Using unsupported plugins without upgrading WordPress

Many WordPress users may not want to upgrade. On the other hand, you would like to install new plug-ins. In such cases, we will show you how to install a plugin that is not yet compatible with the current WordPress version without upgrading WordPress.

Plugins that are not yet supported by the current Wordpress version

In my own case, when I tried to download Bogo, I was prompted to update WordPress. It is incompatible with the WP version in use, and I would consider updating WordPress first. On the other hand, if you do not want to update WordPress, you may give up on installing this plugin because the version is incompatible. You don’t have to give up, you can install one that is compatible with your current WordPress.

Download older versions of plug-ins

Download the older version of the plugin and download the one that matches the current WordPress version. Here is how to transition to get to the older version of the plugin.

Click on “ Plugins Page".

Click on the “Development" tab.

Click on “Show Details."

You can specify the development version and download it.
You can download multiple versions of the plugin and install them to test if they are supported.

Install older versions of plug-ins

From Add New Plug-in, click “Upload Plug-in" to upload and activate the downloaded plug-ins and find the available plug-ins.

If we could eventually find a working version of the plugin, we could use it by matching the plugin version to the WordPress version.


It is important to keep in mind that because you are dropping the plugin version, you are using a degraded version of the plugin rather than the latest one for security purposes. A countermeasure to avoid this situation is to enhance security by publishing a static version of the WordPress site instead of publishing the dynamic WordPress site itself.

Please read this article for more information.


We showed you how to install a plugin that is not compatible with the current WordPress version without upgrading WordPress. You can use the plug-ins you want to use. In addition, we have also published a separate article on how to avoid the disadvantage of reduced security by only publishing static pages instead of dynamic WordPress pages, in case of reduced security due to plugin version down.

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