How to reinstall WordPress plugins

This tutorial explains how to reinstall WordPress plugins, including plugin removal, both from the WordPress Dashboard and from the FTP or from the Cpanel account. This article also shows how to disable WordPress plugins and how to install them.

Any user can follow the instructions of this tutorial. All steps described in this article include real screenshots showing all the processes.

While this article limits examples to Cpanel, different Hosting managers like Plesk require similar steps to remove a plugin from the Files Manager (Plugins directories keep the same path).

Removing and installing plugins from the WordPress Dashboard:

To begin, access your WordPress Dashboard, usually from the url yourdomain.com/wp-admin (Add /wp-admin after your domain name).

Fill in your username and password in the login form, shown in the screenshot below.

In the menu located on the right, press on Plugins, as shown in the following image, to display all plugins and their status.

As you can see, some plugins are activated while others are disabled. If you want to reinstall a disabled plugin, you’ll see the option to delete it.

If you want to reinstall an activated plugin, before removing it, you need to deactivate it by pressing the Deactivate button shown in the following image.

In the example below, I will remove the Hello Dolly plugin, which is already disabled, by pressing the Delete red button.

A confirmation request will prompt, press OK to proceed with the plugin removal.

On the upper side of the Plugins screen, You’ll see the Add New button. Press it.

On the plugins library page, you’ll see a search box. In the screenshot below, I used the search box to find the Hello Dolly plugin. When found, it will be listed among alternatives, as shown in the example below. When the plugin you want to install is shown, press the Install Now button.

After installing the plugin, you need to activate it by pressing the Activate button.

The Hello Dolly plugin was successfully reinstalled.

If the plugin removal or installation fails, you may need to remove the plugin from the server. If that’s your case, follow the instructions described below.

Removing a WordPress plugin from the FTP:

If you already have a configured FTP account, you can follow the steps described in this section to remove a plugin fully. If you don’t have an FTP account configured but you have access to your hosting Cpanel, you may prefer to follow the next section instructions.

For this tutorial, I’m using the multi-platform FTP client Filezilla. Connect to your hosting using your FTP credentials, and once logged in, access the html_public directory as shown in the screenshot below.

Within the html_public directory, you will see the wp-content directory. Press it to access.

Within the wp-content directory, you will see the plugins directory; press it to access.

Right-click on the directory of the plugin you want to remove, and press Delete to remove the plugin; when requested for confirmation, confirm the action.

If you don’t have a ready FTP account but have Cpanel or Plesk access, the following instructions may be more useful.

Removing a WordPress plugin from Cpanel:

In some cases, installing a removed plugin may fail. According to my experience, the installation may find the previous one in some exceptional cases and fail. In such cases, you may need to remove the plugin from the FTP, Cpanel, or Plesk.

More commonly, you may need to remove WordPress plugins from a Files Manager when a plugin causes an error preventing you from accessing your WordPress Dashboard.

To remove a WordPress plugin from an FTP, just connect as you usually do with your FTP user and password; the steps are the same as with the Cpanel Files Manager.

If you have Cpanel access, login to your Cpanel and access the File Manager, shown in the screenshot below.

Under the domain directory, find the wp-content directory shown in the following image. Press it twice to access.

Note: the wp-content directory is usually located under the public_html directory.

Within the wp-content directory, you´ll find the directory named plugins. Press it to enter the directory and to see the installed plugins.

In case you want to remove the hello-dolly plugin, right-click on the directory.

When right-clicking on the plugin’s directory you want to remove, the displayed menu includes the Delete option; press it to remove the wordpress plugin from the FIle Manager.

Then, you can access your WordPress Dashboard, and under the Plugins menu, repeat the previously explained steps, starting by pressing the Add New button.

Use the search box to find the wordpress plugin you want to install, and once found, press the Install Now button.

Then, press the Activate blue button shown in the image below.

And now, you’ll be able to use the reinstalled WordPress plugin.


I hope this article on reinstalling a WordPress plugin was useful. As you can see, doing it is as simple as removing and installing a plugin. Any user can execute this task by following descriptive instructions like the ones published above.

The most “complicated” scenario may require removing a plugin from the FTP, or your hosting provided FIles Manager. A process, as you could see, is also extremely easy, requiring just a few clicks.

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David Adams

David Adams is a System Admin and writer that is focused on open source technologies, security software, and computer systems.