How to Delete Themes from WordPress

May 29, 2019

There are two ways to eliminate an undesired theme, the simplest is via the admin incorporated inside WordPress. The second one although a bit more challenging is through your FTP program (File Transfer Protocol).

Really quick let’s explain the FTP program, it basically takes care of uploading/downloading and managing the files we have stored in a server, whether local or in the cloud. More technically it handles the exchange of files and information for any system that uses a TCP/IP protocol, like the internet and intranet, for examples. It requires a program for most of the users to handle, the most common ones are FileZilla, Cyberduck and FireFTP.

If you didn’t understand the above paragraph, good! That means you should use the first method. Rest assured, we will cover both methods in this article. These simple steps will guide you towards deleting a theme.

The WordPress Admin method.

  • Ok, a simple step, assuming you have a WordPress hosting account, please log in to see your dashboard.
  • Select Appearances in the menu to your left, after that just click on themes. Now you should see a list of all the themes available.
  • If you heeded the earlier warning the theme that you want to delete should not be active, if that is correct please locate it.
  • And now simply click the delete button corresponding to that particular theme and confirm if necessary.

Voila! The theme was just deleted via the WordPress Admin.

If you don’t want to get too involved with FTP programs, don’t understand them or it’s just a drag to do, then this is the method most suited to you.

And now for the more techy savvy…

The FTP Program method.

  • Open your preferred FTP program.
  • Log into your hosting service using the credentials from the FTP.
  • Find and navigate to the folder where WordPress is installed.
  • Go to the themes directory, it should be by default “wp-content/themes”.
  • Now every folder here represents the entirety of a theme and as such have the same name as the theme, remember the theme SHOULD NOT be active at this point.
  • Simply delete the folder and all it contains.

Done! That wasn’t so hard now, right? Keep in mind that if you accidentally delete anything other than that you might create an error in a different theme, usually they can be solved by deleting the other theme and downloading it again, but hopefully, that won’t be the case here.

So yeah, WordPress, it’s, of course, one of the most known and suitable sites that help you create your very own “free webpage”, or in this case more appropriately, blog.

Every day thousands of people come to this site to fiddle with what it has to offer…  free hosting, a variety of topics that might interest you, guides and overall a connection to someone else mind and creation. Well as much as coding and the internet will allow it.

WordPress is a primal choice for beginners in the blogging world and as such it’s made simple for almost anyone to understand and start writing on their own. It offers a wonderful list of simple features to customize your page one of the such its themes.

Keep in mind that a theme is a predefined template for the WordPress page, it changes the way it looks, writes, reads and feels. So, having one that goes according to what you want out of your blog is really important. It is used most of the time for quick appearance change without the need to write any programming code.

If you can and are more inclined to have almost absolute control over the way your blog presents itself, you might want to use base coding to modify the appearance, right now WordPress supports PHP and the database it works with is MySQL.

Sometimes having a “bad theme” can cause undesired behaviour in our blog or page, making it almost a bug that needs to be fixed. The problems can range from simple typos and formatting errors to crashes depending on the gravity of the issue. However, these are very unlikely but do happen sometimes.

And now onto what brings us here, how to get rid of them. Trough simple steps we will be showing you how to delete an installed theme on your WordPress page.

I know that WordPress is fairly simple to navigate, but just for my humour see the following picture of a few free themes in WordPress.

That’s a preview of some themes available, as you can see, they are nice and clean, with a variety of topics for the blog you want to create. Now let’s begin with what matters to us.


First and foremost, we CAN’T eliminate an active theme, so be sure to change to a more desirable one before attempting to follow this quick guide.

Using these two methods you should be able to get rid of any undesired themes you have laying around, if there’s any kind of problem with either method or you happen to find a theme that just won’t go away you can always write to the support community of WordPress, most of them are nice and always available to help with any problem pertaining to your blog or the framework of WordPress itself.

We do hope that you find this guide helpful and clear. We did cover much of the terms that might be a bit confusing for some of the newer people to the blogsphere. Cheers!

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