How to Get Rid of Demo Content on Your WordPress Site
So, you’ve just installed WordPress on your website or blog, and now you’re noticing a lot of demo content that has been added to your site without your consent. While this demo content is great for testing out themes and plugins, it can be a nuisance once you’re ready to build your own customized site. Never fear, removing demo content on WordPress is a straightforward process that you can do in a few simple steps.
Step 1: Login to Your WordPress Dashboard
The first step to removing demo content in WordPress is to login to your dashboard. You can do this by providing your username and password. If you can’t remember these details, clicking on the “forgot password” link can help you reset your password.
Step 2: Navigate to Installed Plugins
Once you’ve logged in to your dashboard, click on “Installed Plugins” from the navigation menu located on the left side of the screen. This action will reveal all plugins on your website.
Step 3: Disable or Delete Unnecessary Plugins
Next, disable or delete plugins that are not useful to you. This action will delete any pre-installed templates and pages that you don’t need or plan on using. To deactivate a plugin simply click, “Deactivate” button located underneath the plugin’s name. To delete a plugin entirely, hover over the plugin name, and select the “Delete” option.
Step 4: Navigate to Pages
Once you’re done removing unnecessary plugins, navigate to the “Pages” section of your dashboard. Here, you’ll find all preset pages such as “Home,” “About Us,” “Contact Us,” “Blog,” and “Portfolio.”
Step 5: Delete Unwanted Pages
Now, delete pages that you don’t need by hovering over them and choose “Trash” to delete. You can also permanently delete pages by clicking on the “Trash” tab at the top of the screen, then select “Empty Trash.”
Step 6: Navigate to Posts
Proceed to the “Posts” tab of your dashboard. At this point, you’ll find a few preset posts, such as “Hello World!” that WordPress creates immediately after installation. Delete any unwanted posts by applying the same procedures used to delete pages.
Step 7: Remove Widgets
To get rid of widgets, navigate to the “Appearance” tab, then choose “Widgets” from the options menu. You’ll see a list of widgets, including a pre-selected one that comes with most WordPress installations. To remove unwanted widgets, click and drag them from the main panel to the “Available Widgets” panel, then click on “Save.”
Step 8: Customize Your WordPress Site
With all the pre-installed content removed, your site is now customizable. You can install a theme, add new pages, customize your menu, among other things.
Eliminating unnecessary demo content is essential to creating a customized, professional-looking, and highly functional website on WordPress. Always remember to back up your website before making significant changes, so you can quickly restore your site if anything goes wrong.