Disable WordPress Plugins via phpMyAdmin

WordPress is an open source content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL. It is an online website creation tool written in PHP and it is the easiest and most powerful blogging and website content management system. Major issues faced by WordPress websites is cause by any plugins. When this occurs, we need to disable the WordPress plugins manually.

A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. These plugins can extend and expand the functionalities of WordPress website. Currently there are over 49,396 plugins are available at your fingertips. WordPress plugins are written in PHP programming language.

Normally we manage our WordPress plugins through WordPress admin Dashboard in wp-admin.  Sometimes it can be helpful to disable plugins from phpMyAdmin.


Let’s explain how we can disable WordPress plugins manually through phpMyAdmin.

1) Login to your control panel and select “phpMyAdmin” from the control panel interface. For example, (cPanel).

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2) Access your WordPress website database in phpMyAdmin. And click on the “+” symbol left on it to expand the tables of that database.

3) Click on “wp_options” to open the WordPress options table.

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4) Find the row called “active_plugins” on “wp_options” table. It is usually located on page 2 in the options table.

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5) Click on the field “option_value” for active_plugins. Remove all content and Press ‘enter’ to save. This will deactivate all  WordPress plugins.

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