how to find WordPress plugins folder

How to Find WordPress Plugins Folder and Deactivate them manually

In WordPress by Fathi Arfaoui1 CommentLast Updated: October 17th, 2015

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 FTP client. Today I’ll show you how to find 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 website from the WordPress dashboard, as usual. But, when the problem happens, they regret the time they spent in 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 in your htaccess or plugin folder. You’ll lose control because you need to ask them how to find that folder exactly.

You can read: How to change WordPress file permissions.

So take some minutes everyday browsing WordPress issues in their forum. You’ll help the 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 about it before. This is why spending some minutes every day in your blog in the first months can be very helpful.

It’s the 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 is a part of your root directory.

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”

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 files. Just make sure you have a backup of your files before making changes to them. You can also learn how to find a specific line of code in WordPress to be able to solve future problems if happens.

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 cause the problem.

Fathi Arfaoui: A Physicist, Blogger, and the founder and owner of He shares Business, Blogging, WordPress, Web Safety, and Blogging tips to build better websites and blogs. Also, he shares online marketing strategies and recommendations.

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