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when managing a Wordpress site it gives me great pleasure to see nothing needs updating. Should I delete the default themes or is it best to leave them there?

By default themes I mean: Twenty Eleven Twenty Twelve Twenty Thirteen

Or should I just update them and keep them there for possible troubleshooting in the future?

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Thanks for your help everyone, I will go with keeping one default theme and updating it when required. When working on loads of WP sites everyday for a living it does make a difference to have a 'best practice' even for these minor things, thanks again :) –  morktron Sep 18 '13 at 0:09
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I keep the default themes in place, and keep them updated.

The WordPress Foundation will keep those themes updated with any security issues, so as long as you keep them updated on your site, I'm not concerned with security problems.

The advantage that you have by keeping them is for testing. When you are troubleshooting an issue, it is very nice to be able to switch temporarily to Twenty Twelve and confirm or eliminate your theme code as the cause of the problem.

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It's totally up to you — your choice.

To me, when you have a theme enabled other than "TwentyEleven", "TwentyTwelve" or "TwentyThirtee", why do you need them? Especially when you have limited server space issue, and where every kilobyte is important. (But the server space for a Theme is too minor as to be a non-issue. — said Saildude)

But as you said,

Or should I just update them and keep them there for possible troubleshooting in the future?

Yes, sometimes, we recommend trying any default theme instead of the active one to find a bug. But you know, if you have the cPanel/FTP access, you can upload 'em anytime.

And for Security reasons: I don't think a deactivated theme can be a cause of site hack, especially those are provided by WordPress.org. But you know we are talking about the default themes and default themes only - for the others, I have no opinion.

So, to me, it's totally depends on WHAT DO YOU WANT.

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When you are creating new theme with new name you need to activate that from back end and theme will applied to your site . If you delete the defoult theme which one avaiable then when any time you update your wordpress it will automatically switch to its defoult theme . so if there is any issue with your new code you can check that in defoult theme .

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