Important Update Info


Avada 3.8.7 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 v3.8.7 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. Fixed Mode For iPad Removed

The Use Fixed Layout for iPad Portrait option located inside the General tab in Theme Options was deprecated in versions 3.8.6 and and has now been removed in Avada version 3.8.7. This option is outdated and has been causing styling issues.

You can still achieve the same effect by using the ‘Responsive Design’ option located in Theme Options > General tab. This option enables the responsive features globally. If you would still like to use this particular feature, you can download our plugin here.

3. The Left/Right Padding For The 100% Width Page Template & 100% Full Width Container Now Applies To Mobile

When using the 100% width page template or a full width container there are options to control the left and right padding value. This padding value was not being applied to mobile screen sizes as it should of been. In 3.8.7 this has been fixed and the padding value when using 100% width will apply to both desktop and mobile.

If you view your site on mobile and the left/right padding is not correct, you can quickly adjust it. It can be adjusted in 3 places. First, it can be adjusted globally in theme options > styling > layout options, this is the most common place. Second, each page or post has an option in the fusion options box under the “Page” tab. Third, if using the Full Width Container, the option is on the design tab. Please be aware that if you enter a high pixel value for the “100% Width Left/Right Padding” option then you will see your mobile content with more padding then you wish. In this case, please use a % value instead of a pixel value. Using 10% will affectively provide the most consistent padding from desktop to mobile.

4. ‘Search Field Height’ Is Combined With ‘Form Input and Select Height’

Prior to Avada version 3.8.7, we had a ‘Search Field Height’ option that affected all search fields. In 3.8.7, we combined that option with all other form fields into one option called the ‘Form Field Height’ option. This option is found in Theme Options > Extras. This new option will affect all search fields, form fields and dropdown select boxes.

If your search fields, form fields, and dropdown select boxes are the wrong height, you may need to replace the default value in the Form Field Height.

5. Side Header Responsive Breakpoint now affects all header layouts

Prior to Avada version 3.8.7, the side header breakpoint was only for side header layout. We’ve expanded this option to now work with top header layout.

You can now control exactly when your header turns into the mobile view regardless of what header layout you are using.

6. Menu Text Align Works With Header 4-5

The menu text align option in theme options > menu now works with both header 4 and 5 as well as all side header layouts.

You can now control how the menu text is aligned in headers 4-5 and all side header layouts. If you were using header 5 prior to 3.8.7, you may see your menu text left aligned, simply modify the menu text align option to your desired result.

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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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