How To Uninstall W3 Total Cache Manually

How To Uninstall W3 Total Cache Manually


uninstall w3 total cache

updated 11th.Feb 2017

How to Uninstall W3 Total Cache, manually from word press site. W3 Total cache is one of the most popular cache plugin. For this plugin to perform at its best, it gets highly integrated in to word press.That is why just uninstalling it does not remove it completely. 

Because of this, disabling and uninstalling the plugin, most of the time fail to completely Uninstall W3 total cache from word press.

And when this occurs, your site may crash. So the only way to avoid this situation, is to Uninstall W3 total cache manually.

Most of word press users (including me) have a sort of love – hate attitude towards W3 total cache plugin. But when setup correctly, the performance improvements are dramatic.

However, installation, configurations and uninstallation of the plugin continues to have a negative effect on many users, specially for the new bloggers.If you have installed W3 total cache, and decide to Uninstall, follow this step by step instruction on How to uninstall W3 total cache.


Here I would like to share a quick tutorial on How to Uninstall W3 Total cache, manually to completely remove W3 total cache without breaking your site.

Follow the following procedure onHow to uninstall W3 Total cache”, manually.
1. Log on to your cPanel. Under files and folders navigate to Wp-content folder
2. Under wp- content > plugins folder > delete W3 total cache plugin.
3. Open the wp-config.php file to edit and there search and remove the line “define(‘WP_CACHE’, true);
4. Now back out of the main wp-content directory and delete the following files
5. Delete wp-total-cache-config.php
6. Delete advanced-cache.php
7. Delete db.php
8. Delete the entire w3 total cache folder from wp-content folder.
9. Lastly check the .htaccess file if you find any code added by w3 total cache plugin remove it. If properly done your .htaccess file should have only the following code.

# BEGIN WordPress
<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteRule ^index\.php$ - [L]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule . /index.php [L]
</IfModule> # END WordPress

That’s the quickest tutorial on How to uninstall W3 Total cache manually.Now log out of your cPanel and use your site as you would normally do. WP super cache is another great word press cache plugin, much simpler to install, setup and run.

UPDATE: If you find something missing in your .htaccess file. To re-write the .htaccess file to default, just go to ‘Permalinks’ under settings, and click on save settings. This will re-write your .htaccess to default. 


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2. How to uninstall WP- super cache.
3. How to uninstall Hyper Cache plugin.