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Install old Plugin version and disbale update in Functions (26 posts)

  1. Danielle
    Inactive
    Posted 1 year ago #

    The plugin is still a must have in my opinion so I uninstalled the plugin completly with instructions on this forum with clear and optimized options. I had an old version before the horror updates this week. And I found a code to disbable the plugin updates, because you will see all the time there is a new update with a large note with updates in your plugin screen, which is very annoying.

    Place this after you install the old version, in the functions.php and you don't see that there is a new update from w3total cache. Thanks for this script : Manpreet Singh Rehsi

    function stop_plugin_update( $value ) {
     unset( $value->response['w3-total-cache/w3-total-cache.php'] );
     return $value;
    }
    add_filter( 'site_transient_update_plugins', 'stop_plugin_update' );

    I will have this in my functions.php till I see a green thing with works on this plugin site, than I can remove the function. I have installed the old version of w3total cache and I have my A status back on GTmetrix and also my site is fast as it was before.

    Regards
    Danielle

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/w3-total-cache/

  2. atdblog
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    These are great instructions. Is there any way I can get the old version from you? I love w3tc but this has been a mess.

  3. hothbricks
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Stable version is 0.9.2.5
    You can download it here : http://downloads.wordpress.org/plugin/w3-total-cache.0.9.2.5.zip

  4. atdblog
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Thank you, hothbricks!

  5. acp73
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Awesome! I was just about to ask for this! Thank you!

  6. hothbricks
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I reverted to 0.9.2.5 after two days of nightmare. Everything is back to normal with this version.

    Just delete the plugin from plugin itnerface, then go FTP and delete the remaining folder and file in /wp-content & /wp-content/plugins.

  7. wp-fan
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Stable version is 0.9.2.5

    There even is a better version out there.

    You will want to install the 0.9.2.5 fork from wmiles.

    Check this, this and this thread to understand why.

    From my experience, it is the best version released so far, although it is not from the original author. It contains fixes and enhancements that make it a stable and kind of benchmark release. Go check it out. You will be pleased, it is better than the original version released by Frederick Townes.

  8. Danielle
    Inactive
    Posted 1 year ago #

    oh boy I can't spell .. I mean disable .. anyway I don't take the risk to use a tweak version of w3total cache. I trust on the original author to come with a new update which will give a green block with Works ! till that time I use W3Total Cache as I wrote above.

  9. sLa NGjI's
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    wp-fan wrote:

    W3 Total Cache 0.9.2.5 forked is better than the original version released by Frederick Townes.

    Even for me, but the older development 0.9.2.5b (2011-08-31) was even better!

    0.9.2.6/7 introducing new features and more bugfix but for me are bugged ... :)

    Now for a new REAL STABLE 0.9.2.8 version have to wait 2 more years until 2015? :lol

  10. mbrsolution
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I am also using the W3 Total Cache 0.9.2.5 forked version. I am amazed at what wmiles has achieved with the extra code in the forked version. It goes to show how important it is to know PHP......

    Slowly but surely I will get there one day :)

    Kind regards

  11. hothbricks
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I just installed forked 0.9.2.5 version following positive feedback here.
    It works perfectly.

  12. Frederick Townes
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 1 year ago #

    I'm sorry but this is terrible advice. It's best to simply check forums or the plugin's home page about when it appears to be safe to update rather than trying to limit the updates. You miss out on improvements, fixes and security updates otherwise.

    No one bothers to ask what the causes of the issues are in the latest releases and they are simply caused by changing to WP's APIs for managing files under the direction of WP Core developers. We're in the process of changing things back to the way they were. Caching plugins write files and if you change the way you write files you're going to have an unstable plugin. So as I said, we're working to take things back to normal. I'm sorry for the trouble, but update notices should ever be blocked.

    If you guys think that after 3y we're not going to continue to fix bugs and make a better product then expectations need to be adjust. The plugin is not at final release yet (v1.0) and it's not going to get there if people assume that what already has been made is all that is needed or is the best that things can be. I've made it free so we can all benefit and I've implemented some of the most comprehensive support systems into the plugin directly for the same reason.

  13. hothbricks
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I am sure that everybody understand what you explain here.

    But in the same time, most of us have production websites and we cannot afford to go into the troubles we met with 0.9.2.6 and 0.9.2.7 versions.

    Maybe most of us did the update too quickly, hoping for good or better.
    Disaster occured, and while some of us are comfortable with fixing issues with our WP installations, some others are just left behind with broken websites.

    I hope that you will succeed in proposing an updated version which can work on most installations, as it seems that some troubles occur only under certain specific conditions.

    I value W3 Total Cache not because it's free, but because it makes me save some money on hosting, not being forced to spend a lot more on hardware thanks to caching of contents.

    Keep up the good work.

  14. Frederick Townes
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 1 year ago #

    I realize that, every one who is operating their site commercially should have a testing environment for their sites as well as backups. Caching plugins (that work) require changes to the disk and that means that there is going to be a need for testing. As always, sorry for the trouble.

  15. hothbricks
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    This is also something I learned here, and it should be mentionned and mentionned again : testing environnement AND backups to revert if trouble.

    As I said, what you do here is of high value for tons of people. They all know that, they save money, thy get higher ranking in search engines, their visitors are getting faster to the content, etc... W3 Total Cache is a key plugin for most of us. Hence the screaming and crying sometimes ;-)

  16. sbondo
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi, why i can't install Stable version is 0.9.2.5. I have problem after update latest version... My site have problem. I'm italian end my english is bad

  17. hothbricks
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    @Sbondo : Uninstall your current version, then download 0.9.2.5 and upload it from your PC through the import plugin functionality in WP.

  18. sbondo
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Yes, but no upload....

    in italian message
    Scompattamento del pacchetto…

    Installazione plugin…

    Il pacchetto non può essere installato. Non sono stati trovati plugin validi.

    Installazione del plugin non riuscita.

    Translation message
    Unzipping the package ...

    Installing plugins ...

    The package can not be installed. Have not been found valid plugin.

    Installing the plugin failed.

  19. hothbricks
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    This is normal, proceed like this :
    Download this :
    http://downloads.wordpress.org/plugin/w3-total-cache.0.9.2.5.zip

    This one is the official one, it will install normally

    Then if you want to install the forked one, download it here :
    http://www.wmiles.com/2013/01/03/w3tc-cache-preload-for-version-0-9-2-5

    and go FTP, overwrite the whole W3TC folder with those new files.
    The forked plugin CANNOT be installed from whithin the WP interface by itself.

  20. sbondo
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Ok, i transfer ftp but i have to disable the installed version?

  21. hothbricks
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    yes, uninstall the faulty version first.
    Install official 0.9.2.5
    Overwrite folder with modified 0.9.2.5
    then activate

  22. sbondo
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I have not disabled 0.9.2.5. What do I do?

  23. hothbricks
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    uninstall the faulty version first.
    Install official 0.9.2.5
    Overwrite folder with modified 0.9.2.5
    then activate

    cannot be more specific...

  24. sbondo
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I read that Total Cache writes files on the server. I could understand them?

    I want to try to uninstall 100%

  25. helektron
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    If you want a guide to back to stable version + forked version (in spanish): http://helektron.com/problemas-tras-actualizar-w3-total-cache/

    Cheers.

  26. Pepi Toria
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    helektron, se agradece el idioma materno.
    Ayer conseguí echar a andar la 0927 y merece la pena. Sólo con ese cambio me ha subido 4 puntos la velocidad de carga (en page speed de google). Instalarla cuesta, pero es un claro avance y todo funciona bien....de momento.
    Actualizar desde el panel de administración me acarreó una página en blanco, así que tuve que eliminar el plugin. Borrarlo puede parecer costoso ya que aparece en varios directorios, aunque personalmente lo único que hice fue renombrarlo allí donde lo veía. Tocar el htaccess me pareció una bestialidad, así que lo dejé como estaba. En este foro encontré una lista de directorios y archivos relacionados con w3tc (renombré todos). Eso consiguió reactivar el control de administración instantáneamente.
    A continuación subí por ftp la última versión al directorio de plugins y antes de activarla desde la administración, establecí permisos temporales 0777 a htaccess, wp-content y wp-includes (por si acaso allí no se podía escribir)...Es que le cuesta muuucho escribir...por ahí creo que está el problema. Esto te lo digo a ojo de buen cubero, no porque domine el tema.
    A continuación activé el w3tc y comenzó a emitir nuevos mensajes con problemas de escritura. Esta vez no bloqueó la administración.
    Se solucionan incluyendo temporalmente una línea nueva en wp-config: define('FS_METHOD', 'direct') y volviendo a dejar con el mismo nombre aquellos archivos y directorios anteriormente renombrados.
    Cuando terminé de configurar el plugin, rebajé los permisos a 0644 en el htaccess y a 0755 en el resto y hasta ahora funciona a toda máquina. ¿Ah! tuve que volver a subir todos los archivos al CDN. Uso amazon s3 y utilicé el mismo bucket que ya tenía.
    Realmente hice todo en ese orden y sin rectificar nada. Puede que tuviese mucha suerte y tal vez a otra persona ésto no le funcione, pero...¿por que no probar si todo se ha ido al carajo? además, quedas preparado para otras actualizaciones que puedan ser más "divertidas" aún.
    El Frederick ha desarrollado un plugin fenómeno, pero a ver cómo soluciona la papeleta de todas las personas que se están quejando aquí. Saludos!!

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