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How to downgrade WordPress? Or install older WordPress on new version by keeping same settings?

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  1. Radislav
    February 16, 2011
    9:56 pm

    This is what I was looking for. Thx

  2. chrissabbatini
    March 22, 2011
    12:30 pm

    Man, this is the SECOND time your post has saved my ass. THANK YOU.

    WordPress 3.1 is incompatible especially with some Facebook integrating plugins, and completely screwed some of my websites.

    Following these instructions, however, I went back to 3.0.5 without any issues and now everything works again.

    Now, to figure out exactly what’s incompatible and get RID OF THAT S*!%.

    Thanks again!

  3. Steve
    April 26, 2011
    11:40 pm

    Thanks, worked a treat. :)

  4. JJ
    April 27, 2011
    2:51 am


    How to install a wordpress older version the very first time to a new domain name. No data yet.


  5. Hamza Younas
    April 30, 2011
    7:58 pm

    great tutorial i was looking for this

  6. Lena
    August 3, 2011
    8:57 pm

    ok i deleted the wp-includes and the wp-admin folders, now when i open the old version of wordpress are those the only 2 folders that I replace on the ftp?

    Im downgrading because wp 3.2.1 made my lightbox stop working. im scared todo this because i dont want to ruin the whole site :-(

  7. Andy
    August 3, 2011
    9:39 pm

    @Lenea ,
    First make sure you have a backup or copy of your wp-config file which is at root of your wp installation folder. You should not delete wp-config.php file and wp-content folder. Then You need to extract and copy old version of wp-admin and wp-includes folders plus all other files except wp-content folder to your ftp at same place.that’s all

  8. Gregor
    August 9, 2011
    2:42 pm

    This has saved me lots of frustration. I had numerous issues with WP 3.2.1 and have just downgraded to 3.1.4. I referred to this page many times over the past few days.

    Many Thanks.

  9. cahir
    September 19, 2011
    3:05 am

    Thanks man, it saved me a lot of time.

  10. Muse
    December 16, 2011
    5:27 pm

    Great it worked for Me . Awesome ! since the new word-press version 3.3 disabled my edition on posts View . It left me with HTML only.
    I needed to go back 2.2.1

  11. Josh
    January 4, 2012
    1:31 am

    You saved me! I have my final meeting with my first client ever. I didn’t see anything affecting what I had in the changes documentation, so as a noob, I didn’t back the site up.

    My site ended up breaking horribly in internet explorer, and you just saved my ass!

  12. Antoine van DInter
    January 4, 2012
    9:05 am

    You have saved my blog and about 4 years of work! Thanx to your detailed description I have everything back and it’s up and running again! Great post, many thanx! I first had a blank page, but renaming the plugins folder to plugins-old and uploading the plugins folder from WP did the trick.

  13. Brian
    January 16, 2012
    2:22 am

    It worked. A few things to point out..

    Using FTP:

    Delete: wp-admin and wp-includes folders.
    Do NOT delete: wp-config.php file and wp-content folder (I almost did)

    After you do that, then just drag over all the files and you’re set. Also remember to delete wp-config-sample.php (in the wordpress package) as you don’t need it.

    Thank you! :)

  14. Brian
    January 16, 2012
    2:23 am

    Also this is great! If you use one-click install, but your hosting company doesn’t have older versions.. Do the 1 click install for version 3.3 or newer, then downgrade using this method, I used 3.2x.. :) Super easy took 3-5 min, most of the time was spending transferring files.

  15. Noel
    January 18, 2012
    6:06 pm

    Hi, thanks for the tutorial. I successfully completed the instructions, but I have had the update required warning for about 15 hours on my wp-admin page. It seems like I have to click the button and upgrade to get into my admin. Is 15 hours a normal wait time? Thanks for your feedback.

    ——-wp-admin message—————–

    Database Update Required

    WordPress has been updated! Before we send you on your way, we have to update your database to the newest version.

    The update process may take a little while, so please be patient.

  16. Shawn
    January 21, 2012
    11:58 am

    Much luv for the post!! I am putting up a back link on my site to this page. Very helpful!

    P.S. $50 to do this work is way too cheap man. You are worth way more than that. Don’t short change yourself.

    Thanks again,

    CompSE Web Designs

  17. Simon
    March 19, 2012
    12:34 pm

    Thanks for GREAT GREAT POST. You saved me a lot of time and headache! Thanks so much!!!

  18. Audrey Cordery
    September 19, 2012
    10:44 pm

    This is HUGE timesaver -And the second time I have used this-with no problems.

  19. ChrisDav
    August 4, 2014
    6:38 am

    Great post – thanks.
    HAd to d/grade WP after an idiot of a client upgraded to latest version.
    Doh! Clients

  20. Laurie Frick
    May 12, 2015
    1:09 pm

    Hi, are you still doing the downgrade wordpress offer for $50?

    wp 4.2.2 broke my theme (which doesn’t have an update). I’ve got the disable wordpress plugin, have backed up my site and deactivated all the plugins.

    I can’t figure out how to upload the whole folder or multiple files in cpanel filemanager for bluehost. Will happily pay, to save more time on this end.

  21. Andy
    May 12, 2015
    3:44 pm


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