Did you know that when you install WordPress, you get numerous WordPress default themes as well (you can find them if you navigate to the Appearance tab, and the Themes subtab)? That’s a pretty cool feature, but in most cases, you don’t want to use any of these default themes一you would instead use a theme you picked yourself and trust.
So, to start building your website, you need to add the WordPress theme to the WP Dashboard. The process is quite intuitive: to do so, you need to navigate to the Appearance tab, choose the Themes subtab, and click the Add new button to add a new theme and activate it.
Once you activate the theme of your choice, one question remains: what should you do with the default themes? Can you delete WordPress default themes?
The short answer? Yes. You can delete WordPress default themes.
The long answer? Yes, but keep just one of them.
We advise you to leave at least one of the default themes available. You can pick a random theme; it doesn’t matter which one you choose.
Why are we recommending this? Because sometimes, coding errors happen within your active theme, and those errors disrupt the theme’s functionality. In such a case, WordPress will switch to another installed theme, which is why it’s a good idea to have a second theme on hand. If there is a problem with the theme you are using and there is no ‘emergency’ second theme to save your website, the site will be shown as a white screen (a.k.a. the ‘white screen of death’).
Another thing to remember is to keep the second theme updated. By doing so, you will ensure that the theme is hacker-proof, and in case your website needs to use this theme, having a secure theme is essential.
We hope that this post clarified whether you should delete default WordPress themes and what happens if you do. If you have questions regarding your Themes Kingdom theme, don’t hesitate to get in touch.