WordPress can throw you quite the curveball as a beginner. One minute everything is working well, and the next, you’re stuck with a stubborn error.
While most WordPress errors are easy to fix, at times, your only option is to reinstall the whole thing from scratch. Other times, you’re not even at fault. A hacker might render your website unusable, and reinstalling could be your saving grace.
In today’s post, we show you exactly how to reinstall WordPress without losing your content. If you’d like to nuke your WordPress site and start with a blank slate, we cover that as well.
Important Consideration: Before you do anything, it’s crucial to create a backup of your website. While you might not need the backup once you reinstall WordPress, it’s essential to keep a backup should things go wrong. To be on the safe side, automate backups and ensure you always have copies of your website saved on your computer or online.
Without further ado, let us get down to work.
Why/When to Reinstall WordPress?
First things first, why or when would you need to reinstall WordPress? Usually, you reinstall WordPress when you:
- Are stuck with an error even after trying every troubleshooting technique in the book – Don’t run to reinstall WordPress every time an error crops up since, as we said earlier, most WordPress errors are ordinarily easy to fix.
- Need to reset and reuse a testing website – Perhaps, you’re testing themes or plugins. Developers reinstall WordPress all the time due to the nature of their work. I have done it a couple of times with my test website as well.
- Must rebuild or repurpose your website – When hackers spat on my face a while ago, I had to rebuild my sites from scratch. I reinstalled WordPress quickly while saving some of my content, which saved me a lot of time and effort.
In other words, reinstalling WordPress to fix your site is the last resort when everything else fails. That out of the way, let us roll up the sleeves and get to work.
How to Reinstall WordPress: Methods
Reinstalling WordPress is easy even though it might appear challenging at first. It’s fun too, so get ready for a good time. In the following section, we cover four methods to reinstall WordPress.
Method 1: How to Reinstall WordPress from Your Admin Dashboard
Did you know you can reinstall WordPress right from within your admin dashboard? Oh, yes, you can, and it’s amazingly simple.
To reinstall WordPress from the dashboard, navigate to Dashboard > Updates and click the Re-install Now button, as we highlight in the image below.
WordPress will reinstall automatically, and a few seconds later, you should see the welcome page:
This article was written by Freddy and originally published on WPExplorer.