How to Completely Delete a WordPress Theme

How to Completely Delete a WordPress Theme

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In this post I will show you how to delete a WordPress theme.

A theme is a predefined website template for your WordPress site which is used to transform the appearance of your website without having to code.

There are two reasons why you may want to delete an installed theme – you may sometimes want to delete an installed theme in order to install another nicer theme. Or else, you may come across situations where a particular theme causes some issues and you may want to delete it altogether.

No worries, you can easily remove any WordPress theme in minutes.

There are two ways to delete a theme – from your WordPress admin panel and via the FTP program.

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How to Delete a WP Theme From The  WordPress Admin or Dashboard

If you have a WordPress hosting account, log in to your WordPress dashboard and then follow the steps below:

  • Go to Appearances in the left menu, and click on Themes.
  • Locate the theme that you want to remove.
  • Click the Delete link corresponding to that particular theme.

How to Delete a WordPress theme using the FTP program

Before we can learn how to delete a WordPress theme using an FTP program, here is something you need to know about FTP:

FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol. It’s an internet service that lets users upload or download files between their computer and a remote computer or a web server.

FTP also includes commands that let you execute operations on a remote computer; e.g., to show folder contents, change directories, create folders or delete files.

  • Open the FTP program, and log in to your hosting server with your FTP login credentials.
  • Navigate to the folder where WordPress is installed.
  • Go to themes directory (by default it is: wp-content/themes).
  • Delete the theme folder which is usually named in the name of the corresponding theme.

That’s it! You can use any of the above-mentioned methods to delete any WordPress theme that’s causing an issue or the one that you don’t want to remain in the WordPress folder anymore.

If you have access to your WordPress Admin Dashboard, follow the first method as it’s easier than the second. You can see your active and inactive themes before selecting which one to delete. The second method is a ‘great option’ to have in reserve in case you can’t access WordPress.

We hope you have found this tutorial useful on how to remove a WordPress theme.

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