How to Delete a WordPress Theme

There’s no need to spread this out further than necessary. You want to know how to delete a WordPress theme double-quick time so you can get on with something else. So, let’s get down to it.

First, we’ll look at how to delete a WordPress theme from inside your WordPress website, then we’ll look at doing it using an FTP program like Filezilla.

How to delete a WordPress theme from the admin area

Bear in mind – you can’t delete an active theme so if that’s the one you want to remove, you’ll first need to deactivate it.

  1. Log into your WordPress Dashboard and click on Appearance. This will take you to the theme management area.
  2. Hover your mouse over the screenshot of the theme you want to delete. An overlay saying Theme Details will appear. Click it.Delete WordPress theme
  3. Next, click on the Delete link, which is located in the bottom right-hand corner. The screenshot below shows you where to look.Delete WordPress theme
  4. When you click on Delete, a dialogue box appears asking you to confirm your request. If you want to go ahead, click on OK.Delete WordPress theme
  5. That’s it. The theme is deleted.

How to delete a WordPress theme using an FTP program

  1. Log into your website’s server using your favourite FTP program. Depending upon the configuration of the server, you might have to log into a folder called public_html to access your site’s files.
  2. Navigate to the themes folder, which you’ll find inside a folder called wp-content.
  3. Find the folder holding the theme’s files. It will have the same name as the theme. Right click on the folder icon and choose Delete.
  4. That’s it.

The unwanted themes are now deleted.