Important Update Info

06/08/2020

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 7.0.2 (Released on August 12th, 2020)

Avada 7.0 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 7.0. Please read them in detail.

1. Avada Header Builder

Avada 7.0 introduces our brand new header builder. It allows you to create fully custom header layouts, custom menus, awesome menu effects and transitions and more. You can create different headers per page or per viewport size, and there is so much more to explore. The Header Builder also comes with 16 prebuilt headers, to make your life even easier.

At the same time, we have kept our legacy headers for you, so you are free to still use them in the classic way, setup in the Global Options.

See more on how to build a custom header

2. New Container / Column Setup

With Avada 7.0 we also introduce an all-new setup for our Container and Column elements, based on the CSS Flexbox model. It gives you incredible freedom to create px perfect positioned layouts, both for desktop and responsive modes.

We have kept our legacy setup so that your existing sites will update just fine and you are still free to use the classic setup if you prefer.

See more on the new Flexbox options

3. New Admin Dashboard

With Avada 7.0, we completely re-imagined our WordPress admin dashboard. Everything is fully integrated now in the Avada Website Builder Suite. It consists of the Avada Theme, the Avada Builder and the Avada Core plugin (previously Fusion Builder and Fusion Core). We have created one seamless UI, to make your workflow even easier.

See more on the new Avada Dashboard

4. White Label Plugin

As mentioned above, the structure of the back-end has vastly changed in Avada 7.0. Some parts of the White Label Plugin currently do not work for these changes. We are actively working on an update of the plugin, but if you have major reliance on it, then you may want to wait for it before updating to Avada 7.0.

View the 7.0 Promotional Page!

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.

View Detailed Theme Update Instructions