How to disable a wordpress plugin manually

Tanvir Hasan
September 24, 2022

This guide you will learn how to disable a wordpress plugin manually. If you have been kicked out of your WordPress admin area, you will not be able to disable WordPress plugins from your control panel. In such situations, you will have to disable plugins using other methods. The easiest of them is to disable WordPress plugins through FTP or your WordPress hosting file manager.

Basically WordPress looks for the plugins installed in the / folder / wp - contents / plugins /. If you can't find the plugin folder, WordPress will automatically disable all plugins. Instead of removing the folder from the plugin, we will simply rename it. First, you will need to connect to your WordPress site using an FTP client. Once you are logged in, you must navigate to the wp - content folder in your WordPress root directory.

From there, you must right-click the plugin folder and then select "Change Name. A pop-up window will appear in which you must enter a new name for your plugin folder, such as disabled plugins. Your FTP client will now rename the plugin folder. Now you can try logging into your WordPress administration area and visit the plugin page. You will see notifications about disabled WordPress plugins.


The FTP method is certainly simpler in our opinion. However, you can also disable all plugins using phpMyAdmin. First, you will need to log in to your web hosting account panel. Then click on the phpMyAdmin icon in the "Database" section.

This will take you to the phpMyAdmin interface. First, you will need to select your WordPress database from the menu on the left. PhpMyAdmin will now load the tables from your database in the right pane. You must click the 'Browse' button next to the wp_options table ( the name of your WordPress table may differ depending on the prefix of the table in your WordPress database). PhpMyAdmin will now load the data into the options table. You should scroll down to the line where option_name is "active_plugins" and click the "Edit" button next to it.

PhpMyAdmin will open the row to edit it, you must delete the data within the option_value field. After that, click the "Go" button at the bottom to save your changes. Now you can visit their website and WordPress will see that all plugins have been disabled.

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