Sometimes it may be necessary to deactivate all plugins, but you can’t access the administrative menus to do so. One of two methods are available to deactivate all plugins.

  • Use phpMyAdmin to deactivate all plugins.
    -> In the table wp_options, under the option_name column (field) find the active_plugins row.
    -> Change the option_value field to: a:0:{}
  • Or reset your plugins folder via FTP or the file manager provided in your host’s control panel.
    -> Via FTP or your host’s file manager, navigate to the wp-contents folder (directory)
    -> Rename the folder “plugins” to “plugins.old”
    -> Login to your WordPress administration menus (/wp-admin)
    -> Via FTP or your host’s file manager, rename “plugins.old” back to “plugins”