How To Disable A Plugin With FTP

WordPress – How To Disable A Plugin With FTP

In my post, I show you how to disable a WordPress plugin using an FTP client.

When you can’t log in to your WordPress admin page, disabling plugins is one option to resolve this issue.

An FTP client allows you to access your website files. Changing the plugin file name disables plugins on your website.

Let’s begin.

Disable Plugins Using FTP

Step One – Download An FTP Client

I recommend using Filezilla. You can download Filezilla’s installation file at https://filezilla-project.org.

Step Two – Connect To Your Website Using FTP

Launch Filezilla and connect to your website.

Your website files are on the right. Your computer files are on the left.

how to disable a WordPress plugin via FTP

Step Three – Open The public_html Folder

Double-click the public_html folder.

Root directory

Step Four – Open The wp-content Folder

Double-click the wp-content folder.

Your plugins are in this folder.

Open wp_content

Step Five – Rename The Plugins Folder

To disable all your current WordPress plugins, rename the plugins folder.

Right-click Plugins and click Rename.

Rename the plugins directory

Type Off after Plugins.

Add off or old to the original name

Click anywhere on the screen to change the name.

All WordPress plugins are now disabled.

Return to your WordPress login page and try to log in again.

If you can successfully log in, your installed plugins will look like this.

All WordPress plugins are disabled

Return to the FTP client and change the plugin folder name to Plugins.

Your installed plugins are deactivated. You can re-activate them individually to find the one causing the issues.

Rename the plugin folder
Plugins are deactivated

How To Disable Individual WordPress Plugins Using FTP

Double-click the Plugins folder.

Right-click the plugin you want to disable and click Rename.

Type Off after the plugin name to disable it.

Click anywhere on the screen to change the name.

Disable individual plugins

How To Disable WordPress Plugins Using FTP Video Tutorial

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How to disable a WordPress plugin via Filezilla

Conclusion

Sometimes plugins cause issues on your website.

To reduce the risk, use the plugins you need and use plugins that are updated often.

When you stop using a plugin, delete it from your website.

When you can’t access WordPress admin because of a plugin error.

Use an FTP client to access your website files when you can’t access WordPress admin because of a plugin error.

Or open the plugins folder to disable individual plugins.

I recommend using Filezilla. It is free to install and use.

I hope you found my article informative. If you have questions, please leave them below.


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