by Adam Preiser updated May 22, 2017

How To Rollback A WordPress Theme Or Plugin Update


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How To Rollback A WordPress Theme Or Plugin Update

I’m going to share with you in this video
a plug-in that is going to save your butt

hi my name is Adam from where
I make WordPress videos for non-techies and

I have got some to share with you that I came
across and I was just thinking oh my gosh

why did I not know of this before this is
going to help so many people I’ve got a kinda

help you guys and get the word out there is
a free plug in though so even if I get the

word out there is like an we benefit these
guys and put the money in their pockets but

I found a free plug-in called WP rollback
and him to show you what this thing does and

when you want to use this thing you definitely
want to make a note of this plug-in it’s right

here it is free it’s called WP rollback and
it does that very thing it allows you to roll

back a plug-in that you may be updated and
it broke your site a theme that you may have

updated and it broke your site now there are
some limitations that I’m in explain just

you understand how this works but I’m to give
you two real-world examples of this one of

the page builders I like and I even made this
criticism to them and publicly about it I

do love the page builder it’s called Elementor
and Elementor and fortunately they make these

ambitious moves in developing their plug-in
and what happened sometimes is when they release

a plug-in it may have a bug or two and cause
a lot of problems for people that clicked

on the update button I know me I love to keep
things updated and sometimes you’re really

rolling the dice and so there been many folks
that have gone and clicked on the update button

now the website doesn’t work in there like
I’ll man what I do now how do I get the old

version and and how do I fight can get the
old version how do I install the old version

and all these types of things that’s a perfect
example another perfect example is the learning

management system that I use and I like to
recommend it’s called LifterLMS and they have

had this problem or they’ve issued out an
update and it did cause some problems and

it just happens there’s nothing wrong with
either of these companies it just happens

sometimes and another one is WooCommerce now
WooCommerce just released a big massive update

WooCommerce 3.0 they changed a lot of things
and so if you’re familiar with WooCommerce

it has all these extensions and the problem
was these extensions were not WooCommerce

3.0 ready so when you updated WooCommerce
you find all these extensions that gave you

this this functionality none of it worked
anymore because you didn’t have updates for

those where that really is a problem is if
you’re downloading these WooCommerce extensions

just on some sites that give it away for free
and you didn’t really buy it and then you

don’t have access to update your really in
a tight spot and so it’s actually funny you’ll

see if you come to this page right here depending
on when you come you scroll down and read

the reviews is person after person that installed
this WooCommerce update and said oh my gosh

this plug and save me this plug and saved
me so if you have downloaded a plug-in and

you’ve updated it and it’s because you problem
here is how you will fix it so what you want

to do is log into the backing of your WordPress
website go to plug-ins go to add new and then

do a quick search for WP rollback and here
it is you can see I have all ready installed

it is already on 20,000 websites and there
is 58 reviews if you do use this and it saves

you definitely leave these guys a review is
matter fact I will be leaving these guys a

review today so let me tell you some of the
limitations of this let me actually just show

you how it works once you install and activate
it when you’re looking at your themes or plug-ins

you will see this option for each not all
of them but also the distinction you’ll see

this option that says rollback and then when
you click on it it will allow you to choose

a prior version and I’ll demonstrate that
in this video now here’s the only limitation

this only works with themes and plug-ins that
you can download in the WordPress repository

and what that means if you can download it
on this will allow you to roll

it back if you downloaded something on theme
Forest or some third party website this just

talking to work with that because it’s that
has no way of rolling it back because it doesn’t

work the way that it works when it’s on
perfect example everything I have right here

was installed on but say I had
the paid version of Beaver Builder it’s knocking

to be able to roll those back if you had the
free version of Beaver Builder you would be

able to because that’s [email protected]
also if you use any of the products from Thrive

it seems none of those will be able to roll
back because they are not available on WordPress.ORG

so that’s the only distinction or limitation
so here is Elementor and Zalman to go ahead

and click on this a rollback option and here
it is here’s all the prior versions I can

jump back to any version I felt like going
back to so if I upgraded to 1.4.2 and it’s

incredibly stable by the way I wouldn’t do
this only for this demonstration but if I

wanted to roll back to this prior 11.4.1 I
would just click on that box I’d scroll down

I would click on rollback in right here’s
going to just give me like a little bit of

a confirmation and some information whenever
you do anything like this is always a good

idea to have a backup and I got videos on
how to make a backup is not to cost you anything

to go ahead and then click on that rollback
option right there and it’s going to go ahead

and do its magic now here is the thing you
can do this manually if you wanted to do it

it would involve going to find the prior version
downloading it to your computer login into

your website deactivating the plug and deleting
the plug-in and then you’re going to have

to upload this older version and activate
it and then hope everything just works out

right so this eliminates all of that but usually
all that sexy pretty easy the hardest part

for someone new to WordPress’s where do I
even find this prior old version it’s not

really that obvious so anyways it already
went ahead and did that I just need to click

on activate and then you’re gonna see I have
this prior version and of course it’s telling

you there is an updated version to the Elementor
because I just rolled it back a little bit

so anyways you can download prior versions
of plug-ins they keep tweaking the way this

layout here works so if you went to the plug-in
page here on might be under

advanced view or something like that there
is an option to download the prior up here

it is previous version and then here’s the
prior versions for whatever plug-in might

be in there you can download it that’s how
you get it but is not so obvious when you

come here most people don’t even know you
can do that anyway so this is just a really

easy way it’ll cover your butt if you click
on update or you have some system in place

that’s automatically updating your plug-ins
which is a good thing but is sometimes a developer

might not have tested their plug-in or theme
enough and you run into these problems so

just keep in mind the limitations it’s only
for plug-ins and themes if you

do use this and it discovers your but I would
go ahead and go to the plug-in page right

there and leave them a five star review to
thank them for doing that but this is by far

the easiest way for any body new to WordPress
or even been around for a while to easily

rollback any plug-in or theme after an update
that has broken their website because you

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  1. Hi Adam, I have a bug with Elementor Pro. Webpages scroll automatically and wont stop till reaching the foot of the page – when in mobile view. The current version of Elementor Pro is 2.0.16 This plugin “WP Rollback” won’t work as Elementor Pro is downloaded via Elementor‘s website and not WordPress. It seems that Elementor don’t have previous versions available to install, for subscribers, via their website. Do you know of a workaround for this?

  2. I had a problem with elementor not loading one page and that stressed me out. I searched google and found your video and followed your instructions and rolled back elementor to its previous version and things are fine again.
    Thanks lots!!!

  3. Many thanks for this amazing plugin. I really need to get back updated plugin.. But Its not working for me, I dont know its failing installation and I cannot install..
    What do you think the problem is?

    1. Are you trying to rollback a plugin that is not in the WordPress directory? This will not work with plugins that are distributed outside of the directory.

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