How do I reset my staging site?

Updated on August 13th, 2021

If you’ve gone a little too far, need to start over, or just need to update your Staging site’s content to reflect recent changes on the live production site, don’t worry – it’s easy!

Just head to the Staging tab of the site’s Flywheel dashboard and click the “Reset Staging” button. You’ll see the following pop-up, asking you to verify that you’d like to overwrite your staging site and confirm with your Flywheel password:

Confirm staging reset

Once you confirm and click the “Reset staging site” button, you’ll have a fresh copy of your live production site available and ready to go in your staging site! The total time to complete the refresh will be a byproduct of both how large your database is and the total file-size of your site. For most sites, the job should complete in a matter of minutes. While the staging environment is being reset, 476 Maintenance Mode will display in browser.


Resetting staging will overwrite ALL content on the staging site. If you have changes on staging that you don’t want to lose, it’s best to save a backup of those locally using a backup plugin or the database manager and SFTP, as we do not currently provide backups of staging sites or offer a way to “merge” changes to the live site to Staging.

If you have any questions or would like to just check in on the status of a reset staging site, feel free to contact our team.


Because of the complex nature and size requirements, Staging sites are not available to legacy Tiny plans or to sites that employ WordPress Multisite.

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