Important Update Info

This is our biggest and best update in the history of Avada. Many new features, like the page builder, full control over site width, dual sidebars, 5-6 columns added and so much more. View our full changelog by clicking the button on the right side.

Avada v3.6 Important Information

1. Full Width Page Template Along With 2 Page Options (Page Full Width & Portfolio Full Width) Are REMOVED

We added dual sidebars in Avada v3.6, and with the new options this eliminates the need for a full width page template and the page and portfolio full width page options. There will be new page options for each page “Sidebar 1″ and “Sidebar 2″. If both of those fields are set to “NONE”, then the page will be full width. If you set a sidebar to show, then it will show the sidebar. This will allow any previously made “full width page template” pages to use the default page template instead, therefor we can simplify the offering and remove the full width page template.

What does this mean for you? When you update to v3.6, most likely any page that has full width page template assigned will have a default sidebar displaying. To fix this, simply edit the page and select “NONE” for both sidebar fields then save it. If you have a lot of posts or pages, you can use our new Global Sidebar Options in theme options > sidebar. You can also do this with the bulk field editor plugin for many pages at one time. Sidebar custom field name is “sbg_selected_sidebar_replacement” and leave its field empty for no sidebar or follow our knowledge article for instructions on how to set it to a specific sidebar.

Posts created pre using Avada: In case you have setup your site already before using Avad and you have created blog posts, please see the knowledgebase entry for a fix:

2. Fusion Options Returns Error 404 Page

This is simply your browser cache. Please empty your browser cache to fix this.

3. Portfolio & Recent Work Image Size Changes

With our new site width options, you will be able to set the overall site width of Avada to any “px” or “5″ value, even up to 100%. Because of this, we’ve had to change how our portfolio thumbnails are used. Currently in Avada, the portfolio featured images are cropped on the portfolio column pages and the recent work short codes. This gives all images the same shape (no matter what the size). With the new site width options, this is no longer possible. It would cause way too many thumbnails to be generated to cover all sizes, and some would not be big enough to cover large sizes which leads to distortion and blur. In Avada v3.6, all portfolio column page templates and recent work shortcode (besides carousel layout) will show the full image ratio of the feature images you upload. This is honestly a good thing and many users have requested this for a long time.

What does this mean for you? When you use a site width larger than the standard 940px, the portfolio featured images will not fill the container area. This is because they are generated cropped images. To fix this, choose “auto” for the “Portfolio Featured Image Size” option in theme options on the portfolio tab. This will produce varying sizes of portfolio featured images on the portfolio column page templates (1-6) and recent work shortcode. If you want all your featured images to still have the same size look, you will need to upload featured images that are the same size overall or at least the same ratio. Because of this, we’ve also added the new BOXED or UNBOXED option for the Portfolio TEXT layouts. We felt the text looked better in a box with varying image heights, so we added this option that you can choose globally, or in the recent work shortcode.

4. Portfolio Grid Page Template Will Be Removed In 3.7

Due to the site width changes that will affect portfolio column featured image sizes (see notes above in #2), the Portfolio Grid template is no longer needed because all of the other portfolio page templates (1-6 columns) can achieve the same effect.

What does this mean for you? Please prepare by changing your page template from Portfolio Grid to Portfolio 1-6 col after updating to Avada 3.6. As long as you do that, it will not affect you in in the future. If you forget to do that, when you update in the future, simply change the portfolio page template.

5. iPad Portrait Responsive Mode Changes

Most of our users choose to use the “fixed layout for iPad portrait” option which gives them a full desktop version on their ipad when viewing portrait mode. This option will still be there. However, the option does have drawbacks with the rev slider and menus on ipad portraits. We have enhanced our ipad portrait responsive mode in Avada 3.6 so it is more suited for the size of the ipad when the “fixed layout for iPad portrait” option is turned off.

What does this mean for you? Only good things! You can still use the “fixed layout for iPad portrait” option if you wish and it will act the same. If you turn that option off, then the theme will respond much better to the ipad portrait size.

6. Fusion Builder Conversion

Please refer to our documentation for various information on how to use it, converting old pages, items to look out for during conversion and more.

7. Languages folder moved from theme to main package

In 3.6, we have added the option of translating theme options labels, page options labels and more into the translation files. Due to this, the size of the theme package was increased by considerable amount to include all the languages by default. For this reason, we have decided to move languages from the theme package to the main package which is available for download from ThemeForest.

What does this mean for you? From the backup theme folder, copy and paste the language files back into wp-content/themes/Avada/languages folder or download and extract the main package from ThemeForest to find the new languages folder. You can copy the files within that lanaguages folder found in main package to wp-content/themes/Avada/languages folder.

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 theme options on the backup tab in appearance > theme options.

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, server cache when you update. Visual issues may happen, its only cache that needs 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. 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 on screen steps 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 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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