How To Roll Back Wordpress Sites Of Unwanted Changes Due to PluginUpgrade/PostEdit/WordpressUpgrade

by eltara
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Hi Everyone

Is there a better way to roll back the unwanted changes due to WP Plugin Upgrade or Post/Page Editing or Wordpress Upgrade Version or even Theme Upgrade Version to get back the previous version that are not changed by them.

At the moment, I can only rely on troublesome manual method of getting the previous backup (wp files & sql database) and then delete the wp files within the public_html/<domain> folder and then re-import the sql database to phpmyadmin via cpanel.

Is there a faster way to roll back to previous state?

Thanks.

Regards
Eltara
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  • Profile picture of the author gotti3636
    I am not 100% sure but I believe there are a few plugins that do backups every few days so you can always roll back if required at the click of a button. It won't really help you now though since you didn't use it in the first place.
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    • Profile picture of the author eltara
      Originally Posted by gotti3636 View Post

      I am not 100% sure but I believe there are a few plugins that do backups every few days so you can always roll back if required at the click of a button. It won't really help you now though since you didn't use it in the first place.
      Hi Gotti3636

      Thanks for your response.
      You gave me an idea to check through the wordpress.org/extend/plugins with keyword "backup roll back" but there isn't any plugin that will help to roll back the changes to the state I would want whether it was due to changes to post/page/theme/wpversion or anything.

      Regards
      Eltara
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  • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
    You are mixing together completely unrelated issues:

    a) Post/Page editing: nothing to "roll back" - you can either delete the unwanted entry or scroll down and revert to an earlier "revision" of thew entry.

    b) Theme upgrade: it should NOT affect the content of your WP blog, which means you should NOT touch any WP core files or the database!

    c) Plugin updates: same as above in b)

    d) WP core update/upgrade: in this case you should haves a backup for your database and yes, to revert to a previous version you need to 1. replace the WP files with the earlier release and 2. import/restore the DB backup.

    If needed, the manual restore is the most reliable - but as you learned now, it is rarely needed. Definitely, you don't need it in 3 of the 4 cases listed by you...
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    • Profile picture of the author eltara
      Originally Posted by Istvan Horvath View Post

      You are mixing together completely unrelated issues:

      a) Post/Page editing: nothing to "roll back" - you can either delete the unwanted entry or scroll down and revert to an earlier "revision" of thew entry.

      b) Theme upgrade: it should NOT affect the content of your WP blog, which means you should NOT touch any WP core files or the database!

      c) Plugin updates: same as above in b)

      d) WP core update/upgrade: in this case you should haves a backup for your database and yes, to revert to a previous version you need to 1. replace the WP files with the earlier release and 2. import/restore the DB backup.

      If needed, the manual restore is the most reliable - but as you learned now, it is rarely needed. Definitely, you don't need it in 3 of the 4 cases listed by you...

      Hi Istvan

      Thanks for your response. I am sorry I guess I didn't explain clearly.

      What I had just encountered was before I upgrade WP Theme and some WP Plugins, I backup its WP Files & SQL Database.

      After I upgrade my WP Theme and Plugins at the same time, my site went haywire and the layout was messy with missing menu and some plugins' features were gone. Thus I decided to roll-back (revert) to its last "state" using the above backup.

      With regards to reverting to changes due to Post/Page/WP Version, sometimes we may want to revert the changes due to Page+WP Version+Plugin change and we may want to revert to the "state" a few days ago or weeks ago or to the last "error-free" site condition.

      Thanks.

      Regards
      Eltara
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  • Profile picture of the author Cataclysm1987
    Honestly the only thing I can think of to do is a complete site backup, but that's sounds like more of a pain than what you're already doing.
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  • Profile picture of the author PlotHost
    The idrive plugin IDrive Plug-in for WordPress Online Backup can keep multiple backups, so you can roll back. Take a look ...
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    • Profile picture of the author eltara
      Originally Posted by PlotHost View Post

      The idrive plugin IDrive Plug-in for WordPress Online Backup can keep multiple backups, so you can roll back. Take a look ...
      Hi PlotHost

      Thanks for this advice and this plugin seem to cater for my editing and also probable unwanted layout changes due to plugin or wordpress upgrading.

      Cheers!
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    • Profile picture of the author eltara
      Originally Posted by PlotHost View Post

      The idrive plugin IDrive Plug-in for WordPress Online Backup can keep multiple backups, so you can roll back. Take a look ...
      Thanks PlotHost, this plugin seem to be handy for roll-back any unwanted changes (may it be incompatible changes due to plugins or wordpress or post/page editing or whatever that we want to revert to the good old version).
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  • Profile picture of the author SteveJohnson
    Why don't you start by deactivating all of the plugins you updated and then determining which one is causing the problem?

    You're making a mountain out of a molehill...

    And no, there's no easy way to 'roll back' a WP install short of wiping it completely and restoring from backups.
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    • Profile picture of the author eltara
      Originally Posted by SteveJohnson View Post

      Why don't you start by deactivating all of the plugins you updated and then determining which one is causing the problem?

      You're making a mountain out of a molehill...

      And no, there's no easy way to 'roll back' a WP install short of wiping it completely and restoring from backups.
      Hi SteveJohnson

      Thanks for your response. I use quite a lot of plugins thus it was not an easy task to find out which one. I guess in future I shouldn't update my plugins at 1 go without checking. So the best for me is to revert back to the good old version and from there I can find out if which one cause the problem and then I do not update that particular one.

      Thanks.

      Regards
      eltara
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