Restore a Site in Pressable using the Automated Restore Tool

No matter how experienced you are with WordPress, there come times when things just break – it could be from a bad plugin update or a line of code that you just couldn’t track down. If it’s not a quick fix or easy to troubleshoot, the fastest and easiest way to resolve it is to restore the WordPress site. That is exactly why we have backups!

Restoring a site using these backups just got way easier on Pressable with the Automated Tool. You can roll back a site to a previous state (Site Restore) or restore a backup from a site to a different site to compare a site at two different timestamps (Cross-Site Restore). 

Please note that restoring a site is an irreversible process and you are recommended to take a backup or make a note of the latest available backup of your Database and/or Files before running a restore. Also, when restoring the database, changes or data will be lost from the point of the chosen backup timestamp.

If you have any questions or need assistance, you can reach out to our Support Team!

Site Restores

The steps involved in this process are outlined here –

Visit the site’s settings page, which can be accessed by clicking on the site name from the Dashboard. Once here, you can navigate to the Manage Data Tab as shown in the image below.

From the Restore Site section, you can select the date and time for each, the Filesystem and the Database from the dropdown.

You can choose to restore just the Files, or the DB, or both. Once you have the timestamps selected, click on the Restore button

Note: During a restore, your site will be set in maintenance mode and will be inaccessible for the duration of the restore, which can take anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours, depending on the size of your site. The Restore tab is also not accessible during the process.

You will receive an email when the restore attempt is finished and can track your restores from the same tab at the bottom under the Restore History section.

Once the restore is complete, verify the frontend and backend to check that everything working as expected and to ensure that your issue/s are resolved.

On-Demand Backup Restores

Pressable also has the ability to generate on-demand backups that can then be restored. The on-demand backups need to be manually generated:

Once an on-demand backup is ready, it will be available in the On-demand backups for this site section:

When looking to restore an on-demand backup, the backup options will display the date and time for the name, and include (on-demand) in the name:

Important Note: You are limited to 3 on-demand filesystem backups and 3 on-demand database backups. If you reach the limit, you'll need to delete one before you can create a new one.

On-demand backups are automatically deleted after 30 days for the latest backup taken and 7 days for the oldest backup taken.

Cross-Site Restores

Cross-Site Restores provide the functionality to create a clone of a site using a backup rather than the current version (example: take a backup from Site A and place it on Site B). This feature is available to you in the UI, as well as via the Pressable API.

PLEASE NOTE: At this time, these cross-site restores can only happen on sites that belong to the same account.

The new cross-site restore option is hidden behind a Advanced toggle:

Once toggled, a list of the sites that can be cross restored to is displayed:

Once the filesystem and/or database backup has been selected along with the site you’d like to restore it on, the process will begin. You will receive an email when the restore attempt is finished.

Please note that you will first need to create a site for restoring a backup if looking to test a backup on a separate WordPress install.