How to Deactivate and Reactivate WordPress Plugins

On my tutorial, “How to Troubleshoot a Broken Blog” I mention that one step is to deactivate your plugins.  While this might sound like a simple thing (and it is!) I realize that not everyone is familiar with WordPress outside of setting up blog posts, so I thought I would do a quick tutorial just to show you how to do this.

Step 1:

In your Dashboard, go to Plugins > Installed Plugins.

Step 2:

If you want to deactivate all of your plugins at once, you can click on the checkbox next to Plugin and then choose Deactivate from the dropdown menu and click apply.  However, I do not recommend deactivating all plugins, many times people have inactive plugins that they are not using for some reason and then it gets confusing during reactivation, I find it is easier and better to deactivate plugins one by one.  So, to do that, instead of clicking the checkbox next to “Plugin” at the top, just click the checkbox next to the plugin itself, and follow the steps above to deactivate it.

After deactivating a plugin, you can check our blog to see if your issue is rectified.  Then to reactivate a deactivated plugin, just do this:

Step 3:

Once again, I recommend reactivating plugins one by one in case you have inactive plugins that you do not want to reactivate.  So, the same as above, just click the checkbox next to the plugin you want to activate, choose “Activate” from the dropdown box above, and click Apply.

Many times WordPress issues are caused by plugins, so deactivating, checking your blog, and then reactivating plugins is a very good and easy way to see if it is a faulty plugin that is causing an issue on your blog!  Be sure to view all my helpful WordPress tutorials here, and happy blogging!


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