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How to Delete WordPress

Introduction

If you decided to stop blogging and want to uninstall WordPress this tutorial is just for you. You will learn how to completely delete WordPress blog from your hosting account.

Take that WordPress comes in two versions: WordPress.com and WordPress.org (self-hosted). This tutorial will show you how to uninstall self-hosted WordPress. For instructions how to remove blog created on WordPress.com, see this page.

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What you’ll need

Before you begin this guide you’ll need the following:

  • Access to your hosting control panel

Step 1 — Making a backup

First of all, it is recommended to make a backup. Maybe someday you will want to restore your website. We have a detailed tutorial on how to backup your website, you can check it here.

Option 1 – Deleting WordPress through Softaculous

If you have installed your WordPress CMS through Softaculous App Installer, you can remove WordPress with just a few mouse clicks. If you installed WordPress manually, proceed to Step 3.

To do that, login to your control panel and open Softaculous App Installer.

Locate Softaculous

Now locate and press on WordPress icon. It should be on the Top Scripts page.

Wordpress Location in Softaculous

Your should see your current WordPress installations. Locate Options section and press on red X.

Current Installations

The confirmation screen should appear now, click on Remove installation.
Once the WordPress is deleted you will receive a notification which will say that installation has been removed successfully.

Removed Successfully

Option 2 – Deleting WordPress Manually

In order to completely remove WordPress, you will need to delete all its files and erase database.

Step 1 – Removing WordPress Files

You can use FTP client or File Manager to delete all files. In the following example, we use File Manager, but the process is similar on FTP client.

Access public_html directory (or the directory where you installed WordPress) and select all of the files. Afterwards, press on Delete button.

WordPress Select Time

After pressing Delete a confirmation window will pop-up, click on Confirm to delete all of the files.

WordPress Delete FTP

You have now deleted all of your WordPress files.

Step 2 – Erasing WordPress Database

In this step you will erase WordPress database. Login to hosting control panel and navigate to MySQL Databases section (it can look different depending on your hosting provider).

WordPress locate database

Once you are in MySQL Databases section, locate and delete your WordPress database. It should not be a problem if you have only one database. However, if you do have more than one database, refer to this tutorial on how to determine which database is used by your WordPress.

WordPress Delete Database

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Conclusion

By finishing this tutorial you have learned how to completely delete (uninstall) WordPress from your hosting account manually and through Softaculous.

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