding the port number (www.yourdomain.com:2083). Once accessed, enter your username and password upon prompting.
Step 2: Locate the Backup File
After you’ve logged in, the second step is to locate the backup file. This file usually contains your website files and database and is either a .zip or .tar.gz file. You can keep a backup file on your computer, an external hard drive or cloud storage services.
If you’ve previously created a backup using cPanel’s Backup Wizard, you can access it by clicking on the “Backup Wizard” icon on the cPanel home screen. From there, select “Restore a Full Backup/cpmove File,” then select the file you wish to restore.
If you’ve created a WordPress site backup manually, click on the “File Manager” icon on the cPanel home screen, move to the root directory of your website, and upload the backup file.
Step 3: Restore the Backup File
With the backup file located, it’s time to restore it. Head to the cPanel home screen and click on the “Backup Wizard” icon. Select “Restore a Full Backup/cpmove File” and then select the file you intend to restore.
On the next screen, you’ll be prompted to select the type of restoration you want to perform. You can either opt for a “Full Restoration” where the entire backup, including files and databases, is restored or a “Partial Restoration” where only the database is restored.
Step 4: Verify the Restoration Process
After the restoration process is complete, you need to verify that your site is functioning correctly. Visit your website and confirm that everything is running as it should.
Restoring your WordPress site from cPanel can be challenging, but it’s an essential task if you intend to keep your site running efficiently. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can significantly ease the process.
However, always remember that prevention is better than cure. Regularly backup your site and do not take the assumption that everything is running smoothly. This will help you avoid the hassle of restoring your website from a backup in the future.