How to Uninstall WordPress in 2 Step-by-step Guide

How to Uninstall WordPress: A Step-by-Step Guide

In this article, I will take you through a simple step-by-step guide on how to uninstall WordPress that has already been installed on your account using two different methods:

  1. Uninstall WordPress via File Manager
  2. Uninstall WordPress via Softaculous App (Recommended)

We recommend using the Softaculous method because it allows you to uninstall both the files and database with just a single click. WebManager.NG provides this option seamlessly and you can easily access it via your client area or cPanel.

1. Uninstalling WordPress via File Manager

If you’re considering uninstalling WordPress from your website, you may be wondering about the best method to do so. Uninstalling WordPress via the File Manager is a straightforward and effective process. In this step-by-step guide, we’ll walk you through the process of uninstalling WordPress, ensuring that you can confidently remove it from your website without any hassle.

Step 1: Accessing the File Manager

To begin the process, log in to your website’s hosting control panel. Locate the File Manager tool, which is commonly found in the “Files” or “Advanced” section. Click on it to open the File Manager.

Step 2: Locating the WordPress Installation Directory

In the File Manager, navigate to the root directory of your website. This is typically the public_html or www folder. Look for the folder containing your WordPress installation. It may have a name related to your website or “wp” in it.

Step 3: Selecting the WordPress Files

Once you’ve located the WordPress installation folder, select all the files and folders within it. You can do this by holding down the “Ctrl” key (or “Cmd” key on Mac) and clicking on each file and folder.

Step 4: Deleting the WordPress Files

With all the WordPress files selected, right-click and choose the “Delete” option from the context menu. A confirmation prompt may appear to confirm the deletion. Make sure to review the files and folders you’ve selected and click “Confirm” to delete them permanently.

Step 5: Removing the Database

To complete the uninstallation process, you need to remove the WordPress database associated with your website. Return to your hosting control panel and locate the “Database” section. Open the tool that allows you to manage your databases.

Step 6: Selecting the WordPress Database

In the database management tool, you’ll find a list of databases linked to your website. Look for the database name that corresponds to your WordPress installation. Once you’ve identified it, click on it to select it.

Step 7: Deleting the Database

After selecting the WordPress database, look for the option to delete it. This option is typically labeled as “Delete,” “Drop,” or something similar. For WebManager.NG cPanel, you should be seeing the “Drop” option. Click on it to remove the WordPress database from your website.

Step 8: Confirming the Deletion

A confirmation prompt will appear to ensure you want to delete the database. Take a moment to review the selected database and click “Confirm” to proceed with the deletion. Be cautious as this action is irreversible, and all data within the database will be permanently lost.

Congratulations! You have successfully uninstalled WordPress from your website using the File Manager. By following these steps, you’ve effectively removed all the WordPress files and the associated database, ensuring a clean removal.

2. Uninstalling WordPress via Softaculous App

Uninstalling WordPress through the Softaculous App is a straightforward process that allows you to remove the WordPress installation from your website effortlessly. In this step-by-step guide, we will walk you through the process, ensuring that you can successfully uninstall WordPress without any hassle. So, let’s dive in!

Step 1: Accessing the Softaculous App

To begin with, you need to log in to your hosting account and navigate to the control panel. Look for the Softaculous App, which is a popular script installer, usually found under the “Software” or “Applications” section. Click on the Softaculous App icon to access it.

Step 2: Locating the WordPress Installation

Once you’re inside the Softaculous App, you will see a list of all the applications installed on your website. Look for the WordPress installation that you want to uninstall. You can either scroll through the list or use the search bar to find it quickly.

Step 3: Uninstalling WordPress

After locating the WordPress installation, click on the “Remove” or “Uninstall” button next to it. You will be prompted with a confirmation message asking if you want to proceed with the uninstallation. Confirm your decision to proceed.

Step 4: Configuration Settings

At this stage, you might encounter a configuration settings page. This page allows you to choose whether you want to remove the database associated with the WordPress installation or retain it for future use. Carefully review the options presented and select the appropriate choice based on your requirements.

Step 5: Completing the Uninstallation

Once you’ve made your configuration choices, click on the “Remove Installation” or “Finish” button to initiate the uninstallation process. Softaculous will now proceed to remove WordPress from your website. This process might take a few moments, so please be patient.

Step 6: Verifying the Uninstallation

After the WordPress uninstallation process is complete, you will receive a notification confirming the successful removal of WordPress. Take a moment to ensure that the WordPress installation has been completely removed from your website. You can also visit your website’s URL to verify that it no longer displays WordPress content.

Congratulations! You have successfully uninstalled WordPress via the Softaculous App. By following this simple step-by-step guide, you can effortlessly remove WordPress from your website, allowing you to explore other options or start fresh with a different platform.

In conclusion, uninstalling WordPress via File Manager is a relatively simple process that anyone can follow. It allows you to remove WordPress and its associated files without relying on third-party plugins or additional tools. By following the step-by-step guide provided above, you can uninstall WordPress confidently, knowing that you’ve completed the process accurately and effectively.
Also, uninstalling WordPress through the Softaculous App is a quicker and more convenient process. Remember to always double-check your actions before confirming any changes to avoid unintended consequences. Now that you’re familiar with the uninstallation process, you can confidently manage your WordPress installations with ease.