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.
Latest Version: Avada 6.1.2 (Released on November 20th, 2019)
Avada 6.1 Important Update Information
1. Button Shape
In Avada 6.1, we removed the old button shape option. Instead, we have added a new option, that allows you to set the border-radius of your buttons exactly as you want it, pixel perfect. Additionally, we also added new border-color options, for both normal and hover states, to give you even more control over your buttons.
Your old buttons will still work and display as intended, and we also took care of the migration for you, for future usage.
2. Gradient Background Colors
With Avada 6.1, we have introduced gradient background colors for containers and columns. We have also added a few sub-tabs to the UI, so that you can easily change back and forth between the different options for background color, background gradients and background images. These options can be applied together to the elements, so it is not an OR but an AND option, if you want.
3. Background Blend Mode
We have added a new background blend mode option to the container and column element, to give you the maximum freedom when you work with a combination of background color and backgroud image. Your current containers will still display as expected, and also migration is taken care of automatically for you.
The new option introduces a change that makes sure containers and columns fully work in the way the CSS specification suggests. Previously, when the background color had an alpha channel of less than 1, the blending started automatically. This is no lo longer the case. Blending will only happen when explicitly set through that option. The value of “overlay” corresponds to what you have been used to up to Avada 6.0.3.
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 Avada > Theme Options > Advanced > Dynamic CSS & JS. In Avada 5.8, this is now found in Avada > Theme Options > Performance > Dynamic CSS & JS.
5. Update The 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.