A SharePoint Site Collection has disappeared or been deleted, how do I restore it?

sharepoint, SharePoint Administration
So you come in of a morning and you have a whole host of e-mails from users complaining that content isn't working for them. You visit the main page, no issues, but then you go to visit a site in another collection... and you receive a dreaded 404 error: This error (HTTP 404 Not Found) means that Internet Explorer was able to connect to the website, but the page you wanted was not found. It’s possible that the webpage is temporarily unavailable. Alternatively, the website might have changed or removed the webpage. Checking the recycle bin shows that the web is still active, and so it appears that there's something wrong with the Site Collection. Although not present in the front end thankfully there's a cmdlet to allow you to…
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SharePoint deployment scope, solution and features

Best Practice, SharePoint Administration, SharePoint Development
SharePoint Features SharePoint Features can be scoped to the Farm, Web Application, Site Collection, and Web Site level depending on the purpose of the feature. The Feature scope is determined by the setting of the Scope attribute in the Feature element defined in the feature.xml file. A sample Feature element tag is given below: <Feature Id="F62C96CF-79FD-44be-8882-E9BFBD199184"> Title="Feature Title" Description="Feature Description" Version="" Scope="Site" Hidden="false"; </Feature> Web Site scoped Feature (Scope="Web"): A Web Site scoped Feature is one that can be activated only at the individual Web site level. List templates, list instances, custom actions, event receivers, etc are the some common elements for web site scoped features. Web Site scoped features can be activated by using: Run the following STSADM command: [crayon-58aa493bbf2dc781579028/] Site Collection scoped Feature (Scope="Site"): A Site Collection scoped…
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