How to Deactivate a WordPress Plugin Without Logging In To The Admin Dashboard

301 Error Too Many Redirects With Wordpress Error

Error 310 Too Many Redirects:

I had a situation where I wasn’t able to login to my wordpress Dashboard.

And I am sure you know the feeling, you are the admin of your blog, and you cannot login to the dashboard to do any kind of work, this is a major problem.

I was getting a too many redirects error, which really worried me.

Unable to Login too many redirects error screenshot

My first guess was it is something that happened with a plugin, probably a faulty plugin that has a conflict with another plugin.

And I know, that I have a security plugin, that secures my login process, and I kinda suspected that it might be that plugin that’s having the problem, since it is the first plugin that gets executed during the login and authentication process

As you know, in most situations that shouldn’t be a problem. All you have to do, is just login, to my wordpress Dashboard, and deactivate the plugin, BUT, the problem was that I wasn’t able to login at all.

So I needed an alternative way, to disable that plugin…..

What is a Problematic Plugin:

I have two definitions for a Problematic Plugin:

1) Is a plugin that might got out of date, meaning hasn’t been updated for a while, and no longer functioning because of a new wordpress core update

2) Is a plugin, that works fine, in most situations, but might have a conflict with another plugin that you have installed and configured.

Now I needed to find a way, to control the situation without logging in to my wordpress dashboard, which means I am going to go a bit technical.

 Now I needed to find a way, to control the situation without logging in to my wordpress dashboard.

There are two ways to disable plugins on WordPress:

1) Using PHPMYadmin, meaning going to MYSQL, the database where wordpress resides, and execute a SQL statement to deactivate and disable plugins (Very Technical, and Risky)

2) Using a very simple method, using FTP or CPanel file manager, should be very quick and easy.

In this free wordpress training, I am going to show you step by step, how to use the 2nd option, which is very easy, and direct, but for every option there are pros and cons.

#1 Disable Plugins using PHPMyAdmin


1) Can disable Multiple Plugins all in One Shot,

so if you have lots of plugins, this one

is very practical.


1) Can be a Bit Technical

#2 Disable Plugins using CPanel File Manager


Very easy to use, and very direct method (Big Plus)


Can be time consuming if you have lots of plugins

How to Deactivate a Plugin Using CPANEL File Manager:

Watch this video below, as I provide you with step by step instructions, on how to do that.

What’s NEXT

Ok in this training, I showed you a simple example, on how to deactivate a plugin that you know it is problematic.

But here are some suggestions that you should consider when using plugins:

1) Always have a backup of your wordpress blog or website, you never know, when anything major happens that can cause a major disaster to your wordpress blog or website

2) Always test plugins, on a test website first. Try to recreate a test website, from a backup and always install new plugins, there, make sure that the plugin is functioning with no problems, before rolling it out to your LIVE wordpress website or blog

3) Make sure that you install Plugins with good reputation, and plugins that are recently updated, and always review and check the reviews on the plugins

4) Themes and Plugins work together like a team, to deliver the look and the functionality of your overall website or blog, so remember sometimes the issue could be from the actual theme not the plugin.

Overall we are all thankful for a such active wordpress platform, without those plugins, WordPress wouldn’t be that amazing rich platform, but as you know, NOTHING is Perfect, with Extra Functionality Bugs and Problems, are always bound to happen.

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  1. elsa7ermark
    4 years ago

    I try this method , by deleting the plugin folder , or by changing the name of the plugin folder and same problem there !

  2. getyourblogready
    4 years ago

    Did you figure out, which plugin is causing the issue? are you 100% positive that the plugin that you are deactivating is causing the problem?

  3. elsa7ermark
    4 years ago

    Thanks you , the problem was resolved , it was a plugin that had edit the htaccess file , and I had to remove the code edited manually.

  4. getyourblogready
    4 years ago


  5. aidannara
    4 years ago

    thank you! it’s great!

  6. TheBaddMojo
    4 years ago

    DUDE. I was sure I was fooked. You saved me!

  7. getyourblogready
    4 years ago

    Awesome my friend… Glad that I can help 🙂

  8. Arjun gambhir
    4 years ago

    I would like to tell you that i have never ever commented on any video on youtube since i have my account… since you saved my website and my life i would like to thank you deeply.. you are the best!!! thanx again

  9. getyourblogready
    4 years ago

    Thank you…And I am glad that I was able to help..

  10. cardealerjoe
    4 years ago

    Thank you..why you made this video I dont know, but, it saved me. worked

  11. getyourblogready
    4 years ago

    I am glad to hear that it helped you….All The Best to YOU 🙂 And thanks for posting..

  12. mortgagemountie
    4 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing this with us.

  13. Tarek Alaaddin
    4 years ago

    I am glad I was able to help..

  14. Sanjay Patel
    4 years ago

    Yhank you sir… really helpful post.. i have solve my problem.. thanks again

  15. Sanjay Patel
    4 years ago

    Thank you sir… really helpful post.. i have solve my problem.. thanks again

  16. prashant pandey
    4 years ago

    wonderful video. It saved me so much of time and headache. I was accidently locked out of my wordpress installation because of conflict of plugins and your video helped in getting out of this headache in few minute. Thank you very much.

  17. Greg Desoto
    4 years ago

    I am an expert in wordpress and I just recorded a series of 25 video tutorials for wordpress users. It definitely is the most complete wordpress package ever created. I posted a sample part of the course on my channel. go check it out..

  18. Didem Bas
    4 years ago

    Thank you so much…you have just helped a lot. Just a note, I took some risk and istead of changing the name of the file, i completely deleted the plugin files…so it also worked well.

  19. Khien Han
    4 years ago

    Thank you. You have helped me a lot. 🙂

  20. Julie P.
    4 years ago

    Thank you soooooooooooooo much!!!!!!!!! Worked perfectly! :))))))))

  21. Tarek Alaaddin
    4 years ago

    You are very welcome 🙂

  22. Debadityo Sinha
    4 years ago

    Thanks for the video guide. The error happened with me several times before and I was pissed off. Today it helped me a lot. Nice work!

  23. Tarek Alaaddin
    4 years ago

    Awesome my friend… I know, the feeling, and I am glad that I was able to help….in anyway..

  24. Debadityo Sinha
    4 years ago


  25. Carlos Perez
    3 years ago

    I got thits problem yesterday, and ppl told me in the forum that i should try to deactivated it via FTP but i had no clue of how, you just got my website running again. Thanks alot.

  26. Nathalie Roy
    3 years ago

    Oh thank you 🙂 you saved me. Had to disable better WP security because I was locked out and it works!

  27. How Art Thou Cafe
    3 years ago

    anyway to reactivate plugin or update it so that it works or should I just delete it and start over?

  28. YouFixTube
    3 years ago

    How do you manually install plugins through cPanel? Good training by the way.

  29. YouFixTube
    3 years ago

    How do you manually install plugins through cPanel? Good training by the way.

  30. Roberto Rubin
    3 years ago

    This is great. I am glad I found this video. I have had this need for a week now and finaly finally was able to get it resolved.

  31. Tarek Alaaddin
    3 years ago

    I am glad I was able to help Roberto..

  32. Mithilesh Wachasunder
    3 years ago

    Thanks A ton !!!!!!!!!!!! Its much better than those rubbish wp-forums; it worked perfectly;you really rock

  33. Tarek Alaaddin
    3 years ago

    You are very welcome..

  34. emoneyavenue
    3 years ago

    Thank you SO much for this! I just installed a plugin and when I wasn’t able to log in to my dashboard I was panicking a little! I just followed the instructions in this video and now all is well. Lesson learned? If possible, always test first before installing something on your main site! I shall definitely be more careful in future

  35. Mail Anna
    3 years ago

    Thank you!!!!

  36. Bren Murphy
    3 years ago

    agreed, much better that the wp-forums, as I knew what plugin was causing the problem – stay away from “Spammers Suck” Thank you!

  37. ramadanaffan
    3 years ago

    Great great great! Thanks so much man.

  38. ShaylaAtHome
    3 years ago

    Thank you thank you thank you so much! My site was due to go live in a few more hours and your video was a life saver!

  39. ZoD
    3 years ago

    life saver thank you Tarek

  40. Carolynne Alexander
    3 years ago

    Fantastic, thank you so much for uploading this.

  41. Tarek Alaaddin
    3 years ago

    Thank You Carolynne

  42. Agustin Herrera
    3 years ago

    Thanks SOOOO much. Today I installed a free plugin and it locked me out of almost all of me 30+ sites. Your clear and easy to follow teaching got me back up. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you…

  43. By Famous
    3 years ago

    Tarek – This Video is the best, straight forward and easy to understand and follow. +10 from me.

  44. Carolyn Phillips
    3 years ago

    Thanks, buddy. That did the trick! I’m baaaaaack! 🙂

  45. Oz du Soleil
    3 years ago

    I’m one more person who appreciates this video! I just updated several plugins and wasn’t able to log in afterward. The error message named the culprit and your video showed me how to disable it. Fortunately it’s not a plugin that I rely on.Thanks much!

  46. Darren Bottams
    3 years ago

    You’re a legend, thanks for such a simple and easy to follow solution. Took me from sheer panic to appreciating your time and effort. Thankyou

  47. Syed Balal Rumy
    3 years ago

    thanks man

  48. Syed Balal Rumy
    3 years ago

    Suppose we need to be disable all plugins so we need to be rename the plugins folder to plugin.temp ?

  49. Rick
    2 years ago

    Thank you for this information-it was a lifesaver!

  50. Mistik
    2 years ago

    Bless you! Thank you for your time and share!

  51. shawn
    2 years ago

    thanks dude! worked perfect for me! you saved me a lot of headaches!

  52. Marc Andresen
    12 months ago

    Thanks for the help. It was excellent advice, and I am not at all technically minded.

    I used it for a “Disable website” plug-in, where I couldn’t get back into my site using my admin log-in.

    Many thanks!

    • Tarek A.
      12 months ago

      You are very welcome Marc. Let me know, if there is anything I can help you with..

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