In my post, I show you how to delete a WordPress theme step by step. You can delete themes directly from your WordPress Admin, Cpanel, or via an FTP client.

Unwanted themes use valuable server space. It is good practice to remove WordPress themes that you no longer need.

When you start blogging, it is hard choosing a theme for your site. Once you finally settle on a theme, delete the others.

Let’s begin.

How to delete WordPress themes from WordPress admin

  1. Hover your mouse over ‘Appearance’, select ‘Themes’ from the menu.
  2. Hover your mouse over the theme you want to remove and select ‘Theme details’.
  3. Click on the ‘Delete’ link on the bottom right.
  4. Confirm deletion.
  5. The WordPress theme is gone.

First, hover your mouse over ‘Appearance’ on the menu on the left, then select ‘Themes’.

Select themes

On the next page, hover your mouse over the theme you want to remove and select ‘Theme Details’.

Select the theme you want to delete

On the bottom right, click on the ‘Delete’ link.

Delete theme

Click ‘OK’ to confirm the deletion.

Delete theme confirmation

The theme is gone.

Available themes in your WordPress admin

To delete other unwanted themes, repeat the process.

How to delete a theme in WordPress video tutorial


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How to delete a WordPress theme from Cpanel

  1. From your Cpanel dashboard, select ‘File Manager’.
  2. Open the ‘public_html’ folder.
  3. Open the ‘wp-content’ folder.
  4. Open the ‘themes’ folder.
  5. Right-click on the theme you want to remove and select ‘Delete’.
  6. Confirm deletion.
  7. The theme is gone.

From your Cpanel dashboard, select ‘File Manager’.

Select file manager

In the file manager, open the ‘public_html’ folder.

public_html folder

Next, open the ‘wp-content’ folder.

wp-content folder

Next, open the ‘Themes’ folder.

Themes folder

In the themes folder, right-click on the theme you want to remove, select ‘Delete’.

Select delete

Confirm the deletion.

Confirm deletion

The theme is gone.

How to delete WordPress themes using an FTP client

  1. Connect the FTP client to your website.
  2. Open the ‘public_html’ folder.
  3. Open the ‘wp-content’ folder.
  4. Open the ‘themes’ folder.
  5. Right-click on the theme you want to remove and select ‘Delete’.
  6. Confirm deletion.
  7. The theme is gone.

In my tutorial, I will use Filezilla as my FTP client. If you like to learn how to download and install Filezilla, check out my ‘How to download and install Filezilla‘ post.

First, use the ‘Site Manager’ to connect to your website.

Site manager

Select your site and select ‘Connect’.

Select site

The files for your website appear on the right. On the window on the right, double click the ‘public_html’ folder.

Double click public_html

Next, double-click the ‘wp-content’ folder.

Select the wp-content folder

Next, double-click the ‘themes’ folder and right-click the theme you want to remove. From the menu, select ‘Delete’.

Right click on the theme you want to delete

Select ‘Yes’ to confirm the deletion.

The theme is gone.

Conclusion

You can delete WordPress themes from your WordPress admin dashboard, your hosting Cpanel dashboard, or by using an FTP client.

To delete a single theme, use your WordPress admin. To delete multiple WordPress themes, use the Cpanel.

Using an FTP client to delete themes is slow because it deletes each file separately. An FTP client is better for making edits to files.

How long did it take you to choose a theme for your website? What WordPress theme do you recommend?

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