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    I am about to start my blog on a “very limited by storage” host package. Id really like some help to reduce the base WP package’s disk space needs. EG: cutting out themes, etc, that are non-essential to run and handle the everyday running. I am an experienced designer, however i cant say the same for coding so the admin panel and general userfriendliness should optimally stay 🙂

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  • Moderator Mark Ratledge


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    Save yourself a lot of time and trouble and spend a few bucks and get a real hosting package: Recommended WordPress Web Hosting You will only save a few megs stripping down WP, and it ain’t worth it.

    Hello, thanks for the reply.

    The situation is – that my minimal host package is a payed one as well, since my blog project is rather experimental at this early phase, and will stay that way in the early months of running the blog. Of course, upon success id like to upgrade said host package. 🙂

    I was hoping for something like a “WP essential” modded for minimalist use, that can be augmented with the necessary functions, so it can operate on low profile services. – for a while 🙂

    Dont get me wrong, I appreciate WP as is. Some of the best sites I’ve seen lately were built on WP.

    Moderator Mark Ratledge


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    You couldn’t delete much.

    Currently WP ships with 2010 and 2011 themes – you could delete 2010 (the current default theme is never to be deleted, it’s needed for troubleshooting and often used to get you back into your site)

    As of WP 3.5 (soon to be released) it will ship with 2012 and 2011 themes (and maybe 2010?) – with that release, you could deleted 2011, but not 2012 (2012 will be the new default)

    You could delete any plugins that ship with WP (Akismet and Hello Dolly)

    That’s about it. You don’t need any plugins for WP to run. You do need at least one theme, the default theme. If you want to use a theme other than the default, you need to have your chosen theme plus the default theme.

    So you really can’t cut out many files. All the other files are required.

    Beyond that, each time you update WP (and you need to, each update contains bug and security fixes), all the files will be replaced.

    So really, the best bet is to run localhost to test

    Thanks. I’ll look into the locally hosted option.

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