Important Update Info

11/20/2017
With each new Avada update comes incredible new features, new options, code improvements and fixes. Our team takes the utmost care in creating updates and ensuring everything is fully tested by our team as well as a large group of beta customers. It is important that we communicate to our customers any important items that need to be taken into consideration when updating. This post is dedicated to relaying that information to you any time a new major version of Avada is released.

  • To view all the important update information for past updates, click here.
  • To view the system requirements for using Avada, click here.
  • To view details about the amazing new features for this update, click here.
  • Avada 5.3 Important Update Information

    It is always best practice and recommended to complete a full database backup before you update any software. Below are specific items that are important to be aware of when updating to Avada 5.3. Please read them in detail.

    1. Compatibility with WP 4.9

    Avada 5.3 is fully compatible with the latest release of WordPress 4.9. WordPress updated color pickers and other native scripts, so we strongly recommend updating to Avada 5.3 to ensure everything on your site works just fine. While on the frontend everything will still look good, even when you use Avada 5.2.2, on the backend the Theme Options panel and also element color pickers won’t work on WP 4.9 and versions of Avada below 5.2.3.

    WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU?
    IF you are using WordPress 4.9, you must be on Avada 5.2.3 or higher with all patches applied, however we recommend being on Avada 5.3

    2. Added Submenu to WooCommerce My-Account Menu Item

    A new dropdown menu was added to the WooCommerce My-Account menu entry. It contains all the links to the account pages that are also available from any account page. That makes navigating to orders or billing address update a lot easier.

    WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU?
    Now you can get all the proper WooCommerce pages in the menu for your customers!

    3. Deprecation Notice for Side Navigation Page Template

    In Avada 5.3 we introduce a new vertical menu widget. It can display any menu created on the WP menus page, and also the classic side navigation that has always been part of Avada. Instead of having to set every page that should be part of a side navigation to the Side Navigation template, the new widget can be used in a shared sidebar. For setup of the widget please see the Avada Vertical Menu Widget section of this doc post.

    WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU?
    The previous side navigation template will still work for a few updates but will be deprecated. We strongly recommend that you change your side navigation setup to this new widget and also use it for any new setups because the Side Navigation template will be deprecated in one of our future versions. To remind you about it, when you visit a page already set to that template, or when you change a page to it, a warning notice will be shown. To reduce confusion, this is an example of a side navigation page: https://avada.theme-fusion.com/advanced-admin-panel/side-navigation/

    4. Grid Separator Styles

    A new option to control the separator style and color within grid boxes was added to Theme Options > Extra > Grid Box Styling. Corresponding options have also been added to the blog and the portfolio elemnts. This allows for more styling flexibility. In some edge cases the separators in grid boxes might appear where they did not on older versions of Avada, or vice versa. So please do a quick check on pages where you might be using grid layouts to make sure the separators look like you want them to.

    WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU?
    Now grid box styling is all controlled properly and has the correct settings to style the grid boxes throughout the theme; Blog, Portfolio, WooCommerce. Also with the new separator style setting, if you were using something other than the default double line, please check the setting in Theme Options > Extra > Grid Box Styling to ensure the setting you want to have is selected.

    5. The Most Exciting Update of the Year!

    We are excited to bring you the culmination of several months of development, Avada 5.3 our most exciting update of the year! Our team has been working with full determination to release one of the most feature packed versions ever, and so we are proud to present the highlight of this year to our 370,000+ users.

    Avada 5.3 contains 5 new professionally designed demos, Fusion Builder global elements which is an incredible feature to save you a lot of time and effort for repeat content on your site, new full height scrolling sections, a whole new sliding bar experience, a new mobile flyout menu, new styling options for archive pages, import / export of Fusion Page Options, a new vertical menu widget and a sticky page update button for Fusion Builder. And that is only a few of the incredible new features, there is so much more! We hope you enjoy it! Click the button below to view all the new features and improvements for Avada 5.3!

    Click Here to See the 5.3 Promotional Page

    General Update Information

    1. Always 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 Theme Cache, Browser Cache, Server Cache And Plugin Cache

    It is always recommended to reset all caching systems after an update, including theme cache, your browser, plugin (e.g. W3 Total Cache), and server cache. 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. View our general cache information that describes the various forms of cache and how to clear them.

    For Avada versions 5.1 and higher there is a special button in Theme Options, called “Reset Fusion Caches” that lets you reset the theme cache. You can find it by going to Theme Options > Advanced > Dynamic CSS & JS.

    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.

    Click Here To Find Out How To Update Your Theme
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