Do deactivated plugins slow down a WordPress site?

Most people are aware that minimizing the number of plugins used is a good way to help keep a WordPress site running fast. However, does that general rule include deactivated plugins?


No it doesn’t. At least, not on the front end, or in the back end in any non-plugin area. WordPress only loads files whose filepaths are stored in the active_plugins option in the database and ignores everything else completely.

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