WordPress is one of the dominant web formatting hubs on the internet. WordPress hosts about 40% of websites. Many individuals and businesses keep their pages running for years, but what happens when you want to delete something? Do you know how to delete WordPress blogs? Here we have a step-by-step breakdown.
Deleting the Blog on WordPress
Differentiate whether this is a WordPress.com site or a WordPress.org site. There is a difference in how to delete them. WordPress.org sites are hosted through an alternative hosting platform and must be deleted through their own personal control panel.
- Login to WordPress
- Go to Your WordPress Home Screen
- Look to the Tab List on the Left of the Screen and Find “Settings”
This will take you to the general “Settings.” It will be right of the left side tab bar. Scroll down until you see a box with “Site Tools.”
- Click on the Site Tools Panel that Says “Delete Site Permanently”
THIS WILL NOT DELETE YOUR SITE. It will take you to another page where it offers you the options:
- “Export Content First”
- “Delete Site”
Exporting your content will compress your website into a zip file. This file can later be uploaded into a new site address and your site and its content should be perfectly preserved. This is highly recommended, to follow through on.
- Click “Delete Site”
- A “Confirm Delete Site” Window Will Pop Up
This window will be your last option to turn back and not delete your website.
- Enter the URL Associated with the WordPress.com Site you Want to Delete
After you have entered the URL to the website you want to delete, press the red button that states “Delete this site.”
- Delete Your Website
THIS CANNOT BE UNDONE.
Once you have deleted your WordPress.com site it is gone forever. If you exported your content into a “.zip” file, your site can be regenerated from that later under a new URL. However, keep in mind that once the site is gone it is truly gone.
For those looking to delete your WordPress account, that will delete all sites housed under that umbrella. That means every site associated with that account.
Closing (Deleting) a WordPress Account
- Go to Profile Settings
Find your profile image. This should typically be located in the upper right corner of your WordPress page. By clicking on that you will then have your profile tabs bar appear on the left side of the screen.
- Go to “Account Settings.”
Scroll to the bottom of the page (should appear right of the profile tabs). At the bottom, there is text (should be in red) that says, “Close Your Account Permanently.”
- Click “Close Account.”
Read all the associated pieces that you will be deleting by closing your account. Alternatively, options exist like “Emptying” a Site of Its Content Completely. Or Deleting a Site as shown above.
It is important to understand there are alternatives besides permanently deleting your web content. Additionally, note that third-party services use bots to crawl the web and archive old sites.
Regardless, there are numerous ways to safely and easily remove web content from a WordPress site, take the time to find out which of them works best for you.