Important Update Info

Avada 3.8.5 is a major update that has many added features, options and code improvements. Please carefully read the information below when updating. To view our important update information for past updates, click here.

Avada v3.8.5 Important Information

1. Always Clear Various Forms of Cache

This is very important. When you update your theme files, it is possible that browser, plugin or server cache can be responsible for loading old files or settings. This can cause visual issues that may appear to be a major problem, but are not. Always make sure to clear all forms of cache from your browser, server or plugins like W3 Total Cache.

Clearing your cache should be a regular part of your update process. View our general cache information that describes the various forms of cache and how to clear them.

2. Child Theme Files

Child theme files may need to be updated if you experience issues. If you have copied child theme files and realize something is not working, it can be due to files that have been copied and modified in your child theme.

If you experience issues with the code edits you have made to your child theme, you may need to update the files you copied to your child theme. Copy the new file from v3.8.5 and move over your edits.

3. Widget Titles Changed From H3 to H4

Sidebar, Footer and Sliding Bar widget title HTML tags have been changed from h3 to h4 for SEO improvements.

If you have modified the sidebar, footer or sliding bar heading tags with custom CSS, you will need to update the classes since it has changed from H3 to H4.

4. Icon Flip Option Has Been Removed

Icons within elements (font awesome icons, content boxes, flip boxes) no longer have the “icon flip” option. This option is deprecated since “icon rotate” option can achieve the same results.

If you were using icon flip, it should automatically be changed to icon rotate with a degree. You can rotate the icon 90, 180 or 270 degrees.

5. Facebook Has Officially Deprecated The Like Box

Facebook has fully deprecated the like box on June 23rd, and now only the page plugin is available. In general you will not have to do anything when updating, but the looks are a bit different and the options have changed. The main difference is that the page plugin only offers one color scheme, so users who were using the dark one will also get the light one now. This change was imposed by Facebook.

6. Improved PHP Compiler

We have drastically improved our LESS compiler and turned it into a PHP compiler. The new compiler offers performance improvements with no additional server resource requirements. We have improved the compiler cache system and added hooks for the compiler. You can activate the compiler in theme options > advanced tab.

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General Update Information

1. It Is Always Recommended To Backup Your Current Setup

It’s always a good idea to make sure that you have a current backup of your web site, including your wp-content folder, your wp-config.php file, and your .htaccess file in your WordPress installation folder, and a copy of your WordPress database. You can use these to revert back to your original site if something unforeseen happens during the update process. If you are not familiar with how to do this yourself, there are several plugins available that completely automate that process for you, such as: UpDraft Plus and WordPress Backup Buddy

If you are using the Revolution Slider and have added custom css, please make a backup of the styles because those will be removed when you update. You can also backup your Fusion Theme Options on the Backup tab in Appearance > Theme Options > Backup.

2. Do Not Keep Older Copies of The Theme In WP Theme Folder

You should completely remove all previous Avada theme folders before adding the new updated theme folder, or you could end up with WP path issues, etc.

3. Do Not Rename The Theme Folder

If you rename your theme folder when you update, then the path is no longer valid. WordPress stores menus and widget settings and some other settings by folder path. You need to rename your theme folder back to what it was before, and your settings, menus, widgets will be restored. Make a copy of your current theme folder before you upload the new theme.

4. Reset Browser Cache, Server Cache And Plugin Cache

It is always recommended to reset your browser, plugin, and server cache when you update. Visual issues may happen and more often than not, its caused by caches, and they need to be emptied. Each browser allows you to remove cookies, history and other data. If your theme or Fusion Core version is not updated after uploading the new files, it is due to a server-side caching system. Some hosting providers have server-side cache systems installed to optimize the speed of content delivery, please clear any server-side cache or ask your host to do it. This is also true for google pagespeed setups or cloudflare setups.

5. Update Child Theme

If you have copied template files from parent theme to child theme. Please make sure to revert to parent theme first to confirm if the issue exists there too. If it doesn’t, please update the templates copied to child theme with the parent theme.

6. Required & Recommended Plugins Must Be Updated

When you update the theme, you will see a notification message in your admin telling you the required and recommended plugins need to be updated. Follow the onscreen prompts to install the plugin updates. Our Fusion Core plugin is the only required plugin and it has to be installed and activated for theme features to work. Make sure you are always using the most recent version of the Fusion Core plugin. You will be prompted to install it upon installing or updating your theme. If you dismiss the prompt or do not see it, then you can go to Appearance > Install Plugins page and install the plugin that way. Every time you update the theme, the plugin also needs updated.

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