If you just have issues with the next WordPress editor and want to switch back to the old editor, you can skip to the end of this article.
Why you should not upgrade to WordPress 5?
Now a lot of people recently have upgraded to WordPress 5 and their experience with it is not so good. The reason for this is because most of the plugins are still not compatible with this new version. Moreover, there are still a lot of issues in Gutenberg that still need to be resolved, you can check it out on Github.
My recommendation, in this case, would be if you have a lot of issues just switch back to the old version of WordPress until they resolve all these issues in the future versions. Otherwise, hire a developer if you have a few issues currently.
But you don’t need to spend your cash just to get someone to roll back the WordPress version for you, you can do it yourself which I will be teaching you in this article!
Downgrade the WordPress Version (using a plugin)
If you have access to your WordPress dashboard then it’s really simple for you to Downgrade to the previous version of WordPress. You can use this plugin called WP Downgrade. Simply install the plugin by navigating to Plugins > Add New in the dashboard, search for “WP Downgrade” and install & activate the first plugin that comes up.
In the plugin settings page simply add the version name you want to downgrade to (I recommend “4.9.8”) and then save the changes.
After this is completed, the plugin will show Active (WP 4.9.8 is set as target version) at the top and WordPress won’t even show the message to update WordPress anymore!
Downgrade the WordPress Version (manually)
Now just in case your site is down and you have no access to the WordPress Dashboard, you can manually downgrade your WordPress version using FTP or the cPanel File Manager.
1. Download The Version you want to downgrade to
You can download the version of your choice from the WordPress official releases page.
2. Delete some files that contains the content of your site
After downloading the ZIP file, open it and delete the “wp-content” folder as well as “wp-config-sample.php” file.
Note: I highly recommend you to completely backup your site before you move to the next step.
3. Open your website’s FTP / cPanel File manager and delete the WordPress Core files
This can be done easily by opening the FTP of your site or the File Manager from the cPanel (you can usually find these in your Hosting account.) Go to the directory where your WordPress website’s files are stored, and delete all the files except these:
- “wp-content” folder.
- “.htaccess” file.
- “wp-config.php” file.
- “robots.txt” file (if it exists)
such that after deleting the following files are left on your server:
4. Add the files of the WordPress version you are downgrading to
Simply now just move the files from the WordPress version which we removed files from in Step 2 to your website directory. All the core files will now be replaced by the older version of WordPress and you’ll be back to WordPress 4.9!
Common Issue with WordPress 5.0 and How to solve them?
Switching to the Classic editor on WordPress 5.0
Are you just having issues with using the Gutenberg editor? No problem, WordPress has created a plugin called “Classic Editor” which can help you use the old editor on the new version of WordPress. Here’s how to do it:
- Install and activate the plugin “Classic Editor“.
- Go to Settings > Writing in the “Default editor for all users” select the “Classic Editor” option and save changes.
You will now be able to the old classic editor to edit posts and pages.