Every new hosting plan ordered during JUL2019 can request free DNSSEC setup ($39 value). Use coupon JUL2019 for free DNSSEC ($39 value).
Dominate local SEO with a regional SlickStack cloud server for just $39/month! Order Now
250,000+ sites use our plugins! Become A Member

Default WordPress Installation Files & Directories

Jesse Nickles   |  31 Dec, 2015

Below is a complete list of default WordPress files and directories that should exist on your server after WordPress installation is complete. Understanding this list of default files is important so that in the case your site is hacked (or in case your files are extremely out of date) you can quickly determine which files and folders belong and which do not. In general, it’s a good idea to re-install WordPress from scratch at least once each year, to make sure that no “deprecated” PHP files exist on your server, which can lead to serious security problems over time.

If you are not sure whether or not your WordPress contains any outdated or jeopardized files, simply delete all the files and folders from your web server (besides any media/photos uploaded to the wp-content folder, which you must retain) and then re-install the complete WordPress package from scratch via SFTP.

The below list is up to date as per WordPress 4.4 (it may change for future WordPress versions).

/wp-content/ (do not delete any uploads/etc inside this folder!)
wp-config.php (appears only after WordPress installation is 100% complete)

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Last modified: 6 Jan, 2016https://www.littlebizzy.com/?p=6687

Results For Local Business, High Traffic, And E-Commerce.

Local Business

"After being hosted on GoDaddy for years, I didn't realize how negatively it was impacting my search traffic. Soon after moving to LittleBizzy, my homepage went from page 3 on Google to #1 world-wide for my target market, and I also reached the top 3 on Google Maps, with no additional SEO work."

Juliette S.

High Traffic

"Before moving to LittleBizzy, whenever our news website was featured on the Drudge Report, it often slowed to a crawl or even froze up during big traffic spikes. Now, that never happens anymore, and we've been able to focus on publishing more articles instead of worrying about our web hosting."

Tony H.


"The research by Amazon is definitely true, because our slow WooCommerce store was bleeding sales. After LittleBizzy stabilized our performance and moved us closer to our target customers, we saw a measurable improvement in shopping cart checkouts, esp. during holidays... much better!"

Mohammed H.

No contracts, free migration, and free SSL forever. What are you waiting for? Order Hosting Now.

WordPress Gossip, Technical SEO News, And Other Goodies.

Free. Unsubscribe anytime.

Brands That Trust Our Software: