Perplexity and Burstiness – Restoring Your WordPress Website
WordPress is a CMS used by over 40% of all websites. But even with its amazing features, website owners are still prone to website crashes or hacks. In this article, we will take you through the perplexing and bursting steps on how to restore a WordPress website.
Step 1: Backup Your Website
The first and most crucial step in restoring a WordPress website is backing up your website. This is the surefire way of restoring your website to a previous, functioning state in case of a hack or crash.
To backup, there are several backup plugins available in the WordPress repository, such as UpdraftPlus and BackupBuddy. These plugins automate the backup process making it much easier to have a regular backup.
Step 2: Identify the Cause of the Website Issue
After establishing that there is an issue with your website, the next step is to identify the cause of the issue. Troubleshooting and identifying the cause of the problem requires technical expertise.
You can start by checking your website’s error logs. Error logs help you pinpoint the cause of the problem. If you fail to identify the issue, it’s best to seek assistance from a professional.
Step 3: Restore Your WordPress Website
Restoring your WordPress website depends on the extent of the damage.
Manually Reinstall WordPress Files
If the issue is isolated to a specific plugin or theme, reinstall the files associated with the particular plugin or theme by accessing your website’s file manager or via FTP. Delete the files associated with the plugin or theme, reinstall the plugin or theme, and test your website to ensure its functioning.
Restore From Backup Using a Plugin
If the website’s issue affects the entire website, restore your website from a backup. Plugins such as UpdraftPlus and BackupBuddy are easy to use and provide step-by-step instructions for restoring your website.
With UpdraftPlus, open the plugin, click on the Restore tab, select the backup you want to restore, and then click on the Restore button. The plugin will start restoring your website.
Step 4: Test Your Restored WordPress Website
After restoring your WordPress website, testing it is vital to ensure everything is functioning as expected. Review loading times, links, forms, and everything else relevant to your website. If you notice any anomalies, make the necessary adjustments and repeat the test.
Restoring a WordPress website can feel like a perplexing and bursty task, but it’s essential. With these steps, you can restore your website quickly and efficiently, ensuring you don’t lose data or functionality. Remember to backup, identify the issue, and test your website.