If you have recently switched your WordPress theme, then you may want to delete the old one. You may also have a few other WordPress themes that come pre-installed on your website that you may want to remove.
In this post, I’ll show you why and how to easily delete a WordPress theme without affecting your website.
Deleting a WordPress Theme
There are multiple ways to delete a WordPress theme. We’ll start with the easiest one first.
1. Deleting a WordPress theme via admin dashboardThis is the easiest and the recommended way to delete a WordPress theme.First, you need to go to Appearance » Themes page and click on the theme that you want to delete.WordPress will now open theme details in a popup window. You need to click on the Delete button at the bottom right corner of the popup screen.Deleting a WordPress theme via WordPress admin dashboardNext, you’ll be asked to confirm that you want to delete the theme. Simply click the OK button to continue, and WordPress will delete your selected theme.
2. Deleting a WordPress theme via FTPThis method is a bit advanced, but it comes in handy if you are unable to access the WordPress admin area.Simply connect to your WordPress site using an FTP client and then go to /wp-content/themes/ folder.Deleting a theme via FTP clientFrom here you need to locate the theme folder that you want to delete. Right-click on the folder name and then select delete.Your FTP client will now delete your selected theme.
3. Delete a WordPress theme using File ManagerIf you are uncomfortable using an FTP client, then you can also use the File Manager app in your web hosting control panel.For this example, we’ll be showing screenshots from Bluehost’s hosting dashboard. Depending on your hosting provider, your hosting dashboard may look a bit different.Login to your hosting account dashboard and click on the File Manager icon under the Advanced tab.File manager appThis will launch the file manager where you can browse the contents of your web server like you would using an FTP client. You need to go to the /public_html/wp-content/themes/ folder.Deleting a WordPress theme using the file managerNext, you just need to right-click and delete the theme that you want to get rid of, and that’s all.