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How to Disable Plugins in WordPress

Last modified: July 2, 2022
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How to Disable Plugins in WordPress

You might occasionally run into issues as a frequent WordPress user that stop your productivity in its tracks. You might need to turn off all of your WordPress plugins to fix them. Fortunately, even if you lose access to your WordPress admin dashboard, you can still accomplish this.

This article explains both how to disable certain plugins and how to disable them all at once.

Disabling Individual Plugins

The WordPress interface makes it simple to enable and disable specific plugins. Follow these steps to accomplish this:

  1. Log in to WordPress as the administrator.
  2. In the left-hand pane, click Plugins.
  3. Locate the plugin you want to disable, and then click Deactivate.
    To re-enable the plugin, click Activate.

Disabling All Plugins

On the plugins page of the WordPress administrative interface, you can disable several plugins at once using the bulk action option. However, there is another method to disable all plugins at once if you have several installed or if the administrator interface is unavailable. Follow these steps to accomplish this:

  1. Log in to your cPanel account.
  2. In the Files section of the cPanel home screen, click File Manager.
  3. Navigate to the directory where WordPress is installed.
  4. Open the wp-content directory.
  5. Right-click the plugins directory, and then click Rename.
  6. In the Rename dialog box, type a new name for the plugins directory, such as plugins-disabled.
  7. Click Rename File. All plugins are now disabled.

How Plugins Impact the Speed of Your Site

Processing power is needed for each plugin you utilise. As a result, if you use too many of them, your website will load slowly. That’s a problem because running a good website depends on site performance. In addition, a page that takes longer than three seconds to load will be abandoned by nearly half of users.

There is a solution to speed up page loading without reducing the number of plugins, though. On particular sites, you can prevent plugins from running. They now only load when necessary as a result. By doing this, you can profit from using strong WordPress plugins to improve the operation of your website and accelerate your pages.

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