How To Delete A WordPress Theme: If you are wondering how to delete a WordPress theme, you have come to the right place. WordPress, upon installation, comes with a few in-built themes. Once you have chosen one of the pre-installed themes or once you have installed some other WordPress theme either from the WordPress Theme Directory or some other third-parties, you should delete the themes that you are not using. In this article we will tell you how to delete a WordPress theme.
How To Delete A WordPress Theme?
Although at any given point, only one WordPress theme can be active, WordPress allows you to install multiple themes. That way you can just click on the "Activate" button to activate a theme whenever you wish. However, this is not recommended.
Because there are thousands of free themes available on the WordPress Theme Directory, we tend to play around with the themes to see how the site looks. But changing WordPress themes frequently once your site is live is not at all recommended. It leaves a bad user experience when people see a different look and design every time they visit your website. You should, therefore, decide on your WordPress theme while still at staging and stick to it once the site is live.
So, keeping other themes installed in your WordPress site after you have finalized your theme makes no sense at all and you should delete them.
In addition to that, there are other reasons why you should delete unused WordPress themes.
Why Should You Delete WordPress Themes?
There are many reasons why it is important to delete unused WordPress themes:
a. Even if the themes are just installed and not activated, you will be prompted to update them.
b. Installed and unused WordPress Themes increase the disk space of your site. This results in increased backup sizes and more time to scan the site for security vulnerabilities.
c. There could be some malicious code hidden in those themes which may pose threat to the security of your site.
So, you see, there is no point in keeping unused themes installed in your site.
How To Delete A WordPress Theme: Step-wise Guide
Let us now go through the steps to delete a WordPress theme:
1st Step: Log in to your WordPress admin dashboard.
2nd Step: Go to "Appearance" and click on "Themes" from the drop-down menu.
3rd Step: A new page with all themes installed in your site will open. The first one is the active theme. The remaining all are installed but unused.
Click on the theme that you want to delete. Let's say you want to delete the 'Twenty Nineteen' theme. Click on it.
4th Step: The theme will open. Click on the "Delete" option from the bottom right corner.
5th Step: Click on "OK" to confirm. The theme will be deleted and you will be redirected to the first page that appeared when you clicked on Appearance >> Themes. You can follow the same steps to delete the other themes.
You can also delete a theme from the File Manager of your WordPress site (accessible from your hosting account).
I hope this article on how to delete a WordPress site helps you.