How to Uninstall and Delete a WordPress Theme

How to Uninstall and Delete a WordPress Theme

Do you have an old WordPress theme installed on your site that you’re ready to remove but unsure how to do so safely? WordPress itself comes with pre-installed themes and some hosting providers add more themes to your site so you have multiple options on what you can choose from. This can use up space on your hosting and if you tested some older themes, it has a small chance to leave your site vulnerable. In this video, we will show you how to properly Uninstall and Delete a WordPress theme.

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There are a few different methods for deleting a theme, to start we would recommend creating a backup of any themes you are wanting to keep. For doing this we would recommend connecting to your hosting provider using FTP or your file manager if you have a host that offers this. Go under wp-content, themes, and you should see folders named after your installed themes that you can compress into a zip folder to allow you to download it.

For deleting your theme, under Appearance, Themes, if you select a theme that is not active there should be a link in the bottom right-hand side where you can click delete. Another method, if you are still connected via FTP or a file manager you can go into your wp-content then themes folder and delete the folder for the theme you want to delete.

You can always add back any theme you had deleted either by uploading the zip file for the theme or use the Add New button under Appearance, Themes to search for and readd a theme to your site.

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  1. Ronna on February 24, 2020 at 3:46 pm

    Thank you for teaching us the things that may be obvious to people who have been doing this for a while ?? Your work is greatly appreciated ❤️

    • WPBeginner - WordPress Tutorials on February 24, 2020 at 6:50 pm

      You’re welcome, glad we could share this knowledge 🙂

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