More often you are asked to deactivate all plugins and activate them one-by-one while troubleshooting WordPress
issues. This sounds very easy if you have access to WordPress dashboard,
but what if you do not have access of wp-admin. Guess what, when you are being asked to deactivate all plugins, you have already
locked yourself out from accessing the WordPress dashboard.Deactivate All Plugins Using FTP/cPanel file manager
You can deactivate all WordPress plugins either through FTP or through
cPanel file manager. In both cases, you just need to navigate to /wp-content/
folder and rename it. Following are the complete steps for cPanel file manager method.
- Login at cPanel, Under Files section, Go to File Manager.
- Select Web Root (public_html/www) and click Go.
- Expand the public_html folder, and navigate to the /wp-content/plugins folder.
- Right click on the /wp-content/plugins folder and rename it like plugins.old. This will deactivate all of the plugins at once.
- Now, reactivate plugins folder again by renaming back to plugins. This will allow you to access the WordPress Dashboard again.
- Now you can activate one plugin at a time until your website breaks again. When it does, you’ll know the culprit plugin.