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Resetting WordPress when a Fresh Installed Theme causes “Fatal Error” July 23, 2011

Posted by Tournas Dimitrios in Wordpress - 3.

As we already know , WordPress as a CMS framework , separates  content from presentation ( read my article ) . That makes it very flexible and extensible , just  a few clicks  can change the “look and feel ” of a website . The process is simple : download the new Theme , unzip it , move the folder into the Theme directory of WordPress and via the Dashboard enable it . Simple as that …..
And some day …… , after installing/ activating of  the new Theme , your website isn’t accessible anymore . A nice “Fatal Error ” is displayed when you visit your website ” publicly ” or via the administrator Dashboard .

This article will present a simple practical example for resetting your WordPress installation to its default Theme .

  • Login your web-hosting account with a FTP client and drop the directory of the last installed Theme .
    Usually the directory has the name of the installed Theme.
  • WordPress will automatically “fall back ” to its default Theme ( Twentyten or Twentyeleven ) .
  • Visiting your website publicly (http://yourdomain.com ) , will display the default Theme . Sometimes though , the browser will  just display a blank screen .
  • Login to your administration panel ( Dashboard ) .
  • Activate another Theme through the Theme’s admin panel . This process forces WordPress to reset its status .
  • Voila …. enjoy WordPress again .

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2. jess - November 20, 2014

Thanks a lot for you tips u help me reset my initial website on File Manager wp content and simply editing the code to reset as the originally given.

tournasdimitrios1 - November 20, 2014

You are welcome🙂

3. Peggy Menke - July 15, 2015

Hello, Tournas. Thank you for sharing this, I have been having problems with WordPress and this has fixed it. Thank you so much!

Tournas Dimitrios - July 18, 2015

It’s my pleasure🙂 . Thanks for your comment .

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