The Process of Uninstalling WordPress from HostGator
Are you seeking to change a CMS, experiencing performance issues or just don’t need your WordPress site anymore? If yes, then you must uninstall WordPress from HostGator. In this article, we’ll dive into a comprehensive guide on how to uninstall WordPress from HostGator.
Step 1: Log in to cPanel
Before you start, note that uninstalling WordPress from HostGator will delete all your website’s data, including comments, media, posts, and pages. Therefore, it’s crucial to back up your website data before uninstalling WordPress. To uninstall WordPress from HostGator, log in to cPanel, which is a web-based control panel for managing your hosting account. You can access cPanel by logging in to your HostGator account or by heading to ‘yourdomain.com/cpanel’
Step 2: Navigate to “Softaculous Apps Installer”
Once you’ve logged in to cPanel, navigate to Softaculous Apps Installer in the ‘Software’ section. This is an auto-installer tool that enables you to manage and install applications like WordPress.
Step 3: Locate your WordPress Installation
In the Softaculous Apps Installer interface, search for your WordPress installation, and click on the ‘X’ icon next to it.
Step 4: Confirm Deletion
After clicking on the ‘X’ icon, a window will pop up asking you to confirm the deletion of your WordPress installation. Make sure you check the box besides ‘Remove database’ and then click the ‘Remove Installation’ button.
Step 5: Delete Files
On clicking ‘Remove Installation’, you’ll be directed to a page displaying ‘Deletion Complete’. However, this just deletes the WordPress database. To entirely uninstall WordPress from HostGator, you need to erase the WordPress files from your hosting account.
To do this, go back to the cPanel main menu and click ‘File Manager’ beneath the “Files” section. Then, move to the directory where you installed WordPress (usually public_html) and select all WordPress files and folders by clicking on the checkbox in the top left corner. Select ‘Delete’ from the top of the screen and confirm the deletion by hitting ‘Yes’ in the pop-up window.
Step 6: Update Domain Name
If you plan on using your domain name for an alternative website, you’ll need to update the domain name settings. Click on ‘Domains’ from the cPanel main menu and identify the domain name you want to update. Click on ‘Zone Editor’, and a list of all domain name records will appear. Delete any records associated with your WordPress installation, including MX records, A records, and CNAME records.
Step 7: Check for Residual Files
After erasing your WordPress files and modifying your domain name settings, your WordPress installation should be entirely uninstalled. Look for remaining folders that may be related to your WordPress installation using ‘File Manager’ and delete them from your hosting account. For instance, look for folders such as “wp-admin,” “wp-includes,” and “wp-content”. If you locate any of these folders, select them and click on ‘Delete’.
Uninstalling WordPress from HostGator is a simple process that can be completed in just a few steps. Nonetheless, before deleting your WordPress installation, ensure that you back up all your website data as this will be deleted during the uninstallation process. Following the steps mentioned in this article should help you smoothly uninstall WordPress from HostGator.