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on April 19, SiteGround set up new PHP and MYSQL setups on their servers, I think that their scripts messed up my database. I cannot pin down the timing to that though.
portwingpleinair.com came up with an "unable to access database" error. The database settings in the config file did not match and I was able to edit them and the site is up now but now my Posts, Widgets, menus and Customizer are gone. Its like it is a new site. My site files are there though. Backups take me to this same situation.
Have you contacted SiteGround support? If they installed a new version of MySQL without copying over the old database, this is something they should fix. When MySQL is upgraded, it doesn't auto-migrate older data. This article is from a few years ago. It's about recovering MySQL tables after a MacOS upgrade. It's not relevant to me any more because I use MariaDB in my dev environment, but you may find some relevance to your situation. https://victorfont.com/recover-mysql-tables-after-upgrade-osx/
Also, what you may be able to do is restore your DB backup to a local instance of MySQL, some it and restore the dump file back to your primary server. It will take some effort and there's no guarantee it will work, but I would try.
Thank you for this information.
SiteGround support had me replace the database entries in the config file then told me that I have a theme or plugin problem when the posts, widgets etc were missing.
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