Important Update Info

03/16/2017
We are excited to bring you the culmination of several months of development, Avada 5.1. ThemeFusion is now entering it’s 5th year and we’re thrilled to know what 2017 will bring our incredible 300,000+ customers. Avada 5.0 brought you the new Fusion Builder with a promise for a larger vision at work. Avada 5.1 continues that promise with incredible behind the scenes work for our ultimate goal. Yet our customers want something tangible now, and we’ve delivered! Avada 5.1 contains 5 new professionally designed demos, several new menu options, WCAG 2.0 compatibility, several boxed mode creative options, better performance and a whole lot more. We hope you enjoy it! Please read the information below when updating.

To view all the important update information for past updates, click here.
To view details about the amazing new features for this update, click here.

Avada 5.1 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 5.1. Please read them in detail.

1. Clear the Fusion Cache

When the update for the theme has been completed, go to the Avada Theme Options > Theme Options > Advanced > Dynamic CSS & JS and reset the Fusion Cache by clicking the button. This will ensure the cache is cleared for the theme files.

2. The Top “Avada” Menu In The WP Admin Bar Was Redundant & Removed From The Backend

We removed the top “Avada” menu item from the WP Admin bar when in the WP Admin backend area. The top “Avada” menu in the WP Admin Bar will now only show on the frontend. Having it show in the top WP Admin Bar on the backend was confusing and redundant because there was also an “Avada” menu in the left sidebar of the WP Admin area. You can still access everything that was under that menu item through the “Avada” menu item in the WP Admin’s left sidebar area.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU?
This means a cleaner and less confusing WP Admin area. Many customers were confused by there being two “Avada” menus in the WP Admin backend area. In Avada 5.1, there is a “Avada” menu in the backend on the left sidebar, and an “Avada” menu in the Top Admin Bar on the frontend when viewing your live site. This gives you access to all Avada menu items for both the backend and frontend.

3. The Dropdown Menu Under “Appearance” Has Been Cleaned Up

Previously under the “Appearance” menu in the WP Admin backend, there was an extra Theme Options link, and three unnecessary links: Header / Background / Install Plugins. All of these were also redundant links. Theme Options link is available under the normal “Avada” menu, the Install Plugins link is used for plugins included with Avada and is also under the normal “Avada” menu. The Header and Background links are not needed there since those are controlled in the Theme Options panel itself.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU?
Yet again, a cleaner and less confusing WP Admin area. There is not a need to have a link that leads to the same place in multiple areas, or to have unnecessary links. That only leads to confusion when using the theme.

4. Avada’s Custom Menu Options In Appearance > Menu Now Show Via A Button Option Window

Previously, Avada’s custom menu settings in WP Admin > Appearance > Menu were displayed directly in the menu box. This created clutter since WordPress already offers many fields there, and often customers overlooked Avada’s options. In Avada 5.1, we’ve cleaned this up and put all the Avada specific menu options inside a window activated via a button. Clicking the button will open a modal window directly on the page to show you all the available options.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU?
A cleaner menu editing experience. WordPress allows several default fields to show (Link Target, Title Attribute, CSS Classes, Link Relationship, Description, etc) … add all of those with the multiple menu options that Avada offers and it becomes very cluttered. Now we’ve made it easier to see the difference between the default WordPress menu options, and the custom Avada menu options. Simply click the Avada Options button to access them, select the ones you want and click save.

5. The New WooCommerce 2.7 Is Only Compatible With Avada 5.1: EDIT SEE BELOW

WooCommerce has held back their 2.7 release and are making it into 3.0 to be released on April 4th.
Avada 5.1+ is still compatible with the current live version of WooCommerce.

6. WooCommerce 2.7 Single Product Gallery Zoom Feature: EDIT SEE BELOW

WooCommerce has held back their 2.7 release and are making it into 3.0 to be released on April 4th.
Avada 5.1+ is still compatible with the current live version of WooCommerce.

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.

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