If you run an online blog and it's time for you to bring your website to an end, you may be wondering how to delete a WordPress blog.
If you don't want your content lingering around the Internet forever, it's a good idea to get rid of your site permanently.
Also, it's important to keep in mind that deleting your blog won't remove it from third-party archives. While your site will no longer appear at its URL or in Google search results, it may be accessible elsewhere online.
Let's take a look at how to delete a WordPress blog on WordPress.com:
- Step 1 - Click 'Settings' on the left-hand dashboard
- Step 2 - Click 'Delete your site permanently'
- Step 3 - Click 'Export Content'
- Step 4 - Export your content and media library
- Step 5 - Click 'Delete site' and type in the name of your site
- Step 6 - Click 'Delete This Site'
- (Additional Step) Delete files but keep site name and theme
1. Click 'Settings' on the left-hand dashboard
To start the process of deleting your WordPress blog, you need to log into your WordPress.com hosting account. When you arrive at the administrative homepage, scroll to the bottom.
On the left-hand side of the page, you'll find a 'Settings' tab. Click this to open up your settings panel.
2. Click 'Delete Your Site Permanently'
Once the page loads, you'll need to scroll to the bottom of the page. Here, you'll find a button that says 'Delete your site permanently'. Click this button to begin the process.
Don't worry, it won't happen immediately. There are a few more steps that need to take place before your site is gone forever.
3. Click 'Export Content'
This step is optional, but I recommend you take advantage of the opportunity to export your content. If you don't have your content saved anywhere else, you may regret throwing all your hard work away for no reason.
Click 'Export Content' to begin the process of downloading your content.
4. Export your content and media library
The page is divided into two sections: Content and media library.
First, start by exporting your content. This includes blog posts, pages, and other content sections of your site. Click 'Export All' on the right-hand side to begin the process. A download link with your content will be sent to the email that you have on file!
Next, it's time to export your media files currently hosted on WordPress. Click 'Download' on the right-hand side of the page. Unlike your content files, this button will immediately download your media files to your computer. Make sure to save the file!
5. Click 'Delete Site' and type in the name of your site
After you successfully export your content and media, click 'Back' to resume deleting your website. After the previous page loads, scroll down to a red button that says 'Delete site.' Click this button to begin the final few steps of how to delete a WordPress blog.
Also, on the left-hand side of this page, WordPress outlines all of the types of data that will be permanently deleted. Overview this list to ensure you fully understand the ramifications of permanently removing your WordPress site.
Next, WordPress will make you type in the name of your website. This is a measure that prevents you from deleting your site by mistake. You'll have to enter the entire URL to proceed.
A quick tip: You can copy and paste the URL to save time.
6. Click 'Delete This Site'
After you successfully type (or copy) your URL into the blank field, the 'Delete this Site' button will transform from grey to red. Click the button if you want to delete your site permanently.
Keep in mind; there's no going back after you click this button. You'll also lose permanent access to your WordPress site URL (unless you own the domain).
(Additional Step) Delete files but keep website name and theme
If you want to keep your website's name and theme, but you want to get rid of all of your files, there's another option available.
Above the 'Delete your site permanently' button on the settings page, you'll see a 'Delete your content' button. Click this button to begin the process of deleting your content.
Once you're on the next page, WordPress will offer you two different options. You can either contact its support team or delete the files manually. If you contact its support team, WordPress will delete your content for you!
How to Delete WordPress Site Using cPanel
WordPress is an excellent content management system. And while some of the world's most popular websites use WordPress as a CMS, many people opt for external hosting.
WordPress.com imposes a lot of restrictions in terms of plugins, themes, and external development. Self-hosting is often the better option if you're trying to build a powerful site.
If you don't host your site on www.wordpress.com, there's a high chance that you use cPanel to manage your WordPress blog. If you want to know how to delete a WordPress site using cPanel, check out my step-by-step guide below.
While all hosting providers offer different options to uninstall WordPress, we'll be taking a look at how to delete WordPress on Hostinger. But with most major hosting providers, it will be pretty much the same.
1. Head to Your cPanel Control Panel
Access your Hostinger cPanel control panel. Make sure that this is the control panel linked to the WordPress site that you are trying to delete. Next, we'll need to begin the manual process of deleting WordPress.
2. Click on 'File Manager'
Scroll down the homepage of the control panel to find the 'File Manager' button. Click this button and you will be redirected to your file database.
3. Select all Files
Here, you can select all the files in the top left-hand corner. Next, click delete (the trash can logo on the top bar of the file database).
4. Confirm You Want to Delete the Files
After you click the trashcan, a window will appear that will ask you to confirm you want to remove the files. Click the 'Delete' button to finalize the process.
5. Head to your SQL Database
Now it's time to delete your SQL database. Start by heading back to the homepage of your Hostinger account and scrolling down to find the 'SQL Databases' button. Click this button to view your SQL databases.
6. Click on the SQL Database
When the next page loads, scroll down to the bottom of the page where you will find the name of your SQL database. Click the name of the SQL database. This will open a range of different control options below the title of the database.
7. Click the Red Delete Button
As the control panel opens below the SQL database, click on the red 'Delete' button to remove the database. Now you're done!
Deleting a WordPress Blog - Making Backups
Now that you know how to delete a WordPress blog, it's important to ensure you know what you're doing. Make sure to back up all of your data before you delete your site. So, our tutorial on WordPress database backups may be a good place to start for some of you.
There's no going back once you delete your site using the methods provided in this tutorial.
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