How To Update The Theme


There are two ways to update your theme. The first and easiest method is to simply register your purchase to access our automatic theme updater. The second is the traditional method that involves more steps. Before you update, it is best practice to always check our update notes and make a backup of your theme folder. See the information below for each method.

Before You Update, Always Check The Important Update Information

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Method 1: Using The Auto Updater

IMPORTANT NOTE – This method is only for Avada 3.5 or higher.

The easiest way to update your theme is to use our Automatic Theme Updater, which can only be used after you register your product. Once you have registered your product, and we release a theme update, you will receive a notification message in your WordPress admin ‘Updates’ or ‘Themes’ tab. Once an update is available, you will still need to go to the WP Dashboard > Updates tab on your WP Admin Panel, select the Avada Theme, then click on the Update button.

Auto Updating The Theme – Once you have setup the auto updater, you will get notified in the ‘Updates’ and ‘Themes’ section of your admin panel when a new theme update is ready to be installed. WordPress checks for new updates every 12 hours. Go to the ‘Updates’ or ‘Themes’ and follow the onscreen prompts to update the theme.

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Auto Updating The Plugins – After you update the theme, you will see another notification message to update the plugins. Follow the on screen prompts to update the required plugins. If the notification message was dismissed, navigate to the Appearance > Install Plugins tab in your WP Admin Panel to complete the update process.

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IMPORTANT NOTE – You must first register your product to use the automatic theme updater. WordPress checks for updates only once every 12 hours.

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Method 2: Traditional Update Method

This method requires more steps and manual work. First, you need to manually download the new theme package from your ThemeForest account. Once you have the new theme package, you can choose to upload the theme via WordPress or via FTP. Please see the information below for how to download new files, and install it via WordPress or via FTP.

How To Download New Theme Files From ThemeForest

Step 1 – Log into your ThemeForest account and navigate to your Downloads tab. Find the Avada theme purchase.

Step 2 – Click the Download button next to it and either choose to download the Installable WordPress Theme, which is just the WordPress file, or choose to download the Main Files which is the entire package that contains everything.

Step 3 – After downloading the files, you need to decide if you want to install the update via FTP or via WordPress. For directions on both methods, please continue reading below.

How To Update Your Theme Via FTP

Step 1 – Go to wp-content > themes folder location and backup your Avada theme folder by saving it to your computer, or you can choose to simply delete it. Your content will not be lost.

Step 2 – Retrieve the file from your new ThemeForest download and extract the file to get the updated Avada theme folder.

Step 3 – After extracting the updated Avada theme folder, simply drag and drop the new Avada theme folder into wp-content > themes folder location. Choose to Replace the current one if you did not delete the old Avada theme folder.

IMPORTANT NOTE – First deleting the theme folder from your server and then adding the new one is the recommended method, as this way you make sure that deprecated files will be deleted, which helps to avoid update issues.

Step 4 – Lastly, update the included plugins. You will see a notification message letting you know a new version of the plugins are available and need to be updated. Follow the onscreen prompts to update the plugins

IMPORTANT NOTE – If you upgrade through FTP, please visit your WP-admin so any new theme options can be registered. If you do not do this and also have wp-debug turned on, you may see php notices on the front end. They will disappear once you visit the WP admin.

How To Update Your Theme Via WordPress

Step 1 – You need to deactivate the current Avada theme located in the Appearance > Themes section by activating a different theme. Once you activate a different theme, you can delete the Avada theme. Dont worry, your content will not be lost.

Step 2 – Retrieve the new file from your ThemeForest download. If you downloaded the Main Files from ThemeForest, you need to unzip the archive file you received to get the file inside.

Step 3 – Upload the file to the Appearance > Themes section by clicking on the “Install Themes” tab at the top and then choosing to upload the zip file.

Step 4 – Once it finishes uploading, choose to activate the theme.

Step 5 – Lastly, update the included plugins. You will see a notification message letting you know a new version of the plugins are available and need to be updated. Follow the onscreen prompts to update the plugins

Common Issues & Questions

1. Are You Sure You Want To Do This?

If you get the “Are You Sure You Want To Do This” message when installing file via WordPress, it means you have an upload file size limit. Install the theme via FTP if this happens, or call your hosting company and ask them to increase the limit.

2. Theme install failed Destination folder already exists

This happens because WordPress only allows you to have one theme with the same name when uploading the theme via WordPress admin. We recommend you to setup the auto updater (see info above) to get around this, or you can update the theme via FTP.

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