Keeping your site up to date is an integral part of WordPress site maintenance, and the Patcher tool is a very useful part of that strategy. The Avada Patcher is an innovative maintenance tool that allows you to apply patches to Avada in between full Avada updates. This allows you to keep your Avada site fully up to date at all times.
At times our developers release quick fixes for newly discovered security issues or other small bugs that can’t wait for the next full release. These are individual patches that can be added as soon as they are released. Read below for more details of how to use this great maintenance tool, and watch the video for a visual overview.
Please Note: In the essence of good installation management and maintenance, it is good practice to ensure all current patches are applied as, and when, they are released.
Three Ways To Apply Available Patches
Individually Via The Patcher Panel
When patches are available, you will see notifications in several places, including under the Avada and Patcher links on the WordPress sidebar, and a small asterisk on the Maintenance link. You can get to the Patcher from Avada > Patcher on the WordPress Sidebar or Maintenance > Patcher from the Avada Dashboard.
To apply the patches one at a time, just ckick the Apply button to the right of the individual patches. Start with the top one and apply themn sequentiually.
Bulk Apply Via The Patcher Panel
If there are multiple patches, you can simply click on Apply All Patches at the top of the Patches panel. All necessary changes will be automatically applied to the necessary files for you.
Once the patch is applied, you will see a notification that confirms the patch was applied.
Applying Patches Manually Via FTP
Sometimes server setups are very particular about file/folder permissions and do not allow files to be automatically written to them. In these cases, applying an automatic patch will not work. If your server doesn’t allow the patches to be applied automatically through the Avada Patcher, you can download the patch files and manually apply the fix with FTP access. The reasons why this might happen are listed below, please contact your host and give them these details and ask them to change it for you:
If your server doesn’t allow the patches to be applied automatically through the Avada Patcher, you can download the patch files and manually apply the fix with FTP access. The latest patches for Avada and its required plugins will be listed in the order of first to last released. You can find Avada patch files available for download here. On that page, you’ll see all available patches for a specific theme version.
If you are not on the latest version of Avada version, simply update your theme. The patches will be in the latest version. For information on updating Avada, see our guide here.
Patches that are manually applied need to be completed in the date order they were released since they build on one another. Always start at the top patch for the version you are using and apply it first, then work your way down.
Avada Status Page Explained:
A – Version: Each section will have a version number. All patches for that theme or plugin version will be listed below the version heading.
B – Patch Number & Date: The patch number will increase for each patch released. When installing your patches, be sure to install from oldest to newest. That would be lowest patch number to highest patch number. You can also reference the date, which is just below the patch number.
C – Description: The Description will explain what issue the patch fixes.
D – This is a download link which contains the patched files in a .zip file. The next section will explain what you do to apply the fix.
E – This references the second patch in the list. You can see by the patch number (and date if the patch was released on a different day) that it’s more recent then the previous patch. When applying patches, this patch would be applied after the above patch.
After You’ve Downloaded the Patch File..
..here’s what to look for
Patch File Name
– The patch file will be a .zip file with the patch’s number as its name which looks like this
Extract – Now that you’ve found your patch file, extract the .zip file.
Locating the Patched Files
– The extracted folder will be the same path you’ll need to follow to find the files on your site for applying the updated files. It will start from the wp-contents folder and end with your actual fixed files which looks like this
Upload Fixes – Now access your site through FTP and navigate to the same location your patched files were found in the patch download. Transfer your new patched files (and only the files themselves) to the directory and choose to “overwrite” the existing files.
You can find Avada patch files available for download here.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If the Avada Patcher did not work and you’re unable to apply patches manually, please send in a support ticket with a note in regards to this and we can take care of it with FTP access.