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

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1) Is a plugin that might got out of date, meaning hasn’t been updated for a while, and no longer functioning because of a new wordpress core update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

[content_box_blue width=”75%”] Now I needed to find a way, to control the situation without logging in to my wordpress dashboard.[/content_box_blue]

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.

For more information, download my report “6 Mistakes That You Are Doing That is KILLING Your WordPress Website Or Blog and How to Avoid Them?”

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