Welcome to WordPress Wednesday! Weekly tips for new and established self-hosted WordPress users, designed to help you get the most out of your site. I’m Sarah, a WordPress website developer – I’ll be teaching you all the tips and tricks that I’ve picked up over my years of working with WordPress :)
How to Delete a WordPress Theme
The guys at WordPress have been releasing yearly themes for quite a while now, which is great news if you want to give your blog a little shake up for free. If, however, you’re happy with your theme it might get kind of annoying to have to keep updating all these themes that you don’t even use.
Today I’m going to show you how to quickly delete a WordPress theme – don’t worry, you can always reinstall them if you change your mind! It’s a good idea to keep things like themes and plugins to a minimum on your site, that way you’ll save bandwidth and hosting space, and your site won’t be bloated and slow to load. Everyone wins!
First up, you’ll need to navigate to the Themes section. You can find this lurking under the Appearance menu.
Once you’ve clicked on that you should see all the themes you have installed on your site. It might be quite a few, especially if you spend a while trying out different ones before settling on your final pick!
Hovering over each theme will give you a ‘theme details’ button – click anywhere on the picture (not on the ‘Activate’ or ‘Live Preview’ buttons) to open up the theme details.
Next you should see a description of the theme, the author and any tags associated with it (these are set by the author of the theme and are different to your post tags). You should also have a nice red ‘delete’ button in the bottom right hand corner.
Once you click that, you should see a dialog box asking if you’re sure you want to delete the theme. Once you click OK that’s it – done! Do this for every theme that you’re no longer using – it’ll work on themes you’ve installed yourself and any themes that the WordPress team have installed for you.
Have fun playing around with your dashboard! You never know what tools and tricks you might find :)