Do you want to know how to restart your WordPress site?
You can easily restore the default WordPress settings by resetting your website. It’s helpful when you’re testing multiple plugins and themes, using a demo site, and want to revert your changes.
In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to restart or reset your WordPress site, the fast way.
Why Restart a WordPress Site?
Restarting or resetting WordPress is a process where you restore WordPress to the default settings. Think of it as a similar process to restoring your phone to the default “factory settings”.
It will delete all your apps and customizations, so you can start over fresh.
There are several situations where you might want to restart or reset a WordPress site:
1. You’re using a demo site on your own computer. If you’ve installed WordPress on localhost, then you might want to reset it after you’ve built a site and moved it from localhost to a live server. If you’re a developer and constantly test themes and plugins on your local install, then it can help to reset it every quarter to start fresh.
2. You’ve been working on a new site and want to start over. Maybe you’ve been busy creating a blog or website, but you are not happy with the customizations. Instead of undoing everything, you can simply reset WordPress and quickly start over with a new design.
3. You’re going to rework a client’s website. If they want something very different from what’s already there, then you might need to reset WordPress on the staging server to start from scratch.
4. You’re learning about WordPress, hands-on. Maybe you’ve had a go at developing your own plugins or themes, or you’ve been experimenting with a starter theme. You might want to start again with a fresh installation of WordPress.
How to Restart and Reset a WordPress Site
Restarting your WordPress site might sound difficult, but it’s really not.
We’re going to walk you through the entire reset process, step by step.
Before you begin, it’s important to create a full backup of your site using a WordPress backup plugin. This is important in case you want to restore your site from the backup after restarting it.
Restart Your WordPress Site with Advanced WordPress Reset
Now you’re ready to move on and restart your WordPress site. We’re going to use the Advanced WordPress Reset plugin for this tutorial.
First, you’ll need to install and activate the Advanced WordPress Reset plugin. For more details, see our instructions on how to install a WordPress plugin.
Once the plugin is activated, you need to go to Tools » Advanced WP Reset in your WordPress dashboard. Here, you can restart your WordPress website by simply typing ‘reset’ in the Reset database field.
Once you’ve entered the text, simply click the ‘Reset database’ button.
When you reset your website, your plugins and theme files are not deleted. However, all the plugins are deactivated except for Advanced WordPress Reset.
You can then manually activate each plugin after restarting your website. Simply go to the Plugins » Installed Plugins page from your WordPress dashboard and click the ‘Activate’ link under the plugin name.
Configuring Custom Reset Options in Advanced WordPress Reset
Aside from restarting your entire website, Advanced WordPress Reset also lets you reset specific items on your website, like comments or clean the uploads folder.
To reset individual files, you can go to Tools » Advanced WP Reset from your WordPress admin panel and then click the ‘Custom rest’ tab.
Next, you can click the ‘Run reset now’ button to restart different items on your website.
For example, if you used multiple plugins or themes for testing and now want a clean start, then you can delete all the plugins and themes. Similarly, you can clean the uploads folder and wp-content folder.
The plugin also gives you different options to reset comments on your site. Simply scroll down to the ‘Reset Comments’ section in the plugin settings.
Here, you can delete all the comments, pending comments, spam comments, trashed comments, pingbacks, and trackbacks with a single click.
This helps save time from deleting individual comments and you get a fresh start on your WordPress site.
We hope this tutorial helped you learn how to reset a WordPress site the fast way. You might also like our ultimate guide to speeding up WordPress and our list of must have WordPress plugins for all sites.