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How can I reinstall my WordPress core files?

If you want to make large changes to your site or want to recreate it entirely, sometimes it’s helpful to start from scratch. While we don’t offer the ability to reset an existing site to a default WordPress install, you can instead create a new demo site to work on and then transfer your changes when you’re ready. (This way you can leave the existing site active in the meantime.)


We lock down the WordPress core files on Flywheel, so you should never need to reinstall them to fix a problem with the site. 

To get started, click the “Create a new site” button in the main Flywheel dashboard (or the “+ New Site” button from the dashboard header):

New Site button in the Flywheel dashboard

Fill out the form with all the settings you’d like for your new site, like the site name, WordPress admin login name, and password. Lastly, select “My client will pay later” as the billing method.


You’ll need to confirm your email to do this, and you’ll also need to have an open demo slot available for your Flywheel user. By default, Flywheel users are limited to one demo site at a time, but if you run into issues with that limit when bringing multiple sites to Flywheel, shoot us a message and we’ll be happy to help out!

Select the "my client will pay later" payment option to create a demo site.

Once you’re done, the site will take a couple of minutes to configure, and voila! You’ve got a brand new 14-day demo site with a fresh WordPress install ready to go. Have fun!

Once you’ve gotten your work done on the new WordPress install and you’re ready to take your changes live, you have two options:


Have us migrate the new site

Fill out this migration form to have Flywheel migrate your new content back to your existing site:

(This is the easiest option if the existing site is already live, because we handle everything for you and you don’t have to mess with DNS settings again.)


Go live with the new site

Go live with the new site by adding your domain and pointing DNS:

Once that’s complete, you can simply delete the old site.


If you need a subscription or add-ons like an SSL certificate swapped to your new site, just contact Flywheel Support and we’ll be happy to take care of that for you. 

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