How to Permanently Delete a WordPress Site from the Internet218

How to Permanently Delete a WordPress Site from the Internet
Author: InfoBeep - September 18, 2017 | subject to copyright

When and why permanently delete a WordPress site from Internet

Even after you delete WordPress files from your server, your site may still appear in search results, cached snapshots and the Wayback Machine. It is furthermore difficult to delete your site completely from the internet than to create it.

But in this article, we will guide you to delete a WordPress site permanently from the internet.

Permanently deleting a WordPress site from the internet:

To delete the WordPress website permanently follow the steps below:

a. Backup your WordPress site:

You need to backup your site before deleting it permanently as you may change your mind and need the data for future.

b. Delete your WordPress files

Login to WordPress hosting accounts dashboard, get in File Manager icon in cPanel. Now, you need to go to the root directory and delete all files stored there. You can also delete WordPress files using FTP client.

c. Block search engines using Robots.txt

Create a robots.txt file using the file manager in cPanel or FTP. After that add the given code below, it will block popular search engines to get content from your site.

User-agent: *
Disallow: /

d. Removing content from search engines

Search engines think website may go down due to technical faults. So, therefore, they may keep showing your website content for some time. The easiest way to ask search engines to make your content no longer available. You need to create a new file naming .htaccess and write the following code inside it

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/robots.txt
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www\.example\.com$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ - [L,G]

(note: Replace example with your site domain name)

e. Removing website snapshots from Wayback machine

Archive.org is the world’s largest archive of websites. It has the archives of billions of web pages. In order to remove website snapshots from Wayback machine, you need to email to Archive.org asking to remove archive of domain forever.