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  • After updating to 4.9.6, WordPress no longer functions properly. I cannot copy/paste and keep the format intact. There seems to be a limit to how much I can copy/paste at a time, when there never was before. The colors that I use when editing other authors get erased in the save, as do paragraph spaces and bold/italics. It also tries to revert edits while I work if I switch between Visual and Text.

    This update sucks. How do I go back to 4.9.5?

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  • Moderator t-p


    This may be a plugin/theme conflict, Try:

    – deactivating ALL (yes all) plugins temporarily to see if this resolves the problem (plugin functions can interfere). If this works, re-activate them individually (one-by-one) to find the problematic plugin(s).
    – switching to the unedited default Theme (Twenty Seventeen, etc.) for a moment using the WP dashboard to rule out any theme-specific issue (theme functions can interfere like plugins).

    Alternately, if you can install plugins, install Health Check. On the troubleshooting tab, you can click the button to disable all plugins and change the theme for you, while you’re still logged in, without affecting normal visitors to your site.

    If the abo troubleshooting steps do not help, try MANUALLY updating. Download WordPress again and unzip it. Access your server via SFTP or FTP, or a file manager in your hosting account’s control panel (consult your hosting provider’s documentation for specifics on these), and delete then replace your copies of everything on the server except the wp-config.php file and the /wp-content/ directory with fresh copies from the download. This will effectively replace all of your core files without damaging your content and settings. Please read the Manual Update directions first.

    Backup: If you haven’t already done, always backup everything (including your database) before doing any actions, just in case something really goes wrong. You can never have enough backups!

    Hi, @nullusmaximus WordPress update rarely breaks things, But if the latest version is causing you an issue, You can always downgrade the WordPress Core to the version you want.

    This can be done via a plugin or manually also. Whichever you are comfortable with
    Plugin Option (WP Downgrade) – This is the best-rated plugin to change WordPress Core version –

    Manual Option –
    1. Download WordPress (Version which you want)
    2. Deactivate Plugins
    3. Delete Core WordPress Files and Upload Fresh Copy of WordPress (Make sure you do not upload the contents of the wp-content folder as this could affect your site content.)
    4. Finishing the Re-installation (You may also need to rebuild your permalinks if you’re getting 404 errors on your posts after reinstalling WordPress – you can find this option in Settings > Permalinks.)
    5. Disable Automatic Updates
    You can also disable auto updates by editing your wp-config.php file to include the following line of code:
    define( 'AUTOMATIC_UPDATER_DISABLED', true );

    Moderator Marius L. J.



    @ajmaurya please don’t recommending downgrading WordPress, there are many possible caveats to this, some of which being it leading to insecure websites as security updates may be included in releases or site breakage as database changes have happened.

    If, for any reason, the tips from @t-p do not prove successful, we did update the editor with this release so in some rare cases the user may need to clear their caches ( has a great step by step for all major browsers if you are unfamiliar with this).

    I tried using my new laptop with Windows 10 and Microsoft Edge, and everything is fine. But using my old desktop with Windows Vista and an old version of Google Chrome results in the above problems.

    I refreshed my cache on the old computer and now it seems to be working. Thanks everyone.

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