Reset your public website to the default version

Made changes to your public website and want to start over? If you have an Office 365 Midsize or Enterprise account, you can simply delete and recreate the Public Website. If you have a small business account, it’ll take a bit of work to restore your public website to the default version.

What do you want to do?


Reset your Midsize or Enterprise public website

  1. Log into Office 365 with an account that has Global administrator permissions.
  2. Click Admin > SharePoint.

Admin menu options

  1. In Site collections, click the checkbox next to the Public Website.

 Note    Do you have two Public websites? If you’ve been with Office 365 awhile, you may have tiles for Public site (current) and Public site (new). Public site (current) is your existing, or pre-upgrade, website. Public site (new) is the new version of the website available after you upgraded to the latest version of SharePoint Online and Office 365. Click the version that you want to delete and start over with.

  1. Click Delete.

Site collections delete option

  1. Recreate the site by creating a public website with a custom domain name.

Reset your small business public website

  1. From the Sites page, click on the Public site tile.

Public site tile selected

 Note    Do you have two public websites? If you’ve been with Office 365 awhile, you may have tiles for Public site (current) and Public site (new). Public site (current) is your existing, or pre-upgrade, website. Public site (new) is the new version of the website available after you upgraded to the latest version of SharePoint Online and Office 365. Click the version that you want to reset.

  1. Click Settings SharePoint Online Public Website Settings button >Site contents > Pages.

Settings > Site contents

  1. For each page created by the System account,
  1. Select the page and click Files > Version History.

Pages menu with Version History selected

  1. Point to the Modified date for the 0.1 version created by the System Account and click the arrow that appears next to it.

System page version

  1. Click Restore.
  1. For each page that your organization created,
  1. Select the page and click Files > Version History.

Pages > File > Version History

  1. Click Delete all versions.

Delete all versions of the page

  1. To change the Public Website’s look back to the default,
  1. From the Sites page, click on the Public site tile.
  2. Click Site.

Don’t see the Site option? Here’s a handy trick. Add \pages to the end of your website address (URL). For example, if your site is https://contoso-public.sharepoint.com, then change it to this:

https://contoso-public.sharepoint.com/pages

Public website URL with "/pages" added

  1. Click Change the look > Default.

Learn more

See Public Website help for Office 365.

 
 
Applies to:
Office 365 Enterprise admin, Office 365 Midsize Business admin, SharePoint admin center, SharePoint Online Midsized Business, SharePoint Online Small Business