Last Update November 2, 2020: We improved the overall article.
WordPress is indeed the most popular CMS in the world. As per the Netcraft survey, there are over 1.3 billion active websites. Out of which around 20% of all self-hosted websites use WordPress.
Many companies have already embraced this robust platform to build their blogs. Mostly WordPress blogs are of two types-
- Based on a fully hosted, free platform WordPress.com and
- Based on a web host with the built-in open-source WordPress software
Here in this blog, we are going to discuss to delete both types of blogs. Let’s start with deleting a WordPress.com Blog through the dashboard.
Tips to Delete WordPress.com Blog
You can delete a WordPress.com blog through the dashboard. You need to register first. After registering, you need to follow the following procedure-
- Click on “Settings”
After login/registration, the dashboard for your blog will be opened. If you want to delete your WordPress.com blog, you need to click on “Settings” to open the Settings menu. An option to delete your blog is given in the “Settings” menu.
Here the example is given for example.wordpress.com blog. You can see the ‘Settings’ in the ‘CONFIGURE’ section.
- Click on “Delete Site”
You will find the ‘Delete Site’ button in the “Settings” menu. You can simply click on it. After clicking, the platform will ask you to enter the password of your blog.
Entering the password will confirm the deletion of your WordPress.com blog. That’s it! Your WordPress.com blog has been gone forever with all content.
NOTE- This deletion cannot be undone. You will lose all content including domain references instantly after clicking the ‘Delete Site’ button.
Just no need to worry if you have installed WordPress through an auto-install system of the cPanel. Here we give you simple steps to delete your WordPress.com blog via cPanel.
- Login cPanel Dashboard
You need to login first on the cPanel dashboard. After login, you will see the “Hosting” tab on the dashboard. Though the URL for cPanel varies between different web-hosting providers, it looks similar to an example- http://cpanel.mywebhosting.com/.
- Click on “Switch” button
You need to find the domain for which you have installed WordPress. You can click on the “Switch” button to open the configuration system for your domain.
- Select “WordPress” option
You can now open the cPanel’s auto-install tool. There, you can choose the “WordPress” option for your blog.
- Click on “Uninstall”
You can simply click “Uninstall” and get the following message shortly-
“Software has been uninstalled.”
Here, we are uninstalling your blog from the cPanel auto-installer tool, and therefore, it is possible to reinstall it as and when you want.
Tips to Delete Self-Hosted WordPress Blog (Manual Delete)
If you have installed the WordPress blog manually on the web server, you can manually delete it also. Here you have three options based on the type of file-system access to your web server- SSH-based console access, FTP access, and access through a web-based file manager.
In all three cases, you can remove the main WordPress directory with ease. There is an option to remove the WordPress MySQL database. It is better to back up the files and data before initiating the following steps to delete your WordPress blog.
Note– Usually, the WordPress directory is known as “blog” and is installed in the /var/www/ directory. Alternatively, this directory is available in the public_html file in the home directory.
Let’s go through three different options to delete your self-hosted WordPress blog.
- Blog deletion through Consol Commands
You can remove the blog directory via SSH access by following these steps:
$ ssh [email protected] ## Switch to your webroot directory $ cd /var/www ## Remove the entire WordPress directory (in this case /blog) $ rm -r blog
- Blog deletion through FTP (File Transfer Protocol)
You can simply open your FTP client (e.g. FileZilla) and log into the FTP server. Your hosting provider will give the username, password, and server. If necessary, you can check your FTP settings on the web hosting panel.
In the FTP, you can find your WordPress directory and right-click on it. You will see the “Delete” option. Alternatively, you can select the directory using the CTRL key and press the DELETE button to remove your blog from FTP.
- Blog deletion through File Manager based on Web
You can log into the web hosting provider’s dashboard and find the file manager application. In this application, you will have the WordPress directory, and you can easily delete it.
You can also remove the database either with PHPMyAdmin or using the mysql command.
Whether you have a free WordPress.com blog or a self-hosted WordPress.org website, you can remove the content or database completely from the web. However, you need to delete it with caution.
Summing up, it is easy to remove your WordPress blog. However, it is not advisable to delete the blog that does well in the web world. An engaging and user-friendly blog can offer you many business opportunities.
You can easily create, modify, and manage published content without learning programming with the help of WordPress. What’s more, WordPress themes and plugins can give your business a new identity and strength to thrive amid growing competition.