WordPress plugins are a great way to add new features and functionality to your website. However, sometimes a plugin may not work as expected or may cause compatibility issues with other plugins or the WordPress core itself.
In such cases, it may be necessary to downgrade a WordPress plugin to an earlier version that worked properly. Downgrading a WordPress plugin is not always straightforward, and it requires some technical knowledge.
In this post, I will show you how to rollback WordPress plugins both manually and with the help of a plugin.
Why Rollback WordPress Plugins
Updating is one of the best practices that one can do. But sometimes, updating your plugins may cause you to malfunction, and even it can lead to breaking your pages or work improperly. That’s why it is always recommended to keep a backup of your WordPress site.
When you face any of these events, you can always restore them from backups. However, if you know which plugins caused you a problem, you can simply roll back the plugin and save yourself from the backup restoration hassle. Besides, it will take only a minute to roll back a WordPress plugin, whereas full backup restoration may take hours, and then, there is a risk that your recent changes may get lost.
Therefore it is wise to roll back the WordPress plugin where you know which plugin is causing you trouble.
Remember, updating the plugin later is recommended, as an update always brings you new features and bug fixes.
Rollback a WordPress Plugin Update Safely
You can rollback a WordPress plugin update with the help of a plugin and without the help of a plugin. If you want to do it quicker, then it is recommended to use a plugin. Else you can try the manual procedure.
Rollback a Plugin Update with the help of a Plugin
Rollback with a plugin is pretty much easy. First, install and activate the “Wp Rollback” plugin from the WordPress plugins directory.
Now navigate to Plugins -> Installed Plugins, and scroll to the WordPress plugin that you want to rollback to the previous version.
Click on the Rollback button, then select the specific version in which you want to rollback your plugin.
Finally, click on the Rollback button, and your plugin will be rollbacked to the version that you have chosen.
Rollback a Plugin Update Manually
To roll back manually, navigate to the WordPress plugins repository and search for the plugin that you want to roll back.
Next, scroll below and look for “advanced view” in the below right.
Now scroll below and choose the version you want to rollback. Click on the download button.
Now navigate to Plugins -> Add New, and click on “Upload Plugin” button.
Choose the file that you have downloaded earlier and hit “Install Now” button.
Upon the complete installation, your plugin will be rollbacked to the version you downloaded earlier.
Well, I hope you have learned how to rollback a WordPress plugin update. Now it’s time to rollback a plugin by yourself. If you face any problems, feel free to ask for help. If you liked the post, then share it with your friends, and don’t forget to leave your thoughts in the comments section below.