Test Restore sites aren't perfect since they attempt to restore your site to a new URL. Depending on how your site is configured, and the plugins you use, test restores may not work correctly.

But, it's important to note that a test restore site that doesn't work correctly, doesn't mean your website backup data isn't valid.

Some things that may affect your test restore sites:

  • HTTPS / SSL. Test Restore sites will generally not work for websites that run on SSL. This is especially true if you use an SSL plugin or external rule (such as .htaccess) to adjust or redirect URLs in real-time.
  • Caching plugins. If you use a caching plugin, you would be best to log into the admin area of your test restore site and disable the plugin.
  • CDNs. If your site uses a CDN to serve data, this may not work from the test restore site location. Again, this all depends on your configuration.
  • .htaccess and php.ini files can and will interfere with test restore sites. Certain directives will interfere with the hosting of the test restore site.

Of course, if you create a test restore site and there is a problem, please feel free to contact us in support centre to ask us to investigate it further.