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

Plugins not compatible with Freesoul Deactivate Plugins

  • Domain Mapping System: It loads Freemius on the frontend and this may cause the unexpacted deactivationg of some plugins.


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


Here you will find the frequently asked questions.



May 24, 2023
If only to use on the homepage for PageSpeed Insights, it's a must as most I would suggest, thank you.
May 7, 2023
I had planned to try this plugin for a long time.The opportunity was given on an auction website that is really heavy (although it is quite optimized)And wham!!!, with only the free version of FDP and a configuration of about 60 minutes I managed to get Google's PS to go from 73 to 90, and the website has really changed and it is much lighter, loading better each time section.It's not difficult to use, but I recommend testing each section of the site well in each change made with the plugin.A problem that I found (which is easy to solve) is that when using WPML, the first time you load the pages, the plugin does not show all the ones there are, but by touching the flags of each language, they do appear complete. We don't know if it's a plugin error or if it's just programmed that way, hopefully José will review it.Either way I decided to try a license, this plugin is really worth it. Thanks for the free version!
April 9, 2023
Great plugin that solves one major problem that have always existed in WordPress: the fact that plugins are loaded on every single page and post, even when they aren't necessary. Now my websites load much faster.
March 4, 2023 2 replies
This plugin has conflicts with Polylang translated pages. I saw in the forum 6 months ago about the same issue and it is still not fixed. I'm unable to deactivate plugins in half the translated posts on my website. Using "Plugin Organizer" now. Although it is more troublesome having to go into every page/post to deactivate plugins, but at least it is working well. I managed to accidentally resolve the problem by clicking on the language tags at the top of FCP plugin page. After switching back to "All languages", I am able to turn off plugins for the translated pages. But I hope the next Polylang update will not break this plugin again. It's very frustrating to keep having issues like this.
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  • Fix: FDP navigation cache not updated after changing the settings show_on_front
  • Fix: Higher CPU usage if WordPress checks for updates and FDP PRO is active
    Added: Hook for the settings Plugin Conflicts for the incoming FDP PRO v.

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