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Safely Delete a WordPress User

by | May 15, 2019 | 0 comments

You can usually safely delete a user but you should proceed with cautions and watch the prompts.

Navigate to user Index

  • Navigate to the Users > All Users menu and locate the user you wish to delete.
  • Access User Quick Edit menu

  • Hover over the user's name - a small menu will appear beneath the user's name - click 'Delete'
  • Decide how to handle their content

    This bit's the important bit: decide what you want to do with their content:
    • Delete the content. Not a good idea if this was your web developer as you may delete all the pages on your website!
    • Assign to another user.
    Confirm the deletion by clicking the Confirm button.

    What if you accidentally deleted all the content?

    Potentially not a disaster - the content will be in the Bin / Trash. You can navigate to the bin and you should be able to restore most of the content. This can be a little messy though so we advise taking a backup of your database first.

    Stop a user logging in and making changes

    To prevent a user making changes and accessing important parts of your dashboard, you can just edit their account and change their role to Subscriber

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