December 2013 saw WordPress Version 3.8, named ‘Parker’, released to the public, bringing a new look to the admin dashboard and changes to the overall design and buttons for activating a theme, opening a live preview, or deleting a theme entirely.
Deleting a Theme is Easy
Once you know where to find the delete a theme button, it is easy!
But it’s not as obvious as it was before, as was clear from the emails and phone calls received from several of my clients who hadn’t spotted this change. It took me five minutes to find it too.
If you haven’t spotted it yet, here’s a quick video to show you how to delete a theme in WP 3.8:
Make sure that you only delete themes that you don’t intend to ever use. For example; if you’re using a child theme with Genesis, your child theme will be ‘active’ and Genesis will be shown as an inactive theme, but as it’s the ‘framework’ powering the child theme, it needs to stay in your theme section. Don’t delete the genesis framework in error.
Other WordPress Changes
This latest update includes eight new admin color schemes so you can pick the one that suits you best. These color schemes can be previewed and changed from your Profile page. Personally I’m still into the admin shades of grey.
The ‘white text on black’ elements in the new magazine-style Twenty Fourteen default theme is not a design style I’d use or recommend, it’s hard for people to read.
There are several other changes you may want to get yourself up to speed on that I won’t go into here – for more details read the full WordPress article here.