WordPress Beginner Tutorials – Cleaning Up WordPress




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When you start looking around your WordPress installation your going to see that it came installed with placeholders like a sample post and comment with that sample post. The same applies for a pages and so on. All of these default placeholders should be cleaned out. It is good to see examples, especially if you are new to WordPress. But they do take up space and clutter up your WordPress instance.

Let’s log back into the WordPress Dashboard. Just put /wp-admin or wp-login at the end of your domain. Then enter it into your browser’s address window and hit enter on your keypad.

Once you are logged in you’ll automatically come to this page. We will talk more about this page in the next video… Let’s first check out that sample post by clicking on Posts, then All Posts. We will simply trash that sample post. Along with deleting that post we will also remove the comment associated with it.

If you wanted to delete the comment individually, select the Comment, and under bulk actions click on “move to trash” or if you hover your cursor over the actual comment, you have these options here where you can trash it as well. We’ll just do the deletion of the sample post along with the comment.

We will do the same thing with our sample page. Click on Pages then All Pages, select the page, then “move to trash” click “Apply” and it’s gone.

Next, we will go to themes by clicking on Appearance then Themes. This is where are default themes are installed. Since we’re only going to be able to use one theme at a time, there’s no reason to have all these in here. Some people will have as much as 20 or 30 different themes installed on their site. There is nothing wrong with that but you are adding a lot extra bloat. That bloat will slow everything down, and you definitely do not want that.

I think sticking to two themes installed is the way to go. Remember, these themes will need to be updated from time to time. The more themes you have, the more updates you will have to do. You will always need one extra theme that you can default too in case your main theme has problems. Sure, you could always download that extra theme just when you need it. But it makes it more convenient having it already in there. Using one of these WordPress default themes as your backup is ideal.They are lightweight and will not use up much space.

Let’s go ahead and delete one of these themes. If you hover your cursor over any of the themes you will see there is no delete option. Just click on a theme and you will see down to the right a button to delete the theme. Click it and now you have cleaned out your themes.

We will do the same thing with plugins. Click Plugins on the Side Bar. You should see two plugins in here: Hello Dolly and Akismet. We will delete both of them. I have an upcoming video that will go over plugins in detail.

The last thing we will clean out are some files from our WordPress installation. To access those files, the easiest way is through your control. I am using Inmotion Hosting and they call it the Account Management Panel, it’s the same thing. Depending on who you have hosting your website they may call it something a little bit different.

Once you login to your account look for cPanel and click on it. This should look familiar from a prior video. Then under Files look for the File Manager and click on it. This will take you to you to your root directory which is the highest level of your files hierarchy. Then click on your root directory.

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