Are You Looking for a Way to Reset Your WordPress Website? Perhaps You Wish to Start from Scratch?
While There Isn’t an In-Built WordPress ‘Reset’ Button, Admin are able to Reset their Website Either Manually or Through the Use of a Plugin.
In this tutorial we’ll take a look at how a WordPress install can be reset to it’s original settings. Resetting a WordPress website means all data will be lost so it’s important to back up your site if there is any information worth saving. Effectively, resetting a WP installs means that all data bases and files are returned to their original state or commonly referred to as their factory settings.
Resetting a WordPress install can be completed by following the instructions below, or watching our video tutorials. Using the WP Reset plugin is an efficient way of resetting for those without developer knowledge, while using cPanel is generally the preferred way by WordPress enthusiasts.
Why do WordPress Users Choose to Reset their Website?
Resetting a WordPress website means returning all the files and databases to their original state. While this is ideal for those wishing to start fresh, it also means that all content that was previously on the website will no longer be accessible.
You may have created a number of test posts or pages and now wish to start with a clean slate for a live website. Completing a full website reset can be an efficient way of ‘cleaning up’ to start building your live site after testing is complete.
While not every WordPress user will want to reset their website, for those landing on this page, they have most likely found themselves in one of the situations below.
There are a number of reasons why someone would want to reset their WordPress website:
- The website is to be used for a different project
- The site was used for staging or demonstrating
- Wish to use the same domain for a new business adventure
- The owner wishes to restore the site from a previous backup
- The owner is seeing many errors on a recently new website and feels the best way to overcome these errors is a complete reset
- The WordPress website cannot be accessed due to a failure and admin has previously saved a backup
What is Entailed in a Website Reset?
Depending on how you reset your WordPress will dictate if it will be a complete reset meaning all settings and files are lost or a partial reset. For example, using the ‘WP Reset‘ plugin, you can dictate whether or not your plugins are reactivated after a reset or not.
If you wish to use any data that was previously stored on your site (in the database tables) now is the time to complete a backup of your website.
How to Reset a WordPress Install
The instructions below can be completed to reset a WordPress website. Please note that by completing a reset you will not be able to retrieve information that may have been previously saved on your site. It is important prior to resetting your WordPress website that you back up any information you wish to use in the future.
Method 1) Resetting My WordPress Install with a Plugin
Video Tutorial: Using a Plugin to Reset My WordPress
Written Tutorial: Using a Plugin to Reset My WordPress
This is the best way to reset WordPress for those who aren’t that WordPress savvy. Using a plugin to reset your WordPress can be hassle free and means you will never need to leave your WordPress dashboard. While this way is effective, it means that you will still need to have access to your WordPress site.
Step 1) From your WordPress dashboard, click on the Plugins menu and then on ‘add new‘. Search for the following plugin: WP Reset.
Step 2) ‘Install‘ and ‘Activate‘ the WP Reset Plugin (Please note: This is not a TTHQ plugin).
Step 3) Now click on the ‘Tools‘ menu in your WordPress Dashboard.
Step 4)Under ‘Tools‘ click on the sub-menu; WP Reset.
Step 5) Read the text to ensure you wish to reset your WordPress. If you are happy to go ahead and reset, type the word ‘Reset‘ in the field towards the bottom. Also specify any ‘Post-reset Actions‘ that you wish to occur. Step 6) Click the ‘Reset WordPress‘ button.
Step 7) Click the ‘Reset WordPress‘ button again to confirm a full reset.
You have now completed a reset of your WordPress website.
Further WordPress Database Reset Plugins
While our procedure above outlines how to use the WP Reset Plugin to achieve a WordPress Reset, there are a number of other plugins that can also do the trick. If you find WP Reset is not working on your website, checkout some of the following WordPress.Org Reset Plugins:
Method 2) Resetting WordPress Install without the Use of a Plugin
To reset your WordPress install without the use of a plugin you will need to have access to your website’s cPanel (or similar). The details needed to access your WordPress database can be obtained from your hosting provider.
This method is said to be the harder method of the two, although by following the instructions below even someone without developer knowledge should be able to reset their WordPress account.
Using cPanel to Reset a WordPress Website
Step 1) Log in to your ‘cPanel‘ account for the WordPress install that you wish to reset.
Step 2) Once you have logged into cPanel, click on the ‘MySQL Databases‘ button located under the ‘Databases‘ section.
Step 3) Find the name of the database in question and ensure you copy and paste the name of it into a notepad. You’ll need this later.
Step 4) From the actions column, click the ‘Delete‘ button for the database you wish to reset. This will delete that WordPress database so ensure if you wished to save any of that data, you did that prior to clicking delete.
Step 5) Now you will not be able to access your WordPress website until the following steps are completed.
Step 6) At the top of that same page, you’ll need to ‘Recreate‘ that database. Paste the name of the database from your notepad into the ‘Create Database‘ field. If you do not copy and paste the name of your previous database correctly, the reset will not work.
Step 7) Click the ‘Create Database‘ button. This database should now appear under the ‘Current Databases‘ section.
Step 8) You will now need to add back the admin user to be able to access that database. You will need to use the exact same username and password as you used previously otherwise the file won’t recognize the new database.
Step 9) You have now added the database back and created your admin user. With this method the themes, uploads and plugins you had will not be deleted. If you wish to delete them to start fresh with a new feel WordPress site, you’ll need to head to the ‘wp-content‘ directory in the WordPress root folder. From there you can delete the files under: Plugins, Theme and Uploads. It is recommended to leave one theme.
Step 10) This is the final step in the reset process. You’ll need to copy your website’s primary URL and add it to the following in the browser /wp-admin/install.php. For example: https://plugin-demo.com/wp-admin/install.php. It will ask you to fill in your login details here. This is the last crucial step to resetting your WordPress website.
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