How to disable all WordPress plugins to assist in a broken site troubleshooting

At times WordPress might break down, or even break down completely. For example, accessing any administration pages might give a 404. The causes are numerous but the best way to start the process of isolation is to disable all plugins.

There are two ways to disable all plugins:

  1. Rename the plugin folders one by one.
  2. Use the database query below to disable all plugins in the database. Please note that all auto settings will also be removed.
mysql> update wp_options set option_value = 'a:0:{}' where option_name = 'active_plugins';


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