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How to delete an installed WordPress theme

How to delete an installed WordPress theme (2 Different ways)

When you are searching for the perfect WordPress theme, it’s easy to install and test one theme after another. Soon your WordPress installation looks like a theme market. In other scenario, you install a theme for your new blog and after some days or months you think the design of your blog is not impressive or bounce rate is increasing.Bounce rate is very important if your website design looks good user will love it and will spend time on your website which will decrease bounce rate.

There are two ways of deleting a theme from your WordPress installation and they are:

  1. Deleting a theme from WordPress admin panel
  2. Deleting a theme via FTP client

It has few steps involved in this process. So that, before deleting a WordPress theme you have to deactivate the current theme. So, kindly follow below step by step process to deactivate the current theme first.

How to deactivate a theme in WordPress

Step 1: Go to Appearance >> Themes 

Login to your WordPress admin area then go to Appearance and Themes

Step 2: Click on the other theme (in our case – Twenty Nineteen) which is deactivated and make it active.

Successfully activated Twenty Nineteen theme in WordPress

Step 3: By this method you have successfully deactivated the active theme (in our case – Blogzine).

Successfully deactivated Blogzine theme

Now next step is to delete a WordPress theme.

Method 1#: Deleting a theme from WordPress admin panel

Step 1: From your WordPress admin menu select Appearance >> Themes.

Login to your WordPress admin area then go to Appearance and Themes

Step 2: Let’s delete the “Blogzine” theme. Hover over it and click the black rectangle labeled “Theme Details” to select it.

Hover over it and click the black rectangle labeled Theme Details

Step 3: Click “Delete” button on the right corner which will remove the theme from your WordPress site.

Click Delete button on the right corner which will remove the theme

Step 4: You will see a confirmation window giving you a final chance to cancel, select “OK”.

Confirmation window giving you a final chance to cancel

 

Step 5: The “Blogzine” theme is deleted, leaving the remaining themes.

The Blogzine theme is deleted

Method 2#: Deleting a theme via FTP client

Step 1: Open the FTP program such as Filezilla , and log in to your hosting server with your FTP login credentials.

Log in to your hosting server with your FTP login credentials

Also Read: How to use FileZilla FTP Client to connect to a web server

Step 2: Go to themes directory  wp-content >> themes.

Go to themes directory

Step 3: Select your theme (in our case – Blogzine) which you want to delete by right click and select “Delete” from the option.

Now your WordPress theme is successfully deleted from web server

 

Now your theme is successfully deleted.

Conclusion

That’s it! You can use any of the above mentioned methods to delete any WordPress theme that’s causing an issue or the one that you don’t want to remain in the WordPress folder anymore. We hope you have found this tutorial useful on how to delete a WordPress theme. Thanks for reading and leave your questions below to keep the conversation going.

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Sunil Pradhan

Sunil is a front-end developer, illustrator and an online entrepreneur. He is the founder of "Hello Sunil" where he shares his love of technology with the world. He loves to write technical how-tos and tutorials. He is open minded and willing to explore beyond his knowledge.

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