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1. 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.

  • Navigate to the wp-contents folder
  • Rename the folder plugins in it to plugins.hold
  • Login to your WordPress then go to Dashboard > Plugins yourdomain.com/wp-admin/plugins.php – this will disable any plugin that is “missing”, so all of them.
  • Then, rename plugins.hold back to plugins and activate in Dashboard all the plugins except the one causing troubles

2. Use phpMyAdmin to deactivate all plugins.

  • In the table wp_options, under the option_name column (field) find the active_plugins row
  • Change the option_value field to: a:0:{}. This will deactivate all plugins.
  • Then from Dashboard you need to reactivate all plugins, except the one causing you troubles

If that does not resolve the issue, access your server via SFTP or FTP, or a file manager in your hosting account’s control panel, navigate to /wp-content/themes/ and rename the directory of your currently active theme. This will force the default theme to activate and hopefully rule-out a theme-specific issue (theme functions can interfere like plugins).

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