How to revert to a previous version of a theme or plugin

How to revert to a previous version of a theme or plugin

When you have a WordPress website, you know that you have to take care of it regularly, respectively. to do a regular report. Make regular updates to plugins, themes, WP and once in a while also PHP. Sometimes, unfortunately, it happens that after the update some error occurs, the site crashes, or other problems occur.

 

What to always do before updating plugins, themes or WP

Before any plugin, theme or WP update, always make a backup and write down which version you are updating to. See what the new update contains (especially if it’s a major update) and whether it’s compatible with your version of WP and PHP.

 

What to do if your site crashes after a plugin update

In this case, a quick solution is to deactivate the plugin via FTP by overwriting its name. That’s usually enough. If this quick solution doesn’t help, try error logging, which can make it easier to find the next solution. At this point, it’s really good to know that you have a backup of the site that you made before the updates, just in case.

 

What to do if you need to quickly and easily revert to a previous version of a plugin

This is what the great WP Rollback plugin is for. You can download this plugin for free from the WordPress.org library and revert the theme or plugin version. WP Rollback works on the same principle as update, but in reverse. Once you install the plugin, you’ll see an “undo” option next to the plugins, and when you click that option, a list of older versions will pop up at you. Just choose which version you need to revert to.

What are the limitations of the WP Rollback plugin

If the plugin you want to downgrade is not from the WordPress.org repository, WP Rollback will not communicate with it and will not show you the downgrade option. You also can’t help him roll back the version of WordPress. The best way to do this is to download it from WordPress.org and upload it via FTP.

 

Conclusion

After reverting to a previous version of a plugin or theme, always test that everything is OK. And don’t forget to check out the site in an anonymous window.

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