Themes and Plugins extend the look and functionality of WordPress. With these two features of WordPress you can create any type of website you need.
You can easily change the look of a WordPress site with a theme. WordPress themes can be as simple or complex as you would want. Once you install a theme, it will be found in the wp-content/themes folder. You can also activate the theme in the admin dashboard panel.
Themes and Plugins can be installed automatically through the WordPress admin dashboard or manually by uploading the files. There are thousands of free and/or paid for Themes available to WordPress users. WordPress Themes and Plugins will install into the wp-content folder of your WordPress.
If a Theme is available on WordPress.org/extend/themes/, the Theme can be located using keywords in the search field at the top of this page.
After a theme is installed via the dashboard or by uploading the folder by FTP, it still needs to be activated in the admin dashboard before it can be utilized on the WordPress site.
To disable a Theme in the database, you will be resetting the theme to one of the WordPress default themes.
The theme should now be reset to which ever default theme you specified. By setting the default theme, the custom settings for the prior theme are most likely lost.
Plugins can extend WordPress to do almost anything you can imagine and will be found in the wp-content/plugins folder or on the plugins section of your WordPress dashboard. There are thousands of free and/or paid for Plugins available to WordPress users.
After a Plugin is installed via the Dashboard or by uploading the folder by FTP, it still needs to be activated in the admin dashboard before it can be utilized on the WordPress site.
An easy way to disable a Plugin is to rename the folder. This way WordPress will no longer be able to locate the files.
To disable all Plugins from the database:
All plugins would now be disabled with this method and most likely the custom settings for the plugin will be lost.