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How to Disable the WordPress Plugin Folder Through FTP

Last Updated on April 28, 2022 by WP Knowledge Hub

One of the best things aboout WordPress is the use of plugins. There are millions of free plugins you can use for just about every conceivable scenario when building a WordPress website. Since plugins are developed by third-party publishers, it happens that you can encounter a plugin that might cause errors or that might conflict with your other plugins or theme.

When this happens, you might lose access to your site and have to manually disable the plugins via FTP.

How to Disable the Plugins Folder in WordPress?

  1. Connect to your server with an FTP client like FileZilla or Cyberduck.
  2. Navigate to your websites root folder.
  3. Navigate to the /wp-content folder.
  4. Find the plugins folder and rename it to something like plugins.bak, or _plugins

This causes WordPress to essentially “lose track” of the folder and disable them all at once automatically, granting you access to your site again.