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How to Restore Your WordPress Website With CodeGuard

This post is part of a series called Backing Up and Restoring Your WordPress Site with CodeGuard.
How to Back Up a WordPress Site with CodeGuard
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This is the second part of a series sponsored by CodeGuard. Although I'll walk you through the basics of adding your site in this tutorial, I suggest beginning with our detailed first episode: How to Back Up a WordPress Website With CodeGuard.

What Is CodeGuard?

CodeGuard is an automated cloud-based backup service for websites and databases, and it's well suited to securely backing up your WordPress sites in real time and restoring them. CodeGuard can restore your website automatically, which is recommended, or through several manual processes you can choose from.

When it comes to backing up WordPress, we need to consider all the files in our WordPress configuration, e.g. WordPress itself, themes, plugins, image uploads et al., as well as our database. CodeGuard can manage backups and restoration for all of these.

Every day, CodeGuard watches for changes and updates its backups:

CodeGuard Checking Your Site for Changes Daily

In this tutorial, I'm going to briefly recap using CodeGuard to configure backups for a typical self-hosted WordPress site and then describe the various restoration options available to you. Again, I suggest beginning with our detailed first episode: How to Back Up a WordPress Website With CodeGuard.

In case you're wondering, CodeGuard used to offer a WordPress plugin but has moved away from that solution for security and reliability issues. If you're interested in WordPress Multisite, there are a couple of ways to configure CodeGuard to back up WordPress Multisite.

Backing Up WordPress With CodeGuard

For this demonstration, I'm going to configure CodeGuard to back up my Yii2x Developer Exchange website which runs on WordPress.

CodeGuard Backup Walkthrough Will Use Yii2 Developer WordPress Website

Add Your Website

Your configuration may differ, but I'm using Ubuntu with SFTP and a custom port configuration. I've described my WordPress installation before as well as my security configurations in Securing Your Server Login (Tuts+).

CodeGuard Backups Add Your Website

Then I select the path to my WordPress site which appears via SFTP in my home directory from a symbolic link. All of this is described in detail in How to Back Up a WordPress Website With CodeGuard.

CodeGuard Backups Capture Your Code

Then CodeGuard will begin backing up your site and showing its Backup Progress Tracker:

CodeGuard Backups Progress Tracker

Add Your Database

Then we add our database. I'm using my SSH account to tunnel into MySQL:

CodeGuard Backups Add New Database

Select your database:

CodeGuard Backups Add New Database

Then CodeGuard will begin backup of your database tables and show you its progress:

CodeGuard Backups Database Progress Tracker

When complete, you'll see the summary in the dashboard—which eventually will include a history of recent backups:

CodeGuard Backups Summary Dashboard

Here's the latest backup:

CodeGuard Backup History

CodeGuard's restore options can be quite granular. You can see individual files listed from specific backups.

CodeGuard Backup Details

Now let's walk through CodeGuard's built-in restoration process.

Restoring Your WordPress Website

If you click on your website from the CodeGuard dashboard, you'll see a reference to recent backups and buttons which link to restoration options:

CodeGuard Restore Your Website and Database

Website Restoration Options

First, let's click through to our website, e.g. You'll see three restore options: Automatic Restore (recommended), Download Zip, and Selective Restore:

CodeGuard Select Restore Type

Let's begin with Automatic Restore, which incorporates your database restore into the process as well.

Using Automatic Restore

Click the Automatic Restore button. You'll be asked to select the WordPress website and its accompanying database:

CodeGuard Automatic Restore

Then you'll be asked to verify your contact information and provide a reason for the restore:

CodeGuard Restore Contact Information

Finally, you'll be asked to confirm your restore to begin the process:

CodeGuard Confirm Restore

Before performing the restoration, CodeGuard will perform one final backup in case you need to switch back to the pre-restore version.

Here's the CodeGuard automatic restoration progress tracker:

Pretty easy, right? Here's a brief video demonstration of the automatic restoration process in action.

Another option is to download a zip of your WordPress website files.

Using Download Zip

From the restore options page, click on the Download Zip button. You'll be asked to select which content to back up—or you can click the Download Entire Backup button in the upper right:

CodeGuard Select Content to Download as a Zip

CodeGuard will perform the zip backup in the background, providing you a progress tracker.

CodeGuard Zip Files in Progress

It will send you an email when it's complete and available for download:

CodeGuard Download Available

You can use the zip file to restore your site to any location you wish.

Selective Restore

If you just need a single file or need to replace a corrupted directory, Selective Restore is ideal. 

First you're asked to select which directories and files to restore: 

CodeGuard Selective Restore

Then you need to confirm the selections:

CodeGuard Confirm Selective Restore

And then CodeGuard will begin the restoration process automatically, as it did for the complete restoration earlier.

Restoring Your Database

If you click on your database from the restore page, you'll see two options: Request Zip and Restore (which works automatically).

CodeGuard Restore Your Database

Request Zip

If you want a zip file of your WordPress database, CodeGuard will provide it in just a few minutes. You can choose to wait for a download link or have it emailed to you when complete.

CodeGuard Restore Your Database Zip Will Begin Shortly

Automatic Database Restore

Or you can automatically restore your database. Click the Restore button and CodeGuard will show its Progress Tracker as it performs the database restoration:

In Closing

CodeGuard is a great solution for reliably maintaining WordPress websites and their databases. Whatever your need, CodeGuard has a variety of options to ease the backup and restore process.

I hope you've found these two CodeGuard for WordPress tutorials useful. Please feel free to post corrections, questions and comments below. I do keep up with the Tuts+ discussions. You can also reach me on Twitter @reifman or email me directly.

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