With over 50,000 WordPress plugins on the repository alone, it’s more than likely you’ll test out and compare a few different ones to accomplish tasks or solve problems on your site. When you’re done with one, you simply uninstall it by deactivating and deleting it right? Wrong, the issue with doing it this way is that it can leave behind tables and rows in your database, and over time this can add up quite quickly, which in turn can affect your site’s performance and even cost you money on disk space. Today we are going to show you a few tips on how to uninstall a WordPress plugin the proper way to ensure your database stays small and snappy. How to Uninstall a WordPress Plugin in the Dashboard
Before we dive into how to properly uninstall a WordPress plugin, lets first discuss the typical ways users delete plugins in WordPress. The first is simply from the dashboard. Follow the steps below to uninstall a WordPress the normal way (without removing data).
Navigate to “Installed Plugins” in your dashboard and click on “Deactivate” next to the plugin. In this example, we are uninstalling the Wordfence security plugin.