To begin with unpublishing your WordPress site, log into your hosting account on WordPress.com. On the admin page, scroll down. Locate the ‘Settings’ button and click it to access the page with settings.
Find ‘Delete your site permanently’ at the bottom of the Settings page and click the button to launch the process. Be advised that this action will not lead to complete removal. Ahead, there are a few more steps to getting rid of your blog.
Although this step is optional, we recommend not missing a chance to export your content in order to save all the hard work you’ve done for developing your blog. Downloading content will require hitting the ‘Export Content’ button.
After choosing ‘Export Content’, you’ll be redirected to the page with two sections: content and media library.
Starting with content, you’ll be able to export blog posts and pages on your site. Choose ‘Export All’ to begin the process. As soon as it is done, you’ll get a download link to your email box (the one you’ve specified in file).
Now, export media library hosted on WP. Choose to download and get the files downloaded to your computer. Make sure to save them.
When done with exporting content, go back to continue the removal. As soon as you get to the previous page, scroll down until you see the red button ‘Delete Site’. Hit the button to start the final stage of the removal and delete the WordPress account. On this page, you can also learn about the types of data that will be permanently deleted.
After that, WordPress will request that you insert your website name (this is done to prevent it from removing the site by mistake so you have to confirm it). Enter the entire URL and then click ‘Delete this Site’ button to unpublish the WordPress site.
Last updated Apr 19, 2022
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