Important Update Info

Avada 3.7 is a major update with a lot of great new features. The header can now be on the left or right side, new designs for testimonial and tab shortcode, header and footer can be 100% width independent of site width, new opacity level for header background, column spacing settings, column backgound images/color/padding, lots of new theme and shortcode options and overall improvements and fixes.

Avada v3.7 Important Information

1. Transparent Header Option Can Now Set Opacity Level

Before v3.7, the header could either be fully transparent or not. Now we have built in the ability to set the opacity level from 0 (transparent) to 1 (opaque). The global setting is now controlled in Theme Options > Styling > Background Colors > Header Background Color and Opacity. The individual page setting is in the Fusion Page Options box of each page and post.

What does this mean for you? If you were using a transparent header before, you will need to reset the opacity level in Fusion Theme Options if using it globally, or Fusion Page Options if using it individually.

2. Menu Highlight Border Now Works For All Headers And Has Border Size Setting

By default, a 3px border shows above the active menu item for headers 1-3. Now we have applied this to work on all headers 1-5 and have given a value to set the size of it in pixels in Theme Options > Menu called Main Menu Highlight Bar Size.

What does this mean for you? If you are using header 4 or 5, you will now see the menu highlight border. If you wish to not use it, simply insert 0 in the Main Menu Highlight Bar Size field.

3. Geocode API Removed For Google Maps

Previously, in some cases due to server configurations, you may have needed to use a Google Map Geocode API Key to display the map. In Avada 3.7, we have streamlined this process and the API Key is no longer needed.

What does this mean for you? Only good things! If you used an API Key in the past, you no longer need to and the map will display.

4. Global Sidebar Settings vs Fusion Page Option Settings

We introduced global Sidebar Settings in the last update. Please be aware of how they work in relation to individual page settings. This post explains it all.

5. Portfolio GRID Layout Will Be Removed

With the new portfolio featured image size setup introduced in v3.6, the Portfolio Grid page template is no longer needed. We will be removing it in v3.8, please change your page template. Please see this post for how to get the grid affect with any other portfolio page template.

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. 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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