How To Uninstall a WordPress Plugin Through Your Dashboard or Cpanel
Unless you’re the luckiest person alive, you will eventually need to know how to uninstall a WordPress plugin. Why? Because if your plugins conflict with one another or contain errors in their code, your website might stop working.
You would also need to be able to remove a plugin from your website if you upgrade to a more effective one.
While there are 3 typical ways to do that, this article will only explore 2:
- How to Uninstall a WordPress Plugin Through Your Dashboard
- How to Manually Remove a WordPress Plugin In Cpanel
1. How To Uninstall a WordPress Plugin Through Your Dashboard
- Open your dashboard
- Go to Plugins -> Installed Plugins
- Locate the plugin you wish to delete
- Click on Deactivate
- Finally, click on Delete
2. How To Uninstall a WordPress Plugin In Cpanel (Control Panel)
Although you could access your file manager via an ftp client, we believe it’s a lot easier to do so via your control panel. Here’s how:
- Log into your Cpanel dashboard (If in doubt, ask your hosting company for your Cpanel login details)
- Under Files, open File Manager
- One by one, expand the following: public_html -> wp-content -> Plugins
- Locate the folder of the plugin you wish to delete
- Right-click on that folder and select Delete
If you broke your website during a plugin update, chances are that the latest version of said plugin is flawed.
To get back to business as usual,
- Follow the steps above to remove the faulty plugin
- Find an older version of the plugin and install it (here is how to install a plugin)
- Contact the plugin author to report the issue with the latest update
For example, if version 4.2 of a plugin crashed your website, delete said plugin via your file manager and install version 4.1. You are most likely to find older versions of plugins on plugin author websites.
3. Closing Remarks
There are two things worth noting when you decide to uninstall a WordPress plugin.
- Removing a WordPress plugin will put an end to the function it used to perform.
- Deleting a plugin does not always mean it has completely disappeared. The surest way to get rid of every file from your undesired plugin is to erase it from your database.
We could show you how to do that during one of our one-on-one WordPress training sessions, as well as how to choose the right plugins in the first place. To see more of what you could learn with our friendly tutors, click here.
Thanks for reading!