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[Resolved] Accidental upgrade to wp 3.1beta

  • Hi

    I’ve been using a wordpress localisation for quite a while already. A while ago, I noticed that the version offered on the upgrade page didn’t really make sense as it was offereing me to “upgrade” to a lower version of wordpress. Nevertheless, pressing upgrade upgraded my wordpress to 3.0.1 (I think, not sure), just as I wanted. Now just today, I saw somewhere on the web that 3.0.3 is out and though – oh, I should upgrade my blog. This time the upgrade button said “You are about to install WordPress 3.0.3 in English (US). There is a chance this update will break your translation. You may prefer to wait for the localized version to be released.”. I didn’t mind that so I just upgraded.

    But turns out, the upgrade downloaded wordpress from nightly builds and now I am using 3.1-beta1-16732. Some plugins are not working that great with the new version, so I was wondering:

    1.How do I downgrade to 3.0.3? I could use the backup I made before upgrading, however, that would lead me back to the slightly faulty previous installation that led me to this in the first place.

    2.How do I make wordpress stick to the stable releases?

    Please, do not offer me to delete everything and start all over again. Can I somehow just replace some (most) files and edit some database entries?


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  • To start with your second question:

    WordPress shouldn’t be offering updates to beta versions unless you use a plugin specifically for that, like WordPress Beta Tester:


    Do you have any plugin like that installed?

    Now to your first question:

    You can downgrade to 3.0 and most likely everything will work fine, but you have to do it manually and very carefully:

    First, delete the wp-admin and wp-includes directories.

    Then delete all WordPress files from your root directory. Be carefull, of course, not to delete files that are specific to your installation like wp-config.php and .htaccess.

    Then upload via FTP the 3.0 files.

    See also the Codex, which has a detailed article on updating with a section on manually updating:



    Thanks for your answer. What I actually just did (and it worked fine) is:
    1.Used backup to get back to the version that brought me to the issue the first place.
    2.Downloaded wordpress 3.0.3 and extracted the files over the one’s I’ve got, in a sense, risking it and doing a quick and dirty version of steps 7 and 8 from here: http://codex.wordpress.org/Upgrading_WordPress_Extended
    3.I didn’t make any changes to the database.

    Now I’ve got 3.0.3 installed and no upgrades are offered. Let’s hope that when 3.0.4 comes out, I will be offered an upgrade and that it will actually upgrade to 3.0.4 😉

    To answer your question – no, I don’t have any beta tester plugins installed. I blame it on the localisation I had installed beforehand. Do you know how does wordpress determine, whether to upgrade to stable or beta version? Is it a database entry?

    Thanks for your advice, though. I will mark this thread as solved.

    Moderator Mark Jaquith


    Zenec — which localization were you using?

    The same thing happened to me. My WordPress had a message to update, but there’s no updates do my language (pt-BR) so I updated to english but for my surprise, my WordPress comes to beta version 3.1.

    I solved the problem, but it’s an alert. Some thing is wrong with new updates to new version in another language. (not the blog original language)

    For annotation: I solved the problem deleting the core files and uploading the files of 3.0.3 version to my server.

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