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Completely Delete WordPress In Two Steps | WP Learning Lab

Believe it or not, there are some people who want to delete WordPress.

Crazy, right?

Turns out, there are some legit reasons to delete WordPress, like deleting an old development site or starting from scratch after a bad hack.

There are two parts to deleting WordPress: deleting the files and deleting the database.

I usually delete the files first and I’ll tell you way.

First, let’s find the files. Boot up the file manager via your cPanel or open up your FTP client to FTP into the site.

Next, find the wp-config.php file and open it. Make note of the database name and the database user name. We may need those later.

Now you can select all of the files and delete them…but wait! If you have any doubt all about deleting all the files, make a backup of them. Then delete them.

Deleting will be a lot fast through the File Manager rather than FTP.

Once all the files are deleted, find the MySQL databases link in your cPanel and open it.

If you only have one database in your hosting account, things are really easy. Delete the database and the user associated with it.

If you have multiple databases, refer back to the information you pulled from the wp-config.php file. Find the right database and delete it. Then find the right database user and delete them.

Once the database is deleted, you’re now done.

That WordPress site is now complete erased.

I hope this information helps you! If you have any questions leave a comment below or ping me @WPLearningLab on Twitter.


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  • forgodani
    Posted at 19:20h, 02 February

    Thank you very much! It helped a lot!

  • Vigi F.
    Posted at 03:30h, 29 February

    Thank you so much for this video!!! Subscribed

  • Subhendu Das
    Posted at 01:31h, 02 March

    thank you, it helped me.

  • Tumaspa Production
    Posted at 13:34h, 25 March

    When I delete it it creates automatically a index file, which I cannot delete. And WordPress therefore does not install. What should I do?

  • Yene Space
    Posted at 11:46h, 10 April


  • Ashish Mishra
    Posted at 00:09h, 18 April

    I've clicked on file manager but i don't find demo folder…

  • Marge S
    Posted at 01:17h, 26 April

    straight forwad, easy to follow 🙂

  • BoomBoomPeng
    Posted at 01:04h, 05 May

    Could i Start from Zero after i did this? I mean also again with wordpress? Have not much know how about Websites but ill try to create one. After some Stuff i did my BeTheme isnt working. Nothing works, and evertime i get a failure Javascrip:void(0) or something like that. so my Hope ist i could remove everything and just start on 0 again. would this work?

  • jagger
    Posted at 17:52h, 09 May

    is this the same process as installing and activating a WPreset plugin such as "Advanced WordPress Reset" plugin?

  • Emily Villa
    Posted at 07:15h, 10 May

    Hi, i just made my site today using bluehost and wordpress and im having a lot of trouble. I just wanna start over. Will this delete my domain? After doing this, am I gonna be able to create a new wordpress website from the same domain name?

  • A'Nyce Munroe
    Posted at 00:45h, 14 May

    I need help! I'm not sure if this step is for me. But, I made a wordpress site like this one where i customized the URL too. I don't want it anymore. I made another website but I can't change the URL because it's linked to the old on. Please help me!

  • Ahmad Bilal
    Posted at 21:52h, 15 May

    Hi I did not save the database name and have several wp sites on my hosting how can I fix it?

  • Web Market
    Posted at 23:21h, 17 May

    nice ! thkns

  • Priyanka
    Posted at 09:13h, 21 May

    Hi is it possible to unpublish the site without deleting it for good?

  • Ioan Jivan
    Posted at 22:18h, 20 June

    Awesome 😀

  • Novy Sandhu
    Posted at 17:43h, 01 July

    after the reinstall to WordPress when I login to my account does my work is still in there?

  • Alex Conn
    Posted at 17:16h, 05 August

    At 1:31 when I click on the wp-config file take note of the data base name, it doesn’t look right as if it doesn’t know it. What should I do?

  • Max Campos
    Posted at 17:11h, 16 August

    Great video. Does deleting the WordPress site affect email functionality?

  • Stu Wright
    Posted at 19:32h, 19 August


  • Asadulalam Iqbal rasheeda
    Posted at 06:30h, 05 October

    Hi br I install WordPress at my domain and try to export localhost website to my domain but due to less eg 256 mb space at all in one wo migration plugin at domain hosting I made a simple page at domain hosting with elementor and publish it but later on I succeeded in double the memory of wp migration plugin at hosting and I export the localhost WordPress website to my domain hosting. But issue is that when try to open my website always open the domain WordPress page and not my localhost made website. Please help me

  • Lonnie Jeffries
    Posted at 03:07h, 22 October

    Are you still taking comments? I need to delete a website, the URL is with GoDaddy, but need to transfer it to another host. Do I need to "unlink" the URL before I delete the old site off of WP?

  • Kunal Bhatia
    Posted at 18:45h, 25 October

    Thanks bro. Helped a lot. Had uploaded a theme and while taking backup, there seems to be a virus. Thanks anyways 🙂

  • Electronic Box Bulgaria
    Posted at 16:09h, 13 November

    Hello! Nice video, but when i try to install new fresh WordPress it says that on their record there is still installation of WordPress. All files database and users are deleted , but same story.Any idea?

  • Terri Williams
    Posted at 22:48h, 10 December

    I’m sure this is a great video. But I couldn’t follow. Remember, some of us are new to this process and if you move too quickly, we can’t follow 🙁

    Posted at 11:39h, 13 December

    great vidoe

    Posted at 19:15h, 18 December


  • serbian wolf gaming
    Posted at 21:06h, 13 January

    Dude i hate it it just showed in my pc i want to kill person who aded it in my pc

  • serbian wolf gaming
    Posted at 21:09h, 13 January

    How to use cpanel

  • SparkleTubeyou
    Posted at 23:45h, 13 January


  • Joe
    Posted at 04:00h, 27 January

    Thank you sooooo much, you really help me out.

  • Luseya
    Posted at 10:22h, 26 March


  • Toronto Real Estate Agent - Karen Law
    Posted at 02:35h, 01 April

    Thank you so much for such a helpful video! 🙏🏼😊 There is no way I could have figured this out without your video!

  • Amir Sharifi
    Posted at 22:25h, 25 April

    Thank you for this useful video.

  • Zahid Ali Khan
    Posted at 07:16h, 05 May

    Need help. I created a website using wordpress way back in 2019. Got the domain and launched the website. But due to some reasons I could not renew my domain in time and it is expired since many month. Now I want to relaunch my website. I can buy the domain again and it is available but first I want to see my website in wordpress and be doubly sure that it is available there and then buy the domain to relaunch. How to I do this ?. Kindly assist.

  • Shivangi
    Posted at 18:16h, 09 May

    My site Is close not delete so what can I do?