My problem/issue in short: I had a webdesigner redesign and set up my website recently (about 4 months ago). My old website have been running since 2014 and it is about køberrådgivning (a specific Danish culture around buying property) and I think it was performing okay traffic wise. Now, this webdesigner approached me and convinced me that I needed a redesign as the old website was “not up to date”. Long story short, I accepted his offer of redesigning it as he promised me it was only a “design matter”. He got paid 50 % up front and was to receive the last 50 % when it was done and up and running. Everything seemed fine.
Now after it is live, it has become obvious to me that a lot of my old content is gone, the structure of the site does not really make sense anymore for visitors I think and traffic has gone down! He told me, that this is what happens when changing a theme and redesigning it. That not all content goes through to the new theme. Can this be correct? Then I would never have changed theme. I have asked him to put it back to the old version but his reply was that it is not possible. Since then I have not been able to get in contact with him . There is no back up. Is it possible somehow to recreate the old website without a back up (like CTRL Z in windows programs). Furthermore he changed the URL from Danish letters (ø, æ, å) to international letters/version (from Købersmægler to Koebersmaegler) which no one in Denmark understands. This I would like to have “undone” also. See Købersmægler køberrådgivning [https://koebersmaegler.dk] for details. It used to be with Danish letters ø and æ but now if you enter that in your browser you are pointed to the site with oe and ae.
Are these things something that is doable for another webdesigner or do I need to start all over and build the old website again?
Thanks in advance for your input.