Avada Important Update Info Archive

08/10/2019

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 is a dedicated archive post of important update information from past Avada updates. Please make sure you are viewing the correct version number you are updating the Avada theme to.

The current version of Avada is version 6.1.2 (Released on December 6th, 2019)

Avada 6.0 Important Update Information

IMPORTANT NOTE: 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 6.0. Please read them in detail.

1. Avada and Fusion Builder Live – The New Site Creation Suite

Avada 6.0 focused on one major goal and that is to bring the intuitive and easy workflow you are used to to the front-end. You will be able to have a live preview of your pages allowing you to see how any element, page-specific or global setting changes will impact the design. The team has worked incredibly hard to ensure that Avada delivering the most intuitive UI ever while speeding up your building experience. You’ll see the live results while your creativity flows and will be able to create pages faster than ever.

We have created an introduction page, a promotion video and of course docs to tell you all about this new product:

2. Child Theme Users – Template Overrides – Display Issues Post Update

In order to make the new editing experience in Avada 6.0 possible, it was technically needed to change some of the template files and core functions. If you are using a child theme and override pluggable functions or if you use template overrides, please make sure to update your child theme to the latest versions of the functions and templates and then copy your customizations back to them.

For more information on child themes and the theme update process, please see here:

3. Avada Now Supports CSS Variables

The new version comes with an option to turn on CSS variables, which can be found on the Performance tab in Theme Options. CSS variables are custom CSS properties, which contain specific values which can be reused throughout a web page. This means that e.g. the same color can easily be set with just one variable in different places instead of noting the actual value. An example for this notation is: color: var(--primary-color);.

Support of this modern stylesheet markup allows for faster dynamic CSS compilation and results in lighter stylesheets. It is compatible with all modern browser (Internet Explorer does not support CSS variables).

Some of Avada’s CSS files will look a bit different in appearance, because of this new feature, and when the option is turned on, also the results in dev tools of your browser will reflect the markup of the above example.

4. Avada Earned Envato’s Gutenberg Optimized Badge

In Avada 6.0 we have introduced several new steps of support of the WordPress block editor, making work with it even easier. Here are the main items:

  • Avada now supports front-end and back-end styling for Gutenberg native blocks.

  • Gutenberg font size support was added and matches Theme Option values.

  • Block editor width will now fully reflect the site width set in Theme Options.

  • Added support for the Gutenberg alignfull and alignwide classes in back-end and front-end.

View the 6.0 Promotional Page!

Avada 5.8 Important Update Information

IMPORTANT NOTE: 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 5.8. Please read them in detail.

1. Fixes XXS Security Issue In Bootstrap JS Fixed

For the release of Avada 5.8.2 we have fixed a XXS security issue pertaining to Avada versions 5.8.1 and below. The fix is for the bootstrap JS libraries that are used in Avada and is listed in our Changelog.

We checked and verified the bootstrap vulnerability as soon as it was discovered. Once confirmed, our team took immediate steps to apply the fix to Avada 5.8.2, which has been released.

Have a full read about it in our blog: XXS security fix in Avada 5.8.2.

2. Dynamic CSS & JS Options Moved To Performance Tab

In Avada 5.8 we have introduced several new, performance-related settings. For your convenience, we have gathered them all on the new Performance tab in Theme Options. The settings to cache dynamic CSS and JS assets also belong to this new tab and have therefore been moved to it from the Advanced tab. You will now also find the button to clear the Fusion Caches there.

3. Avada 5.8 Is Font Awesome Pro Ready

We have provided an easy way to integrate your Font Awesome Pro subscription in Avada 5.8. You will now be able to use the full range of FA Pro icons on your site. For more information about it, please see our Font Awesome Pro Integration document.

Avada 5.7.2 Important Update Information

IMPORTANT NOTE: 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 5.7. Please read them in detail.

1. Fixes XXS Security Issue In Bootstrap JS Fixed

For the release of Avada 5.7.2 we have fixed a XXS security issue pertaining to Avada versions 5.7.1 and below. The fix is for the bootstrap JS libraries that are used in Avada and is listed in our Changelog.

Our development team was alerted to and thereby took action to check and verify the bootstrap vulnerability. Once accurately verified, our team took steps to apply the fix to Avada 5.7.2.

Have a full read about it in our blog: XXS security fix in Avada 5.7.2.

2. Compatibility With WordPress 5.0

WordPress version 5.0 has been released on November 19th, November 27th, December 6th, adding Gutenberg to the WordPress core. The release was delayed several times and we and we have prepared a comprehensive article, WordPress 5.0, Avada, & You. All That You Need To Know, to keep you abreast of progress.

Avada 5.7 Important Update Information

IMPORTANT NOTE: 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 5.7. Please read them in detail.

1. Fusion White Label Branding 1.1 Released

With Avada 5.7, we have updated Fusion White Label Branding to version 1.1, introducing a bunch of new and highly requested features, like import/export, section and overall option reset and options to disable various admin menus.

2. Container Publishing Settings

Avada 5.7 introduces a new and very versatile option to Fusion Builder container elements: Container Publishing Status. It allows users to set Draft or Published status on individual containers per page. If you want to prepare a special section for a later release on one of your live pages, this will help you to preview the section, without visitors seeing it. For promotional and other purposes, we have also added Published Until and Publish After settings, which let you choose an end or a start date and time when a container should be auto published. You can read more about it on the Container Element Page.

3. Header Color And Transparency

This update introduces header transparency on mobile devices, which has been a long requested feature. While adding this for your convenience, we have also reworked our desktop header color and transparency settings in Fusion Page Options, for consistency reasons. That means, moving forward, you can set both the color and transparency level of the desktop header through just one color picker, like you are already used to in Theme Options. The same pattern also applies to the mobile header. Already set pages are auto converted to this new format, so you don’t have to make any manual edits.

4. Menu Icons In Vertical Menu Widget

Our vertical menu widget can now display custom menu icons you have set in the Avada Menu Options. This is new to Avada 5.7, so if you were using a menu within the vertical menu widget, that already had icons set, they will now be displayed on the front end.

5. Image Element Glow And Dropshadow

Avada 5.7 comes with a new blur option, which lets you fine tune the amount of highlight you want to set through glow or drop shadow on the Image Element. With this update, we have also fixed the style color option for drop and bottom shadows. They will now appear in the color that is set as the style color, which could lead to slight visual changes on existing pages.

6. Post Title Color Fix

In Avada 5.7, we have fixed the post title color option on blog archive pages and for the blog element. Previously the set color did not change there for post titles. This could lead to slight visual changes after the update.

7. Fusion Slider Settings Moved in Database

In previous versions of Avada, the Fusion Slider settings have been stored in the wp_options table of WordPress. That simply has been the case, because Fusion Slider was released, before WordPress introdiced wp_terms_meta table in WP 4.4. To improve the table management and also option deletion process, when sliders are deleted, we move the Fusion Slider options to the wp_terms_meta table in Avada 5.7. This is done through an automatic migration on update, so you don’t have to do anything.

When exporting or migrating a site, it is important that you don’t “mix” a pre Avada 5.7 site with a site on Avada 5.7 or later, to make sure you don’t have Fusion Slider option entries in both database tables, or worse just in the wp_options table (old), and not the wp_terms_meta one (new).

If you have problems with your Fusion Slider settings after update please refer to our Fix Missing Fusion Slider Settings After Update article.

8. Avada And Gutenberg – Continued Compatibility Progress

Here at ThemeFusion HQ, we constantly strive to evolve Fusion Builder, by adding new features and dynamic solutions to supercharge your workflow. We have big plans for Fusion Builder in the coming months and years, and as a team, we are excited to deliver these updates to our wonderful customers.

While Fusion Builder continues to set new benchmarks for usability and and functionality, we are also aware, that the WordPress core development team likewise is hard at work to improve the default editing experience of WordPress. The classic editor has come a long way, but it is time for an improved WordPress native post editing experience. This is why the new Gutenberg editor will be released with WordPress 5.0. The new WP editor is still positioned as a beta plugin and has not matured enough to make it into core, but eventually it will be merged in.

We know that our user-base prefers the power and convenience of Fusion Builder to create and edit their page and post content, but we also believe that we should make it easier for everyone to try out Gutenberg and to use it side by side with the Avada Fusion Builder. For this reason, we have added several small helpers to Avada 5.7. By default, if you have the Gutenberg plugin enabled, the Fusion Builder will load on edit pages of post types where you have it enabled. Also, we have added a Fusion Builder edit link to the WP native new/edit dropdowns, and we have added a new button on top of the Gutenberg main panel, that lets you easily switch to the Fusion Builder.

If you want to try out some of our elements in Gutenberg, you are free to do so: we have added our element generator to the Gutenberg classic block, so that you can easily check it out.

Our team will stay on top of the Gutenberg development cycle as it develops to ensure that Avada users get the best out of WordPress and Avada.

Avada 5.6 Important Update Information

IMPORTANT NOTE: 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 5.6. Please read them in detail.

1. Changes in Events Calendar Template

Events Calendar has changed their template with the page title displaying above the filter bar. We have added a new option “Display Events Page Title” found in Avada > Theme Options > Events Calendar > General Events Calendar.

This option will have 3 different states for the Events Calendar Page Title: Above, Below, and Disabled. Default state is below, so the page title will be displayed below the filter bar and the title tag will automatically use H2 tag. When above is chosen, the page title will be displayed above the filter bar and the title tag will use H1 tag. It can also be disabled.

“Display Events Page Title” option will only show when users are on latest or higher version of Events Calendar plugin. If the users update Avada theme without Events Calendar, then, all will stay as it was.

2. Google API Type

Controls the Google API type that should be used to load your map. Choose between JS API or Embed API. The JavaScript API allows for more options and custom styling, but could be charged for by Google depending on map loads, while the embed API can be used for free regardless of map loads. For more information please see the Google Maps Users Guide.

3. Mobile Search For All Header Types

Enable a search icon/field for your mobile menu regardless on which header type you choose.

4. Dynamic CSS & JS – Load Media-Queries Files Asynchronously

Additional performance enhancements on mobile and desktop is the Load Media-Queries Files Asynchronously option which is new for Avada 5.6. This option can be found in Avada > Theme Options > Performance > Dynamic CSS & JS. When you set Load Media-Queries Files Asynchronously option to OFF, all media-queries are compiled inside the main CSS file – just like it works in previous versions. If set to ON, then they are separate files. The main compiled CSS file is smaller in size, and all media-queries are loaded asynchronously.

View the 5.6 Promotional Page!

Avada v5.5 Important Information

IMPORTANT NOTE: 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 5.5. Please read them in detail.

1. Title and Caption in WooCommerce Single Product Images’ Lightbox

This new feature on Avada’s latest version is ON by default, so you might see Title and Caption displaying on your single product images’ lightbox. Should you want to disable this, just go to Avada > Theme Options > Lightbox and set the options for Title and Caption to OFF. In case you just need to edit the Title and Caption, simply go to each image and set your preferred title and caption.

2. Integration of Font Awesome 5

Avada 5.5 now includes Font Awesome 5 Free version, which offers almost 300 more icons. With this upgrade, you might see slight visual differences in your icons depending on the icons used on a site. We are not in control of this and is done by Font Awesome 5. In order to offer latest version and also all the new icons, this was inevitable.

Once you update to Avada 5.5, please also make sure that you are not using outdated versions of third party plugins that still include only Font Awesome 4.x versions, because this could cause compatibility issues and lead to icons not showing correctly on the frontend.

3. Changes in Flip Box Animation Settings

We have made changes to how the animation settings on Flip boxes are being applied, so its animation settings are now consistent with the Content boxes, animating the whole boxes and not only the icons.

4. New Masonry Options

Masonry layouts now support 2×2 images for extra large image rendering. Masonry Image Aspect Ratio and Masonry 2×2 Width are new masonry options that apply to the Blog, Gallery, and Portfolio elements.

Masonry Image Aspect Ratio is used to determine when an image should become landscape (ratio being width : height) and portrait (ratio being height : width). Masonry 2×2 Width option decides when a square 1×1 image should become 2×2. This will not apply to images that highly favor landscape or portrait layouts. These two options can be set globally in Avada > Theme Options > Extra > Grid/Masonry and Blog, Gallery, and Portfolio elements have options to override these.

To know more about setting up a masonry layout in Avada theme, please view the Masonry Layout Options article.

5. Single Post Title using H1 or H2

For Avada 5.5 we have enhanced the single post header typography management. The post header for single posts, single FAQ, single portfolio, and WooCommerce single product pages will automatically default to a H1 tag if for example, Page Title Bar >> Page Title Bar Text is set to > Hide. if Page Title Bar >> Page Title Bar Text is set to > Show then the post header will default automatically to H2.

6. New Fusion Builder Elements & Improvements

We’re excited to introduce 3 new amazing Fusion Builder elements – Chart element, Image Before / After element, and Syntax Highlighter element, that will help you present data and statistics, compare two images, and display codeblocks on your website.

The Chart element lets you display amazing chart types such as Bar, Horizontal Bar, Line, Pie, Doughnut, Radar, or Polar Area that are perfect for displaying statistics and data on your website. The Image Before & After element lets you compare two images by adding before image and after image on your page and and you can choose “Slide” effect which provides a handle to move back and forth the two images while “Fade” effect changes the image on mouse hover. The Syntax Highlighter element lets you display your codeblock with your chosen code language in the frontend of your website and allow your visitors to easily copy your code with a click of the button.

The Text Block Element now has the option to choose Number Of Inline Columns (1-6) text should be broken into. This is designed to be used for running text, images, dropcaps and other inline content and so much more. Please do see our comprehensive changelog.

View the 5.5 Promotional Page!

Avada v5.4.2 Important 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 5.4.2. Please read them in detail.

1. Support of WooCommerce 3.3 Requires Avada 5.4.2

WooCommerce 3.3 is (was) released on Jan 30th, and Avada 5.4.2 must be used if with it as it offers full compatibility with this new version of WooCommerce. As our userbase knows, we always make sure that Avada is working nicely with the latest version of WooCommerce, and that we keep adjusting our codebase continually in order to use state of the art architecture, supporting newest features.

A lot of things have changed in this new version of WooCommerce. The “Display” options page e.g. which has previously been under the “Product” tab in WooCommerce Settings, is now in the customizer. WooCommerce 3.3 now offers a product column setting for the first time there. Since Avada has been offering this option since a long time, and since we offer 3 different column options (main shop page, archive pages and cross-/upsell-product areas), which offers a lot more flexibility for our users, we’ll stick to these already well-known options which you find in our Theme Options panel on the WooCommerce tab, just as per usual.

Under the hood, WooCommerce made a lot of changes to template files and added a bunch of new functions that should be used from now on. This helps cleaning up code and makes WooCommerce staying on top of new and upcoming programming trends. At the same time some old functions have been deprecated in favor of the new ones, to make sure the community is staying up to date with WooCommerce.

All of this has been taken care of in Avada 5.4.2 for your convenience!

2. Avada drops support for the outdated WooCommerce 2.6.x versions

Since Avada 5.4.2 now offers support for the brand new WooCommerce 3.3 version, we decided that this was also a good time to do some housekeeping. We have always been supporting several versions of WooCommerce at the same time, to make updating to latest versions an easy and seamless process for our users, without forcing them to update within a few days. We’ll stick to this well-established course, and thus Avada 5.4.2 will support every WooCommerce version from 3.0 onwards. That does mean that we drop support for the old and outdated 2.6.x versions. Why these versions? Because 2.6 was the last minor version before the 3.0 major release, so we are dropping only one minor now. Also, the release of 2.6.14 was at the beginning of February 2017, so almost everyone should be on one of the 3.x versions by now. In addition, as said above, WooCommerce 3.3 has deprecated some older functions and changed quite a few template files. So, it became necessary to cut support for 2.6.x versions to make sure we are not using deprecated functions in Avada and to clean up our WooCommerce support code.

If you have not updated your WooCommerce install to 3.x or the new 3.3, it is now the best time to do so. Once WooCommerce is up to date, you can update Avada anytime to 5.4.2 and will get the best working experience yet.

3. Updating to Avada 5.4.2 before WooCommerce 3.3 is released when you have template overrides in a child theme

In case you are using a child theme and are using full template overrides, we recommend waiting with the theme update until WooCommerce releases its version 3.3. Reason for this is, that otherwise you will have to change the folder structure in the child theme, and that only until WooCommerce has finally released.

If you nevertheless choose to update Avada right away, please move your templates from woocommerce to woocommerce/compatibility/3.2/. 3.2 folder does look strange, but is correct in that case, as once WooCommerce has been released, that is where compatibility for older versions will be.

4. Updating Avada from 5.4.1 to 5.4.2

When updating Avada to 5.4.2 from Avada 5.4.1, please make sure that you have the only available patch, with title “Fixes PHP fatal error when Fusion Builder is active without Avada.”, applied.

Updating using the auto update functionality or a direct FTP update won’t be of any issue. But if you want to upload the theme, using the WP theme uploader, you would have to remove old theme prior to that. And in that case, the patch needs to be applied first, as you would get a PHP fatal error otherwise, and the site would no longer be accessible.

This could then be resolved again, by logging into your site via FTP and simply renaming the fusion-builder folder in plugins folder to a different name. That way, the site can be accessed again as Fusion Builder plugin gets auto deactivated. Then you can install Avada, rename Fusion Builder folder back, and finally reactivate Fusion Builder.

Obviously it is better though, to either use auto update for the theme and/or to make sure the patch is applied prior to update, which resolves this inconvenience for good.

Avada v5.4 Important 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 5.4. Please read them in detail.

1. Thank you 2017, Bring On 2018!

Avada 5.4 is an end of the year gift to our customers, one last awesome update full of value added features for you! We’ve included 3 premium plugins worth over $100 for free! ACF Pro, Convert Plus & Fusion White Label Branding! In addition, we’ve included 3 new professionally designed demos ready rot import however you’d prefer, full, partial, single pages, etc.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU?
One last awesome update for 2017! A promise from us to continue and add more value to Avada so this amazing product can continue and change the workflow of hundreds of thousands of people who use it daily to build incredible websites. Bring on 2018, the best year to come!

View the 5.4 Promotional Page

Avada v5.3 Important 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.

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!

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Avada v5.2 Important 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.

Avada 5.2 Is A Fantastic Feature Update With No Specific Important Notes To Consider, Only Features!

We are excited to bring you the culmination of several months of development!. Avada 5.2 brings the best demo importer on the market! You can import full demos, partial demos by only choosing specifc content like pages, posts, theme options, etc. And you can remove previously imported content! We have also added 3 new professionally designed demos to go along with the importer that are beautiful! We’ve also added a new gallery element or fusion Builder to create awesome photo galleries in minutes, masonry layouts added for both blog an portfolio grid, sticky sidebar settings, new mega menu background images and menu highlights, more theme options, performance enhancements and so much more! We hope you enjoy it! Click the button below to view all the new features and improvements for Avada 5.2!

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Avada v5.1 Important 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 > Performance > 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. WooCommerce 3.0 and Child Themes

If you are using WooCommerce child theme overrides, please take note of this. Due to the much anticipated Woocommerce 2.7 scheduled release that was deferred to Woocommerce 3.0, and for reasons beyond our control, several important changes need to be adhered to:

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU?

If you had previously updated to Avada 5.1 – 5.1.4 and to Woocommerce 2.6.14 with an active child theme the following folder path adjustment was required.

From (default path): Avada-Child-Theme/woocommerce/

To: Avada-Child-Theme/woocommerce/compatibility/2.6

If you update to Avada 5.1.5 from Avada 5.1 – 5.1.4 the folder path needs to be reverted.

From: Avada-Child-Theme/woocommerce/compatibility/2.6

To (default path): Avada-Child-Theme/woocommerce/

It is also important to note, this release from Woocommerce is comprehensive, with significant changes on their part and although Avada is 100% design integrated with WooCommerce, some steps may be needed, when you added customizations to some of our template overrides in your child theme. The overrides you were using for WooCommerce 2.6.14 will most likely be outdated and not be compatible with WooCommerce 3.0. The new template overrides from Avada are located in the Avada/woocommerce folder. Please take the needed files from there, move them to your child theme (folder: Avada-Child-Theme/woocommerce/), and add your customizations in place. In general, for most use cases there are actions and filters available in WooCommerce and also in Avada, so we recommend using those, if possible, instead of doing custom template overrides. If you have further questions, please contact our staff through a ticket.

6. The New WooCommerce 3.0 Is Only Compatible With Avada 5.1.5

WooCommerce was planning on releasing the next version as WooCommerce 2.7, and was going to be released on the same day as Avada 5.1. We made preparations to ensure compatibility, then WooCommerce changed the release from 2.7 to 3.0 and delayed it a month.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU? WooCommerce 3.0 is now live, and we have released Avada 5.1.5 to be compatible with it. Please make sure to be using Avada 5.1.5 if you are using WooCommerce 3.0

7. WooCommerce 3.0 Single Product Gallery Zoom Feature

WooCommerce 3.0 introduces a new single product gallery zoom feature. Avada has taken this into consideration and also implemented the zoom feature into our own custom Avada gallery. When using Avada you can choose to use the default WooCommerce product gallery, or the custom Avada product gallery via a theme options in theme options > WooCommerce > General WooCommerce tab. The zoom feature will work for both galleries.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU? To utilize the zoom effect, you must be using WooCommerce 3.0 and Avada 5.1.5. There is a specific setup that must be followed in order to achieve the zoom effect, please see this post for details. We have also added WooCommerce Product Gallery Zoom option to enable or disable the effect, a new product gallery size option to control the exact size of the gallery, and a new thumbnail column option to control the amount of thumbnails that show.to help you customize the product gallery even more.

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Avada v5.0 Important Information

Avada 5.0 includes a new Fusion Builder that has been entirely rebuilt from the ground up, requiring conversion of your previous content. A conversion splash screen will automatically trigger the first time you visit the WP admin area. This process converts previous Fusion Builder content to the new Fusion Builder structure. You can also re-trigger this process in the system status area of the Avada Welcome Screen to complete a full database backup before you update any software.

1. Avada 5.0 Conversion

The new Fusion Builder structure, which will eventually allow us to release it for every theme on the market, requires your current Fusion Builder content to be converted. When you update to Avada 5.0 and visit the WP admin area, you will be presented with a splash screen that explains the details of conversion. The process is simple and runs automatically once you trigger it by checking the box and clicking the button. The process ensures the content you created with the previous Fusion Builder is structured for the new Fusion Builder.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU? First, it is always good practice to make backups of your database before you upgrade any type of software, the same is true here. When you see the splash screen, please read through the content. All Avada elements are now prefixed with fusion- to avoid conflicts with 3rd-party plugins in the future, generic names have been removed. Check the box at the bottom, then click the button to start conversion. The conversion process speed will depend on the size of your site, but plea