Though You Can’t Delete Your Account, There Are Other Steps to Take in Deleting a WordPress

When you want to delete a WordPress account, odds are good the scenario is unexpected. But the first thing to know is that if you delete your WordPress account, it's the same thing as permanently erasing any record of your former site's existence.
So before you try to delete your account, recognize you can't get the material back and save anything you found useful or valuable. Keep a back-up of the whole site if you wish to keep the content but abandon the account. Unfortunately, you don't get to pick and choose when deleting—all sites associated with your account will disappear along with it. The good news is you have plenty of options for erasing all records of a WordPress account. Follow our quick guide and three simple steps to delete your account for good, or check out some alternatives to full account deletion.

Is It Possible to Delete Your WordPress Account?

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Yes, it is possible to completely delete the WordPress account that you created. You won't have any success trying to get rid of another person's without doing something illegal or unethical, so we'll assume you're worried about your own account. Deleting the account is, like most functions on WordPress, just a few short clicks away.

There are also alternatives to deleting your account to consider. For many issues, you can edit your content or settings to solve the problem you're thinking of deleting the account over. Usually, you can edit your site's pages and content instead: ditch the stuff that doesn't work and keep the good stuff.

Reasons You May Need to Delete Your Account

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A variety of circumstances may make you decide you're completely done with your current WordPress account. Some people delete their WordPress account if they feel the account was set up improperly for intended purpose, audience, or operation.

Sometimes, site creators wish to start over with WordPress or another website service. WordPress competitors are easy to find. Perhaps you even looked into them before settling on a WordPress site initially.

There are both bad and good reasons to delete your WordPress. Good ones include security problems, persistent issues defying other solutions, or a much better deal on another hosting site. Ensure your situation's seriousness and permanence, or learn how to delete the account alongside methods to avoid deleting.

Three Steps to Delete Your WordPress Account

For our guide to work perfectly, understand that we're referring to any account hosted by the WordPress site. It may be a free one with the word "wordpress.yourdomain.com" or a paid upgrade with a short domain name. But if you log in to WordPress to access or edit your site (and haven't set up third-party hosting, which requires a final step) these tips will work just fine alone. You can ditch your account and all associated sites fast.

If you log in to WordPress and stay on your WordPress Dashboard, follow these steps to delete your WordPress account:
  • Go to "Settings" from your Dashboard.
  • Locate the "Delete Site" button beneath the "Configure" menu in Settings. Click on it.
  • Re-enter your password to confirm your choice. Once you do, your WordPress account is but a memory.

Can Someone Find Out About an Old WordPress Account?

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Yes. Your old accounts/pages are still visible to certain types of sophisticated software or online tools like the Wayback Machine. But someone would have to be abnormally interested in you to use these. We don't know about you, but our lives are fairly boring. Nobody is that interested in us.

But maybe you're an underworld spy (or a more traditional "handler of a crazy ex") who needs to keep a low profile. We don't judge. Deleting public accounts is an excellent start to burning your internet identity, but if you truly wish to disappear, you've got much more work ahead of you.

Alternatives to Deleting

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If your goal can be accomplished by anything less than complete deletion of your site, consider some of these alternatives to deletion:
  • Remove the page(s) you don't want seen from public view
  • Replace your content with a static image stating what's happening
  • Migrate your website to another platform if you're sick of WordPress, but not your content
  • Keep your account, but individually address how public different sites and pages are
There are other alternatives. But as you can likely tell, the best tool to use is one that addresses your problem without overkill. Deleting an account when you can take down one site or a few pages is like using a nuke to weed your garden. It's an overkill solution to a fairly simple problem

Conclusion: Deleting Is Permanent

Even if you find yourself in situations causing you to consider deleting your WordPress site, you now can relax knowing the process is achievable in just three, clear, and fairly easy steps. If you learned to design or build an entire website on the platform, the technical aspects of deleting a WordPress account will be child's play.

For those brand new to the platform who aren't sure what they're doing, heed our warnings. Never delete an entire account you may later want to access later just over a small problem that could be fixed another way. Step back and evaluate. Most of the errors you might make early in the new website process have less permanent yet straightforward fixes.

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