Resetting Your WordPress Site to Default Settings
WordPress is a popular content management system that allows website creation and management with ease, but what happens when you need to reset it back to its default settings? Maybe you mixed up your site while experimenting with a new theme or plugin, or maybe you’re struggling with an overloaded site that has too many customizations that cause dysfunction.
Thankfully, it is possible to reset your WordPress site back to its default settings, without having to start from scratch. In this article, we’ll take you through two methods: reset using a plugin or a manual reset.
Resetting with a Plugin
WP Reset is a plugin that can easily and quickly reset your WordPress site back to the default settings. Here’s how to use it:
- Log in to your WordPress dashboard
- Select the “Add New” button in the “Plugins” section
- Search for the WP Reset plugin, install and activate it
- Click on “Tools”, then “WP Reset”
- Select the reset option and confirm that you want to reset WordPress by typing “reset”
The plugin will follow with deleting all your site’s data, pages, and files, as well as all settings, customizations, comments, and content. After the reset process, you’ll be logged out of the site, and the default WordPress website will be in place.
Manually Resetting WordPress
If you prefer not to use plugins, you can manually reset WordPress. However, you should only follow these steps if you are confident in your understanding of the process:
- Backup your site’s data, including your posts, pages, and media files
- Use WP-CLI to export any essential data and settings you need to your site
- Delete all WordPress tables beginning with “wp_” from the database using phpMyAdmin or your hosting panel
- Delete all WordPress files from your server’s root folder
- Download the latest version of WordPress and extract the files
- Upload these files to the root directory of your website
- Follow the instructions to complete the setup of your WordPress site
In conclusion, resetting your WordPress site is simple, but it involves removing all existing data and customizations. Therefore, it is crucial to backup your website’s content before resetting. Both methods mentioned require caution, so always choose the option that works best for you.