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  • shiesl


    I attempted on my personal computer to create a Multisite under MAMP. Unfortuately I had a number of other MySQL WordPress databases on the site and thus attempted to change those to work with the Multisite. The result is a complete and total mess. WordPress cannot find my themes, my plug-ins, or anything else. Thus I decided the best thing to do would be to remove WordPress and start over from the beginning.

    So under Support I obtained the file “Delete Site”. The problem is that the “Delete Site” under tools does not work. I expect it does not work as I ended up changing the passwords in the MySQL databases – there are at least 5 of them – all of which I need to delete also – so that I no long have – or know the Administrator password.

    Thus the question – how do I delete all of the WordPress files – including the MySQL files so that I can start over from scratch? Thank you.

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  • You can actually delete the WordPress files themselves from your public folder, or wherever your local website loads from when you start up your server system. You CAN over-write them, though, by re-extracting the WordPress files from their archive file, but you will need to re-enter your database and user info in the “wp-config.php” file prior to re-installation.

    As far as your MySQL databases,

    If you still have access to them through PHPMyAdmin, you can easily manipulate and/or delete them when you view the “databases” by clicking on the databases tab. You should see a list of databases in tabled-format with a check-box by each one. You just check the box for each database you wish to remove, then go to the bottom of the page, while still in PHPMyAdmin, and click on the button that says “drop” (their term for “delete” a table or database). After you confirm what you want, this should delete or “drop” the tables you have selected.

    You would probably want to delete the tables rather than the whole databases if you have plans to reinstall WordPress on your server, though. You can do this by viewing the tables within a database. This you would need to do within each database. This would preferable if you wanted to preserve the actual databases and their associated users.

    You can also change the passwords of the database-users from the PHPMyAdmin control panel under “users – edit privileges”. Just be sure to enter the correct password into the “password” variable in your “wp-config.php” file too. Should do this all before you execute WordPress’s installer again.

    – Hope this helps!



    Thanks – that did help I’ll try it and see what happens.

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