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How to Delete a WordPress Blog to Start Over Again?

updated on Mar 30, 2015
How to Delete a WordPress Blog to Start Over Again? Have you ever needed to hit the reset button and start your blog over again? Honestly speaking, resetting your own WordPress site is quite imperative especially when you are testing out bountiful themes and plugins and wish to reinitialize these testing options to the defaults.

To help newcomers who will run into some bumps along the way, we are about to illustrate how to delete the current WordPress installation and then start over with a fresh one. Note that, there are four different methods in below, and we would like to start with the simplest one first and save the most difficult one for last. Now, let's dive deeper and know more details.

Method 1 – Reset Your Database with WordPress Reset Plugin

As you may suspect, the easiest way to reset your WordPress powered site is by all means through a handy WordPress plugin. Based on ease-to-use and inbuilt features, this "WordPress Reset" plugin is instanced at this place. Pay attention that, this WP plugin will delete all your website content and customizations, and you can reset the database back to the default without affecting any files on your web server.

Delete a WordPress Blog - About WordPress Reset Plugin

Note for Beginners: As this "WordPress Reset" plugin would wipe out all of your WordPress data, you should only use it for development or testing purpose. Without doubt, this reset process is not meant for live WordPress sites as it will affect search engine rankings in a negative way.

To begin with, you are expected to "Install" and "Activate" this "WordPress Reset" plugin from the administrator dashboard of WordPress. To do that, you can simply go to "Plugins" > "Add New" and follow the auto-generated instructions to enable it. If done correctly, this newly-added plugin will appear within this "Installed Plugins" section.

Delete a WordPress Blog - Installed Plugins Page

In the meantime, you will notice a new "Reset" option has been added under this "Tools" section. Here, just enter the "reset" word into the text field and you will be prompted to click the "Ok" button so that the database will be reset to its defaults. Once this reset is finished, you would be brought back to the WordPress dashboard with a blank slate to start over again.

Delete a WordPress Blog - Enter Reset Word

During this process, all users on your website will be purged, and only your admin username and password would be preserved as usual. In some cases you want to reactivate the current plugins after this reset, you will need to add the following shortcode to the wp-config.php file.


Method 2 – Delete Current WordPress Version via Auto-Installer

If you are running a WordPress site with common hosting providers like BlueHost, there is a possibility that you can uninstall the current installation through the provided cPanel interface options. Usually, the most popular feature integrated with cPanel is the one-click script installer, which varies greatly depending on the web host. Taking the example of BlueHost, we will explain how you can delete the existing install via the "Softaculous" installer.

Delete a WordPress Blog - Login Your cPanel

As above, you should firstly login to cPanel control panel with your username and password. Upon entering, further down to this "Software and Services" section and you will see the mentioned "Softaculous" option as below. Now, make a click on this option so as to enter its menu page.

Delete a WordPress Blog - Click this Softaculous

Once you've done, you will need to type and find out "WordPress" from the top right "Search" bar. And then, scroll down again and you will be presented with a list of the current installations. Just select out the WordPress installation you want to delete and click on the "Remove" button that is marked red in the right-hand "Options" section. At last, you should choose the "Uninstall" option when prompted.

Delete a WordPress Blog - Click Remove Button

Till present, you have removed a WordPress blog completely, and in the meantime, you can choose to install a new version of WordPress by using this "Softaculous" tool. Pay attention that, the process for using other one-click installers like QuickInstall and Fantastico to uninstall WordPress is similar to that of "Softaculous", which is easy-to-operate.

Method 3 – Delete all WordPress Files by cPanel

To be frank, this method is quite easy to understand, and it doesn't require spectacular IT skills or any third-party software. Generally speaking, the whole process can be done within your cPanel interface and only requires a few clicks. In the following, we assume you have logged cPanel account on your computer.

As you can notice in below, there are various editing options inside the cPanel interface. Just head over to this "Files" section and select the "File Manager" icon. Once done, you will see a popup where you might choose the "public_html" option. Remember to click this "Go" button to proceed.

Delete a WordPress Blog - File Manager Section

After that, you can simply enter the WordPress installation folder by clicking the left "+" option. If you have one domain without creating additional domains, all of your domain files should be stored under this "public_html" folder. Having identified the very files you want to delete, you will have to press the "Delete" button on the top left of this settings page.

Delete a WordPress Blog - Delete Your Files

If you are not sure which files belong to WordPress, you'd better seek assistance from the web host or take this post for reference. Now that you have clicked the "Delete" button, you can hit the "Delete File(s)" button as follows to clear out the previously-selected website files.

Delete a WordPress Blog - Press Delete All Files

Till this step, all your WordPress related files have been completely deleted, and you can reinstall a brand-new version based on personal needs.

Method 4 – Remove WordPress Files via an FTP Program

As above, this method may be the most complicate one as it requests the installation of an FTP program. Let's assume you've set up the FileZilla client in the following parts. To start with, you will need to get the configuration settings directly from your own web host, including "Host", "Username", "Password" and "Port." For convenience and simplicity, you can choose the "Reconnect" option under the drop-down "Server" list to access your site files later on.

Delete a WordPress Blog - Log in FileZilla

Having connected to the web server, you will need to choose the domain folder that you wish to remove. After that, make a click on one of these files and then press "Ctrl-A" to select all files in the following window. Just right click all selected-out files and choose the "Delete" option from the pop-up menu. At last, don't forget to press the "Yes" button to confirm your deletion.

Delete a WordPress Blog - Delete Selected Files

Now, you have successfully removed all your WordPress files, and it is also possible to upload new WordPress files through this FileZilla client. That's all about this tutorial, and may you can find the most appropriate method to perform your reset task.