Import a Backup file to your WordPress site

Edited by Vanessa, Lynn, Eng

Have you ever logged in to your WordPress site and found that everything you have created suddenly disappeared? Don't worry, you are not alone. If you have backed up your WordPress website as per our VisiHow Back-up a WordPress website without using a Plugin it is easy to fix, and all of your hard work can be replaced without any stress on your part.

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The only issue with importing your back-up file is that you may have to replace any pictures you have used within your posts or pages.

Just follow these easy to follow step-by-step instructions and your site will be restored within a couple of seconds.

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    Log in to your WordPress website
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    On the left hand side of your Dashboard, go to the "Tools" tab
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  3. 3
    After pointing your mouse on the Tools tab, click on the "Import" option
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    After you click on the Import option you should be brought to a screen that looks like this
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  5. 5
    Once here, click on the option that reads WordPress
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    Import posts, pages, comments, custom fields, categories and tags from a WordPress export file.
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    Once you select the WordPress option, you should be brought to a screen that looks like this
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    Click on the "Browse" button and locate your backup file within one of your folders
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    It should look like this:
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  8. 8
    Select your backup and click "Open"
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    Click on "Upload File and Import"
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    Once you click on the Upload File and Import option, you should be brought to a screen that looks like this
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    Assign posts to an existing user by clicking on the "Dropdown" box and selecting your login username
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  12. 12
    Click on "Submit"
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  13. 13
    You are all done
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    You have successfully imported a backup WordPress file and now you can go back to designing and maintaining your website.
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