How to Restore a Previous Version of Your WordPress Site with GoDaddy

Published by Sam Wilson on

In the following step-by-step tutorial, we’ll show you how to quickly and easily restore a previous version of your WordPress website on a Godaddy hosting plan.

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Why? Well, partly it’s because how to solve seemingly unsolvable problems with a WordPress hosted website is one of the most common questions we’re asked at Top 10 Website Hosting, but mostly because we know how frustrating it can be when one wrong move can render your entire website obsolete.

Many of us have even been there ourselves, working hard to get our new WordPress site functioning perfectly and looking incredible, only to get a bit too carried away in tinkering with the CSS and somehow accidently take our entire website offline.

If this has happened to you recently, or if you simply want to know how to avoid it should it ever happen in the future, here’s our quick guide to reverting to an earlier version of your site with WordPress.

Log into your account

Unless you’ve installed a plug-in to do the job for you, you won’t be able to restore an earlier version of your site from the WordPress dashboard, so instead, you’ll need to head to your Godaddy hosting plan and log-in.

From there, head to your hosting plans. And let’s get started.

Choose your WordPress hosting plan

If you only have the one hosting account with Godaddy, you’ll be taken straight to it. If you have several, like we do, you’ll see a screen which looks something like the one above. Naturally, our WordPress site is under the ‘WordPress hosting‘ account, so we’re going to choose that one for today.

Click settings

This will bring up a new window which looks like this:

In this settings panel, you’ll find everything you need to configure and manage the behind-the-scenes hosting stuff that keeps your awesome WordPress running, including domain management, Domain Name Servers, database management and even the option to take your site offline and start again.

Of course, we haven’t reached a point where we’re so desperate that simply removing our site is necessary, not when we’re going to restore our Wordoress site to its former glory in the next click of our mouse.

Hit Back-Up

Isn’t this alot easier than you thought it was going to be? Already, we’re at the screen where we can restore either our WordPress files, the MySQL database that powers our entire site, or both at the same time.

If you’ve made an error with the CSS templates or one of the other files on your WordPress website, simply restoring the files themselves may be all you need to do. If you think the problem is a little more serious than that, we recommend either selecting database alone, or both files and database at the same time.

Don’t worry, if either selecting ‘files’ or ‘database’ by themselves doesn’t solve the problem, you can come back as many times as you need to and try again just by repeating the steps above.

Choose your restore points

Having decided exactly what you want to restore, you’ll next be invited to choose when you want to restore to. If you know the last time your website was working perfectly, go to that. If you’re not sure, try the most recent date first, and if that doesn’t work, come back and try something else.

Godaddy usually saves restore points for up to 30 days, so as long as things only started going wrong for you in the last month, you should have no problem in bringing your website back to the last time it was up and running perfectly.

Once you’re done with this, just hit restore, and we’re all done. It’s time to get back to work on making your website as safe as possible, safe in the knowledge that you’ve got a quick fix solution with Godaddy if things ever go that wrong for you again.

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