How to Disable WordPress Plugins

Learn How to Disable WordPress Plugins

In this tutorial, we will show you how to disable WordPress plugins from the Dashboard, then how to disable a single plugin or all plugins by renaming the folder in cPanel File Manager.

When troubleshooting a WordPress issue, it may be necessary to disable the plugins. You can easily disable (deactivate) plugins from the WordPress Dashboard, but this can be an arduous task if you have a large number of plugins, or do not have access to your Admin Dashboard.

The quickest method for disabling all your plugins is to rename the entire plugins folder. But, this will disable all plugins and may not help narrow down the root cause of the problem. So, you may prefer to just rename a single plugin folder to disable only one plugin at a time.

Disable WordPress Plugins in the Dashboard

  1. Login to your WordPress Dashboard.
  2. Click Plugins in the navigation menu.
    Viewing Plugins 
  3. Find the plugin you want to disable, and click the Deactivate link. 
    Disabling WordPress Plugins
    You will then see a message stating “Plugin deactivated” and your plugin is now disabled.

Disable a Single WordPress Plugin in cPanel

  1. Login to your cPanel.
  2. Click the File Manager link in the Files section.
  3. Navigate to the document_root of your website.
  4. Open the wp-content then plugins folder.
  5. You will see a folder for all the plugins you have installed. Rename the folder for the plugin you want to disable. For example, I’m going to rename the “redirection” folder to “redirection.old”.
    Renaming your Plugin Folder
  6. Once your plugin folder has been renamed, the plugin is disabled.

Disable All WordPress Plugins in cPanel

  1. Login to your cPanel.
  2. Click the File Manager in the Files section.

    File Manager
  3. Navigate to your WordPress installation folder, and open the wp-content folder.

    Open WP-Content folder
  4. Right-click the plugins folder, then select Rename.
    Renaming a folder
  5. Rename the plugins folder, for example “plugins.old” then click the Rename File button.
    Disabling Plugins
    All of your WordPress plugins are now disabled.

Congratulations, now you know how to disable (deactivate) your WordPress plugins from the Dashboard, and cPanel! Check out our WordPress Education Channel for many helpful guides.

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15 thoughts on “How to Disable WordPress Plugins

  1. Error establishing a database connection Is disturbing my website that i have not been able to do anything for the past 24hrs, thats all i am seeing

  2. I just want to send you a big Thank You for some advice I found on your website!
    Long story short, I updated a plugin on my WordPress site and the whole thing crashed. Everything disappeared into white – the dashboard, the site itself, everything.
    I suspected the fault was the plugin but could not, of course, access it through the dashboard to disable it.
    Thanks to Google I came across your support site with instructions on how to disable a plugin through cPanel.
    They were so clear, straightforward and well-illustrated even I could follow them. Most importantly, you gave me the confidence to try.
    And it worked! My sanity is saved and life continues. It may seem a small thing to you guys but to me it was a huge help.
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  3. I have a fatal error occuring when I tried to update plug in and wordpress new OS version.  Error states:

    Fatal error: Allowed memory size of 67108864 bytes exhausted (tried to allocate 88 bytes) in /home/heidishangups/public_html/wp-includes/class-wp-hook.php on line 300


    I’m not a tech person so step by step instructions would be ideal.

    Thank you


    1. If the error is triggered by that particular plugin then the best thing to do is contact the plugin developer for suggestions and leave the plugin disabled in the meantime.

    1. Hello Simon,

      If you disabled them by renaming the folder, you’ll have re-name the folder BACK to what it was before. Then you need to login to the WordPress Admin and go to the plugins section. Then you can activate each plugin that was previously disabled.

      If you have any further questions, please let us know.

      Kindest regards,
      Arnel C.

      1. Hi Amel,
        I turned off the plugins but still can’t login into the wp-admin, because one of them is redirecting my whole site to its site. Any suggestions on how to solve?


      2. Hi Dan – sorry to hear that you’re still having problems logging into the WordPress Administrator. I know this is a headache. Make sure that your browser cache has been cleared, as it can cause problems to repeat if it’s got old site information cached. You can also find the official’s troubleshooting list here: I was going to recommend that you reset your theme to a default one as well. There are unfortunately many possible causes to the WordPress admin login issue. If you were using a security plugin, make sure to check the documentation as it may have changed your login URL as well. I hope this helps!

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