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Activate and deactivate plugins in WordPress

WordPress offers a large number of plugins to add functionality to your site. They range from anti-spam comment filters to helping you build a small-scale social network. You can easily activate or deactivate plugins to add or remove certain features or for troubleshooting purposes.

Note: You have to install a plugin before you can activate or deactivate it.

  1. Sign in to WordPress.
  2. From the left-hand menu, select Plugins.
  3. Select all the plugins you want to activate, or select all the plugins you want to deactivate.
  4. Select Bulk Actions > Activate (or Deactivate), and then select Apply.
    Activating and deactivating plugins from the WordPress dashboard

More info

  • If you can't log in to WordPress, you can deactivate plugins in your database or with FTP.
  • You can view all currently installed plugins by selecting Plugins from the left-hand menu. Also, you can select Active to show only active plugins or Inactive to display deactivated plugins.
  • Some WordPress plugins can affect your site's performance. Deactivating plugins and then testing your site's performance again can help you troubleshoot speed issues.
  • For help with WordPress troubleshooting, please see Troubleshooting WordPress. If you don't want to deal with WordPress troubleshooting yourself, we also have a WordPress Premium Support service that can take care of that for you.