How To Update The Theme

03/14/2017

There are two ways to update your theme. The first method is our Auto Update feature which requires you to register your purchase via Token Registration. The second is to upload the theme manually, either via FTP or WordPress. This is the traditional method and requires you to download the theme files from ThemeForest first. Before you update, it’s best practice to always check our Important Update Information article which is updated for each new version, and to make a full backup of your theme folder, files and entire database, just in case. If you update via FTP, it’s important that you delete (not replace) the old Avada theme folder, Fusion Builder and Fusion Core plugin folders. They need deleted because if you only replace the folders, then old files can be left on the server and can cause issues. When you update via WordPress admin, these folders are automatically deleted.

Important Update Information

Before you update to a new version of the theme, it’s important to always check our Important Update Information article. this article is regularly updated and changes every time a new version is released. Please click the button below to read our Important Update Information article.

Whenever you update you should make a backup of your theme folder and plugins folder. It’s very important that you delete (not replace) the old Avada theme folder, Fusion Builder and Fusion Core plugin folders. They need deleted because if you only replace the folders, then old files can be left on the server and can cause issues. When you update via WordPress admin, these folders are automatically deleted. You only need to delete the folders if you update via FTP.
Click Here To View The Important Update Information

Updating To Avada 5.0 From Avada 4.0.3 Or Older?

For Avada 5.0, significant and positive changes have been made to Product Registration. The old method, which requires your Purchase Code, ThemeForest Username and API Key has been changed, due to Envato soon deprecating their old API. Avada 5.0 users are now required to register their product using the new Token Registration process which only requires 1 key instead of 3.

What If I’ve Registered My Product Before v5.0?

If you had previously registered your purchase to receive auto theme updates, in Avada 4.0.3 or older, you will still see the update notice in the WP Dashboard > Updates section of your WordPress Dashboard when Avada 5.0 is released. However, once you have updated to Avada 5.0 you will have to re-register your product using the new Token Registration method to receive automatic updates, Avada demos and premium plugins (to install and update the Revolution and Layer Sliders).

Auto Update Method

IMPORTANT NOTE – Avada v5.0+ will require the new Token Registration to receive our auto updates.

The easiest way to update your theme is to use our Automatic Update feature, which will require you to register your product by Token Registration. Once you have registered the product and an Avada update is released, you will receive an update notification in the WordPress Dashboard > Updates section of your installation and requires user acknowledgement to complete the update.

Click Here To Learn How To Register Your Purchase

How To Update Via The Auto Update Method

IMPORTANT NOTE – We highly recommend backing up your theme, files and database before updating.

Step 1 – Register your purchase by Token Registration

Step 2 – Navigate to the WordPress Dashboard > Updates section of your installation.

Step 3 – Under the ‘Themes’ section, you’ll see the Avada update notification. If you don’t see the update and know one available, click the ‘Check Again’ button on top of the page to refresh the updates list.

Step 4 – Check the checkbox beside the Avada update, then click the ‘Update Themes’ button to start the update.

Step 5 – Wait for the update to complete. A success notification will be displayed once the theme is updated successfully.

Step 6 – Don’t forget to update the required plugins


Manual Update Method

With the Manual Update Method, you can either choose to upload the theme files manually via FTP or WordPress. Before you can update manually, you have to download the theme files from ThemeForest. Continue reading below for instructions on how to download the theme files and how to upload them.

How To Download The Avada Theme Files From ThemeForest

Step 1 – Login to your ThemeForest account, navigate to your ‘Downloads’ tab and locate your Avada theme purchase.

Step 2 – Click the ‘Download’ button and choose to either download the ‘Installable WordPress file only’, which is just the WordPress installable file or choose to download ‘All Files & Documentation’ which is the full Avada theme package.

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


How To Update Avada Via FTP

Uploading the theme files via FTP requires you to delete your old theme folder entirely. This is to ensure that any deprecated theme files that could cause update issues are removed completely.

IMPORTANT NOTE – We highly recommend backing up your theme, files and database before updating.

Step 1 – Log into your server using FTP and navigate to the wp-content > themes folder. Here you’ll find a folder called ‘Avada’.

Step 2 – Backup the ‘Avada’ theme folder by saving it to your computer, and delete it. Your content such as pages, options, images and posts will not be lost or erased by doing this. However, any customizations to the theme’s core files, such as PHP files will be lost unless you’re using a child theme.

Step 3 – Retrieve the theme files you’ve just downloaded. If you’ve downloaded the installable WordPress file, then you only need to extract it once to get to the ‘Avada’ folder. If you’ve downloaded the Full Theme Package you must extract it once to access the secondary ‘Avada.zip’ file, and then extract the secondary ‘Avada.zip’ file to get to the ‘Avada’ folder.

Step 4 – Once extracted you can drag and drop the new Avada theme folder into wp-content > themes folder location. Make sure the folder is named Avada.

Step 5 – Don’t forget to update the required plugins


How To Update Avada Via WordPress

When you update via WordPress, your old theme folder will be deleted automatically. This is to ensure that any deprecated theme files that could cause update issues are removed completely.

IMPORTANT NOTE – We highly recommend backing up your theme, files and database before updating.

Step 1 – First you need to deactivate your current Avada theme located in the WordPress Dashboard > Appearance > Themes section of your Installation. To deactivate, simply switch to a different theme. For example, the default WordPress Twenty Sixteen theme.

Step 2 – After deactivating you can go ahead and delete it. To do this, hover over the theme thumbnail then click ‘Theme Details’. In the bottom right corner of the window, click the ‘Delete’ button. Your content such as pages, options, images and posts will not be lost or erased by doing this. However, any customizations to the theme’s core files, such as PHP files will be lost unless you’re using a child theme.

Step 3 – Retrieve the theme files you’ve just downloaded. If you’ve downloaded the installable WordPress file, then you do not need to extract it. If you’ve downloaded the Full Theme Package, you have to extract it once to access the secondary ‘Avada.zip’ file.

Step 4 – To install, navigate to the WordPress Dashboard > Appearance > Themes section of your installation, once again, and click the ‘Add New’ button near the top of the page. Click the ‘Upload Theme’ button.

Step 5 – Click on the ‘Choose File’ button and select the Installable ‘Avada.zip’ file and upload. Once uploaded, click ‘Install Now’.

Step 5 – When this has completed successfully, re-activate the theme by clicking the ‘Activate’ link.

Step 6 – Don’t forget to update the required plugins


Installing The Required Plugins

IMPORTANT NOTE – The brand new Fusion Builder, released with and only available for Avada version 5.0+, is officially a stand alone plugin packed with new and innovative features and options.

Avada has 2 required plugins, the Fusion Core plugin and the Fusion Builder plugin. Without these plugins, the theme won’t work properly. With every theme update, there’s almost always a required plugins update. Make sure you update the required plugins after updating the theme to ensure that you don’t run into any compatibility issues. To learn how, please click the button below.

Click Here To Read Our ‘Plugin Installation’ Article

Troubleshooting

1.) ‘Are You Sure You Want To Do This?’ Error Message

If you get the “Are You Sure You Want To Do This” message when installing the ‘Avada.zip’ file via WordPress, it means your server has an upload file size limit, which is set by your host. If this happens, install the theme via FTP, or call your hosting company and ask them to increase the limit.

2.) Theme Install Failed ‘Destination Folder Already Exists’

You may be getting this error because you have a duplicate ‘Avada’ folder. This error happens because WordPress only allows you to have one theme with the same name when uploading the theme via WordPress admin. We recommend updating the theme via the Auto Update method to get around this, or you can update the theme via FTP.

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