Important Update Info

We are excited to bring you the culmination of several months of development, Avada 5.2. ThemeFusion is now entering it’s 5th year and we’re thrilled to know what 2017 will bring our incredible 330,000+ customers. Avada 5.2 contains a brand new demo importer that is the best on the market, import full or partial demos, remove content and more, 3 new professionally designed demos, new gallery element for beautiful photo galleries, mega menu background images, menu highlight labels and so much 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.

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Avada 5.2 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 5.2. Please read them in detail.

1. New Demo Importer

The new demo importer is faster and lighter than Avada’s previous demo importer. It also provides the ability to not just import content, but also remove the demo content automatically as well. For more information on the Avada Demo importer, please see our post here.

2. New Gallery Element

Gone are the days of hijacking your Portfolios to create a gallery in Avada. With Avada 5.2, you can use the new Gallery Element to easily assemble a gallery of images. You can choose from Grid, or Masonry for the layout style as well as a variety of styling options and content features. For full details on this element, please see our post here.

3. Masonry Layouts for Blog and Portfolio

With Avada 5.2, we’re introducing the new Masonry layout for Blog and Portfolio as well. This gives you added flexibility in creating your sites and works really well with landscape and portrait images combined. Masonry will work with text titles and excerpts and includes it’s own unique rollover, typically though it works best when omitting excerpts and displaying only the featured image and post title.

4. Sticky Sidebars

You can now have sticky sidebars in Avada. This can be enabled site wide, or on a per page/post basis and works for single and dual sidebars. For more details on the sticky sidebar, please see our post here.

5. Portfolio Element Global Theme Options

We added a complete set of portfolio global theme options for the portfolio element.

6. Google Fonts Resources Are No Longer Above The Fold

Google Fonts resources will no longer be loaded “above the fold”, which means your content won’t have to wait on those resources before it begins loading.

7. Three New Demos Are Added in 5.2

Avada demos are like none other and the Avada Demo library has grown yet again. With the 5.2 update, we’re adding 3 new professionally designed demos. You can see each demo linked below:
Photography Light

To see the rest of what this amazing update includes, visit our Avada 5.2 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.

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