Do I have to delete default folder which is located under /sites? Because I installed new theme and I think there is no need to keep the default theme.

And, if I can't delete it, please tell me why?

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    Unless you have a multisite setup your settings.php file will be in sites/default. Why do you want to delete it at all, is it just to remove (potential) clutter?
    – Clive
    Jun 15, 2014 at 14:21
  • @Clive because I installed new theme and the style for the new theme located in the default file while the new theme has style file and not used, why ? btw I'm learning and new Jun 16, 2014 at 7:12
  • FWIW, I don't actually understand the question. What's the connection between the default folder and the theme issue? What is the theme issue?
    – Letharion
    Jun 16, 2014 at 11:02
  • @Letharion my new theme take the style of default folder Jun 17, 2014 at 8:13
  • @MohammedF.Ghazo I have no idea what that means.
    – Letharion
    Jun 17, 2014 at 8:44

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Unless you're running a multi-site or another non-standard configuration (and the way the question is phrased, I do not think you do), you can't delete the sites/default folder or the files within it.

The reason you can't delete it is because: This directory (unless you've set up a multi-site or similar) contains (among other things) the settings.php for your site. If you delete it, all you settings including the database credentials will be lost, and your site will stop working.

Please also note that the sites/default folder has nothing whatsoever to to with the theming of your site.

If you have installed a new theme, and have the problem that the new theme is not used, this problem is not related to the presence of the sites/default folder on your site.

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    default doesn't have to contain the settings.php file, so I actually think this answer is incorrect, at least the way it's currently phrased.
    – Letharion
    Jun 16, 2014 at 10:11
  • @Letharion, there is nothing in the question that suggests the OP is running a muliti-site, but to make extra sure, I've amended the answer to cover this eventuality. Jun 16, 2014 at 10:49
  • I like the new phrasing much better. +1
    – Letharion
    Jun 16, 2014 at 11:01

Drupal default themes should be on themes/* and you shouldn't touch those, either modify or delete any content of what's considered core is not recommended.

Anything that is under sites/ is considered part of your application so if you're sure you're not using the themes under sites/default, there's no problem with deleting them.

You need to be sure to leave your settings.php, files and other useful content intact as you're using those (either in default or in a multisite)

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