5 Things I Delete After Installing WordPress

It must speak volumes about WordPress as a product when I say that when I create a website I will 99.9% of the time use WordPress to run it with. In my eyes it makes so much more sense to use it instead of spending hours and hours editing a HTML site like I used to.

But although WordPress is the king of CMS to many of us it is still far from perfect, in fact it comes with some annoying features that many of us delete as soon as we install the script. Quite frankly we wonder why the makers of WordPress insist on putting them in.

1. Hello World Post

I can understand why this is included, this is the default first post that is created when you first install WordPress. Some people tend to edit this but I prefer to delete it and post my own content in its place.

2. Sample Page

Again I understand why this is included, it is included to show you what a page can look like, you should delete this straight away as if you leave it up it will just make your site look unprofessional and will scare off visitors from returning as they will think your site is not being updated.

3. Default Uncategorized Category

OK I wouldn’t delete this but I would certainly change the name of it to something better as it looks ugly as it is.

4. Hello Dolly Plugin

I have NEVER understood why this plugin is included in the download, the oonly reason I can think of is that the makers of WordPress are MASSIVE fans of the song made famous by Louis Armstrong in the 1960s. All it does is display lyrics from the song on the admin panel.

Get rid of it!

5. Default Blogroll

When you install WordPress you will notice a list of links pointing at various pages of the WordPress site that you will probably never visit. These should be removed and replaced with your own links as soon as you have the time, again it will make your site look unfinished.

These are the things that I personally delete, what about you? What do you delete when you first install WordPress? Anything that I have missed?

Dean Saliba

Dean Saliba is a freelance writer, professional blogger, media enthusiast, dirty football player and huge professional wrestling fan who covers a wide range of subjects and niches including, making money online, traffic generating, pro wrestling, blog reviews, football, how-to guides, music, internet marketing and more.


  • The Hello World post is one of the first thing to delete but the sample page could be edited. Well, WP is easy to manage and navigate so you won’t have hard time exploring the whole page.

  • Haha! This post made me laugh because I can relate to it. Considering all the websites I’ve started, these are definitely all the things I’ve been programmed to delete without even thinking twice about it.

  • I was unaware of the Hello Dolly Plugin, and am going to uninstall it right now! Thank you for sharing!

  • Great post Dean! providing us this useful information on what to delete after installing WordPress is really a big help. I know that a lot of people will benefit from this and i will surely follow all the advice that you’ve shared with is here. Thanks and i’m looking forward to read more from you. Just keep up the good work.

  • I’ve made myself a checklist since I install so many WP installations, one of the things I would add to the list is deleting the admin user if it wasn’t changed during the install.

    • I don’t know why I have not done something similar to this, especially as I always forget something so have to keep going back to delete the forgotten item. 🙂

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