Video: How To Rollback Undo A WordPress Theme Or Plugin To A Prior Version
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 WPCrafter.com 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 WordPress.
org 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 WordPress.org perfect example everything I have right here was installed on WordPress.org 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@example.com 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 WordPress.
org 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 WordPress.org 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 made it to the end of the video I have a free gift for you but before I talk about that I want to ask you to do something for me if you can give this video a thumbs up down below that would really help me out if you're not subscribed to the channel go ahead and click on the unsubscribe button and become a subscriber and support this channel and if you'd like YouTube to notify you when I upload new videos there's a little bell next to that subscribe button you can click on that and set that up as well if you have any questions or a comment about this video I'd love to answer it there's a comments section down below all you have to do is put in your question or comment I respond to every single one I made a course just for you and it's called the three steps to WordPress success and I want to give this to you if you'd like to enroll in this course there's a button right here off to the right you go ahead and click on that role as a student and that's just my way of saying thank you for supporting me and making it to the end of this video I make them just for you.