How To Fix Your WordPress Site After A Plugin Update Goes Wrong

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In this video, I’m going to give you a detailed step by step tutorial on how to fix your site after a WordPress or plugin update failed.

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So you’re prompted to update WordPress to the latest version, or maybe some plugins have updates available. You hit update…

Most of the time, these updates run without a hitch and you get on with your day. But sometimes… just occasionally… an update GOES WRONG. Maybe something broke on your site after the update, or even suddenly no site at all, just the blank white screen of death where your website used to be.

However, this is not a cause for panic! In this video, I show you exactly how to troubleshoot and fix your WordPress site after a plugin update goes wrong.


UpdraftPlus—restore WordPress without admin access:

I want to restore, but cannot or have failed to do so from the WP Admin console – can I restore manually?

Plugin Detective:

Plugin Detective – Troubleshooting

WP Rollback:

WP Rollback

WP Downgrade:

WP Downgrade | Specific Core Version


How to switch ON Debug Mode:

WordPress White Screen of Death – How to Fix It Fast

How to fix the maintenance error issue:

How to Fix Briefly Unavailable for Scheduled Maintenance Error on WordPress

How to increase PHP memory:

How to Resolve the WordPress Memory Limit Error (2 Methods)

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Music by: David Cutter Music

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40 Responses

  1. Cam

    Hey! Enjoyed the video! Have you ever considered using SMZeus to help get your videos higher in the search results!?

  2. Gerald Hutchman

    Hi, anyone having trouble with plugin detective? After installing it I get a white screen when I click on "Troubleshoot Plugin Conflicts" I am running WP 5.3.2 with latest Elementor and Hello Theme.

  3. sideshowlol

    Nice one, Dave! You have definitely upped your game. Really informative and well presented, as always, but with an extra sprinkling of pizazz! 😀 Have a great 2020.

  4. Marthandan Victor

    Recently I went through an tough time as I updated with an third party gateway plugin site got broken then removing that also not fixed the problem later the Woocommerce plugin whenever activated the website breaks again then with great difficulty with lot of co-ordination from woocommerce and changing the gateway plugin to another plugin solved the issue. Your video is of great help in solving the issues an easy to solve the issue excellent Dev

  5. iwotube

    Great tutorial, thank you! Btw, I thought I heard in the first sentence you said: "(…) if the update brexit" 😉

  6. Paul Conway

    Great to see you again Dave. Another fine video. I've had the 'white screen of death' several times. Many thanks. Paul

  7. Jim Hummel

    I've only had the crap scared out of me a couple of times a few years ago, but as you said…Take a deep breath, be calm and work it out.
    This is a really useful video mentioning some very useful tools. Always indebted to you for sharing your knowledge.

  8. Graham Cheetham

    Welcome back, Dave. We have missed you. Thanks for the great video as always. The list of useful resources is a treasure.

  9. Mark Johnston

    Hi Dave, thanks for the great video! Broken code in a recent plugin update I did not only broke the site but brought the server to it's knees in a matter of seconds by flooding it with GET requests from a malformed URL. Not only was the site broken but all other sites went down too. I thought at first I was having a DOS attack! I couldn't even stay logged in long enough to deactivate the plugin – had to remove it manually, I discovered the problem looking at server logging.

  10. George C

    Cool stuff. Wondering if there is a similar plugin or method to detect what plugin or theme was the culprit for a hacked site? Have my server offline for this test server running WP multisite but would like to try to see which way they entered as I am 99% sure it was not via hardended server.

  11. Mike Sale

    A great help to troubleshoot plugin conflicts! So much combined help and up to date solutions and processes! Thank you!

  12. Russell Semenov

    Great video and a great tip, Dave! Thank you!
    Just the other day I had a similar issue and had to disable the plugins one by one. Lesson learned, next time – ‘plugin detective’ will be put to work:)