WordPress 2.8 Problems, Slow – Downgrade / Revert / Roll Back To WordPress 2.7

June 14th, 2009

WordPress announced the availability of version 2.8 recently. I normally do not upgrade to the latest version as soon as it is available. One of the main reasons for not upgrading immediately is that my blog runs on the support of a lot of plugins, and an upgrade means a lot of testing, as some plugins may just refuse to work !

As a general practice, I wait for a couple of weeks before upgrading after any major release from WordPress, this will give me an overall view of the possible problems people are facing and also gives time to the plugin developers to upgrade their plugins to the work with the latest version. This way, I save a lot of time, which otherwise would be spent on trouble shooting the problems and trying to fix them.

As expected, the new version of WordPress 2.8 has crashed a few plugins and slowdown others (again performance and non compatibility issues) and the wordpress forums were filled with questions on ‘how to solve this, or I have this problem’ kind of posts. One simple solution to most of your problems is, revert back to the previous version of WordPress which was working fine (I’m hoping here that you have the back up of your database saved on your local machine !).

Those who wish to revert back to WordPress 2.7 from wordpress 2.8, please read Keith’s post, where he has explained in detail the step-by-step procedure that has to be followed.

Hope you get your blog back to life and get it to work smoothly as before.

Related Post: When is the right time to upgrade WordPress.

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  1. June 16th, 2009 at 13:21 | #1

    I’ve made the mistake of upgrading and I don’t like it. I’ll follow through the steps in Keith’s post and pray it’ll work smoothly.

  2. June 16th, 2009 at 19:19 | #2

    @My Pink Shoelace – I normally wait a few weeks before upgrading. With open source products, the community acts as Quality Control, so I wait for the community to test, report and iron out the bugs, before I upgrade. If you have your previous database backed up, Keiths post should work like a charm.

    Do keep me informed how the process went through.

    PS: You got kinda cute blog .. and it shows that you totally love pink :) .. pink’s fine – what’s with the shoelace :)

  3. June 17th, 2009 at 16:03 | #3

    Thanks for link

  4. June 17th, 2009 at 20:57 | #4

    @Frumusete – Welcome. Keith has done a fabulous job of putting up the procedure ..

  5. July 4th, 2009 at 04:39 | #5

    Yes 2.8 does suck, dont do it, im about to follow the guide now

  6. July 4th, 2009 at 05:25 | #6

    @Charle – I know a lot of things that don’t work well with 2.8. I’ll wait for some more time before I upgrade. Most importantly I want all the plugins to work fine for this. This blog needs so many of them to function fine !

  7. July 23rd, 2009 at 00:39 | #7

    It was a great post.Most of the themes are not working in wordpress 2.8.This Tutorial was a real help.

  8. July 24th, 2009 at 20:52 | #8

    thank you Gautam .. I thought that well worth a mention ..

    The Fine Art of WP Upgrades. Wait up!

  9. Andres
    September 6th, 2009 at 12:34 | #9

    I had been tested all the alternatives, and the plugin “No Blog Clients” fix 80% my problem. This plugin removes link elements from your WordPress header for Windows Live Writer and other blog clients using the WordPress XML-RPC interface. After this plugin, the Admin Panel of WordPress loads more fast.

    I added this: extension=curl.so in php.ini (line 597 aprox.) and help some too.


  10. September 6th, 2009 at 19:00 | #10

    @Andres – Thanks

  11. POed
    September 17th, 2009 at 18:25 | #11

    I went to sleep reading your prelude. Just get to it.

  12. POed
    September 17th, 2009 at 18:39 | #12

    2.8 really really sucks. And, what is worse is they gon’t give a damn. Can you just imagine the thousands of hours of aggravation experienced by thousands of people due to their sloppy code. They are to lazy to test anything, so they throw it out to the suckers and let them test it for them.

  13. December 25th, 2009 at 13:20 | #13

    Nice post, thanks you very much , I need it , now , wordpress has upgraded to 2.9 , but it have some problem , it must downgrade it , thank you

  14. January 2nd, 2010 at 00:44 | #14

    Made the same error, i went straight away to update to the new version of wrodpress. Most of my plugins are not working properly so i am starting to revert to the previous version. Nice post aand thank you very much because i am starting to revert to the previous version

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