How to get rid of a bad plugin in WordPress

Have a bad plugin in WordPress Getting your site down?

Here is some fix steps to help you get your site back on track!

 

Method 1(recommended)

1. Go into phpMyAdmin

phpMyAdmin

2. Click on your database on the left panel

db-select-phpmyadmin

3. click wp_options(this may also be something_options in some installs)

wp-options

4. click on the right arrow, or select 2 from the drop down above the tables.pageturner

5. Find the table called active_plugins

6. Click Edit.plugin1

7. Highlight and clear all of the data in the box.plugins2

8. click Goplugin3

Now your plugins are disabled. If they were causing your issues, then it should be resolved.

Other database management software clients will work differently consult your guide for specific instructions on how to use them.

 

Method 2

First off make sure you have the tools you need.

Tools needed for this exercise:

A reliable FTP program to upload select files and folders, which you can get from here (get the client if you are wondering)

And your FTP credentials (you can get these easily from your WordPress hosting provider)

Now that you have all the tools you will need to get started, let’s get started, this a a real quick and easy fix!*

1. Open FileZilla (or your FTP program of choice) and use your FTP credentials to connect to the server

2. Open the wp-content folder/directory

The next steps are optional depending on if you know which plugin caused the issue or not.

If you know what plugin caused the problem:

3a. Open the Plugins folder, find the plugins folder, and delete the bad plugin. You may opt to upload a fresh copy after doing this if you wish.

 

Method 3

If you are not sure which one caused the problem:

3b. Right click(Control-Click on Mac) the plugins folder and rename it to pluginsold. This will disable all plugins but your site will come back up. This will give you time to sift through your plugins one by one till you find the wrong one, normally by downloading the folder and re-uploading one by one till the issue starts again. Once the issue starts again you know the last plugin you uploaded caused the issue, and you should replace it right away, using step 3a.

Disclaimer: This article does cause data loss of the plugin(s) being deleted so a backup should be made prior to deleting it. if you fail to do so that is on you. We are not responsible for any damages you may encore by not maintain your site backups or maintenance this is for reference only.