Steps to recover deleted pages in Wordpress

Steps to recover deleted pages in Wordpress

A WordPress website is made up of individual web pages. They contain necessary information that the website visitors consume. Companies spend hours and even days for creating the content. But there are times when you delete some of these pages, either intentionally or accidentally. Either way, you would want to know if you can restore those deleted pages. The good news is, yes, you can always recover and restore the pages you’ve deleted in WordPress. But you need to follow a set of procedures for that. In this article, we explain how to do that.

Where Does the Deleted Pages go in WordPress?

The first thing you should know is how deleted pages are handled in WordPress. Very much like a computer, there’s a “Trash” folder that takes care of the deleted files. So the pages are not deleted permanently yet. They stay in the Trash folder until the time expires or you delete them manually from that folder as well.

So you can always visit the Trash folder and recover the deleted pages. The pages will be the exact format when they existed. You just would have make some minor changes and the page will be live once again.

With that said, there are three ways you can recover deleted pages in WordPress. We explain each one of them in detail below.

Recover Pages from Trash

As mentioned above, WordPress stores deleted pages in the Trash folder. As long as it is available in the folder, you can restore the pages. This is the easiest way to restore the pages.

The default time is 30 days from the date you have deleted the page. Post this, the page will be deleted permanently.

You need to navigate into your WordPress admin area and then to Pages > All Pages. Then switch over to “Trash” tab where you’re going to find the pages you’ve deleted recently. Click on the “Restore” button to restore the page.

Use a Backup Plugin to Restore Pages

If you’re using a WordPress website, it’s important to use a backup service for it. This plugin creates a copy of your existing file and stores it for later use. So even if you delete the WordPress pages, a copy of it would still exist in the backup plugin. From there, you can recover the deleted pages.

If you do not have a WordPress plugin installed, then chances are your hosting provider does. You can contact them to check if they can offer you backup data for your website.

Recover Pages from Backup

This is an advanced technique and you should follow this only when the previous two methods fail. With this technique, you restore an entire WordPress website. So the pages you have deleted get restored automatically.

For this, you’d have to go to the WordPress database backup plugin where you can see the recent backups. You have to download the WordPress backup files onto your computer, locally.

Next, you need to set up a local server environment using LAMP or WAMP. If you only have database backup, then you can restore your website using phpMyAdmin.

Once you’ve successfully restored the WP database, update the WordPress site along with the Home URLs. For this purpose, follow the steps:
  • Open phpMyAdmin on your computer by visiting this URL “http://localhost/phpmyadmin/”.
  • Select the WordPress database that’s listed on the left-hand side column and then select “wp_options table”.
  • Now switch over to browser tab and find the rows that contain “siteurl” and “home” under option_name.
  • Then, you need to edit the the options_name and the options_value column so that it matches your local server WP site.
  • Once changed, click on “GO” to save the changes
You’ll then see your old pages listed in the Pages > All Pages section. To restore a particular page, click on “Copy all content” and paste it in your live WordPress website. Publish your website which should show the deleted pages.
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