Reinstalling WordPress


This process reinstalling the core files in the /wp-admin and /wp-includes directories and will not affect your website.

Reinstalling in the WordPress dashboard

  1. Log into your WordPress site at
  2. On the top left, hover over Dashboard. A menu pops out to the right. Click Updates.
  3. On the next page, click Re-install Now.

Reinstalling using FTP

If you don't have access to your WordPress dashboard, you can upload the files using an FTP client.

  1. Visit to download WordPress to your computer.
  2. Unzip the file on your computer.
  3. Log into your site using an FTP client.
  4. Upload only the /wp-admin and /wp-includes directories. When prompted, choose to overwrite those files.

Reinstalling using wp-cli

wp-cli is a command line tool you can use to manage your WordPress site.

  1. Log into your site via SSH.
  2. Run ls -la to ensure you're in your site's directory. You'll see a list of all of your WordPress files.
  3. Run the following command to download your core files.
    [server]$ wp core download --skip-content --force

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