How to deactivate all your WordPress plugins at once from cPanel

While handling a WordPress website, you may encounter with many common WordPress errors which may block you from the wp-admin panel.

In most of the cases, when such problem occurs, the first step is to deactivate all the plugins at once. And as you’re not able to log into your website’s dashboard, you have to use cPanel.

Well, that’s the reason it’s recommended to learn almost everything using cPanel provided by your web hosting company.

Nowadays, almost every company is offering cPanel. This is because the majority of people use shared web hosting which requires manual know-how to manage it properly.

In this tutorial, I will walk you through the complete process which doesn’t require any kind of coding skills. Most of the people fret because of the fear to break their websites.

WordPress is famous because it can be managed even by a non-techie person.

Special Note: If you are concerned about making any technical changes to your WP configuration, you should consider a managed WordPress hosting plan. Managed WP plans are offered by most top hosting providers. You will also find the leading providers on the Best WordPress Hosting page offer such plans.

A Step By Step Guide to Deactivate All the Plugins

Before we start, you must know that a few plugins don’t keep their settings as they were when you deactivate them. So you may need to reconfigure them.

Apart from that, the steps are simple just like any other cPanel tutorial. You just need to become familiar with the cPanel’s layout.

Many people use Bluehost which has its own cPanel and layout is totally different from any other web hosting company. You don’t need to get confused.

The icons may be different but the concept remains the same.

Step 1

First of all, you have to log into your cPanel account using your web hosting website. If you know the direct URL, use that.

FInd the file manager in the files’ section and click on the icon to open.

Step 2

This will open the root directory(public_html) of the server. In some cases, you may need to click on the public_html from the left-side menu.

If it’s already opened, you don’t need to worry about it. The main thing is to check if you have a single website or many websites on this web hosting.

If it’s only one, find the wp-content folder and open it.

Step 3

As you already know, this folder contains the content, plugins, themes etc of your WordPress website. You have to find the Plugins’ folder.

This is the folder which consists all the inactive as well as active plugins you have on your WordPress website. To deactivate all the active plugins, you have to change the name of this folder.

WordPress has some working standard and if you modify the name of this folder, all the active plugins will stop working.

Step 4

To do so, right-click on the folder and you can easily find the rename option. You can also use the Rename option mentioned in the main menu above.

Many people get confused at this point. Most of the people ask if there is any specific name they can give to this folder.

Well, you can rename it anything. Let me add .old at the end of this folder.

Step 5

Once you open it to rename, you will see a popup showing you the old file name and a field to fill the new name. As I have mentioned in the previous step, I am going to name it plugins.old.

Click on the Rename File button, all the plugins will get deactivated and you try accessing your website.

If there was something wrong because of any poorly-coded plugin, you will be able to log into your wp-admin area. If not, you have to try something else to fix an issue.

If you get the access, you have to find the culprit. It can be done by activating all the plugins one by one. Every time you activate a new plugin, you have to check if something goes wrong.

Most of the time, you can find the plugin which is the reason for blocking you from the WordPress dashboard.

Every now and then it’s recommended that for the shared web hosting users, it’s really important to learn the basics of WordPress as well as its cPanel.

You can’t contact your web hosting customer support every time you see an error. Maybe you can’t find any customer support representative at the time you need help.

Then you may think about hiring a freelancer. Well, if you can fix everything on your own, what’s the need to pay someone?

In the past few years, people have started realizing the importance of cPanel. As you can see, there is nothing technical, you just need to find the right tutorial.

Can You Now Deactivate All the Plugins?

At the first instance, people start thinking as if they can deactivate the plugins from their WordPress dashboard then what’s the need to the use cPanel.

Well, that’s the reason I have given an example of getting blocked from the login page of the website.

I hope you have understood the concept the steps mentioned above. You may also have experienced how people scare others by mentioning some technical terms.

If you know how to use the internet, you can find the right solution at the right place. This step by step tutorial can help you solve many errors.

A few years ago when only a few web hosting companies were offering the access cPanel, people used to face a lot of problems, but not anymore.

I hope you can use cPanel to deactivate all the plugins at once. If you still have any kind of doubt or face any problem, feel free to contact us.

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