How to Reinstall WordPress? A Couple of Different Methods

Learn the different ways to reinstall WordPress.

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WordPress is an open source software which we use to create a website and a blog. Because it is a software, it has the ability to crash or break the error which causes a lot of tension to the owner of the blog or website.

Because of the errors, many plugins stop working properly or just gets fully crashed. It also creates a database problem and corrupted file issues etc. Sometimes, the data is safe and fine yet the owners don’t get what they want.

So, if you are having a problem with your WordPress blog or website, then one of the best possible ways to fix it is to uninstall the WordPress so that the problem doesn’t occur again from a corrupted file.

Just clean the core WordPress files without affecting the content. If you want to restart the WordPress blog or site completely, you have to entirely delete the existing WordPress site and re-install WordPress afresh.

So it’s up to you to decide whether you want to reinstall the core WordPress CMS while preventing the existing content of your site, or you want to reinstall the WordPress site or blog and start it from the beginning.

So, we are going to discuss a couple of methods of reinstalling WordPress site or blog.

Re-install Core WordPress Software files from Dashboard:

To re-install the WordPress automatically from the dashboard, you can actually do it from the left sidebar of your WordPress dashboard by clicking on “updates” in the sidebar.

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In this section, you will be able to see a re-install option for a WordPress. Click “Re-install” and WordPress will be re-installed.

It is a very simple and convenient method for those who are just starting a website or blog.

By clicking on the “Re-install” button, WordPress will automatically re-install and download the latest version as well. It may take a few minutes to get set properly, but once it is installed, you should have a fresh copy of WordPress.

If you don’t know how to install WordPress, follow up 000webhost.com to get a detailed procedure for installing WordPress. So, let’s move further to our post again.

Re-install WordPress via WP-CLI

If you are still doubtful that your site or blog is not working properly, then you can also re-install the WordPress core via WP-CLI where WP-CLI is a command line tool that manages many aspects or files of a WordPress installation.

It usually adds or removes posts, categories, search, users, and replace the database, etc. This command will download WordPress core without making any default in Plugins and Themes.

Re-install WordPress via FTP

Many face a headache that they can’t access the dashboard of WordPress because of some error occurred in FTP. So, what you need to do to get rid of this error is; simply download the new or latest version of WordPress from its official website.

After downloading, extract the ZIP file from downloaded WordPress and upload everything in this extracted file to your WordPress except the folder: wp-content/folder and wp-config-sample.php file.

You have to delete these files (wp-content and wp-config- sample.php). Once you finish this, connect your host via FTP and upload the remaining files to the folder where you just originally installed your WordPress.

While uploading the files, FTP program always prompt you with some messages like; “Target file already exists”. This usually happens when you don’t overwrite the files.

So, make sure to select the overwrite option and then continue your process of uploading. Because of deletion of a wp-content folder, it will allow overwriting all the WordPress core files without affecting your themes and plugins of WordPress.

Once the files uploading procedure is completed, you would have a freshly installed copy of WordPress core files and all things will run smoothly.

How to completely Re-install WordPress?

Before applying this method, you have to know that you will lose all the existing data and content.

As this method gives you a blank slate after uninstalling the WordPress and installing it again, just make sure to decide whether you really want to go for this method or not.

For this method, you will have to delete all your existing WordPress files and then install a fresh copy of WordPress using a method of your own choice.

For deleting all the contents of existing files, you can connect your site or blog via FTP or if your host or domain uses cPanel then you can use it via the cPanel File Manager.

Almost all the sites and blogs contain spam because of traffic that’s coming to the site or blog through various sources.

You can also delete the existing database to run your site and blog smoothly on your newly installed WordPress.

You can still use a fresh database to your WordPress if you can skip the deletion of existing files of the database, and if your host uses a cPanel, you can delete your existing database from the MySQL database area in cPanel.

Once you clean all the existing WordPress files, the next step to take is to install a fresh WordPress from its official site with a new brand or some personal domain site name.

Conclusion

At the end of this article, we can easily say that installing or re-installing the WordPress is a very simple process.

For re-installing the WordPress, you can use the methods which we have mentioned above in this article.

It totally depends on you which procedure is better and convenient for you i.e. whether you go for re-installing the WordPress core software by using the built-in WordPress functionality or re-uploading the latest copy of WordPress to your host server except for the wp-content folder and a file name “wp-config- sample.php”.

If you are starting from the beginning, then all you need to do is to delete all the existing files and install a fresh copy of WordPress via your most convenient method.

About Author: Tahir Taous

Tahir Taous is an experienced blogger and WordPress users. He loves to write about Blogging, WordPress, and Theme Development. You can download his free WordPress Theme Development Handbook, which reveals more than 100 tools and resources to learn WordPress Theme Development.

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