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Joomla 2.5 Tutorial – How to Restore a Trashed Category

Joomla 2.5 Tutorial – Restore Deleted Category

This morning I accidentally deleted a category and all it’s child categories in Joomla 2.5.   I was in a panic to restore the parent category and all the child categories as well.  It was a very easy process so I wanted to share with you what these steps are.

Overview of How to Restore Deleted Categories:

  • Go to the Category Manager
  • Change State to Trashed
  • Select Trashed categories to restore and click ‘Publish’
  • Change view back to see all Categories
Joomla 2.5 - Category Manager
Joomla 2.5Category Manager

1.  Go to the Category Manager

The Category Manager is where all your article categories are stored and managed.  You can have different settings for each category and you can also assign multiple child categories to parent categories.

  • Login to your Joomla 2.5 administrator backend
  • Click on ‘Content’, ‘Category Manager’

2.  Change Category State to Trashed

In the Category Manager you can see all the categories and their relationships.  The child categories will display under their parent categories.  Here you will change the selected state to ‘Trashed’ to see all the deleted categories.

Joomla 2.5 - Category Manager select state Trashed
Joomla 2.5 – Category Manager select state Trashed
  • Click  on ‘Select Status’
  • Click on ‘Trashed

3.  Select Trashed categories to restore and click ‘Publish’

Now that you see all the trashed categories, you can either chose to empty the trash or to restore it.  There should be a button that says ‘Restore’ but there isn’t.  To restore the trashed categories is to select them via the checkbox and click on ‘Publish’.

Joomla 2.5 - Restore Trashed Categories
Joomla 2.5 – Restore Trashed Categories
  • Use the checkbox to select the categories you wish to restore
  • Click on ‘Publish

4.  Change view back to see all Categories

After you restore your categories, it’s a good idea to change the view back to all categories.  Otherwise later you will wonder where all your categories are.  Just select the state and select ‘Select Status’.

Joomla 2.5 - How to Change Category view to see all categories
Joomla 2.5 – How to Change Category view to see all categories
  • You will see success message below which means you successfully restored your trashed categories:

5 categories successfully published

  • Change status back to view all categories – click on ‘Trashed’
  • Select ‘-Select Status-

That’s it! Now you should see all your categories including the categories you restored in step 3.

Thanks,

Elaine

4 comments
  1. samjansen

    Thank you so much with this article. I was able to restore my deleted articles on a category. Whoa it was a great rush that I don’t know what to do. It’s a great help really. Thanks again.

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