Sometimes updating WordPress breaks some vital plugin. Best case scenario, this happens on your test site. (See here on how to create a test site, if you need help). Worst case it happens on your prod site. If that’s the case, you may have to use FileZilla to move the files as described below. In any event, here’s how to roll back an upgrade that doesn’t play nice with your plugins. One more note before we move on: this does not detail how to roll back plugins, just the WordPress version itself.
Click zip next to your previous version.
Finding your previous version is tricky. I was fortunate to remember what version I was on before things went kerblewy. If you don’t know, I’d suggest going back a couple of version. If you know were to find out which version you just upgraded from, please leave a comment below.
Go to www/wordpress or whatever your wordpress directory may be.
Create a new directory named after the version of WordPress you upgraded to
Move all files and folders into that folder except
Go to and right-click the zip file you just downloaded
Click Extract all
Navigate to your WordPress directory
Double-click the new wordpress folder
Copy all files and folders into the default WordPress directory except
Rename the second wordpress folder, to whatever version you’re downgrading to. This will prevent you from having the confusing /wordpress/wordpress directory structure
Now your default WordPress Directory should look something like this
Click Update WordPress Database
And now you’ll see a message asking you to upgrade. You’ll want to ignore that until whatever issue caused you to need to downgrade in the first place is resovled