Perplexing and Bursting: Restoring WordPress to a Previous Version
It is no secret that WordPress, the popular Content Management System (CMS), is a powerful tool used by many businesses and individuals to build websites and blogs. To maintain its performance, fix bugs, and enhance security, WordPress frequently releases new updates. However, sometimes these updates cause problems, leaving users with the need to restore WordPress to a previous version – a daunting task, especially for those unfamiliar with the process.
Before We Begin
It is crucial to note that restoring WordPress to a previous version will lead to the deletion of all changes made after the update. As such, creating a backup of your website before proceeding is an essential step.
Step 1: Create a Backup of Your Website
To create a backup of your website, you can use a backup plugin, such as UpdraftPlus, BackupBuddy, or Duplicator, which allows you to create a full backup of your website, including files, databases, and settings. You can further store these backup files in cloud storage services like Google Drive, Dropbox, or Amazon S3 for easy access and security.
Step 2: Download the Previous Version of WordPress
To restore WordPress to a previous version, the next step is to download the version you want to revert to. You can find earlier WordPress versions on the WordPress Release Archive website.
Step 3: Deactivate Your Plugins
Deactivating your plugins is necessary to prevent conflicts or errors during the restoration process. Go to the WordPress dashboard, click on the “Plugins” tab, and select “Deactivate” for all your plugins.
Step 4: Replace WordPress Files
To restore WordPress to a previous version, you need to replace the files of your current WordPress installation with the files of the previous version you downloaded. Using an FTP client like FileZilla, upload the unzipped WordPress files and folders to your WordPress installation directory, after deleting the “wp-content” folder.
Step 5: Run the WordPress Database Update
After replacing the WordPress files, updating your WordPress database is the next step. Open your website in a web browser and WordPress will prompt you automatically to update your database. Wait for the update to complete, and you will receive a success message.
Step 6: Reactivate Your Plugins
To complete the process, you can reactivate your plugins by going to the WordPress dashboard, clicking on the “Plugins” tab, and selecting “Activate” for all your plugins.
Restoring WordPress to a previous version may seem like a complicated task, but if you follow the above steps and create a backup of your website before starting, it need not be. Should you encounter any problems during the restoration process, seek help from a professional WordPress developer or contact WordPress Support, and you can return to a previous version of WordPress and keep your website running smoothly.