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How to Uninstall a WordPress Plugin

Sometimes you're done with a plugin and it's no longer needed. If that's the case, it should be uninstalled. Unused plugins can add maintenance and security headaches to your site.

This tutorial will show you how to uninstall a WordPress plugin. Let's get started ...

First things first, create a backup of your site. Although it's unlikely anything will go wrong, it's an important safety precaution.

Here are two tutorials you can use: BackupBuddy and AkeebaBackup.

  • In your admin, go to Plugins > Installed Plugins.
  • Find your plugin and click "Deactivate":
How to Uninstall a WordPress Plugin
  • Once the page reloads, click "Delete".
  • Click "Yes, delete these files".

Success! You're all set now. Your plugin has been deleted.


About the author

Nick is the Director of Support at OSTraining and you can find him in almost every area of the site, from answering support requests and account questions to creating tutorials and software.