How To Disable WordPress Plugin From cPanel Safely?

how to deactivate all plugins

In your WordPress CMS, you may have installed many plugins which are helping you to organize your website. But if you see any error for which any plugin can be the culprit then what would you do? How would you know which plugin is generating the error message?

During such situations, you should deactivate all WordPress plugins. While running a website on the WordPress platform, you may encounter a lot of errors which can be frustrating. Most of the time WordPrss plugins create the problem due to poor coding.

How to deactivate all plugins using the cPanel of your web hosting account?

It is possible that when you see an internal error then any of the plugins is the cause. To solve this problem you can deactivate all WordPress plugins from your WordPress admin area. And activate each plugin which would let you know the main culprit.

If your website gets broke after the re-activation of any plugin then delete it from your WordPress CMS. But what would you do when you are not able to login to your WordPress admin panel?

If you see the white screen of death on your admin panel then you have to know how to disable WordPress plugin from cPanel. In this post, I am going to let you know about the method to disable all the WordPress plugins at once.

Deactivate All WordPress Plugins Together.

There are a few steps to follow:

Step 1:- Login to your cPanel and open the file manager from the “files” section.

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Step 2:- You would see the WordPress files and folders. From all the folders, you have to search for the “wp-content” folder and open it.

Step 3:- In this folder, another folder “plugins” would be present. It is the place where all the plugins added to your WordPress sites are present.

Step 4:- To deactivate all WordPress plugins, you have to rename this folder. You can change it to anything. For example :- “plugins-deactivate”. The choice is yours, but make sure that you remember it.

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Step 5:- Save it and you have successfully disabled all the WordPress plugins. Go to your WordPress login page and try to login to your admin panel. If you could login then revert the folder name again to “plugins”.

To find the plugin which is generating the errors on your website can be found by re-activating all the plugins one by one. Check your website after activating each plugin. When you see any error message after activating the plugin then it means you have found it.

NOTE: If you don’t change the name back to the original “plugins” then WordPress won’t even know that you have any plugin added. To guide it, you have to go for the default name for the plugins folder.

Most of the time, when you encounter with an error message then the plugins generate that message. Though it’s not the sure thing. But you should always choose a WordPress plugin which has better performance. Check the ratings, reviews etc.

Have you ever come across the situation to deactivate all WordPress plugins?

If you have been handling your WordPress blog for years then you can relate to such situation. When you see the error on your website then you try to find the solution. It may be any plugin, the theme or something else. But most of the people first check the plugins and deactivate all WordPress plugins.

To do that you should know how to deactivate all plugins. The cPanel consists all of your website data and you can alter it. You can deactivate all the plugins just with a single folder. It won’t take much time and you would get success. If you still face any problem then feel free to ask.

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by Ravi Chahar

A WordPress Professional and the LinkedIn Influencer. A coder by passion and a blogger by choice. WordPress theme development is his forte. He is your WordPress guy who will teach you how to solve WordPress errors, WordPress security issues, design issues and what not.

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  1. Hi Ravi,

    This is really helpful info for anyone running their site on the wordpress platform. Deactivating a plugin is so basic and so necessary to know. Very good info just to have on hand because you do need it you’ll get so frustrated you’d probably make matters worse before making them better.


    1. Hey Lea,

      Deactivating the plugin from the WordPress admin panel is really easy. But when you can’t able to login to your admin panel then you have to use the cPanel to deactivate all the plugins together.

      It’s important to know because most of the time when your website gets broke then you have to deactivate the plugins to find the solution.
      Thanks for taking time to comment.
      Enjoy the day.

  2. Hey Ravi,

    Glad to read your wonderful post,

    Incredible and informative steps to deactivate all WordPress plugins with c Panel. Such situation comes when we need to deactivate all WordPress plugins.

    Absolutely c Panel includes all about our website data and it may only alter. It really kills less time to deactivate all plugins with a single folder.

    Eventually, thanks for exploring your valuable thoughts and opinions. They are informative in nature and helpful for many needy person.

    With best regards,

    Amar Kumar

    1. Hi Amar,

      Sometimes when you see the errors then it is possible that one of your plugins can be the reason. You can fix this by checking the plugins for which you have to deactivate all the plugins.

      Using the cPanel of your web hosting account, you can easily deactivate all the plugins.
      Thanks for stopping by.
      Have a great day.

  3. Thanks Ravi,

    That’s a useful tip for deactivating all plugins at once that I wouldn’t have thought of. It could save a lot of time.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

    1. Hey Joy,

      We should always be ready for hard time. You never know when would someone ruin your blog. So you should know the deactivation process to fix the errors of your website. You can use the cPanel, just replace the name of the folder and you are done.

      Thanks for stopping by.
      Have a great day.

    2. Hey Joy,

      We should always be ready for hard time. You never know when would someone ruin your blog. So you should know the deactivation process to fix the errors of your website. You can use the cPanel, just replace the name of the folder and you are done.

      Thanks for stopping by.
      Have a great day.

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