A client deleted the the main administrator account. All the site’s core pages linked to the account, so they disappeared as well. The last known backup was in February, so can’t roll the database back to the backup without loosing new users and posts.
The client has started rebuilding the core pages by copying and pasting content from Google cached pages into new pages on a new administrator account. The permalinks cannot be set to the deleted pages permalink and an increment (-2) is always placed at the end of the link.
Is there a way to:
Attach the old pages to a new user account. Do they still exist in the database? How would I find them?
Or, how do I scrape the record of the original pages out of the database so that the permalinks can be used for the new reconstructed pages?