How to disable Plugin in Joomla

Did you install any plugin recently on your Joomla site that is causing trouble? Learn how to quickly disable Plugin in Joomla.

You cant have a great site without plugins. Plugins give additional functionality to a website. Normally, an average Joomla site has tons of plugins activated.

Usually, the most common errors you will experience on your Joomla site will be from a plugin. Despite this, you still cannot do without them.

If you attempted to install a plugin on your site and then experience an error or unable to access your site, there are so many things that might be the cause.

One very possible cause could be that the plugin is not fully compatible with the version of your Joomla site. Hence, we will show you how to quickly disable a plugin in Joomla site.

There are three ways through which you can disable a plugin activated on your Joomla site. You can disable Joomla plugin through:

  1. your back-end (admin panel)
  2. FTP or file manager in cPanel
  3. PhpMyAdmin.

Disable Plugin Using Joomla Administrator Panel

The first way to disable plugins is through your Joomla administrator panel. Follow the process below to do this.

First, you need to login to your admin panel or back-end as an administrator. After you are logged in, on the top menu bar, you will find Extension, click on it. Next, scroll down to Plugins and click on it.

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After you clicked on the Plugins, you will be taken to your plugin page where you can enable or disable any plugin of your choice.

The plugins that are Enabled show a green checkmark icon in the Status column, while the one(s) Disabled plugins show a red x icon in the Status column.

The disable any plugin from the plugin list, find the plugin, and then click on the green checkmark icon. The plugin will be disabled.

If you want to deactivate all enabled plugin at once, use the checkbox and select all the plugins you want to disable, on the top items on the list as seen from the screenshot above, click disable, and all the selected plugins will be disabled.

Disable Plugin Using FTP or CPanel

The above method will only enable you to disable your site plugin from your administrator panel if you can still access your back-end.

There are times when as a result of the plugin you installed, you are not able to access your admin panel, and the only way to resolve the issue is by deactivating the plugin causing the problem.

In such a situation, you will not be able to deactivate the plugin through your admin panel since you cant access, hence. However, you can still disable the plugin or plugins if the issue is caused by more than 1 plugin through your FTP or cPanel.

Follow the steps below to disable plugins via FTP or cPanel.

To begin, connect to your website using FTP client, or File Manager in cPanel. Once you are connected, navigate to the folder named plugins.

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This is where Joomla stores all the plugin files installed on your website. Click on the Plugin folder. Inside the plugin folder, there are many other folders.

However, the folders you are looking for are authentication, content, system. All your Joomla website plugins are divided into these three folders.

Hence, you will need to open them one after the other to find the plugin folder you want to disable.

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When you locate the plugin folder you want to disable, open the folder. Each plugin folder has at least two files: pluginname.php and pluginame.xml.

The files you are looking for is pluginname.php. To disable the plugin, simply rename or remove the PHP file.

For instance, let’s say you wish to disable the Vote plugin. After you have clicked on the Plugin folder, click on the content folder, because that is the folder you will find the Vote plugin files, and click on the Vote Folder.

There are three items in the Vote folder. tmpl folder, vote.php and vote.xml. Yours might have more than the three items. However, you must surely find the .php and .xml files.

Next, rename the vote.php file to any name of your choice. Or better still, simply add off or disable to the vote.php file.

With this process, you can easily disable Joomla plugins from your File manager in cPanel or FTP. Now let’s take a look at how you can disable plugins on Joomla site using PhpMyAdmin database.]

Disable Plugins Using phpMyAdmin

Since you are unable to access the back-end, you will now have to disable the plugin from the database (PhpMyAdmin)

First, log in to your cPanel and click on PhpMyAdmin. You will find it under the Databases section of your cPanel.

Next, select the name of your website database, if you installed more that one site on your web hosting account and find the ***_extensions table.

*** is your own Joomla database prefix. It varies. However, the prefix will lool like this: ufhgo_extensions, depending on your own Joomla database prefix.

Next, find the row for the extension you were trying to install and click on Edit. Now, you have to change the enabled field value 1 to 0 and click Go at the bottom on the lower right corner or simply hit the Enter key on your keyboard.

That’s all. If you follow the methods above, then you would have disabled your Joomla plugin successfully using your site admin back-end, your file manager and phpMyAdmin.

We hope that this article helped you disabled all your Joomla plugin. If you are yet to monetize your Joomla site, you might want to see our article on adding Google AdSense to Joomla site.

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