[HOW TO] Downgrade your Current WordPress version to earlier WP Version
WordPress.org release a lot of WordPress update year after year.Before you update your WordPress Core you should check that is well compatible with your website themes and plugin. Most of the times we tend to ignore this and blindly update the WordPress Core version. Sometimes these WordPress update break the site and theme settings. Many times Plugins and Themes stop working at all or a feature of some plugin isn’t compatible with the latest version of WordPress.
Like the latest WordPress Update 4.5.2 isn’t compatible with the famous WPBakery Visual Composer plugin. The WPBakery Visual Composer keeps on loading when some edits is to performed. So, in short we can say that it broke some elements of the theme settings.
In most of the cases it has been seen that downgrading the WordPress Core fixes the issues. But downgrading the WordPress Version requires you to download the version of WP you want to downgrade. Also it requires access to cPanel and FTP.
Along the way you could mess up your whole website and lose all hope of ever recovering your site/blog. So, before you make any changes to your WordPress. It recommended to make a backup of your WordPress website including MySQL Database.
How to downgrade your Current WordPress version to any earlier WordPress Version ?
The foremost thing you should do is make a backup of My-SQL database because if anything goes wrong along the way you have the option to restore your website via cPanel. Many Web hosting provide the option of backing up the My-SQL database. Also you can use plugin to create a backup.
The below tutorial is very simple and it does not deals with you need to access your cPanel and FTP. This tutorial is performed using the WordPress Dashboard. You don’t need to be an expert to downgrade your WordPress core Version. You can say this as Downgrade WordPress version using Plugin tutorial.
- Goto WordPress Dashboard.
- Goto Plugins — Add New.
- Search – WP Downgrade | Specific Core Version.
- Install & activate the plugin WP Downgrade | Specific Core Version.
- Now Open WP Downgrade by going through Settings – WP Downgrade.
In the WP Downgrade page. You will be asked to enter the WordPress Target Version. It will be the WP version which you want to downgrade. For this tutorial we are downgrading to WordPress Version 4.3 . Additional to this, it will show Current WP Version and Language detected.
- Click on Save Changes.
- Go to WordPress updates/ Update core.
Before you click on the Update Now or Download Now Button. It necessary that you backup your files and database before you proceed to downgrade WordPress version.
- Click on Update Now
- Wait for few seconds. You website will be downgrade to the WordPress you choose earlier.
That’s it. Now you have successfully downgraded your WordPress Website using WP Downgrade | Specific Core Version plugin.