Recently one of our users asked how to fix installation failed: destination folder already exists in WordPress.
If you are also facing this problem while installing a WordPress plugin or theme, you are in the right place. In this tutorial, I’m going to share the best way to fix Destination folder already exists error from your blog.
For what reason “Installation failed: Destination folder already exists” error appears
When the plugin or theme file already exists in the cPanel of the WordPress site and you try to install that WordPress theme or plugin on your site then this error occurs.
If a folder already exists in your site’s cPanel with the same name, then WordPress shows a message with this error:
Installation failed: Destination folder already exists.
This error can be caused by two reasons,
- The previous version of WordPress Plugin or Theme is not completely deleted from your site.
- An interruption in the Previous installation of WordPress theme or plugin, due to which a destination folder is created.
How to Fix Destination Folder Already Exists Error in WordPress
Here I will show you two easy way to fix Destination folder already exists in WordPress. You can this error from your site using any method.
So let’s get started.
1. Using the WordPress Plugin
First, install and activate the WP File Manager plugin in your site. After activating the plugin, it will add a new menu item to your WordPress dashboard with WP File Manager.
Click on the WP File Manager then navigate to the / wp-content / plugins / or / wp-content / themes / folder (which you were trying to install).
Then, find the folder of that WordPress plugin or theme that you were trying to install. After finding the folder, delete it.
Now, you can try to install that WordPress plugin or theme in your site as you usually do. This time you’ll be able to install your WordPress plugin or theme without any errors.
2. Using FTP
First, you have to connect your WordPress site from an FTP client.
After connecting, you will need to go to / wp-content / plugins / or / wp-content / themes / and search for the folder you were trying to install. After finding the folder, delete it.
Then go back to your WordPress dashboard and reinstall the plugin or theme as you do.
Now, you will be able to install your plugin or theme on your site.
We recommend using the first method to fix Destination folder already exists on your site. Because in this method you can fix this error by installing a plugin which is very easy for any WordPress user.
But in the second method, you need an FTP client and connect your site with it. which can difficult for the new blogger.
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