No doubt blogging is the loveliest passion in the world!
But what if something goes wrong in it or you get fed up in short time?
Then you just go around asking for the answer to,” How to delete a WordPress account?”
The answer is just quite simple and very easy to put in to effect but still many of my fellows keep on asking me if they could do so. This is why I thought to end this once and for all by writing a post on it for further references.
There are many technical aspects of deleting a WordPress account and one should first see in which category does he lie.
- Self-hosted WordPress.org sites
- Blogs hosted on WordPress.com
While the both of these categories are far apart, we will take you through the whole process while taking into account the necessary precautions that you need to consider in deleting your WordPress account.
How to delete your blog hosted on WordPress.com
Let me guide you through the whole process in this case. One thing you must keep in your mind is that you should not leap through the process of deleting a WordPress account. Follow all that is mentioned to make sure you keep your data safe and secure.
Backup your blog:
The human mind is a very sweet mystery and I can assure you that once you delete your blog without creating a backup, you are definitely going to cry over this huge blunder later on.
There is nothing called as absolute in Blogging. What you consider as trash today might turn to be very valuable in due course of time.
If you wish to backup and download all your data for use later on, you can just go to the WordPress dashboard, into the Tools menu and click on the Export section. There you need to check the “All content” and download the data provided to you. It will include all your posts, pages, categories, tags, and comments.
However, whatever you upload on WordPress by yourself, won’t be included in it. Files such as media and manual uploads wouldn’t be included in the data.
For that, just head over to Media menu and manually download all the files for later usage.
How to delete your WordPress.com Blog
Deleting your WordPress.com blog isn’t such a herculean task. You just need to head to Delete your site option under the Tools menu in the dashboard and it will take you to a dialogue box for further process.
Firstly, they will ask you a reason for deleting your WordPress account as it is part of their feedback and control policy. You can check any reason by I would suggest you go for “Another Reason” so that you don’t need to justify your actions later on. Completing it will close this dialogue box and a popup will appear.
The next popup will contain some general statements and a button with an option labeled as “Export My Content”.
The reason behind it is that they want to make sure you aren’t just deleting your WordPress account and losing all your data. They will warn you that you might not be able to recover any data afterward.
There will also be a confirmation statement with a checkbox stating that “I want to permanently delete example.wordpress.com and I am aware I can never get its content or its address back”.
Just check that box and click on Delete Now to proceed.
WordPress will send you a confirmation email to the email registered with them to make sure it is actually you who is deleting the WordPress account. Just click on the verification link inside that email and you are done with deleting your WordPress.com blog.
What if the domain isn’t hosted on WordPress?
There are cases in which someone hosts a custom domain on WordPress.com.
In this case, you can’t delete your site from WordPress dashboard as they will let you know that you are using a custom domain which can’t be deleted from WordPress.
If you have such an issue, then any of the following ways can work out pretty well for you.
- Transfer the domain to third-party sellers such as GoDaddy or NameCheap. Within a few days, the domain will be transferred to them from where you can delete it altogether.
- You can also switch your site hosted on WordPress.com in private mode. Just access the Reading section under the Settings menu in WordPress.com dashboard and go to the “Site Visibility” part. You can check the option “I want to make my site private” and the address will stop being accessible to others. Only you could access it whenever you wish. In this way, your domain will become private as well as your data will be secured for as long as you wish.
How to delete a self-hosted WordPress.org site
Just as I mentioned the ways and limitation with the WordPress.com sites, this isn’t the same with the self-hosted sites on WordPress.org where you have a lot more control and accessibility of various functions in the domain manager.
Backup your site data
Just the same as WordPress.com blogs, in this case, you also need to make a backup of your site. I say it is a step that you shouldn’t miss even in your worst nightmares.
Delete all files from cPanel
This is the next step in deleting your WordPress account and is quite distinct than WordPress.com. You have nothing to do with WordPress.
Just log in to your cPanel account given by your hosting provider and delete everything. By everything, I mean that you should delete each and every file and folder in your hosting File Manager.
Once you are done with it, you should just delete your hosting account so that you aren’t spending when you don’t need to. Also, doing so will make your site inaccessible.
Is deleting a WordPress site altogether a good idea?
It all depends on what you wish to achieve. If you don’t want to work on your blog or site anymore and are willing to delete it because of this reason, then it is fine.
If you want that the data, you have uploaded on that particular WordPress site or blog isn’t available to anyone then I am sorry.
It isn’t possible as Google, as well as Archive.org, has a copy of all the data that used to be on your web pages.
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