Instructions to downgrade WordPress plugin version - Blog HOSTVN

Downgrade WordPress plugin versions - Upgrading your WordPress plugins and themes is important if you want to maintain your website's security. However, sometimes you may find that a latest version may not be compatible with the interface or version of WordPress you are using. At that time, you may encounter some unexpected errors leading to the website not working.

Sometimes downgrading WordPress plugins to an older, more stable version can help prevent incompatibility errors and issues. In this article, HOSTVN I will guide you to downgrade WordPress plugin version with two easiest ways.

Why downgrading a plugin is a useful solution

Developers often make regular updates to their plugins. Usually, this is a good thing. An update can fix bugs, resolve security issues, or add new features.

However, sometimes these updates are not compatible with the interface or other plugins that you use on your site.

When you find that your site is down for plugin updates, you need to find a fix as quickly as possible. Fortunately, this problem can be solved temporarily by downgrading the plugin version.

Using an older version of that plugin helps ensure website compatibility and accessibility, and gives you time to notify the developer that a patch or fix is ​​required. Moreover, restoring a plugin helps protect the security of your website if errors in the updated version make your website more vulnerable.

Instructions to downgrade WordPress plugin version

Once you've made the decision to downgrade your WordPress plugin, there are several ways you can do it. HOSTVN will show you the 2 easiest ways you can do

Method 1: Download the old version from the WordPress plugins store

The first way to bring a WordPress plugin back to an old version is to do it manually by working at an old version directly from the WordPress plugins store.

Step 1: Download the old version of plugins

In this example, HOSTVN will downgrade the plugin Akismet Anti-Spam. First you need to access the WordPress plugins store at:

Progress of searching plugins to downgrade (Downgrade)



After accessing the plugin page, click on the link Advanced View On the right sidebar:


Next, scroll down to the bottom of the page and find the item PREVIOUS VERSIONS. Select the version you want to downgrade (Downgrade plugins), then click Download. A plugin's .zip file will be downloaded to your computer:


Step 2: Upload plugins to hosting

Next, you need to upload the zip file containing the downloaded plugins to hosting and extract it. To upload files to hosting, log into cPanel and select File Manager


Next visit Directory containing source code/ wp-content / plugins

Note: For primary domain names (Domain name used when registering hosting) then Directory containing source code will public_html. For addon-domain or sub-domain then Directory containing source code will take the form or

Next you choose Upload to upload files to hosting


Drag and drop the downloaded zip plugins file on your computer into the upload frame to upload the file to hosting


After the upload process is complete, click Go Back to to return to the file manager page.


Step 3: Extract the file

At the file management page Right click on the file just uploaded and chose Extract to extract the file


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Next, go back to the plugins list page and press F5 to see if the downgrade plugins have been downgraded to the old version.

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Method 2: Use WP Rollback plugins

If you do not want to downgrade WordPress plugins manually, you can also choose a dedicated tool to simplify the process. There are a few options, but top options of HOSTVN is the plugin WP Rollback. This free tool allows you to easily downgrade an old version plugin.

Step 1: Install WP Rollback plugins

First, visit the Plugins page in your WordPress dashboard, select Add new and search plugin WP Rollback. Click on it Install Now (Install Now), then select Activate. For details, please see the WordPress plugin installation guide HOSTVN.

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Step 2: Rollback plugins

After activating the Plugin, the link will automatically be added Rollback Next to each plugin installed on your WordPress site:

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By clicking on the link Rollback, you will be taken to a new screen where you can select the version of the plugin you want to downgrade. However, it should be noted that the WP Rollback plugin will only work with free plugins provided from the WordPress plugins store.

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Select the version you want to downgrade, then select the button Rollback at the bottom of the page. A pop-up screen will appear asking if you are sure you want to go back to an older version of the plugin. You click the button Rollback To confirm:

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At this point the installation process will take place and you will receive a success message after the installation is completed

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Keeping your WordPress website up to date is very important. But there are certain cases when new versions can cause problems that make your site inaccessible. In cases like this, using an older version (Downgrade plugins) of the plugin may become necessary. Fortunately, lowering the cable to an older version of the plugin is easier with this HOSTVN article. If you have any comments, you can leave a comment below and let us know. Also you may want to see the WordPress Plugin Update Guide.

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