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  • Hywel Bromby 33 posts 63 karma points
    Aug 16, 2012 @ 00:33
    Hywel Bromby

    Restoring without DB

    Hi I have version of Umbraco. My hosting recently expired and i backit it up,unfortunately i did not back up the database

    I have created a new database using a fresh install of umbraco (v4.0.4.2)

    I then just overwrote all the files with my backed up copies.

    I had epected this to work, however NO content is displayed, no templates are displayed and no Document types are displayed

    CSS,XSLT, etc are all displayed

    Is there some way that i can restore my sites without having to start again?

    Any help would be massively appreciated.





  • Paul Blair 466 posts 731 karma points
    Aug 16, 2012 @ 01:04
    Paul Blair

    First of all, make a backup of /data/umbraco.config . As you do not have your database backed up you are going to have to rebuild the site using this.

    I do not know of a way of restoring your site without the DB, therefore my only thought is that you are going to have to rebuild the site. It is going to be a very manual process.

    As you still have the umbraco.config most content can be recovered. However this is not complete e.g. if there is a {localLink:1065} reference or a Media file link these links will get broken

    Roughly how many doc types, templates, macros, content nodes did you have?

    Some points to get you started:

     Go through the web.config and recreate your doc types. Each <node> represents a doctype and each <data> is a property of that doc type

     Recreate the templates and copy your backed up master files

     Create macros and XSLT. Copy your XSLT files over.

     Copy any static files (CSS, non media library images, JS etc.)

     Reload your media library files

     Recreate the content based on the web.config

     Consider upgrading to the latest version of Umbraco while you are at it. However you will likely have to re-write your XSLT's as the format changed after 4.5

    See what breaks and fix it...

    Good Luck!

  • Hywel Bromby 33 posts 63 karma points
    Aug 18, 2012 @ 14:26
    Hywel Bromby

    Hi I have done all of that except the "Recreate the content based on the web.config" I am in the process of MANNUALLY adding it back in through the GUI, is there any way i can just upload the old file? when i try and copy values from teh old file into the new, they are not picked up :(

  • Paul Blair 466 posts 731 karma points
    Aug 18, 2012 @ 23:43
    Paul Blair

    I meant umbraco.config, not web.config. I'm not aware of any way other than the manually copying and pasting your old content...

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