Hey everyone. Jobayer here. In this article, I am going to talk to about do Inactive plugins slow down a WordPress site? Almost every WordPress users use plugins for their website. Sometimes they install some plugin for testing and then after testing they deactivate them. Now the question is, do those deactivated plugins are going to slow down your WordPress and whether it’s safe to delete those inactive plugins?
What are Inactive or Deactivated Plugins :
When you install any plugin from the WordPress Plugin Directory or upload a plugin, WordPress keeps the plugin file to your web hosting server. To start using a plugin first, you will need to activate it. You can find all your installed plugins on the Plugins section in the WordPress admin area. From there you can also deactivate or delete a plugin that you tried but didn’t find useful.
Do Inactive Plugins Slow Down WordPress Site :
A lot of people think inactive or deactivated plugins slow down WordPress site, but no that’s not true at all. Inactive or deactivated plugins do not slow down WordPress. Each time a user visits your website, WordPress starts a loading process, and it only loads all active plugins installed on your site. WordPress always ignores all inactive plugin and not load them at all. So I believe there is no way inactive plugin affects the performance of your website or makes it slow.
But if you find out your site is slow, then inactive plugins are probably not the reason.
Should I Delete all inactive Plugins in WordPress :
You can delete any inactive Plugins from your website anytime. But if you deactivated a plugin temporarily and you plan to use that plugin very soon then you should keep it. Otherwise, there is no point in keeping the inactive plugins installed on your WordPress site. They can be quite harmful to your website. They are executable files. In case of a hacking attempt, these data can get infected or can be used to install malware on your site. So I suggest you should delete any inactive plugins that you do not intend to use.
I hope this article helped you to get your answer. If you have any questions, suggestions or contributions, I would be happy to answer them in the comments.