How to Disable WordPress Plugins from Database?

We've shared articles on managing a WordPress website and its data. One of the most crucial features of WordPress is its plugins, which enable users to manage website data and presentation.

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of disabling WordPress plugins directly from the database using phpMyAdmin in cPanel. Follow the steps below for detailed instructions:

  1. Login to the cPanel associated with your WordPress website.
  2. Select phpMyAdmin in the DATABASES section.
Figure 1: Selecting phpMyAdmin in cPanel
  1. On the next page, choose the database associated with your WordPress website from the left panel list. (To check your database credentials, refer to the tutorial on how to edit the wp-config.php file.)
  2. You will see a list of all tables on the right side of the page.
Figure 2: Selecting the WordPress database
  1. From the list of tables, select wp_options as indicated in the above image.
  2. On the next page, choose active_plugins under option_name. Refer to the image below.
Figure 3: Selecting active_plugins in wp_options
  1. Double-click on the information next to active_plugins under option_value as shown in the image above.
  2. Delete the data in the box, then scroll down and click on GO to save the changes.
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