Top reasons why you may need to remove a plugin:
- It’s making your site load slower.
- It never gets updated.
- It doesn’t play well with other plugins.
- It has security issues.
Whatever the reason, here we go:
- Login to your WordPress site
- Typically sitename.com/wp-admin
- In the left hand menu, go to Plugins, Click Installed Plugins
- Find the plugin you’d like to remove and click Deactivate (link under Plugin Name)
- Find the plugin again, and click Delete (link under Plugin Name)
Why is it important to completely delete a plugin after it’s been deactivated?
“IMPORTANT – Any Plugin or Theme that remains in your WordPress installation is a potential source of security issues, so they must be actively maintained. Just deactivating a plugin does not remove the files from your account and WordPress installation. As long as the plugin is listed in your Dashboard, you will need to make sure that you maintain it by doing the upgrades when they become available. If you are no longer using a particular Plugin, it’s best that you delete it from your WordPress installation.”