How to remove unused WordPress themes


Will you clean out your WordPress theme closet? Sometimes themes can end up with vulnerabilities, because they have pieces of code or plugins built directly into them. A major hack happened in [2011 with a plugin called TimThumb] and this plugin was used in a great many of themes as a standard item. More recently…
Will you clean out your WordPress theme closet?

Sometimes themes can end up with vulnerabilities, because they have pieces of code or plugins built directly into them. A major hack happened in [2011 with a plugin called TimThumb] and this plugin was used in a great many of themes as a standard item. More recently hackers have been attacking a plugin that we often used called Revolution Slider. The good news is that the hacks are getting discovered and addressed quicker and quicker. The bad news is that we need to reduce the amount of opportunities that hackers have and the best way to do that is to removed unused items and stay vigilant with currently used items.

## Two more reasons to delete unused WordPress Themes

Unused themes can slow down your database.
Reduce the size of your backups.

## Warning before you delete WP Themes

This does require you to know a bit about how your blog was built. If you have a developer that you are working with you may want to ask them if they have removed any unused themes. If you are not on contract with a developer do be very careful with what I am about to walk you through.
A quick walkthrough

1. Log into WordPress
2. Click on Appearance
3. Click on Themes
4. Look to verify which theme is your active theme. (It should be the one on the top left and it will say active.)
5. Click on the theme that you want to delete
6. In the bottom right corner click delete

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