Getting 500 Server Error When Trying To Access WordPress Admin Menus

After switching host locations for my wordpress blog at the weekend I found I could not access my website due to errors in various plugins. After renaming the offending plugins’ folders on the server my page was functioning again, but when I attempted to login as admin to reactivate the plugins I was greeted by a 500 error.

After Googling I discovered the following solution was to deactivate all plugins in the database to regain access to the administrative menus.

Find the active_plugins row in the wp_options table,
Change the value of the field to: a:0:{}

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