Delete Plugin or Theme Symlinks

For security and performance reasons, we symbolically link (symlink) some themes and plugins so that they are secure and can be scalably managed across our platform.

If you’d like to remove the default themes, such as twentynineteen, twentytwenty, or symlinked plugins, you can do so with any FTP client, such as FileZilla.

Connect to SFTP

Log into your SFTP account using your credentials. Then navigate to the wp-content/themes folder:

Locate the Symlinks

Select the folder(s) you’d like to delete, right click on them and choose “delete”.

Delete the Symlinks

You’ll be prompted if you want to delete the link itself or the actual directory. Choose to delete just the symlink:

That’s it! If you’d like to have those folders back as symlinks, just get in touch with support, and we’ll be happy to help.

Please note that akismet and jetpack symlinks cannot be removed.

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