This is Malcolm Peralty here from PressTitan and this is The WP Minute, Episode 81
I usually wouldn’t point out such an article as I believe it could be very dangerous if someone without a reasonable understanding of the WordPress database undertook these steps, but I also believe that knowledge is power… Elegant Themes has pointed out a way to disable plugins through the MySQL database. The images in the post look pretty poor quality to me, but I have recently used a similar technique to re-activate a poorly coded plugin that was deactivated and rendered a site inaccessible. If you need to do this for some reason, please be very careful before doing anything the database. You have tested, known working database backups, right?
In the comments of the post, there is an easier and safer way to forcefully disable plugins, something I’d recommend you try before this method… Oh, and I don’t recommend needing to activate a plugin through the database either.
One thing that I really want to do in 2019 is to be more active in the WordPress community and provide my own opinions on the direction the software should be heading in. To start with that, I’ll be passively joining some meetings that are happening in the WordPress community, and I hope you’ll all come to join me. On the Make.WordPress site, there is a list of upcoming meetings which are all held in the WordPress Slack.
That’s it for today’s WP Minute, thank you all for watching.