Safely Delete a WordPress User

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
    Article published 15th May 2019
    Last modified 02nd November 2023