Have you ever updated a WordPress theme and plugin only to realize that the new update breaks your website? It is extremely frustrating and it is often one of the main reasons that is why the beginners do not update the plugins or themes. In this post, we will show you how to rollback WordPress plugins and themes like a version control system for the WordPress beginners.
For More Info: https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-rollback
Why You Need to Rollback WordPress Plugins and Themes
You should always use the latest version of the WordPress, themes and plugins. However, sometimes updates can break your site. That is why we always recommend you to create a complete WordPress backup before performing any updates. Restoring a website from backup can be a time consuming task. But, if you know which plugin caused the issue, then you can easily revert the changes and report the issue to the developer, thus it can be fixed. Now, you can always manually install the older version of the WordPress plugin, but having an easier way to rollback WordPress plugins and themes is more efficient. Let’s take a look on how you can easily rollback WordPress plugins and themes by using a version control designed for an absolute beginners.
Instructions To Rollback WordPress Plugins
The very first thing that you need to do is to install and activate the WP Rollback plugin. After activation, go to the plugins page where you will notice a new Rollback link in below each plugin.
When you need to revert to the previous version of the plugin, then simply visit the plugins page and tap on the Rollback link below that plugin.
WP Rollback plugin will take you to the page where you can see which version you have installed and the versions you can rollback too.
Simply, just select the previous version and then tap on the rollback button. The plugin will now display a alert or warning message. This alert message simply informs you that you should create a complete WordPress backup before proceeding.
If you have taken all the precautions, then you can proceed by clicking on the Rollback button. WP Rollback will download and replace the current version with the version that you have selected.
Reference Link: http://tbwhs.com/blog/wordpress-rollback
Rolling Back WordPress Themes to the Previous Version
If you are using a free theme which downloaded from the WordPress.org theme directory, then the WP Rollback can also rollback your theme too. Simply, just go to Appearance » Themes page and tap on the theme that you want to rollback. Then after, theme details popup would appear with Rollback button at the bottom right corner.
When you see no rollback is available for the theme message, then first make sure that the theme is from WordPress.org directory. The plugin doesn’t work on themes downloaded from any other sources.
If you are certain that the theme you’re trying to rollback is from WordPress.org directory, then here is what you need to do. Simply go to the Dashboard » Updates page, this will force WordPress to check for updates.
Now, come back to the themes page and click on the theme that you wanted to rollback. You should now be able to see the Rollback button now.
Continue Reading: https://wordpress.org/support/topic/rollback-wordpress-version
That’s all, we hope this post helped you to learn how to easily rollback WordPress plugins and themes by using a version control for beginners.