Support » Plugins » [Plugin: W3 Total Cache] How to safely downgrade to earlier version

  • Hi,

    I’d like to downgrade from the current version of W3TC to the one just before: that is from to

    I guess I can’t use the auto install in WordPress? Should I download the older version from repository and replace the actual folder with the folder from the old version?

    I’m concerned with customization, settings and tweaking. I wouldn’t want to have to configure everything again from the ground up (CDN, exception, exclusions, etc.) Is there a way to save to settings while downgrading?

    I’m downgrading because there’s a conflict between W3TC and BackupBuddy. NOW, I’m not throwing rocks. In fact, I’ve read quotes from both parties saying it’s not their plugin, it’s the other one. I don’t want to fight about that: I just want things to work like they were working before. Maybe I’ll try the next update (from one plugin or the other), hoping for a fix.

    Thanks a lot!


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  • The settings are stored in a file named w3-total-cache-config.php in /wp-content/ folder. You may save this file and then upload it after the downgrade. Be sure to take a database and files backup of the entire site too.

    Off-topic: According to the changelog, the version is a security update, even though, it affects only a specific use-case.


    Thank you. Yes, I’m perfectly aware of the security issue. Version was fixing a vulnerability discovered in W3TC at the very end of December 2012.


    The security fix did introduce some bugs for some users depending on their configuration combinations. It’s best if you upgrade to the latest version.

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