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    I do not want to have another theme added to my WordPress install. With the 5+ update, twenty nineteen theme is unleashed upon our theme directories, adding unnecessary clutter and maintenance. I’ve already had to install the Classic plugin (1 million +, that is quite the rebellion against Gutenburg, no?). But a whole new theme in my directory on an existing site? This is a first, and needs to be an option, not a default, just like Gutenburg. How do I prevent the extraneous theme from being added with the update?

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  • Moderator Steve Stern


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    Twentynineteen is the default theme for WP 5. You can remove it, though it may come back with later updates. Major updates almost always install a theme (e.g., twentyseventeen).



    If you don’t want it then delete it. I’d keep one default theme around plus the one I’m running if it’s one other than a default ‘Twenty’ theme.

    Twenty Nineteen is supposed to be very compatible with Gutenberg. It’s included with the latest distro so there is a completely compatible theme and editor available for new installs.

    Also, the Classic Editor Plugin offers more than just stopping Gutenberg.

    You can choose to run the Classic Editor.

    Or you can default to Classic with Gutenberg as an option.

    Else you can disable Gutenberg completely.

    Finally, you can skip the Classic Editor plugin and choose to run Gutenberg.

    And you could have chosen to skip any updates for now.

    You can even revert back to an earlier version of WordPress if you really want to do that.

    There is an option to update 4.9.8 to 4.9.9 or whatever minor level that update is now considered current.

    Let us know if you need more help with any of this.



    Thanks for your answers, but nothing I didn’t already know. The answer I was looking for is more like this:

    Got this off a private WP Facebook group. Hope it helps others.

    Simple wp-config edit.

    Prevent this extraneous install in the first place. No need to install default themes, editors, and whatnot on existing sites. Really. None. Needs to be a choice, not a default. Has WordPress considered hosting companies that offer updates, and then they’ll have to go into each one and remove unwanted stuff (or use a management program, but still)? We like to keep our installs clean and free of unused themes and plugins.

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