You can update your theme via FTP or via WordPress. See the information below for each of those methods. However the first thing you need to do is download the new theme files from Themeforest.
First, 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 choose to download the “Installable WordPress Theme” which is just the WordPress file, or choose the “Main Files” which is the entire package that contains everything.
Step 3 – Then you need to decide if you want to install the update via FTP or via WordPress. Directions for both methods are below.
How To Update Your Theme Via FTP
Step 1 – Go to “wp-content > themes” 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 “Avada.zip” file from your new Themeforest download and extract the file to get the “Avada” theme folder.
Step 3 – Then simply drag and drop the new “Avada” theme folder into “wp-content > themes” location. Choose to “Replace” the current one if you did not delete it.
How To Update Your Theme Via WordPress
Step 1 – You need to deactivate the current “Avada” theme in the “appearance > themes” section by simply 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 “Avada.zip” file from your new Themeforest download. If you downloaded the “Main Files” from Themeforest, then you need to unzip the archive file you received, the Avada.zip will be inside of it
Step 3 – Then simply upload the “Avada.zip” file in the “appearance > themes” section. Click on the “Install Themes” tab at the top and choose to upload the zip file.
Step 4 – Once it uploads, choose to activate it. You’re done!
Important Update Information
Each new update brings new features and we like to let our users know everything they can expect. This section below will always contain the latest information for each update. Below are some items that let you know what to expect when updating Avada from an older version to the latest.
Backup Your Current Theme – It’s always a good idea to keep a backup of your current theme. Log on to your server or cpanel and make a copy of your current “Avada” theme folder to your computer. If needed, you can reload the previous version. Its also a good idea to backup your theme options. There is a “Backup” tab in theme options to export your settings. And always be sure to make a copy of your custom CSS field and tracking code.
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.
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. If you need to keep your previous theme folder, then simply make a copy of it before you upload the new theme
Reset Browser 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.
Fusion Core Plugin Must Be Installed/Activated – Our new shortcode generator is called Fusion Core, and it has to be installed and activated for your shortcodes to work. You will be prompted to install it upon updating your theme, if you are not, then you can go to Appearance > Install Plugins page accessible from wp-admin menu and install the plugin that way.
New Theme Options - When we add new theme options, its recommended that you go through each tab and set any options that are not already set. For example, a very important option is the new line-height values on the Typography tab. Set the default values.
Revolution Slider Styles - If you have added custom styles to the rev slider, always make a backup of them. The Avada styles will be included, but any custom styles you add yourself need to be backed up before you update the theme.