Yesterday I made a huge mistake…I needed to uninstall WordPress on one of the sites I built. I logged into the account (Godaddy hosting) and uninstalled WordPress. WELL – I uninstalled it on the wrong site!!! The main site was now gone. Prior to that I received some information that wasn’t the best news, but it is what it is…So my day began.
Once I discovered I made the mistake, I did not panic…I put some positive thoughts in my mind that I would solve this issue, it may take me all day – but I would fix it. I am one of those people that can be dangerous at times. I am self taught about websites AND I usually can figure things out. I have a knack for understanding the processes and most of the technology. I attribute some of it to my computer programming course I took years ago when COBOL and Fortran (old languages) were the thing, as well as my years of experience as an Executive Virtual Assistant.
Anyway, I re-installed WordPress. Okay that worked…but now I would have to re-build the content OR figure out how to restore from the back-up. Fortunately, I had a plug-in that sent a back up file each week to email. The last back up file was a week ago. To save myself aggravation, I called Godaddy to see if there was something else I could do to make this restore faster and less stressful.
- The first person told me how to hit a button and restore. Wow this was gonna be easy!
- Nope, it restored with an error…The site NOW said Database Error
- I called back, the second person was more detailed
- He walked me through uploading the backup database file I had from the plugin. He really tried to help me.
- Nope, the file was not the correct format for “their” restore. After trying a few things, it was now going to cost me $150 and they could restore for me. Not a solution I was willing to try. BUT I was on the right path.
Ok, now I at least had an idea that I had a backup file and where it needed to go. But how was I going to make it compatible. Time to search again. I found the exact same scenario AND a solution.
- Uninstall and re-install WordPress (probably did not need to do that)
- Unzip the file with 7zip, (FREE Open Source software),
- Upload the file to the database on the server
- Restore through the Phpadmin
- The website is now restored!! YEAH!!
It took a while to get to that point but how do you spell R E L I E F!! AND remain calm – stay positive!
- Do what I do, pay attention to detail…take my time
- Stay confident and positive – regardless
- Continue to back-up through the plug-in, change it to daily
- Manually back-up on the hosting company – at least weekly
We always focus on backing up our computers, Are you backing up your websites/blogs too?