Is it possible to stop WP from creating the "Sample Page" and "Hello World!" post when creating a new blog?

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If you're using Multisite

The accepted answer is destructive in that it cancels all other set-up items in the overridden function. A less destructive way to do it for multisite installs is to delete the default content during new blog creation by hooking in to wpmu_new_blog

add_action( 'wpmu_new_blog', 'delete_wordpress_defaults', 100, 1 );

function delete_wordpress_defaults(){

    // 'Hello World!' post
    wp_delete_post( 1, true );

    // 'Sample page' page
    wp_delete_post( 2, true );

Create a file install.php in your wp-content directory. In that file you declare the wp_install_defaults() function. If you just leave that function empty no default categories, links, posts or pages will be created.

The default (pluggable) wp_install_defaults() function can be found in wp-admin/includes/upgrade.php.

Also see: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/550086/how-to-delete-the-default-hello-world-post-before-wordpress-install

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    Thank you! Do you have an idea to solve the problem with WP Multisite? After adding the install.php in the wp-content directory I get a 500 Error when creating new site. Nov 7, 2012 at 18:55
  • Sorry, ignore my comment—the 500 Error was caused by something else! Also works for Multisite! Nov 7, 2012 at 19:22
  • This will also cancel the creation of the 'Uncategorized' category, and a host of other settings. check the function at the following link to see what exactly you'll be overriding: core.trac.wordpress.org/browser/tags/4.8/src/wp-admin/includes/…
    – Steven
    Jul 4, 2017 at 15:04
  • Please see my answer below for a less destructive way of doing this for multisite installs wordpress.stackexchange.com/a/272252/13118
    – Steven
    Jul 4, 2017 at 15:28

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