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Manually Disabling WordPress Plugins: Make It Easy with These Tips

Posted by Jamison on 15 11 2016.

Whenever you install a new plugin, problems may arise. This may come in the form of the inability to view websites; failure to see colors, fonts, and images associated with a theme plugin; temporary login blocks; and even the inability to disable the recently installed plugin.

 

One of the quickest ways to test whether the recently installed plugin causes these issues is to rename the entire plugins directory itself or temporarily place all of your plugin folders into another folder. In the event these do not work, take a look below for more in-depth troubleshooting steps for each potential issue.

 

The more advanced plugin disabling trick

 

When the above-mentioned steps do not work out, follow these advanced disabling trick for the recently installed plugin.

 

 	Access your cPanel account and navigate to the PhpMyAdmin option. Here, look for your database’s name. In most cases, it appears in the format: [cpanel_username][wdrp][#].
 	Once you find the…

Whenever you install a new plugin, problems may arise. This may come in the form of the inability to view websites; failure to see colors, fonts, and images associated with a theme plugin; temporary login blocks; and even the inability to disable the recently installed plugin.

 

One of the quickest ways to test whether the recently installed plugin causes these issues is to rename the entire plugins directory itself or temporarily place all of your plugin folders into another folder. In the event these do not work, take a look below for more in-depth troubleshooting steps for each potential issue.

 

The more advanced plugin disabling trick

 

When the above-mentioned steps do not work out, follow these advanced disabling trick for the recently installed plugin.

 

  1. Access your cPanel account and navigate to the PhpMyAdmin option. Here, look for your database’s name. In most cases, it appears in the format: [cpanel_username][wdrp][#].
  2. Once you find the name of your database, select the “wp_options” table and locate the active_plugins row.
  3. Find the pencil icon, click on it, and edit the value it contains.

 

Although it depends on how many plugins you have installed as well as their types, a similar code usually appears in this form:

 

a:3:{i:0;s:19:”akismet/akismet.php”;i:1;s:23:”wp-photo-album/wppa.php”;i:2;s:37:”wp-shopping-cart/wp-shopping-cart.php”;}

 

This lengthy code pertains to all the active plugins you have on the site. For you to disable all the plugins quickly without having to resort to the use of the WP Admin area, just highlight this entire array of code, and then cut and paste it into an offline but secure text file.

 

After this, save the changes you just made. Although this will deactivate all of your WordPress plugins, they remain installed, with all their plugin options unaffected. Reactivate all the plugins that used to work prior to the most recent installation.

 

WordPress theme installation issues

 

Sometimes, when people install new WordPress themes, they encounter issues such as having problems viewing the colors, fonts, or images. Sometimes they can see one or two of these three components, but not all.

 

To troubleshoot the issue, follow these steps:

 

  1. Look at the images folder permissions. In most cases, the reason behind the issue is that these permissions have too low a setting. Up them to 755.

 

  1. In the event this still does not solve the issue, even after verifying your server contains the images, check the public_html for the .htaccess file. Look for this code (or something along the lines of):

 

RewriteRule .*\.(jpg|jpeg|gif|png|bmp)$ – [F,NC]

 

  1. When you find this code, replace it to this code:

 

#RewriteRule .*\.(jpg|jpeg|gif|png|bmp)$ – [F,NC]

 

This 3-step troubleshooting program will remove the rule potentially blocking certain theme files from successfully loading.

 

WordPress plugin issues that temporary blocks login attempts

 

WordPress plugin installations, when done incorrectly, can also lead to a temporary blocking of log-ins. In such cases, a message will appear telling that the page is temporarily unavailable due to a heavy brute force attack.

 

This problem usually happens when the Apache configuration undergoes a global change for the mitigation of these damaging attacks. Once the attacks subside though, you can login to your WordPress account once again, with the Administrator pages automatically restored.

 

Just in case you cannot wait for the attacks to subside, contact WordPress’ Technical Support team right away.