Important Update Info
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.
Avada 5.5 Important Update Information
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Once you update to Avada 5.5, please also make sure that you are not using outdated versions of third party plugins that still include only Font Awesome 4.x versions, because this could cause compatibility issues and lead to icons not showing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 2x2 images for extra large image rendering. Masonry Image Aspect Ratio and Masonry 2x2 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 click here.
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. Additional scenarios are detailed below.
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
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.