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Top 5 WP reset plugins

Top 5 WP reset plugins

You probably think that you’ll never be in a position where you have to completely brake your site apart and start from scratch. No wonder, since nobody thinks about this, as it’s a last ditch solution in cases where all other options are exhausted.

Sooner or later, however, it probably will come to this. Every experienced programmer and/or website manager will most certainly confirm this. A cluttered site that’s been going on for years is the first that comes to mind as ripe for this kind of process, but it can also be applied to test local sites going live or if you’re just in a need of a completely new direction.

Naturally, you’ll tend to look to some of the numerous plugins out there for a helping hand in order to ease the transition. We’ll highlight the five best ones available right now, just to provide you with an insight into what to expect, what can be done and how it’s actually accomplished. The list is chronological, with the best options on top of the list, so be sure to look into them first. Without further ado, let’s begin:

WP Reset

The WP Reset plugin is the most widespread and generally accepted as the best reset plugin out there. It has numerous resetting options and is really simple to use. The devs have even gone the extra mile making it so that you won’t be able to reset your site by accident (at least not without an exceeding number of unfortunate coincidences), since multiple confirmations are required.

Now, when we’re talking about a reset there are two main ways to go about it using this plugin – a full reset and a partial reset. With the full reset practically all fronted content will be deleted. This includes all post, pages, custom post types, comments, media entries and users. Additionally, all default WP database tables and custom database tables with the same “wp_” prefix will be deleted. This covers much of the user created content that makes up the bulk of most sites.

What will remain untouched, however, will be media files in the wp-uploads folder (they won’t be list under media), integrated external files (plugins, theme uploads), site title, WordPress address, site address, site language, and search engine visibility settings. Essentially, even though barebones, you’ll still have a foundation on which to build on anew.

Before you confirm the reset, you’ll need to set up how the site will behave once everything is done. These options seem rudimentary at first glance, but they offer some helpful automated processes that you won’t have to worry about later if you take time to configure them beforehand.

Once it’s all over, the first thing you’ll notice is the restoration of the “root” user with the current password. Depending on your post-reset options some features will be activated automatically, but you can also reactivate manually everything that’s still present.

That’s pretty much all there is to it – in just a few clicks you can configure and then execute a complete reset of your WordPress site. All that’s left for you to do is go and put up some new content for your visitors.

The second feature that you’ll have available is the partial/selective reset of your site. Unlike the complete reset where everything goes, here you’ll get to pick and choose what section of your site you want gone. The following data is susceptible to deletion:

  • Transients – all the transient data gets deleted (includes expired, non-expired transients and orphaned transient timeout entries)
  • Upload– all uploaded files in the C:\folder\htdocs\wp\wp-content\uploads are deleted
  • Theme options – deletes the options and mods for all themes, active and inactive
  • Themes – deletes all themes, leaving only the default WordPress theme available
  • Plugins – all plugins except WP reset are deleted
  • Custom tables – all custom tables with the wp_ prefix are deleted, but all core tables and those without the wp_ prefix remain (you can see an example of affected tables below)
  • .htaccess file – deletes the .htaccess file located in C:/folder/htdocs/wp/.htaccess

The third main feature at your disposal is the snapshot option. These database snapshots work very similarly to system restore point in Windows. Copies are made of standard and custom WP database tables. Keep in mind you’ll get to take only images of the tables, without any actual data being saved. This feature is best used when trying to test out how changes you’re making will work. You can make it work as a preview before reverting back to the original version if need be.

All of these features are the ones that sell really sell the plugin, but there are little nuances you’ll discover while using it and exploring. If you’re looking for the best way to reset your WordPress site and want it done through a plugin, this should be your first choice.

WP Database reset

Sometimes you need a robust tool to take everything down and start anew again. Other times, however, you need something quick and precise to get the job done. Unlike WP Reset, where you have features that encompass numerous aspects of you site, WP Database Reset is much more straightforward in what it does.

In case you’re ever in need to reset solely your database(s), you’ll find it hard to find an easier way to do it without using this plugin. Much like it sole feature, the process to go forward with the reset is exceptionally simple – just a couple of clicks and you’re done. You’ll be able to reset individual databases or all of them at once, depending on what you need.

Since this is such a delicate action you’ll be glad to know that a safeguard is in place to prevent accidents. This is even more important, when you know that there is no backup option, so once you go through with it the data is gone.

If you’re looking for a specific action concerning a database reset this should be your choice.

Advance WordPress reset

Once more we’re talking about a plugin that has one main feature and does it in a simple and effective way. When looking for a way clear everything and nothing else this can be a way to go.

There are no additional options when using this type of reset. Once you choose to go through with the process all your databases are lost (this includes all user created content). Plugins you have installed remain, but are deactivated (except for this one), so you’ll need to activate them all, or at least the ones you need, afterwards manually. Your user data and setting are also gone, so when you’re reverted to the login page you’ll need to use the “root” default username and password. To confirm the action, you’ll need to type in the keyword eliminating the possibility for unwanted resets.

Ultimate WordPress reset

Much like the two previous plugins on this list, this one also exchanges feature variety for simplicity of use and a basic functionality that provides you with exactly what you’d expect. Plugins like these are essentially a “what you see is what you get” deal. Usually they’ll do one, or a small number of things, but you know what you’re getting and are using them for exactly that specific thing.

All the common threads are present again. That means without a separate backup the process is irreversible, all content you’ve crated is deleted (posts, pages, menus, comments etc.) and you’ll have to confirm the action with a keyword. One small thing that doesn’t repeat is the automatic plugin activation.

After you’ve logged in with the as the “root” user, usually the only plugin that remains active is the one you’ve used to reset your site in the first place. In this instance all plugins are deactivated, even Ultimate WordPress reset. Naturally, you’ll be able to activate everything manually while setting up the site again.

WordPress Reset

Last but not least, we have WordPress Reset, a very popular plugin from about a year ago, that perhaps hasn’t been kept up to date, but can still get the work done. You’ll again be presented with a keyword confirmation to complete the process. Again, there are no backups (other than the ones you make manually), and all user created content is deleted permanently.

Not this, or any other plugin, will be automatically activated once the reset is done, but there is an option for you to add automatic activation for this one at least. You’ll need to edit your wp-config file, but it’s just an addition of one line of code, so it really shouldn’t be a problem for anybody.

Like we’ve said at the start, this particular plugin is somewhat outdated, with the last update coming about a year ago. This means it isn’t tested with newer versions of WordPress most of us are using today. We have tested it in a controlled environment however and it does still work, so if you’re, for any reason, itching to use specifically this plugin you can, for now at least.


That’s everything we have for you. If you’ve gotten this far you have a pretty clear picture of what you’ll get with each of these options. There is a clear best option here, but sometimes objectively the best doesn’t necessarily mean the best for what you need.

Resetting a site may be easy using these plugins from a technical standpoint, but the process can weigh you down whether you want it or not. If it has come to it that you need to go through such a drastic step any of these plugins will help you out, some more than others.

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