Restore Your Website Without a Backup
Posted by H9 Admin on 20 November 2014 12:19 PM
Obviously the best way to restore a site is to have a recent working backup. But sometimes, for whatever reason, you don't have one, or the backup file you have does not contain what you are trying to recover. There still may be a way to get at least some of your content back... if you are lucky.
Here are some methods of recovering old content without a backup. None of them are foolproof and none of these are reliable means of backing up your site, so next time TAKE BACKUPS of your site. And these methods only show what is publicly visible (the generated HTML and images). But in an emergency, you can at least try and hope.
If Google has indexed your page, it is possible they still have a cached copy of it.
This will show you the cached version of the web page, which hopefully has what you were seeking.
Microsoft Bing also caches your pages when it indexes them, and it may be possible to view a cached copy on Bing.
Hopefully the cached page it shows contains what you need.
Internet Archive (Wayback Machine)
Another option is the Internet Archive, which potentially has years of archives of your website. If the Internet Archive has archived your pages, then you may be able to search for it using the Wayback Machine.
This will show you what the page looked like on that date.
Reconstruct Your Site
And the last resort is to rebuild it. Check your computer at home or the office and see if you can piece together what you had. Hopefully you have what you need there to reconstruct your site.
See also Backup Your VPS or Dedicated Server