Say you just installed a plugin you thought would be really helpful for your site and right after activating it, your site is now dark, broken, and sad. You can’t log in to your /wp-admin to disable the plugin and you’re seemingly stuck. You need to disable the plugin but how?
Did you know you can disable the plugin from the database itself? Yep, sure can! In this knowledgebase article, I’ll show you how!
How To Disable WordPress Plugins From The Database
Step 1: Login to your cPanel. There’s a lot of ways to do this, but the sure fire easiest way is to login to your Client Area, then open your cPanel.
Step 2: Once your cPanel is open, scroll down to the Database section and click the phpMyAdmin app to open the utility.
Step 6: Click the option_value, which in this case looks like this:
Note the portion in the orange box, this is the option_value. To open this text and see it fully, double click it.
Step 7: To disable your plugins, delete the text in this box. The plugins won’t be uninstalled, simply set to deactivated status.
To save your changes, click anywhere in the table view outside of the box where you deleted the text.
You will see a message appear ever so briefly which states 1 row affected.
Step 8: Now return to your website and try to access your /wp-admin and you should be able to!
And that’s how you use phpMyAdmin to disable the plugins you’ve installed in your WordPress site!
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