Now that you have successfully installed WordPress, it will come with a few default items like the “Hello World”, “Sample page”, a comment, some widgets, and a few plugins.
In this tutorial, we’ll look at the pre-installed content, then delete it.
Deleting the “Hello World” Post
You’ll see that the “Hello World” post is displayed front and center of your hompage.
To delete the post, we need to use the “Posts” menu from the sidebar navigation. You can either move your mouse over the word Posts and select All Posts from the popup menu, like this:
This will open a table of all posts on your site. You will find the Hello Post, move your mouse over it then click on “Trash”.
Deleting the Sample Page
In the sidebar navigation of your Dashboard, open the Pages menu and click on All Pages. Like the posts section, this will bring up a list of all pages on the site. Mouseover the Sample page title, and click the Trash link underneath it.
NOTE: As with posts, pages remain in the trash until it’s emptied, so they too can be restored if required.
WordPress pre-configured your website with a number of widgets in the sidebar of your website. A widget is a simply a “feature” that you can add to your website in predefined areas of the page, e.g. the sidebar.
You can see them if you look at your website: Those are widgets on the right.
There are four in that screenshot. The first widget adds a search box. The second adds a list of recent posts. The third shows the recent comments on the site. The forth is a widget I added, its an image. You will learn much about Widgets as we go on for now let’s delete them.
In your Dashboard, move your mouse over the Appearance menu, and click on Widgets:This will take you to the widget screen:
The screen is split into two sections: On the left, you’ll see the Available Widgets. On the right, you have “widgetized areas”. These are areas on your web page that can hold widgets.
You can see the three widgets we saw previously at the top of the sidebar. Any widgets in this area will appear in the sidebar on the website.
You can insert widgets into the widgetized areas of your site by dragging and dropping them from the left side of the screen, onto the corresponding area on the right.
To delete the widget,
1. Click the arrow to the right of the area title.
2. Click the Delete link bottom left. The widget will disappear from the Main Sidebar area.
OK, we are done cleaning out WordPress. Go and visit your site: If you deleted the Hello World post successfully , you will just see a message saying, “Nothing Found”.
Now try the follwing task Explore the various widgets that WordPress has given you. Drag & drop them into widgetized areas to see what they look like on your website, and where they appear. Note that some widgets may show nothing at all. This is simply because there is nothing to show untilthere is some data they can work with.