See a walkthrough of our delightfully-designed WordPress platform!

Watch the video

Help articles Frequently Asked

How to reset your site back to a clean slate

We’ve all been there, especially when starting out with a new site, sometimes you may just want to delete a site and start everything over from a fresh WordPress installation. Fortunately there’s a plugin for exactly this type of situation, WP Reset.

Note

Before resetting your site, it’s important to first create a backup, just in case you need to restore it later.
1

Install WP Reset

Head over to the Plugins page in your WordPress dashboard and click the Add New button to search for and install the WP Reset Plugin.

search for and install WP Reset plugin

activate WP Reset plugin

2

Configure the reset settings

Go to Tools > WP Reset and review the settings, changing things as needed. When you’re ready, type “reset” in the box provided and click the Reset Site button.

confirm reset in WP Reset

Confirm the reset one last time in the pop-up/modal that appears

final WP Reset confirmation

Once the reset is complete, you’ll be automatically logged back into the WordPress dashboard.

3

WP Reset Tools

By default, WP Reset will only delete:

  • Posts, pages, custom post types, comments, media entries, users
  • Default WordPress database tables
  • Custom database tables that have the same prefix “wp_” as default tables

If you’d like to reset theme settings, delete media files, and/or delete plugins and themes, WP Reset includes some additional tools for those. Once the reset is complete and you’re logged back into the WordPress dashboard, head over to  Tools > WP Reset > Tools

Choose which additional items you’d like to reset or remove, clicking the reset or delete button for each.

WP Reset Tools

For instance, if I wanted to clear out the uploads folder, reset theme options, and delete plugins (but leave themes installed) I would click each of the corresponding buttons for those options, confirming the reset or deletion for each when the pop-up/modal appears.

Reset themes, delete plugins, and delete plugins with WP Reset

4

Remove WP Reset

Once you’ve finished resetting your site, head back over to the Plugins page to deactivate and delete the WP Reset plugin.

Deactivate WP Reset

Delete WP Reset

That’s it, your site is reset and ready for you to begin building it once again.

Was this article helpful?

  • Billing & Accounts

    Questions relating to payments, billing and managing your account on Flywheel.

    14 Articles
  • Blueprints

    Learn everything there is to know about what Blueprints are, how to create them and how to make the best use of them.

    5 Articles
  • Database

    How to access your WordPress database to make changes and update content.

    3 Articles
  • Domain Names

    Details about how to manage DNS and point your domain names at Flywheel.

    16 Articles
  • Frequently Asked

    The most commonly asked questions, and a few we just think you should know.

    26 Articles
  • General Questions

    Questions that don't fit elsewhere, or those about Flywheel in general.

    59 Articles
  • Getting started

    Everything you need to know to get your first Flywheel site up and running.

    17 Articles
  • Local

    Everything you need to know about our amazing, free local WordPress development software for Mac and PC.

    20 Articles
  • Organizations

    Everything you need to know about managing your team with our Organizations feature.

    8 Articles
  • Plugins

    Which plugins work best, which plugins work worst, and everything in between.

    8 Articles
  • Security

    Details about everything Flywheel does to makes your site so secure.

    16 Articles
  • SFTP

    Information on setting up and troubleshooting with SFTP connections and file transfers.

    5 Articles
  • Simple SSL

    All there is to know about our free, automatically installed and activated SSL certificates.

    8 Articles
  • Staging

    How to get the most out of Staging, which allows you to duplicate a site, make changes, and then push those changes to the live site.

    6 Articles
  • White Label

    Everything you need to know about our Whitelabel subscriptions for branding and reselling Flywheel.

    3 Articles

Flywheel help

Help is just a click away! Log into the Flywheel dashboard to instantly chat with an expert, open a ticket, or follow along with in-depth documentation. We happily offer support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!

Log in

Try it yourself. It's free & takes less than 60 seconds. Sign up