How to Find WordPress Plugins Folder and Deactivate them manually

Now you have installed your blog, and you’re working hard to make it the best one in the world. Things seem easy at the beginning, but after some time you will in the need to disable a plugin, or correct another but directly from your cPanel account or the Ftp client. Today I’ll show you how to find the WordPress plugins folder in easy and clear steps.

Newbies can’t really understand the need to access any folder in the WordPress directory. They think that they can manage all the websites from the WordPress dashboard, as usual. But, when the problem happens, they regret the time they spent on their blogs without learning how to add a file or add another and in the easiest cases, how to find any folder.

WordPress forum is a good place to find solutions for your problems, but when people show you the exact code to add to your htaccess or plugin folder. You’ll lose control because you need to ask them how to find that folder exactly.

So take some minutes everyday browsing WordPress issues in their forum. You’ll help others, and you will find easy solutions for your big problems. No one can show you how to protect your blog and avoid mistakes, you’re the only one who can learn from the others, and make decisions from their mistakes.

In other cases, you think that your blog is well optimized and works properly until you find a new post or thread about a question, that you never asked yourself before. This is why spending some minutes every day on your blog in the first months can be very helpful.

It’s time to find the WordPress plugins

The plugin folder is your first solution to find any big issue with your website. When disabling all your plugins at once, you will verify if a plugin or more is the problem, and you can fix the issue by disabling them one by one.

The WordPress plugin folder is located in the ”wp-content” parent folder, and all of them are a part of your root directory.

The first thing you should have is a cPanel account or an Ftp client like Filezilla, the result is the same, for cPanel, login and click “File Manager” under the section “Files”

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How to Find WordPress Plugins Folder

Now, you get the next page that contains your blog root folder. It’s the main directory where you can browse your blog file by file, just locate ”wp-content” and click on it twice.

plugins folder

As usual, click twice on wp-content, and you will get your plugins folder in the same location, as, ”uploads” and ”themes”.

WordPress Plugins

You have the folder, and you can edit, rename, or delete any plugin or other file. Just make sure you have a backup of your files before making changes to them.

If you need to verify if any problem is caused by any plugin, just rename the folder plugins, to any other nominations. Thus, you deactivate WordPress plugins manually, if the problem solved, you need to rename back the folder to reactivate all the plugins and do the same for each plugin until you find the one that causes the problem.

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Fathi Arfaoui is a Physicist, Blogger and the founder of He shares Business, WordPress and Blogging tips to build a better blog and succeed online.

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