How To Disable WordPress Plugins (from Dashboard and Cpanel)

Disable Plugins

WordPress Plugin is a bunch of codes written in PHP language. WordPress Plugins make WordPress very easy to use. Plugins improve WordPress functionality and help to create a dynamic website without knowledge of a single line of coding. There is a WordPress Plugin for Every WordPress functionality, like, WordPress Backup Plugins, WordPress Security Plugins, Plugins for WordPress site optimization.

But sometimes, when any plugin fails or gets damaged, it creates a major WordPress error. The most common error causes due to faulty plugins are WordPress white screen of death (WSOD), http error 500 WordPress, Error establishing a database connection. These problems can be fixed by disabling or deleting the WordPress Plugin.

How to Disable WordPress Plugins

Ther are 2 ways We can disable WordPress Plugins

  1. If you can access your WordPress admin dashboard, you can disable it from your Admin Dashboard area. But in case you can not access your WordPress Admin Dashboard try 2nd option.

2. Disabling plugins via cPanel File manager

  1. Through file manager root directory
  2. By editing PHPMyAdmin
  3. With the help of FTP client

Disable or Deactivate A single plugin From WordPress Dashboard

  1. Go to your WordPress admin login page > type your username and password and hit log in.
  2. You can see the plugins option on the left side of your dashboard.
  3. Click on the plugins, click on Installed Plugins, You can see all your installed plugin there.
  4. You can deactivate the option below the installed plugin, click on that. It is merely up to you whether which plugin you want to deactivate.
How to disable wordpress plugins

5. Now the plugin is deactivated.

Disable or Deactivate all WordPress Plugins at once using dashboard area

The above-discussed method is for disabling the single plugin. In case if you want to disable or deactivate all plugins, you have to tick checkboxes of the respective plugins that you want to deactivate. Moreover, you can check all the plugins. After that, you can see at the top select deactivate option from the list. At last, click on the Apply button, present at the bottom of the dashboard. In this way, all plugins that you’ve selected are disabled now.


How to Disable or Deactivate Plugins by Using Cpanel?

By Login into WordPress hosting Cpanel Account

Follow these steps to disable or deactivate the plugins

  • Firstly, log in to the cPanel account.
Cpanel login area
  • Move to the file manager.
  • After clicking on file manager, then simply move to /wp-content/plugins folder.

Now you’re allowed to discover those plugins which you want to disable or deactivate. For doing this, you’ve to rename the respective plugin that you want to disable or deactivate. You can rename the plugins to “plugins disabled.”

  1. Now your installed plugins are disabled.
  2. You can now check whether the issue is sorted or not, reload your website in the incognito tab.

How to Disable WordPress Plugins From PHPMyAdmin

  • Go to your WordPress hosting Cpanel
  • Go To File manger of your domain root directory
  • Look for PHPMyAdmin icon that is present under the database section of your file manager
  • Open PHPMyAdmin
  • Choose your WordPress website database; you can also be able to view WordPress database tables.
select the database
  • You can see the “wp_options” table, click on it, It will open a list of different rows.
  • Here you can discover the option of ‘active_plugins’.
  • Now click “Edit” right in front of active_plugins
click “Edit”
  • Here you’ve to change the field of “option_value to a:0;{}
change the field of option_value
  • At last, click on Go
click on Go
  • Save the changes
Save the changes
  • There you’ve deactivated or disabled all the plugins through PHPMyAdmin.
  • m. Now you are ready to login to your WordPress website.

How to Disable or Deactivate WordPress Plugins using FTP

How to deactivate or disable the plugin by using FileZilla FTP?

FileZilla FTP
  • Now Connect your to your WordPress website root directory by using the FTP client (FileZilla).
  • You can see the following files.
Link to your WordPress website
  • Look for the root directory folder.
  • You will find a directory named “public_html.”
find a directory named “public_html”
  • Double click on public_html.
  • Now check /wp-content/ folder.
check  wp-content folder.
  • When you click on it, you will view the “plugins folder”.
view plugins folder
  • Do right-click on it.
  • You will find an option of rename.
find an option of rename
  • Change the old name of plugins i.e., is plugins to plugins_Deactivate or “plugins_old”
the old name of plugins
  • Now you see all the plugins are deactivated
  • If WordPress error fixed, then reactivate all the plugins
login to wp website
  • Again you’ve to change the name of plugins_Deactivate to plugins.
change the name of plugins Deactivate to plugins
  • Here you can check which plugin is creating the issue.
  • You can do this by activating one plugin one by one.
activating one plugin

How To Deactivate or Disable A Single WordPress Plugin by using FTP

To check which specific plugin is creating the problem you need to create WordPress Error log

• Here you don’t need to rename the entire folder

• move to the plugins folder in Filezilla via FTP

• Find the specific folder which you want to disable or deactivate

• Right-click on that

• Rename that for example, let’s say plugin name(any plugin) to old plugin name(different name)

• By doing so, not all but the specific plugin is disabled.


Disabling or deactivating plugins from the WordPress dashboard is very easy. But on the other hand, If you are having trouble accessing the WordPress website admin area, In most cases, it is for sure a corrupted plugin issue. You can use the FTP method in this case. Using PHPMyAdmin is a kind of technical way to disabling all the plugins. In this tutorial, we discussed all possible ways of deactivating all plugins as well as a single plugin. We have described how to disable WordPress plugins step by step. If you are still facing any issue, kindly ask freely in the comment box.

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