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[resolved] Downgrading from WordPress 3.3 to 3.2.1 (26 posts)

  1. LMP
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I just upgraded to WordPress 3.3, only to discover that several of the plugins I use are now non-functional.

    Is there a *painless* way of downgrading to version 3.2.1?

  2. Samuel B
    moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    over-write the wp-admin and wp-includes and the root WP folder files EXCEPT wp-config with 3.2.1 files.
    log in to admin and upgrade db if prompted

  3. TiffanyM
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I wish that was my problem! I can't publish any blog posts at all! What is up with this new version?? How can I downgrade to the previous version?

  4. Samuel B
    moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    TiffanyM
    start your own topic

  5. inthemix
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Worked like a charm and saved my day!

    Thank you Samuel!

    Cheers,
    J

  6. LMP
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    over-write the wp-admin and wp-includes and the root WP folder files EXCEPT wp-config with 3.2.1 files.
    log in to admin and upgrade db if prompted

    Tried that. Got nervous when I saw the 'Upgrade DB' message, and restored the DB from a backup I made just before upgrading.

    Thankfully, everything now runs normally in version 3.2.1 :-)

    By the way, I know that testing even a small number of plugins for WordPress compatibility is an impossible task for the WordPress development team, but there must be a better way to discover incompatibilities than the old 'walk-into-a-door-to-tell-if-its-closed' method.

    Why don't you make the WordPress update mechanism check automatically in the online plugin database for each installed plugin's compatibility status, and give the user a warning if his/hers plugins are reported to be incompatible *before* applying the upgrade?

  7. JillD
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Can you give a little more detail on how to actually do what you've suggested? Where and how to I over write files?? Thanks

  8. LMP
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Can you give a little more detail on how to actually do what you've suggested? Where and how to I over write files?? Thanks

    Maybe I can help a little.

    1. First you need to be able to access your web host through FTP or a file manager (most web hosts have one in their control panel). Something that will allow you to actually view the files and folders that make up your web site. After you figure out how to do that, go to the next step.

    2. Then you need to download WordPress 3.2.1 to your computer and expand it so that you can see the individual files.

    3. Then you upload all the WordPress v.3.2.1 files (EXCEPT the folder named "wp-content" and the file named "wp-config.php") from your computer to your web site (through FTP or file manager) and overwrite the existing WordPress v.3.3 files when asked.

    Finally, when you next try to log in to the WordPress admin interface, you will see an alert that the database needs updating. You then allow the update to proceed, and presto, you're back to version 3.2.1

  9. majikmike.tdoncker
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    awesome! thank you so much this helped me restore my wordpress admin cpanel after a failed install of WP3.3.

    very logical and easy to follow. Thank you!!!

  10. ewillms
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I am having very much the same issue as described above, and tried the mentioned fix, but it did not work. The error message I got before (after upgrading to WP3.3), and am still getting is -

    Fatal error: Call to undefined function is_rtl() in /home/ewillms/public_html/wp-includes/general-template.php on line 2102

    grabbing my editor, and going to line 2102 all there is there is - {

    I need help if anyone can figure this out

  11. Tony.N
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I've same problem as ewillms but in different lines.
    WP3.3 upgrade disabled very important plugins for my website and I feel stuck now. Can't downgrade & there is no update yet for those plugins :$
    WordPress should give a warning before upgrading!

  12. LMP
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @ewillms & Tony.N:

    Assuming you replaced all the v3.3 files with the v3.2.1 files, I'm guessing that there's an issue with your database.

    I suggest starting a new thread. I doubt that the WordPress developers will continue reading a [resolved] thread.

  13. chcwang
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    hello LMP
    i updrade to v3.3 and found that my visual editer loss,so i follow your teaching :
    1. First you need to be able to access your web host through FTP or a file manager (most web hosts have one in their control panel). Something that will allow you to actually view the files and folders that make up your web site. After you figure out how to do that, go to the next step.

    2. Then you need to download WordPress 3.2.1 to your computer and expand it so that you can see the individual files.

    3. Then you upload all the WordPress v.3.2.1 files (EXCEPT the folder named "wp-content" and the file named "wp-config.php") from your computer to your web site (through FTP or file manager) and overwrite the existing WordPress v.3.3 files when asked.

    Finally, when you next try to log in to the WordPress admin interface, you will see an alert that the database needs updating. You then allow the update to proceed, and presto, you're back to version 3.2.1

    now i can downgrade to v3.2.1,but my visual editer only appear 4 item,and i still loss many visual editer item,

    and in your download link v3.2.1,there is no file named "wp-config.php"
    only one file named"wp-config-sample.php"and one file named"wp-cron.php"

    thank for your help

  14. asfallows
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @LMP - I just followed your instructions to restore one of my sites after the upgrade to 3.3 failed and I was getting blank screens when I tried to access anything under wp-admin. Thanks for that tip!

  15. Faunaloket
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I have the same problem. I followed all te steps above. But even after restoring the 3.2.1 version and all its files by FTP the following error message does net let me enter my wp admin interface.

    Fatal error: Call to undefined method Arras_Widget_Tag_Cloud::WP_Widget_Tag_Cloud() in /home/deb47295/domains/mazzelfilm.com/public_html/wp-content/themes/arras/library/widgets.php on line 404

    Your support is highly appreciated.

  16. Faunaloket
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    The problem is fixed... sort of.

    I discovered the content was the problem. I eliminated the wp-content folder to enter in the WordPress admin interface. Now I am putting back the content bit by bit to get the site in its former design.

  17. valpocreative
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    "I just upgraded to WordPress 3.3, only to discover that several of the plugins I use are now non-functional."

    THAT WOULD BE GOOD NEWS FOR ME, WordPress 3.3 has made my entire site non-functional, can't even login to my admin panel, garbage...

    Seriously never updating it again, ever.

  18. lucypark
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I also had problems with my plugins, so I attempted to downgrade from 3.3 to 3.2.1.
    After exactly following LMP's instructions, I got a message saying "Database Update Required: WordPress has been updated! Before we send you on your way, we have to update your database to the newest version", just as LMP said would happen.

    But the problem comes after i click the <Update WordPress Database> button, and click the <Continue> button at the "Update Complete" page. When I click "Continue", the page goes back to the "Database Update Required:..." page, and the loop goes over and over.

    If anybody knows how to solve this sort of problem, please let me know.

    Seriously never updating again, either.

  19. bglclub
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I just did as suggested and had no errors, however, now nothing will insert at all, from posts, pages, quickpress.

  20. scoc
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Worked great... thank you so much. It really was a headache with 3.3.1 when the visual editor went missing. The whole reason i chose WP was to get away from html. No visual editor.... welcome to html!

  21. Olaya
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I just installed WordPress 3.3.1, and nothing looks the same. It is "upgraded".. Instead of insert picture and insert video etc there is a button "media" (undefined). and - even worse - no categories show on the screen. How can I stop this "upgrade". I want to have the same features as I already am used to (blogg.ogoola.se). I am not a programmer, so I guess my questions is: How can I start over and download the older (well working) version of WordPress? How can I see which version I work with in the older version?

  22. jipeus
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I think most of this are plugin incompatibilities issue.
    After downgrading, before clicking the update DB button : deactivate the plugin by renaming the folder first.

    Mine also have problem with visual editor, after de-activating the SurveyMe plugin, it works back to normal.

    hope this helps :)

  23. moneyplanonline
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    i disabled all of my plugins first and downgraded as per above and it worked great.

    Thanks

  24. bmartin1776
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    would this work for me. I updated to 3.3.2 today and am having massive problems... the update in a nushell is a mess and it appears my theme isnt updated. I cannot view posts, background colors not working etc etc does such a process like LMP posted exist to revert to 3.3.1 or 3.3 I just want my site working again I dont want to lose the little traffic I have b/c ppl cant view things now!! :(

  25. Mailnoi
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thank you to Samuel B.
    After upgrading to WP 3.4-1
    I've got a WP-admin blank page or after wp-login.php page I've got a blank page redirected to wp-admin.

    I solved this transfering via FTP wp-admin and wp-includes and all the root files - EXCEPT wp-config sample - or WP confic.php from the WP prior version.
    Then I went to the wp-admin page and worked fine. I checked the plugins and I saw that 1 of the plugins was de-activated (maybe not compatible) I re-installed an olld version of this plugin.

  26. ladylola
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    over-write the wp-admin and wp-includes and the root WP folder files EXCEPT wp-config with 3.2.1 files.
    log in to admin and upgrade db if prompted

    Followed these instructions to downgrade from 3.4.1 to 3.2 and worked perfectly. Thanks!

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