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Deactivate or Remove Plugins in WordPress

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At times you may want to uninstall or remove a plugin installed from your WordPress website. In this article we will give you a simple walkthrough of how to unistall/remove plugins from your WordPress website.

Deactivate a WordPress Plugin

To deactivate a plugin without permanently deleting it follow the steps as mentioned below.

  1. Log in to your WordPress Dashboard. You will see your main menu on the left. Click on "Plugins>Installed Plugins" as shown below.
  2. Figure One

  3. This will take you to the Plugin page of your website. Here, you will see all the plugins that have been currently installed in your application. To deactivate a plugin click on the "Deactivate" button as shown below.
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    Figure Two

  5. The plugin will initate the deactivation process on its own.

Remove a WordPress Plugin Permanently

To permanently delete a plugin follow the steps as mentioned below.

  1. To delete a plugin, you will first need to deactivate it. Follow the steps as mentioned above to deactivate a plugin.
  2. Once the plugin has been deactivated, you can click the "Delete" button to delete the plugin as shown below.
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  4. You will need to confirm that you would like to delete the plugin and any data it contains by clicking the "OK" button as shown below. The plugin will now be removed from your WordPress site.
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Note: Be aware that the installation and removal of plugins can alter your WordPress installation as they can modify the code in your theme or your overall WordPress installation.

Updated on Oct 27, 2016

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