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John Umbarila
John Umbarila
10,596 Points

WordPress Question

Hello,

How do I deactivate a theme in WordPress? I want my website (www.johnumbarila.com) to look the way it did before, without a theme. Thank you.

1 Answer

Jonathan Grieve
MOD
Jonathan Grieve
Treehouse Moderator 90,845 Points

Themes can't be "deactivated" as such, they're switched and only one theme can be the "activated" theme at any one time.

To remove your theme from the list of installed themes you would need to either delete all the files from the theme folder, in your WordPress installation or delete the meta comments from the main theme file. :-)

Good luck :-)

John Umbarila
John Umbarila
10,596 Points

Hi Jonathan,

Thank you for your response. Would I do this from the web host control panel, my FTP software, or both? Would I delete these files from the "public_html" folder or "www" folder?

Jonathan Grieve
Jonathan Grieve
Treehouse Moderator 90,845 Points

Hi John,

Yes you could do this from FTP.

You start from the root folder where WordPress is installed and it's found in

wp_content -----> themes -----> theme folder.

If you wanted to do away with the them and it's files altogether you could delete it right there.

I wish I could remember the precise file where the meta comments go if you wanted to look into that but I can't. :D