Your Options For Restoring SharePoint

Restoring SharePoint is an important thing to do as a SharePoint user.

Websites are the most aimed for platforms that display the content of a business in the most captivating way. Behind the websites, there is a tool used to make up them and generally, manage them. This is the Sharepoint. There could be times where you would want to restore some content with the help of SharePoint. Here, you will have a number of options that will help in recovering SharePoint.

How to restore a SharePoint Website

There are a few steps that you must follow when you want to successfully restore a website.

1. Create an empty Website

This one will act as a destination for the restored site. To do it, you begin by going to the File menu and clicking on New. Inside the New dialog box, click on the Website tab, then General and then select Empty Website and click OK.

Enter the location where you want to restore the backup site in the specify location of the new Website box. There is an option of restoring the Sharepoint site and you can restore it as a new top-level site or a sub-site under an active top-level site or rather restore it to a different server.

2. Restore the backup file to the destination website

Having opened your destination website, point on Administration on the Site menu and click on Restore website. Browse and click the .cmp file you wish to restore inside the File Open dialog box then click Open.

If the running site is low on space, click on Advanced, then perform whichever of the following functions:

• Store the archive documents in a different temporary location. This is because a website requires a place to store temporary backup files when you need to back it up.

• Enter a new location in the Location for Import Log File box for storing the .log file in a different location.

After you have carried out all these, you will click on OK in the Restore Web site dialog box in order to confirm that you want to restore the .cmp file to your current active site. The size of your restoration file will determine the total time taken.

Restoring SharePoint Website Options

• Site Collection Restore

In this option, the backups are picked up every 12 hours and stored for close to 14 days. This will allow you to visit it anytime and restore it. You must contact the technical support if at all you want to restore a site from the backup and the only option for restoration that is supported is a complete site collection restore.

The restore will use the same URL and for that you will lose every data that is hosted at the URL at the moment.

• The Recycle Bin

Set by default, all the lists, sites, libraries, items, folders and/or documents will be sent to the recycle bin if they have been deleted. Suppose an end user empties the recycle bin, the content will be moved to the recycle bin of the site collection.

• Versioning

This is the process of creating and managing of several product releases that have a similar function, but are upgraded, improved and tailored. It is therefore possible to turn on versioning on items and documents in Sharepoint Online. Suppose you delete anything into the recycle bin, each version will be deleted too, and if you restore anything from the recycle bin, all the versions will have the same effect.

It is not such a difficult thing when restoring SharePoint since it can be done in a number of options all together and you will have all your vital content recovered in your computer.

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Marissa Hart is the Lead Author & Editor ShareMe. ShareMe is a blog focused on SharePoint Online. SharePoint Online delivers the powerful features of SharePoint without the associated overhead of managing the infrastructure.