How To Restore A WordPress Blog From A Backup!

June 6, 2011 | By Dee Ann Rice

What good is a backup if you do not know how to use it when your blog crashes or is deleted accidentally?  So if you do not know how to use your backup this post is for you.

A while ago I did a post on how to backup your blog.

In this post I want to show you how to use the backup you made to restore your blog.

In the post on how to backup your blog I talked about several different ways to backup a WordPress blog.

Several of the ways to back up involved using WordPress plugins.  If you are using a WordPress plugin to backup your blog, you will need to follow the instructions that come with the plugin in order to restore you blog from your backup.

In the post I did on how to backup your blog I included a video that showed you how to backup your WordPress blog manually using the cpanel.

I have included a video in this post that shows you how to manually restore your blog from the cpanel using the backups you made.


I hope that this was helpful for those who did not know what to do with a back up.

If you have any questions or comments please leave them below.



If you find this post interesting or useful could you please share it with your friends. Thank you.



{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Steven Papas June 6, 2011 at 9:43 pm

hi D Ann, nice job; great tutorial and very usefull. I recently had to back up my blog in order to transfer my domain to another host serice but it was quite simple cause I didn’t restore it myself to the new servers but the tech support did. So, I really learnt some serious stuff today.You answered my questions of mine.


2 Dee Ann Rice June 6, 2011 at 11:59 pm

Hey Steven,

I am glad that my post answered your questions.

It is really quite simple to do if you know how.

Just remember if you are migrating a blog to another domain the links need to be fixed as well.

Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

Dee Ann


3 Mouh June 7, 2011 at 1:57 pm

You read my mind, don’t you? :) I was thinking about how to restore my WordPress blog this morning! It is funny when I found the answer on this post!

I still have to check the other post to make sure I understand everything right.

Thanks a lot for this great post and video!

Take care,


4 Dee Ann Rice June 7, 2011 at 4:18 pm


I am glad that you found my post is useful. It is always nice to know what to do with a back up.

For a long time I would back up all of my stuff and never know just how to use the back up.

Some time ago I decided that I had better learn how to use the back ups. Then when I deleted my blog I decided that I had better start using what I knew how to do.

Thanks for coming by.

Dee Ann


5 Adrienne
June 7, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Yep, this is definitely important Dee Ann. Backing it up is one thing, reinstalling it is another. Great video tutorial for those of us who may need it in the future. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that I’m not one of them. :-)

Thanks for sharing.

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6 Dee Ann Rice June 7, 2011 at 4:21 pm


I will hope that you do not need to use any of this information also.

It is very gut wrenching when you need it because even if there is a back up it may not be completely up to date and then there is always the thought that it might not work.

I like this way of backing up and reinstalling because I think it is the most reliable.

I use plugins also but have had them fail.

Glad this was helpful.

Thanks for stopping by.

Dee Ann


7 Barry Wells
June 7, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Hi Dee Ann, excellent video, well put together and easy to follow. Covering a subject that we all need to know just in case….

I have a few posts on my blog detailing ways to back up our blogs and since seeing your quality videos i’m going to go and amend them to incluude links to your 2 posts.

Pure excellence Dee Ann thank you.

Respect and Regards, Barry
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8 Dee Ann Rice June 7, 2011 at 5:37 pm


Thank you for the complement. I am glad that you think I did a good job.

I am not really very good at making videos, guess I will get better. They turn out alright but only because I do them over about 20 times and by the time I get to the final version I have it so memorized that I get it right.

I do edit the videos but there are somethings that can not be edited out. So I am very pleased when some thinks I did a good job. Thank you.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Dee Ann


9 Barry Wells
June 8, 2011 at 10:57 am

Hi Dee Ann, I can relate to that. Have you tried writing out the bullet points of the subject you’re covering?

It helps as you can see and follow each point as you go through them.

Keep them coming Dee Ann :)

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10 Riley Harrison June 7, 2011 at 6:07 pm

Hi Dee Ann,
I’ve been backing up my files forever and wondering what I would do if I ever had to restore them. Thank so much. This blog will kept and hopefully never needed to be watched again. Thanks so much.


11 Dee Ann Rice June 7, 2011 at 7:17 pm


I hope you do not need to watch this video again also.

But, if you do need to be sure you have regularly backed up your blog so you are prepared. I don’t want anyone else to ever feel the sinking feeling of knowing that their blog is gone and there is no way to get it back.

Riley, thanks for stopping by.

Dee Ann


12 waterpearls June 10, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Hi Dee,
It is a very nice and informative video.Thanks for sharing your knowledge on how to restore a wordpress blog from backup.This post is helpful for many bloggers.


13 Dee Ann Rice June 15, 2011 at 3:15 am

Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

It is always nice to know how to restore your blog and it is even nicer to never have to use the knowledge.

Glad this was helpful and hope you never need to use it.

Dee Ann


14 Sanya June 11, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Hi Dee Ann,

that was always mine night mare … and you’re person which you teach us cross the Video How to restore our site. Thanks for that.



15 Dee Ann Rice June 15, 2011 at 3:12 am


Thanks for stopping by.

This is my night mare also, I am glad that this was a help to you.

I hope you will not ever have to use this information and you never face this night mare.

Dee Ann


16 Alex June 11, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Hi Dee Ann,

you know what ? This is looking to me a little bid complicated. I have Restored ones cross WP ..and it’s work too. But Cross my Server, never. With Databases … grrr… but anyway, it’s good to Learn something new. I have some questions about this: from where you have 3 .rar data in your PC ? One is your site, second and 3th was what ? How do you get it ? I mean on Wrdpr 1 and 2 which you extract later in your .php ! Because when we Export our Blog from WP, we get just one data (back up) WP, latest one.

And you know what ? You don’t have “Categories” in your Blog here, that we can find later your Posts and Videos ! I think that is very Important for site this. People like when they can find something in one pace or in one name, for example … I hope that you’ll put up Categories for us.

Thank you


17 Dee Ann Rice June 15, 2011 at 3:10 am


First off I put up a “Categories” if that will make it easier for you to find past posts and videos on my site. I want to make it easy for people to find what they want on my site.

Next, Your questions. Not real sure just what you are asking on some of them. I did a video earlier Oh My @$#%^&%#, I Just Deleted My Entire Blog!!! where I showed how to back up your blog using the cpanel for you hosting. You have to make 3 backups. One is the wordpress part of your blog and the other two are the two databases for your wordpress blog. If you are backing up with a plugin they will usually only have one backup.

Try going and looking at the other video and see how to make the backups then you can use those backups when you restore your blog.

If you have more questions let me know and I will try to explain it to you.

Thanks for your comments.

Dee Ann


18 Sally June 15, 2011 at 7:50 pm

Hey Dee Ann

I love your accent !

Thankfully I have never had to back up my blog either, but I do have back ups sent to me periodically.

I have bookmarked your video for future reference, excellent tutorial, very clear and easy to follow, well done.

If I ever seen anyone struggling with this problem I know exactly where to send them – to your video!

Sally :)


19 Dee Ann Rice June 18, 2011 at 1:39 am


Sorry it has taken a few days for me to reply. We have been on vacation and I did not have access to the internet.

It is funny that you like my accent. I like yours. It is fun listening to people with different accents.

It is a real complement to have you say that my video was an excellent tutorial. Thank you very much.

I hope you never have to use your backups but it is good to have them.

Thanks for stopping by.

Dee Ann


20 Dawn Kay June 18, 2011 at 6:21 pm

Hi Dee

I’ve never had to install from the back up either thank god but it’s great that you’ve covered it so we all know where to come if anything happens.

I see you’ve been practicing with your videos a lot. Your doing a great job and I loved the intro.

Take care



21 Dee Ann Rice June 18, 2011 at 10:28 pm


I am glad you have never had to install from a backup and hope you never have to. That is a really scary thought for anyone working with blogs or websites.

I really hope to never have to do it either but at least if I erase my blog again I will have a backup to use.

I have been practicing with my videos, thank you for the complement.

Thanks for stopping by.

Dee Ann


22 Anthony Morrison October 6, 2011 at 9:26 pm

My blog hasn’t crashed on me yet, hope it doesn’t later. Thanks for posting this, I really need to find some way to back up my content though..and good video as well


23 Dee Ann Rice October 9, 2011 at 8:26 pm


In a previous post I showed how to back up your content.

I did delete my entire blog and it is a pain putting it back together again.

Glad you found my video useful.

Thanks for coming by and commenting.

Dee Ann


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