Plugin Installation

10/18/2016
IMPORTANT NOTE – The Fusion Builder plugin is only available in Avada version 5.0 or higher.

Avada requires two essential plugins to operate. These plugins are the Fusion Core plugin and the Fusion Builder plugin. Aside from these two, Avada also comes with two premium plugins; the Revolution Slider, and the Layer Slider. We also recommend several free plugins that we use on our demos, but these aren’t required and you can install them only when necessary. All these plugins can be accessed through our Avada tab.

Avada’s Required, Included & Recommended Plugins

It’s important to note the differences between Avada’s required, included and recommended plugins. Required plugins, like the Fusion Core and Fusion Builder, are very important and must be installed and activated at all times for Avada to work properly. Avada’s included plugins are Premium Plugins that are bundled with the theme. Before you can install both required and included plugins, you must register your purchase first. Lastly, there’s Avada’s recommended plugins which are plugins that we use in our demos and are fully integrated with Avada. You can choose not to install these plugins if you’re not going to use them.

Avada’s Required Plugins

These plugins must be installed and activated at all times for Avada to work.

  • Fusion Core – This plugin is Avada’s companion plugin.
  • Fusion Builder – This plugin powers the new Fusion Builder.
Avada’s Included Plugins

These plugins are premium plugins that are bundled with Avada.

  • Revolution Slider – This is a premium slider plugin developed by ThemePunch.
  • Layer Slider – This is a premium slider plugin developed by Kreatura.
Avada’s Recommended Plugins

These plugins are used on our demos and are optional to install/activate.

  • WooCommerce Plugin – This plugin is free. If creating an online shop, we recommend using WooCommerce. Avada has full integration with this plugin.
  • bbPress Plugin – This plugin is free. If creating a forum, we recommend using bbPress. Avada has full integration with this plugin.
  • Contact Form 7 – This plugin is free. If needing to use forms on various pages, we recommend using Contact Form 7. Avada has full integration with this plugin.
  • The Events Calendar Plugin – This plugin is free but also has a Pro version. If creating a site that showcases events, we recommend using The Events Calendar plugin.

Plugin Installation & Update Notifications

IMPORTANT NOTE – You must register your purchase via Token Registration to access Avada’s required and included plugins.

How To Install Plugins

Step 1 – To access Avada’s required plugins and included Premium plugins, you must first register your purchase via Token Registration. For Avada’s recommended plugins, you don’t have to register your purchase to install and activate them because they are 3rd party plugins.

Step 2 – Navigate to the Avada > Plugins tab. Here you’ll find Avada’s required, included and recommended plugins.

Step 3 – To install a plugin, simply click the ‘Install’ button. Wait for it to finish installing and activating, then click the ‘Return to Required Plugins Installer’ link to return to the Plugins page.

Step 4 – When installing Avada’s required plugins, you must follow a specific order. Please read our ‘Fusion Builder Plugin’ article to learn more about this.

Step 5 – Repeat steps 2 – 3 until you’ve installed and activated all your desired plugins.


How To Update Plugins

Step 1 – To access Avada’s required plugins and included Premium plugins, you must first register your purchase via Token Registration. For Avada’s recommended plugins, you don’t have to register your purchase to install and activate them because they are 3rd party plugins.

Step 2 – Navigate to the Avada > Plugins tab. Here you’ll find Avada’s required, included and recommended plugins.

Step 3 – You’ll see an update notification on plugins that have an update available. This notice will be similar to the image on the right.

Step 4 – Click the ‘Update’ button to apply the update.

Step 5 – With regards to Avada’s included Premium plugins, please keep in mind that updates for included plugins are only available when the Avada theme is updated. If you’d like to get instant updates as they are released, you will need to purchase your own plugin license. Please read our ‘Updating Premium Plugins’ article to learn more about this.

Step 6 – Repeat steps 2 – 4 until you’ve updated all your desired plugins.


Troubleshooting

1.) Why Can’t I Install The Required & Included Plugins?

If the ‘Install’ button on the required plugins (Fusion Core and Fusion Builder) and on the included plugins (Revolution Slider and Layer Slider) are grayed out, this is because you have to register your purchase via Token Registration first. Once you’ve registered your purchase successfully, you’ll be able to install and activate these plugins.

2.) When I Activate The Plugins The Site Crashes

This will be due to your servers PHP configuration limits and will require that these configurations limits be increased. For most, these limits can be increased without having to contact your hosting provider, however, in rare cases some hosts can restrict manual intervention and that will require you to contact your hosting provider to increase the limits for you. Here is a detailed help file explaining how to update the PHP configuration limits.

3.) How Do I Update The Premium Sliders?

Avada does include updates for our premium slider plugins (Revolution Slider and Layer Slider) however, this does not mean that you will receive an individual license for these Premium Sliders. Due to Envato’s licensing rules, we can only issue updates for these plugins when we issue a theme update. This also ensures that we fully test the plugin to make sure there are no critical bugs that will conflict with our own update.

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