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How to deactivate all plugins when not able to access the administrative menus?

Sometimes it may be necessary to deactivate all plugins, but you can’t access the Administration Screens to do so. this method deactivate all plugins.

Reset your plugins folder via FTP or the file manager provided in your host’s control panel. This method preserves plugin options but requires plugins be manually reactivated.

  1. Via FTP or your host’s file manager, navigate to the wp-contents folder (directory)
  2. Via FTP or your host’s file manager, rename the folder “plugins” to “plugins.hold”
  3. Login to your WordPress administration plugins page (/wp-admin/plugins.php) – this will disable any plugin that is “missing”.
  4. Via FTP or your host’s file manager, rename “plugins.hold” back to “plugins”
  5. Now you can reactivate your plugins in the admin panel.

By activating the plugins piece by piece, try to discover the faulty plugin.
If you get another white screen, then you know which one it is.
Then repeat the points from 2 to 5.
Then try to discover why the problem occurs.
Possibly udating WP or the specific plugin?