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How to revert to an older version of WordPress

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by irie08, Sep 11, 2009.

  1. irie08

    irie08 Junior Member

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    I use WP to power all my sites and every now and then I'll accidently update to the newest version, which as many of you know, can cause some headaches with plugins.

    I usually use version 2.7.1 and find that 2.8.4 has been incompatible with some of my favorite plugins.

    Luckily it's really easy to revert to an older version.

    Here's how:

    1. Backup your site. Tools > Export.
    2. FTP into your site and delete everything except "wp-content". You might also want to save your WP-Config file so you can reference your SQL databases/username/pw.
    3. Open your 2.7 version, and copy the same files you just deleted back into the directory.
    4. Go to yourblog.com/wp-admin and you should be prompted to set it up again.
    5. Go back to Tools > Import and import the XML file.

    You should be good to go. Takes about five minutes. Hope this helps someone. Lemme know if you got any questions and I'll be happy to help.
     
  2. mointernet

    mointernet Regular Member

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    what a stupid thing to do, you should know there some exploits going round on older versions and you should keep it to the latest version. Which is more important, functionality or security? You choose...
     
  3. irie08

    irie08 Junior Member

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    Well, when I'm rolling out autoblogs and version 2.8.4 does not work with Autoblogged, it becomes a matter of functionality. I don't care if one of my many autoblogs get's hacked; hell it's bound to happen.

    I do realize the security risks in 2.7.1. That said, this still works for ANY version of wordpress and it can be a simple solution when you're trying to figure out why your plugins don't work with the newest version of WP.

    As most of you know, even the most popular plugins can periodically break with WP updates. This can be a huge headache. On a recent client site I needed the Nextgen gallery, but it did not work on 2.8.4 so I had to roll the version back.

    So, take it or leave it...I don't care.
     
  4. The Scarlet Pimp

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    just install 2.7.1 from the wp main site.