How can I make sure my WordPress is clean of any old files from previous themes so I can install a new theme with no issues from past themes/plugins.

The goal here is I am planning to install a premium theme for my existing WP site and use Divi Plugin

So far I've tried contacting Bluehost but they just did a 'scan' or something so I don't know if they understood what I meant. I'm relatively new to WP. Tinkering for about 2 years. I've tried google searching and irrelevant articles pop up. When searching this site I got 0 results. Hope I'm articulating my question well.

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    All a theme's files are enclosed in its theme directory. You don't need to "clean" anything out. Simply add your new theme, and switch to it in the admin.
    – vancoder
    Feb 24, 2021 at 22:54
  • Thank you for your speedy reply Feb 25, 2021 at 0:34

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Just activate a new theme and remove the previous in the CMS. You won’t need to log into the database to clear anything out.

  • How do you remove the previous? Is it automatic? Feb 25, 2021 at 0:47
  • Admin > Appearance > Themes - select anythemes you want to remove.
    – ACE-CM
    Feb 25, 2021 at 3:11

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