How to Disable Plugins in WordPress

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To disable plugins in WordPress using the GUI, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your WordPress dashboard.
Log in to WordPress
  1. Click on the “Plugins” menu in the left sidebar.
 Plugins in WordPress
  1. Locate the plugin that you want to disable and click on the “Deactivate” link below it.
Deactivate the plugin
  1. Wait for the page to refresh and confirm that the plugin has been deactivated by checking if the “Activate” link is now available below the plugin name.
  2. If you want to permanently delete the plugin, hover over the deactivated plugin and click on the “Delete” link that appears.

That’s it! You have successfully disabled a plugin in WordPress using the GUI.

Or If This not for you To disable plugins in WordPress using FTP, follow these steps:

  1. Connect to your website using an FTP client such as FileZilla. 
  2. Navigate to the root directory of your WordPress installation. This is usually the “public_html” directory, but it may vary depending on your hosting setup.
  3. Go to the “wp-content” directory.
  4. Find the “plugins” directory and rename it to something like “plugins-disabled”. This will effectively disable all plugins on your website.
  5. Try accessing your website to ensure that the plugins have been disabled. If the issue has been resolved, you can start enabling plugins one by one to identify the problematic plugin.
  6. Once you have identified the problematic plugin, rename the “plugins-disabled” directory back to “plugins” and go to your WordPress dashboard to deactivate the problematic plugin

Note: Renaming the “plugins” directory using FTP will disable all plugins at once. If you want to disable only a specific plugin, you can navigate to the “plugins” directory and rename the directory of the specific plugin you want to disable.

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