How do I completely uninstall a WordPress plugin?

Speed matters the most since the past couple of years. Most say to use fewer plugins on a WordPress site in order to improve the performance of the site/blog. Even though you might have noticed no change, Isn’t? Yes till your site uses high resources and might even work slow.

There is a hidden reason behind this. You might use a specific plugin for a small purpose and start to work with it. When you have no use you might just deactivate and remove it right?

The way I’ve used to uninstall WordPress plugins from the dashboard is completely wrong. That’s because Plugins create their own tables inside your site’s database. Even when you delete a plugin its database is stored and can affect your site’s performance and even cost you money on disk space.

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Here in this post, we gonna share the best methods to uninstall a WordPress plugin and keep your site’s DB clean and low. So make sure that you follow the guide completely in order to get the best results.

One can easily remove or delete a plugin on a WordPress site from the admin dashboard or via FTP clients. So what happens here is that you have just removed the PHP Code but not the actual database which stores the settings and other configurations. So the next time when you install the same plugin you have access over the previous configurations due to its database.

Not only plugins, But Even theme’s configurations also get stored in the database.

How To Clean Up a Plugin and its Database Tables 

Your first option is to use a free plugin known as Garbage Collector. This plugin scans your WordPress installation and returns any tables that aren’t being used. you can then delete them from right within the plugin. One trouble although with this plugin is that doesn’t include something in the default tables, consisting of wp_options.

The second option is to manually clean up the database. Which means that you need to drop the MySQL tables manually from the PHPMyAdmin. Just log on to PHPMyAdmin and drop or remove the tables of those unused plugins. In most cases, the DB Name of most plugins will be the plugin’s name itself. if you got stuck with the DB Name of your plugin Then you can simply contact the developer of the plugin and can clarify the titles.

So this was the simple “Tweak To Uninstall a WordPress Plugin”. Hope you found this post useful. Make sure to share this guide with you near and dear’s too!