How To Delete A Theme In WordPress

In this post I will show you how to delete a theme from your WordPress dashboard.

When you are first setting up your WordPress website you will probably try out a few different themes before you finally find one that is perfect.

Installing and trying out lots of themes is a great way to see what looks good on your site and which themes have the features you require.

The down side to this is that once you have found your perfect theme, you then have all the unused themes clogging up your WordPress dashboard, potentially causing problems for your site.

But what are these problems and how can you avoid them?

Before I get started, you can view a video tutorial of how to delete a theme in WordPress below. Or keep reading if you prefer the written version.

Why You Should Delete Unused Themes

WordPress themes need updating regularly, just like plugins. It can be very easy to forget about updating themes that you don’t use and this is where the problems lie.

One of the main reasons we need to update our themes and plugins is to keep them secure. This is the same for unused themes.

The popularity of WordPress means it is a prime target for hackers and unsecure, out of date themes can give them a way in.

This is one of the reasons to delete your unused themes. The installed, but unused themes also make your WordPress installation bigger than it needs to be.

Keep all your WordPress dashboard as streamlined as possible.

How To Delete A Theme

To delete a theme from your WordPress theme directory you need to navigate to Appearance – Themes.

Here you will have a screen that looks similar to the image below.

Once you are on this page you can select the theme you want to delete. Make sure it isn’t the theme you are using.

To do this, hover over the theme thumbnail and a box will appear that says THEME DETAILS. Click on this and the details of that theme will open up.

It will look something like the image below.

In the bottom right hand corner you will see that it says DELETE.

Click on this and another box will appear, like in the image below.

When this appears click OK and the theme will be deleted.

Do the same routine with any unused themes that you need to delete.

Always remember that the more updated your site is the more secure it will be, so if you have any unused themes that you are not deleting make sure they are up to date.

So that is how you delete a theme from your WordPress dashboard and why it is important to do so.

I hope you have found this tutorial useful.

Don’t forget to check out the tutorial video that accompanies this post and have a look at the other tutorials on this blog.