I recently tried to update Yoast SEO to its most recent release (4.3). My site is running the most recent version of WordPress (4.7.2).

When I tried to install it, it gave me some error having to do with files, and I can't find the error message anymore. Yoast ceased to be displayed as a plugin installed on the server (not listed under active or inactive either). I tried to re-install it, but it threw an error along the lines of

error: tried to create a directory that already exists

or something like that.

So, here's my question:

How do I uninstall Yoast when it doesn't show up as installed anymore? Is it safe to do so?(if I need to use FTP, what file path might I find it at?)

Thanks for any help! If I didn't provide enough information, please let me know what I need to give (I'm sort of new at WordPress)

  • rename or delete yoas folder in wp-content\plugins\ directory through FTP
    – metalbox
    Mar 1, 2017 at 2:15

1 Answer 1


If you just want to delete Yoast SEO manually so you need to login into your server and delete the following folder:


So you will delete the directory wordpress-seo.

If I were you I'd do it via SSH as Yoast SEO has approximately 600 files.

  • Thank you! I used FTP to do it, but it worked. Mar 1, 2017 at 3:03

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