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How to Downgrade from WordPress 3.9.1 to 3.8.3? (Tutorial)

If you have updated your WordPress blog to the latest version, i.e. WordPress 3.9.1, then you might be facing some problems, most probably that problem will be related to the Visual Editor in your Posts section. The Editor doesn’t work making it impossible to create and publish a new post.

There are many different reasons that the Visual editor doesn’t work and you can refer this post about Visual Editor problems and solutions, but whenever I updated my blogs to the latest version, I wasn’t able to publish new posts. I tried everything, from changing the theme to adding various codes but nothing worked. Even installing an editor plugin like CKEditor didn’t help me as I was more comfortable with the default editor.

So the easiest solution that came to my mind was to downgrade from WordPress 3.9.1 back to WordPress 3.8.3 which I did and voila, everything’s fine without even a single problem.

So if you too are facing such issues and want to downgrade back to the previous WordPress version, here is the step by step guide on how to do the same.

Steps to Downgrade from WordPress 3.9.1 to 3.8.3:

Step 1 – First of all, you are going to need the previous version of WordPress. So go to WordPress archives and download files for WordPress 3.8.3 from there and save it on your computer. Then extract the files from the zip folder.

Step 2: Now login to your WordPress blog admin panel and deactivate all the plugins by going to Plugins >> Installed Plugins.

Step 3 – Now we have to login to our CPanel for the next step. I would advise you to use FileZilla FTP client to upload the files as I find it easy with it. So you need to download FileZilla FTP client on your computer. Just do a quick search and you will get the download links. Download and install FileZilla on your computer.

Step 4 – Now open FileZilla and you will see something like the image below. You have to fill in the following info to login to your host and access all the files.

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Username: Your CPanel Username
Password: Your CPanel Password

Here is the primary domain name that you used when signing up with your hosting service. You can get the Cpanel username and password from the email that you received from your hosting service when you signed up. Enter these details and hit the “QuickConnect” button.

Step 5 – Once you are logged in, you will be able to see all the files that are hosted on your server. The section on the left side shows the files on your computer’s storage and on the right side, it shows the files of your server.

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Step 6 – Now you need to navigate to your blog’s files located on your server. Once you have located the right blog files, delete the wp-admin and wp-includes folder. Only delete these two folders and nothing else.

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Step 7 – Now you need to upload the WordPress files from your computer to your server. On your computer, go to the WordPress files that you downloaded in Step 1. Select all the files except wp-content folder and then right-click and hit Upload. Remember don’t upload wp-content folder or all your media files, themes, plugins and everything will be lost.

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Step 8 – Once the Upload process is complete, you now need to login to your blog. So go to and login using your username and password.

Step 9 – You will be asked to Update your Database files so hit on the update button and then click Continue. And then you need to login again.

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That’s it folks! We have successfully downgraded from WordPress 3.9.1 to WordPress 3.8.3!

This method can be used to downgrade WordPress blog to any of the previous versions. You can download any of the previous version of WordPress from the archives and follow the above steps to achieve your desired results.

If you have faced any difficulty in downgrading your WordPress blog, then do comment below with your queries and I will be more than happy to help you solve it.

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