How to downgrade WordPress to a previous version, Updated 7th January 2021 – In this easy tutorial I am going to show you how to downgrade WordPress to a previous version.
You will learn how to downgrade WordPress to a previous version manually and by using a plugin.
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Downgrading WordPress means reverting back to an older release of WordPress core files.
WordPress issues new releases regularly to fix bugs, vulnerabilities and add new functionalities.
You can check the list of all the releases directly on the WordPress release archive.
You should downgrade WordPress to an earlier version if you experience a conflict with a plugin or theme.
Generally speaking, downgrading to an older version is not recommended as this might expose your website to known vulnerabilities that have been fixed with the most recent version of your WordPress core files.
However, some plugins or themes might not be 100% compatible with the new version (yet).
When that happens, you might want to consider temporarily downgrading WordPress to a previous version.
There are two main ways to downgrade WordPress to a previous version: manually and by using a plugin.
When downgrading it’s recommended that you install the second most recent release of WordPress, provided it works well with your themes and plugins.
To downgrade WordPress manually:
For a cleaner installation, I would recommend that you also delete all the WordPress files at root level, with the exception of the wp-config.php one. You might also consider deactivating all the plugins before proceeding to a downgrade.
To download an older version of WordPress:
To downgrade WordPress by using a plugin:
Please note that when downgrading from WordPress 5.5 to WordPress 5.4.2 by using WP Downgrade I had to take an extra step for the older release to be fully active:
- Mouse over on ‘Dashboard‘ and click on ‘Updates‘
- Click on ‘Re-Install Now‘