How-to Downgrade WordPress Version In 3 Minutes

Are you looking to downgrade WordPress version? If so, then you’re at the right place to get the solution of your query.

We know that WordPress always release the new version of WordPress to keep the things working smoothly. However, sometimes new versions come up with the bugs, unfortunately. Most of the times, the problem is with theme & plugin’s compatibility with the newer version of WordPress, but sometimes it is the new version that has got some conflicts.

Recently, I updated one of my niche sites into latest WordPress version, but everything got messed up. I checked the plugins, but everything was looking alright. And, being a Genesis theme user I knew that there could be nothing wrong with the theme’s compatibility.

And, all of a sudden, every webmaster who updated their sites to newest version started complaining the same thing. I thought to wait for a while for the new version of WordPress however they were taking a lot of time. Hence, I decided to downgrade WordPress version as soon as possible since I was losing conversions/sales from my niche site.

I searched for How to Downgrade version & in few minutes I understood the whole process, and it just took me 3 minutes to downgrade WordPress to the previous version; everything was set to  publish SEO friendly articles on my niche site. Sp, without wasting your further time, so let’s dive in and learn the process.

How to Downgrade WordPress Version

Step 1: Take Complete Backup Of Your Site

Before you begin the process, I would recommend you take the complete backup of your WordPress site. In case, you mess up during following the process it’s important to have a full backup of your site so that you can upload the backup file otherwise it will become a headache for you.

You can check this guide on WpBeginner to learn how to take a full backup of your WordPress blog in free.

Step 2: Deactivate All The Plugins You’ve Installed

Now that you’ve got a complete backup of your site it’s time to deactivate all the plugins you’ve installed. It’s an important process to assure that while downgrading the WordPress version any active plugin don’t cause conflict.

But let me apologize, I personally forgot to deactivate the all the plugins. And, when I got to know about that I literally fainted. I thought I messed the process however I was lucky enough that no issue happened.

Read More: Here Is The List of Best WordPress Plugins.

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Step 3: Download Previous Version Of WordPress

Since your motive is to downgrade WordPress version, therefore, you’ve to download the old version of WordPress from their official site. You can pick the version that was compatible with your site before. So, how to do so?

  1. Visit WordPress Download Webpage ( Click on the link to get redirected).
  2. Now, Click on Release Archive to get the archive of all the WordPress versions.

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3. Now, a web page will redirect you to the archive of WordPress versions. From there, you can download the version you want and find suitable enough for your blog.

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Step 4: Download The FTP Client

To downgrade WordPress version we need FTP client. This software will help you to downgrade WordPress version in a couple of seconds. I personally tried to downgrade WordPress version using CPanel, but it didn’t worked out. So, make sure you download FTP Client (Click on the link, and it will redirect you to the web-page).

What is FTP client?

An FTP Client is a software designed to transfer files back-and-forth between two computers over the Internet. It needs to be installed on your computer and can only be used with a live connection to the Internet. With an FTP Client (such as FileZilla, CuteFTP or SmartFTP) uploading/downloading a file is really easy.

How to Use FTP client?

To access & operate FTP you need to log in. Basically, There are 3 options, i.e., Host, Username, and Password.

In host option, fill your site’s CPanel address for example domain.com/cpanel.


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In username & password option enter the credentials of your account & in a few seconds you’ll be connected and will be able to see the files of your site in the right side of software.

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Step 5: Delete The WP-Include & WP-Admin Folder

1.In the remote site’s section click on “+” and options will drop down. From drop-down options find & click “public_html”

2.After that, In the second box (below the remote site) delete the folder named WP_Admin & WP_Include.  Here I’ve attached the image below. Make sure you don’t delete any other file otherwise everything will be messed up.

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3. Now, At the left side of FTP client use the local site to locate to the drive where you downloaded older WordPress version. Then, in the second box that is situated below the “local site box,” files will open from your selected drive.

From there, click on WordPress file & an option will pop-up. In these options click “Upload” & it will start uploading the older version of WordPress version, i.e., downgrade the WordPress version.

This process can take time depending on the internet uploading speed and some other factors. But for me, it took just 2 minutes. Here I’ve attached the image below so that you can understand what I’m talking about.

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Step 6: Update Your WordPress Database

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After uploading is done, then your WordPress version will be downgraded & your site will be live. However, when you log in to your dashboard, you may be asked to update the WordPress database. So, if that happens, then just simply click on “update WordPress Database.”

Now, you’ve successfully downgraded the WordPress version, congrats!

Conclusion: Downgrading WordPress version to the previous version of WordPress is pretty easy. It might look kinda technical but believe me, it’s nothing, literally. It’s damn easy so don’t panic & if you get stuck at any step directly shoot me mail or comment down below.

But, I don’t recommend  downgrading WordPress version, but if the bug is official, then there is no issue. If your theme or plugin is not compatible, then you need to contact with the team itself so that they can resolve the issue. But, branded companies doesn’t let you down; therefore, I use Genesis (or other branded themes/plugins).

You can check My Genesis Framework Review if you want to know how good that framework is.

If this “downgrade WordPress version” tutorial helped you, then make sure you leave a comment; share it with your friends 🙂

Deepak Rana

Hello, I'm Deepak Rana. I've been into blogging for a year. In that time, I learned various aspects of SEO. Thus, this blog is solely focussed on SEO. I'll help you to grow your online business.

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Gulshan Kumar - April 29, 2016

Thank you Deepak. I highly appreciate that you published this content at right time. In WordPress ver 4.5 many people faced a lots of issue. Luckily, I didn’t faced any issue, but through this awesome guide I could learn for future. I was really wondering that how it can be difficult to downgrade. Well explained. Thanks you so much.

    Deepak Rana - April 30, 2016

    Thank you Gulshan, for the feedback. No doubts, Article’s timing is spot on. Good to know that you didn’t faced any issue 🙂 keep visiting

Deepak Kumar - May 1, 2016

Great tutorial on downgrading WordPress.Thanks for sharing!

Gulshan Kumar - May 8, 2016

Hi Deepak,

I was using 4.5.2 WordPress. In my case, replacing only wp-admin & wp-includes was not enough for me as it was falling back to error 500 with page. I checked error log, there was lots of error. I afraid, so I followed little lengthy process from scratch.
I tried 10 times, all time it was showing white page with error 500. So, I just renamed some important files
From wp-config.php to old-wp-config.php, from .htaccess to old-htaccess and from robots.txt to old-robots.txt and from wp-content to old-wp-content.

Rest, I deleted all WordPress core files. while following this procedure my net was very slow, so uploading was not so easy job for me. I did remote upload WP 4.4.3 using FTP details. Finally after renaming to normal file name, I used all previous wp-content, wp-config, htaccess, robots.txt, etc.

It worked for me.. I’m very happy, now my blog is back..and it is the first comment here after this moment. It taken around 60 mins.


    Deepak Rana - May 10, 2016

    Hii Gulshan, Glad that you resolved the issue and thanks a lot for informing the steps you followed when everything failed. This will definitely help other people who are having same problem. Keep visiting 🙂

Stephen Tran - December 27, 2016

A million thanks. wordpress version 4.7 wrecked my layout. Your instructions, which are perfect, led to the fix


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