Erasing files in upload directory

In the WP-Content/uploads folder, I have many files taking up a lot of space. Can I erase these files?

  • James Morris
    • WordPress Enthusiast

    Hello Rod

    I hope you are well today.

    In brief, the answer is, it depends. :wink:

    wp-content/uploads/ is where a lot of information is stored for your site such as images, backups, logs, etc. So, deleting these files without knowing how they got there could actually break your site or remove valuable information that you may wish to access later. For example, if your wp-content/uploads/ directory looks something like the following, you may want to leave it alone.

    However, if you have a large number of .zip/.tar.gz files there that are not sorted into the appropriate Year/Month folders, then those *may* be safe to remove.

    If you could provide a screenshot of what your uploads folder looks like, I would be happy to help explain this a bit further.

    Best regards,

    James Morris

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