If you find yourself in the situation where you have lost your WordPress site and don’t have any backups then I feel for you.
Sadly this does happen and today I am going to look at some of the things you may be able to do to restore your site.
None of these suggestions are a guaranteed solution unfortunately and they are more akin to the last throw of the dice.
Alternative ways to recover WordPress
The methods I talk about here are slow and time consuming but when all else has failed could be a lifeline for you.
If you have not asked your WebHost if they have a copy of your data, I would strongly recommend doing so just in case they have something somewhere for you.
Prior to performing the suggestions below you will need to set up WordPress again on your domain. It will then be a case of using the sources below and manually entering in your pages and posts etc. Like I say it is a complete nightmare and time consuming but when all other options have failed it could be used as a last resort.
If your site is in Google’s Index then there is a good chance some of your pages are in the Cache. To look perform the following: –
Perform a Google Search and type in site:yoursite.com so this site it would be site:digitaldumpingground.com
You should see a little green arrow pointing downwards. Click on it and you should see an option that says cached. From there you will be able to see a cached copy of your page. The only downside is your images will not be displayed. However at least you can get back your text.
There is no guarantee that your site or blog has been cached but it is certainly worth checking just in case.
As above really, perform a search for your site in speech marks for example “site:digitaldumpingground.com” and click the little green arrow. Click on the cached button to see a cached copy of the page.
Bing may have pages Google do not have and Google may have pages Bing doesn’t have.
Note: Yahoo also has a cache too. In fact many search engines do so you could check them all to see what part of your blog or site they still have in their cache.
The Wayback machine may have crawled your site. Search for your domain and see if they have any snapshots of your site. Again this will mostly be text but at least it is something. Not everything will be there but if you are lucky, a lot of the pages on your site or blog will have been saved.
A content scraper
A content scraper is as it’s name suggests, a site that has scraped or taken the content of your site and make a complete copy under a different domain name.
If you are lucky (or unlucky) someone might have done this. Search Google for an unusual sentence you may remember on your site and put it in quotes to see if you can find anything. One of my old blogs was copied in this way. Everything was there on this copied site as well. A little spooky but meh whatever.
Although it is too late to fix the past you can at least ensure you are in a better position in the future. You should look at a Web Host that offers 30 day backups so you can restore your site to a point in time. Vidahost* offer this functionality so if you are on the lookout for a new host, definitely head on over there. *In the interest of honesty, clicking the link may generate me a commission. 🙂
Another smart thing to do is to take an offline backup of your site to your local PC as well. Most web hosting control panels will offer this functionality in a few easy clicks. Set a reminder to do this at least once a week. If you have been doing lots of work on your blog you may wish to do this more frequently.
If you have any other suggestions please comment and share with others who may be struggling to get their WordPress blog back online.