Freesoul Deactivate Plugins – Plugin manager and cleanup


FDP allows you to deactivate plugins on specific pages for speed optimization, debugging and problem-solving.

It works for every page, blog posts, custom posts that are publicly queryable, archives and backend pages.

Deactivate plugins on specific pages to improve the performance

With FDP you can disable the entire plugins where you don’t need them. It will not only clean up the assets of third-party plugins, their PHP code will not run either. Hence, your pages will have fewer HTTP requests and fewer database queries.

You will improve the TTFB (time to first byte) also when the page is not served by cache.

Usually, the number of the needed plugin on a specific page is lower than the number of globally active plugins.

Why don’t you keep the plugins active only on the pages where you need them?

Most of the plugins load their assets and query the database on all the pages, no matter if they do something useful. This causes many times a worsening of the performance.

With FDP no matter how many plugins you have, you can keep them active only where you need them.

How clean up your website in minutes

Watch this video to have an overview of how to clean up your website with Freesoul Deactivate Plugins.

Deactivate plugins on specific pages to solve conflicts between plugins

With FDP you can preview the page loading specific plugins. This is very useful to detect which plugin is causing issues.

Look How to check which plugin is causing issues in 1 minute for more details.

If on a specific page you keep active only the plugins that you really need, most of the time the probability of having conflicts between plugins is lower.

Features of the free version. With the free version of FDP you can:

  • Deactivate plugins on specific pages, posts, custom posts, post types, archives, term archives, search results page, devices
  • Deactivate plugins and the theme on specific backend pages
  • Deactivate the JavaScript execution for problem solving (preview on front-end)
  • Deactivate plugins by custom URL both for frontend and backend
  • Have an automatic suggestion about the unused plugins for the homepage and the backend
  • Change plugins firing order
  • Create a functional plugin in no time
  • Import/Export list of favorite plugins
  • See a preview of the pages deactivating specific plugins and switching to another theme without affecting the public site
  • See a preview of the page with Google Page Speed Insights for single posts, pages and custom posts (preview without cache, the page may give lower score without cache, use it for comparisons during the optimization)

and much more.

Features of the PRO version. The premium version also includes:

  • Unused plugins automatic suggestion both for frontend and backend
  • Unused plugins automatic check after content update
  • Recording of Ajax activities to find out on which Ajax action you need to disable specific plugins
  • Recording of Post activities to find out on which Post action you need to disable specific plugins
  • Rest APIs cleanup
  • Translated URLs cleanup
  • Cron Jobs cleanup
  • General bloat deaactivation
  • Options autoload management
  • Stylesheests and scripts deactivation of remaining active plugins, theme and core
  • Import/Export FDP settings
  • Bulk actions to activate/deactivate plugins in the FDP settings
  • Plugins deactivation by logged and unlogged user
  • Automatic GTMetrix and Google PSI reports generation

Clean up on mobile

FDP allows you to disable specific plugins for mobile devices. But if you disable a plugin on mobile, that plugin will be disabled on all the pages on mobile.
If you want to selectively disable plugins on mobile pages, you can install Specific Content For Mobile that is fully integrated with FDP.
If you create mobile versions with SCFM, you will find the mobile pages in the FDP Singles settings. There you can disable plugins as you do with normal desktop pages.
FDP and SCFM together are powerful tools to selectively clean up mobile pages.
If you clean up the mobile, remember to set up your caching plugin to separate the desktop and mobile cache, in another case you may have issues.
For instance W3 Total Cache, WP Fastest Cache, Powered Cache, and LiteSpeed Cache are caching plugins that can serve a different cache on mobile.


Only the permalink structures ”Day and name”, ”Month and name”, ”Post name” and the custom ones ending with ”%postname%” are supported for permanently deactivating plugins (they are also better for SEO).

You will not be able to disable plugins in a permanent way with other permalink structures.

The same if you are using plugins to change the permalinks, e.g., Permalink Manager Lite.

FDP add-ons

Recommended plugins to use in conjunction with FDP to improve performance

FDP is compatible with all optimization plugins. If your favorite plugin isn’t in the list above, and it gives conflicts, don’t hesitate to open a thread on the support forum.

Recommended plugins to use in conjunction with FDP for plugins management


If you have a Multisite Installation, in every single site you will be able to manage only the plugins which are active on that site. FDP will not see those plugins that are globally active in the Network. And you have to activate FDP on every single site, not globally on the Network.


Read how deactivate plugins on specific pages to learn how to selectively load only the plugins that you really need.

For any question or if something doesn’t work, don’t hesitate to open a thread on the support forum


  • How disable plugins on specific pages

Vanliga frågor

Here you will find the frequently asked questions.


18 januari 2023 1 svar
Didn't need a complicated plugin organize or a plugin with other things like pagespeed boosting to unload assets. I have very few plugins and just wanted to turn off what I don't need on certain pages. This streamlined plugin does it simply and beautifully.
28 december 2022
More than a happy user here. After I used free version of Freesoul Deactivate Plugins for more than a year, I bought a PRO version of this plugin, and with one click this plugin does everything for you: it calculates what plugin to use for every single page, post type, archive... On my website it deactivated more than 85% of the plugins (btw. I had 120 active plugins). With the help of one cache plugin, I have a BLAZING FAST website (97+ score on pagespeed ranking for both mobile and web).
11 december 2022
I've tried two other plugins that aim to achieve the same. One gave me lots of headaches and didn't work as you'd expect (and I'm a technical user). The other was good but neither offerred the obvious feature - seeing all your pages and archives at the same time with a simple tick box selection. The page preview feature is spot on, too. The free version gives you loads and will help significantly speed up any site especially if you have lots of essential plugins that aren't needed across every page. This plugin differs from the others as it completely strips the PHP too - giving even more performance. It's a winner!
7 december 2022 1 svar
I run a pretty resource demanding site with almost 60 plugins. All super needed but definitely all the same time! This plugin turns my big slow website into a small simple site again! Ex. all 60 plugins would load on my home page, whereas I would only need 15 in that location. I deactivate all unused and my site just runs fast again! The same for any admin edit page. The pro version even solves more challenges! I'm very excited to finish optimizing all of my crucial pages! In combination with caching and other little tweaks the results are just great!
25 oktober 2022 1 svar
Once you have the pro version, you literally sit back, and watch it calculate every single page, post type, and archive one by one... And then deactivate 75% of the plugins on each of them. Then, you'll have a BLAZING FAST website. This is so much better than Perfmatters is almost incredible that this isn't as popular... it soon will be! 😁🙌
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  • VULNERABILITY FIX: Vulnerability when an admin exports the list of plugins, an unauthorized user may get the list of the names of the exported plugins
  • Fix: Post requests to the homepage triggering plugins deactivation according to the homepage settings.
  • Fix: FDP preferences shown in the user profile page also to users who can’t activate plugins

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