Newly patched plugins are mostly untested and might have some bugs that may cause issues with their function. Because of this, we have to know how to rollback WordPress plugin versions.
Normally rolling back to old versions should only be done momentarily till errors are fixed and you can go forward and update to the latest version of the plugin.
How to Rollback WordPress Plugin Versions
1. Backup Everything
It is a good practice that you have to back up your website before doing major or even minor changes. Better do a cloud backup and a local backup. Follow this link in order to backup your site without having any issues.
2. Deactivate the Latest Buggy Plugin
You have to deactivate the latest plugin to get rid of issues.
3. Download the Plugin Rollback Version
Download the previous version or the most stable version of the plugin you wanted to use. You can usually download it just by visiting the developer page or the repository of the plugin creator. Look for links labeled with “older versions” or “all other versions”.
4. Remove Your Plugin Folder
To make a clean install, you have to remove the plugin folder. Just go to the wp-content > plugins folder then delete the plugin folder you wanted to roll back.
5. Installing the Rollback Version of the Plugin
Now, go to your WordPress dashboard and navigate to the Plugin menu. Go to “Add New” and click the “Upload Plugin” button. After uploading the plugin, you may now activate the plugin just by click the activate link. You can check if everything is doing fine.
The latest version of plugins is very important when it comes to security. But if a problem arises in the future, it would be important to know to deactivate it and how to roll it back to its previous version.