You have been testing out different WordPress themes and now you want to know, should I delete unused WordPress themes? The answer is yes, you should delete unused themes. Unused themes take up valuable space on your server. To delete unwanted themes you go into ‘themes’ in ‘appearance’ on your WordPress admin. Once in themes, you click on the theme you want to delete. Once the theme window opens you will see the word delete in red in the bottom right corner. Click on that and the theme will be deleted completely.
Let’s delete those unused themes.
- One – Deleting a WordPress theme in WordPress admin.
- Two – Deleting a WordPress theme in Cpanel.
- Three – Deleting a WordPress theme using FTP.
Deleting a WordPress theme in WordPress admin
This method is the easiest of the methods I am going to show you.
First, you need to log in to your WordPress admin. Your log in page will look like this.
After you log in to your WordPress admin. You need to look for ‘Appearance’ on the left-hand side menu.
Hover your mouse over the word ‘Appearance’ and a small mini menu will appear. Like this.
Click on ‘Themes’. You will go to this page.
Your current theme will be on the top left.
If you know there are themes you are not going to use, then I suggest you delete them to save space on your hosting account.
I am going to delete the theme called ‘Business path’. If you hover your mouse over the theme you want to complete you will see this.
A block with the words ‘Theme Details’ will appear. Click on that.
Now you have the details of that theme. This is where you can delete this theme from WordPress completely.
In the bottom right of this screen you can see the word ‘Delete’ in red. Click on that.
Once you click on delete, you will get a small popup asking you to confirm. Like this.
If you are sure you want to delete this theme, then click on ‘OK’ and the theme will be deleted completely from WordPress.
After you click ‘OK’ and the theme has been deleted you will go back to your theme dashboard.
You can see from my list of themes that the theme ‘Business Path’ has been deleted and is no longer available.
If you want to delete more themes you just repeat the the same process.
Deleting a WordPress theme in Cpanel
When you buy hosting for your website you will receive your log in details for your Cpanel dashboard.
The Cpanel dashboard gives you access to all your website files and databases.
Cpanel is good if you want to delete a number of themes at the same time rather than go into each one.
First, log in to your Cpanel dashboard.
The log in page for Bluehost looks like this.
Some other hosting companies have a log in page similar to this.
I will log in to my Bluehost Cpanel dashboard. Once I enter my log in details, I come to this page.
Once I click on file manager, I come to this page.
From here you are looking for ‘Public_HTML’. This is where all the files for your website are kept. You can click on ‘Public_HTML’ on the left or in the center.
Once I click on ‘Public_HTML’. I come to this.
Your WordPress themes are found in the ‘wp-content’ folder. After you click on that folder you come to this.
Now we have found our themes. Once you click on the ‘Themes’ folder you will see a list of your installed themes. Like this.
I am going to delete the theme ‘Business-way’. If you have a number of themes that you want to delete at the same time. Then deleting themes from your Cpanel is easy and quick.
Just be sure you do not delete your ‘Active’ theme. You do not want to destroy your site.
To delete a theme, click once on the theme you wish to delete and then click on ‘delete’ along the top of the screen.
Once you click on delete, you will be asked to confirm deletion.
Click on ‘confirm’ and the theme will be deleted.
Let’s check back on my WordPress admin and see if ‘Business-way’ has gone from my list.
Yes, it has been deleted completely.
Deleting a WordPress theme using FTP
I use Filezilla as my FTP, so my walkthrough will be on Filezilla. I have never used any other service, therefore I can’t say if they are similar or not.
Before you can use Filezilla to delete files, you need to authorize access to your site.
If you have never used Filezilla before and would like to know how to set it up to use on your website, drop me a comment and I will do a tutorial for you.
After you launch Filezilla, you get this.
The windows on the left are from your PC. The windows on the right are from your hosting account.
The first thing to do is connect Filezilla to the site you wish to delete themes from.
To start, you click on ‘File’ on the top left. From the drop down menu you select ‘Site Manager’.
Once you click on ‘Site Manager’ you will see a list of your sites. Find the site you want to delete a theme from and then click on ‘Connect’.
Once you click on ‘Connect’ all the files from your website will appear in the right-hand side window.
From here it is the same as deleting files using your Cpanel.
In the window on the right you double click ‘public_html’.
From here you double click on ‘wp-content’.
Now we can see our themes folder. Double click on that to get a list of your installed themes.
I am going to delete the theme called ‘maisha-lite’. To do that I right-click on the theme to get a popup box. From the popup box, I select ‘delete’.
After you click on ‘delete’, you will be asked to confirm.
If you are sure then click on ‘yes’. Just make sure it is not your active theme before you delete.
Filezilla will delete file by file so if the theme has a lot of files, it will take a little while.
The fastest method to delete themes is in your Cpanel.
Let’s go back to my WordPress admin to make sure the
Yes, it has been deleted. I am left with my active theme and the default theme.
I have shown you three different methods on how to delete a WordPress theme completely.
If you are looking to delete a single them then you can easily do this in your WordPress admin.
If you are looking to delete multiple themes then Cpanel is the fastest method.
Using a FTP like Filezilla is not the best way to delete any files from your website. It is very slow.
An FTP is more useful in uploading and downloading files direct to your PC.
If you are new to WordPress. One very important thing to remember is to have a backup of your site. Should anything go wrong and your site gets deleted. Then you have copies of your site and can restore your site with ease.
To learn how to do this. Check out my ‘How do I backup my WordPress site for free?‘ post.
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What method do you use to delete themes from WordPress?
How many themes do you have installed now? Do you use them?
I look forward to reading your comments.