So the situation was that WordPress presented their latest update for their users and it was chosen so that the site’s admin could have the latest features, but unfortunately, after the upgrade the site’s appearance was a mess probably caused by conflicts, errors and incompatibilities. So much for “upgrade”.
The thoughts were, “Has the site been screwed up?” and “Is it too late to undo this upgrade?” and “Oh what a waste that’s been made of all the effort put in.” and “Maybe the warning to backup the site first should not have been ignored.”
Well, it’s funny now but it was worrying at the time. It was possible to resolve the problem and a solution was found.
One of the first things that was sought was a YouTube video which explained how to undo the unwanted outcome. It was a delight to find there was a solution. Two videos were noticed and one of them is below:
Could really just watch the video again next time, but a few notes here could also save some time in future. Btw, thank you to Craig, the host and author of the video, for taking the time to put together that information and publish it. It became helpful during a time of need.
To do what’s needed, a type of File Transfer Protocol [FTP] software is required. Software of this kind can be downloaded here for free.
As well as FTP software, access to the WordPress release archive is also required. Access can be gained here.
So 1. Select the WordPress version of choice and download it.
2. Unzip the WordPress download into a folder. Create the folder before unzipping the WordPress download.
3. From the downloaded files there are some to be deleted. So delete the folders called “wp-include” and “wp-admin”.
4. Delete a folder called “wp-content” and if a file called “config.php” exists amongst the downloaded files, then delete it to prevent it from overwriting the edition held on the website’s server.
5. After doing these things select all the remaining files and folders of the unzipped folder and upload them into the website’s public_html folder. In this procedure many of the files currently within the public_html folder will begin being overwritten. The process may take up to 20 minutes but it depends.
Once the public_html files have been overwritten by the uploaded files the switch to the alternative WordPress version will be complete.
Once the files have been uploaded in full there will be a request to update the database. The update is confirmed by a single click. Make that click.
Once completed you’ll find that it’s really easy to do, but you realise that it’s always easy when you know what you are doing.