Important Changes Coming In Avada 5.0

The year of 2016 brings so much excitement for our 350,000+ customer base. Avada has been the #1 selling theme for 4 years in a row with no signs of stopping. Our goal is to ensure we are leaders and innovators in this market. Avada is a digital product that deals with ever-changing web technologies. This requires ThemeFusion to make careful decisions so we can continue and move forward into the future. These decisions allow us to improve and innovate, while making sure our customer base receives the best product they possibly can.

Avada 5.0 is now live and is FREE to anyone who has purchased a license in the past. Comments are now turned off on this post as all new ones are support questions, please use our ticket system for any questions you have, sign up by following these steps.

Backwards Compatability is critically important to us. Each decision taken and executed by our team is the result of highly detailed planning to ensure that every customer can update as smoothly as possible. We do all in our power to inform our customer base of important changes that each major update brings. Avada 5.0 has 3 important items that vastly improve Avada, at the same time, they require our customers to be well informed about each of them.

1. New Token Registration For Auto Updates / Demo Importing / Plugin install & Updates

In past versions of Avada, auto updates required a 3 part registration process, while demo importing and installing/updating of plugins did not require anything. However, there are a few issues with this.

First, a 3 part registration process is cumbersome and only worked for auto theme updates. Second, this previous process was based off the old Envato API which is very soon coming to an end. Since the old Envato API is ending, we are required to work with the new API which has many enhancements and improvements. One of these improvements allows us to make the registration process much easier!

Enter the new Envato token registration process! This process only requires one single key and is very easy to setup.

The new token registration process will be required to receive auto theme updates, Avada demos, and premium plugins to install and update. Though past versions of Avada did not require you to register the product to receive the demos and plugins, Avada 5.0 will. This may seem like an unnecessary step, but in reality it’s a vast improvement and all for the better!

Before you hold reservations, let me explain what this means for you, the Avada customer. The new token method allows us to control all three items (auto theme updates / Avada demos / premium plugins) with one token key from your Envato account. This allows us to provide you with all the necessary data from a server instead of the theme zip file.

This means a drastically reduced theme zip file that will easily install without the need to bump up PHP configurations. Customers with low PHP configurations or shared servers will no longer have to login via FTP to upload the theme.

In addition, this allows us to continue adding as many demos as we need, offer more plugins, reduce unnecessary bugs and more easily maintain a more efficient codebase. This is a major improvement and overall time saver!

The new registration process is done through the new Envato API via a token key. When you update to Avada 5.0 you will see this below on the Avada Product Registraton Tab. Simply click on the instruction toggle box to view information on how to get your token key. Once registration is complete, all Avada demos can be imported and premium plugins (currently Layer Slider and Revolution Slider) will be able to be installed or updated.

avada_5.0_token_registration

What Does This Mean For You?

While this is a major improvement for our customers, codebase and product, there is one thing we could not make happen. We tried everything we could and worked with Envato on trying to make it happen. However …

If you have already setup product registration for auto updates before, you will need to setup product registration again. This means you have to update to Avada 5.0 manually through WP admin or via FTP. Unfortunately we were unable to move over registrations. Thankfully the new token key registration system is easy to do and only needs done once.

After updating to 5.0, you will see the screen above and need to register the product via the new token process if you want auto updates / Avada demos / premium plugins.

When Avada 5.0 releases, a full documentation post will be live in our support center. Simply go to the main support page and enter a few keywords in the search field to find it.

2. Portfolio & FAQ Page Templates Are Removed

Previously we had two methods to display your portfolio post types; a specific portfolio page template or the recent work element. And we had only one method to display your FAQ post types, the FAQ page template.

Page templates are limiting because they do not allow you to place the corresponding post type wherever you’d like which makes it difficult to build a page with additional content. For example, you can use a Portfolio 3 column page template, and insert additional content on the page but the additional content will always be above the portfolio posts. The same is true for the FAQ page template.

Elements (shortcodes) on the other hand, do not have this limitation, they are far more superior and we have chosen to only use them moving forward for our custom post types. Avada 5.0 brings a new FAQ element (this has been widely requested, yay!) and the recent work element has been renamed to portfolio.

Our goal is to always improve, simplify and enhance Avada. In this instance simplification is necessary. We offer two methods to do the same thing, but one method (elements) is way more flexible. This is the reasoning behind removing all Portfolio and FAQ page templates.

Instead of using page templates, you will be using the Portfolio and FAQ elements to display those post types anywhere you wish to display them. Elements are far superior than page templates because they A) can be placed anywhere on the page, even between other content, B) offer several more customization options, C) simplify the process of page building.

The portfolio element gets long awaited feature additions like the load more button, infinite scroll, portfolio title display, text alignment, boxed padding and more. The FAQ element gets filter display, category selection and exclude categories. In addition every element now gets the brand new element visibility system that allows you to display exactly what you want on mobile, tablets and desktop.

avada_5_faq_portflio_elements

What Does This Mean For You?

When you update to Avada 5.0, if you have a page that is using a portfolio or FAQ page template, everything will be automatically taken care of.

The page template will be converted to the default or 100% width (if you had 100% width selected in fusion page options) page template, and a portfolio or FAQ element will be added to it with the same options you previously had. The Fusion Page Options tab for Portfolio will be removed since it is no longer needed. All options and settings for Portfolio and FAQ elements are controlled directly in the element settings window via Fusion Builder, or globally via Fusion Theme Options.

We’ve created the code to ensure the removal of these page templates and accurate conversion of your settings for any Portfolio or FAQ page template you were using. Everything is taken care of when you update to Avada 5.0.

For those who use child themes and have modified these templates that will be removed in Avada 5.0, you can now modify the Portfolio or FAQ element with new hooks and also full element class replacement. Both are taken care of in our codebase.

When Avada 5.0 releases, a full documentation post will be live in our support center. Simply go to the main support page and enter a few keywords in the search field to find it.

3. Fusion Builder Page Conversion

Avada 5.0 includes the brand new Fusion Builder! The codebase was rebuilt from the ground up to ensure backwards compatibility, enhanced performance, ease of use, extendibility, modularity and the future. It is ridiculously fast, efficient and extremely fun to use.

The new Fusion Builder is a stand-alone plugin that is included with Avada. As mentioned, it has been built for the future and will eventually be released as it’s own product to be used with any theme! With this incredible new codebase, all previous pages built with the old Fusion Builder have to be converted over to the new Fusion Builder format.

Upon updating to Avada 5.0, you will be presented with a splash screen that explains the process and asks you to confirm conversion. We do not automatically convert the pages because we have also made sure that we use unique names for Avada elements to prevent conflicts with other 3rd party plugins.

avada5_fb_conversion

What Does This Mean For You?

In order to achieve this, all element names that are related to Avada need to be converted to the new Fusion Builder syntax. To do so, Avada will search through your posts and pages and collect IDs of all pages using old Avada elements. Then it will create backups of those posts (to ensure all your data is fully secure) and convert the shortcode names to our new syntax. The process can take a little time, (or more time if you have a lot of pages and posts), so please be patient and DO NOT CLOSE THE SCREEN once you’ve triggered the conversion.

If you choose to not convert the shortcodes, you won’t be able to use Avada 5.0. You can simply revert to your previous theme version by deleting the contents of the new Avada folder and copying the old Avada theme folder to your server.

As always and with any software, we recommend doing a full database backup before proceeding with conversion. Once converted, you will be able to fully enjoy all that Avada 5.0 offers along with the amazing new Fusion Builder.

When Avada 5.0 releases, a full documentation post will be live in our support center. Simply go to the main support page and enter a few keywords in the search field to find it.

Conclusion

We take immense pride in providing free updates to our 350,000+ customer base. In addition, we make backwards compatibility one of the most important factors in every update. We have a beta testing group of over 200+ customers who have been helping us test all of this along the way, and we do everything in our power to make the process as smooth as it can be.

As always, our amazing team of experts are just a ticket away from helping answer any questions you have. We are always here to help you around the clock.

We are extremely excited about this update, it is a major step forward for Avada customers and our codebase. And it’s only the beginning, a full front end experience is coming to all Avada customers along with a plethora of new products and services. The future is bright and exciting!

We humbly thank you for making Avada the #1 selling theme of all time on Themeforest and for giving us an overall 5 star rating for the past 4 years. This is the highest praise we could receive from you. Your dedication, loyalty and business drives us each day and we will continue to pay it back through these amazing updates and top notch customer support.

We love you all, thank you!

Cheers
ThemeFusion Team

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151 Comments.
  1. vicki

    Can’t wait to get started!

  2. It’s a shame with all of this development that you can’t manage to make an accessible menu. That’s about the only major feature lacking in your theme.

    • Luke

      Hey David!

      Is there a specific issue with the menu that does not pass WCAG 2.0 standards? If so, please do report it to our support center via a ticket here: http://theme-fusion.com/support-ticket/

      We are always making changes for this and other items with each update, and in 5.1 we have it already planned out to ensure everything is WCAG 2.0 compatible, but I a unaware of any issues with the menu. Please do contact our support team that is why we have a full staff that works around the clock.

      Thanks!

      • Lorie

        In version 4, we have to go in and change the mobile menu to use the “button” tag instead of the “div” tag or it is not accessible. We make the change in js/main.js. With a div tag, the cursor changes via the css for a sighted user but for a blind user, there is no way to tell that it’s a button/link so you don’t know you are supposed to do anything so you never “see” the menu. Is this fixed in version 5?

        • Luke

          Hi lorie,

          To be quite honest I’m not sure exactly what you mean, we do not experience this on our own demos, so that leads me to believe it’s a customization item. Please do open a support ticket with our team if you have not already. That is not something we would of changed on our end so something else is going on there.

          Or are you referring to WCAG accessibility? If so, that is not in 5.0, but planned for 5.1. Avada is about 60/40 accessible fright now for WCAG, there are many items we need to do to make it fully accessibe and it’s on our list to do for 5.1 (but that is an estimation).

          Thanks!

  3. Josh

    When is this bad boy dropping? 🙂

    • Luke

      While we wish we could give an exact date, it’s impossible. #1 goal is to ensure all new items and code added works with past versions, we are currently beta testing with over 200 Avada customers, but I’d say we are still a few weeks off. We hoped for July, but it seems like August will be the drop month, and mid to end.

      If you bought an Avada license, you can always signup for beta testing here: https://theme-fusion.com/forums/topic/avada-beta-testing/

  4. dprophit

    Will the large chunk of inline CSS finally be removed in this version and into a separate file?

    • Luke

      We already do that with the css compiler in theme options > advanced.

  5. Exciting news so hot on the heels of Version 4.0, but will Avada 5.0 be any faster/slimmer than it’s predecessors?

    Whilst it’s a fabulous theme, I hesitate to use it on any more sites because of its slowness on shared hosting. Page Load times for both the sites I’ve created with it so far are just under 4 seconds, which isn’t great when compared to other sites I’ve got running on WordPress (with themes), that have Page Load times under 1 second.

  6. Monarch

    I am really excited about the new update . Just one complaint or suggestion . We work with many clients who use Avada as their website theme and not all of them knows how to update theme and especially during major releases . If you could limit to one major update a year . That would save an extra added cost for our clients, to contact us for an update and pay us to do it . I know it’s good that we can make more money that way but we don’t want our clients money that way and sometimes it is tough for us to make them understand that why their site needs continuous updates every couple of months .

    Major update 4.0 was just released in april and now just after 4 months another major update ?

    • Luke

      Hi Monarch!

      Hmm while I understand it can cost your clients to udpate, at least those who are not able to do it themselves, we cannot limit major updates to one year. If we did 99% of our user population would go crazy :D.

      4.0 to 5.0 was our shortest cycle we’ve ever had, but that is because of our development plan for 2016. There should also be a 6.0 coming out before the end of the year (estimated). But updates are good, they are what keep clients happy and customers buying the theme 🙂

  7. when avada 5.0 will release?

  8. hazratgul

    Please make a Beautiful Post Slider and also a News Demo that I am waiting more than one year for that

    • Luke

      We have Avada Magazine demo already in the works and made, however it does require some new features so we could not fit it in 5.0, but it will come shortly after most likely.

  9. Ter747474

    Please clarify this part:

    After updating to 5.0, you will see the screen above and need to register the product via the new token process if you want auto updates / Avada demos / premium plugins.

    I am going to use the FTP method also in the future and see no need to change that.
    So, after updating my theme via FTP, do I still need to register to receive the Avada core/LayerSlider/RevSlider updates?

    Tero

    • Luke

      Hey Tero!

      If you only FTP over the new theme then yes, you ned to register. If you FTP the theme folder PLUS manually dig through the theme zip folder and grab the new plugins and FTP them also, then no you will not need to register to get them updated. However you will still need to register to get any demo or auto theme updates.

      Registration is easy and should be done regardless of update method, it is now needed for getting any Avada demo / premium plugins or auto theme updates.

      Thanks!

  10. Mos

    hello

    why my comment not accepted ?

    name : Mos

    • Luke

      I searched through all comments and spam and there is nothing from that username, maybe it did not go through? Also our spam filter is very ight due to the traffic we get, but we check it weekly so sometimes comments may be out of order due to that. But from what I see, I cannot find a comment from you.

  11. Ter747474

    Okay then. But if I do try the registration, will I run into automated conflicts, if I register my testing-sites and the production site with same license info?
    I never update my production site before making tests first.

    Tero

    • Luke

      From what I understand that will be fine as long as it is under your same themeforest name, but I am double checking for you and will reply back soon.

    • Luke

      Yes you will be able to 🙂

  12. Tim

    Will Buddypress styling make it in 5.0?

    • Luke

      Hello! Unfortunately no, but it’s on our list as a high priority. It will be done.
      Thanks

  13. Claudio

    With regards to the new registration token thing, is it one token per site or per purchase? I have used Avada on multiple websites and have purchased for each site (correct licening procedure), but each purchase has been on 1 envato account.

    Would I need only one token per purchase or for the one account?

    • Luke

      Hello!

      As long as it is from your same ThemeForest account then you only need one token. The token key is connected with your themeforest user account so you can use it as long as you bought it on that account, but cannot share it with another user per say.

      Thanks!

  14. mddulalkhan

    Cant wait anymore !! When 5.0 will land?

    • Luke

      We can’t wait either 🙂 As soon as we have finished all items and have securely tested everything. Developement can unfortunately take longer than expected, one item you think will take 3 days can end up taking two weeks because of things that come up, that is the nature of dev.

      If you have bought an Avada license in the past and would like ot help us beta test new versions, you can always signup for beta testing here: https://theme-fusion.com/forums/topic/avada-beta-testing/

      Cheers!

  15. Lutechi

    Awesome job guys.

    The only thing I request is to simplify the way you can add custom templates to the theme with a child theme. The past few versions I been having to edit either the header php file or the most recently the class-avada-layout.php to add the custom templates so they appear on the page template menu in the editor and also had to change a portfolio setting I believe.

    It keeps changing slightly from version to version where I have to edit to being able to add the custom templates. Maybe I am doing it the wrong way, but usually the usual way of just adding them to the root of the child folder like any other theme is not working.

    Thanks again for such a great theme.

    • Luke

      Hello!

      I do apologize but this is not my area of expertise, I will however pass this along to our dev team to discuss and get their feedback.

      Thanks!

  16. David Krasniy

    Will there be a carousel/slider in the new Fusion Builder? With ability to add HTML text on top of images. Something like bootstrap carrousel would be perfect! Would really appreciate if you could add that in!

    Thanks

    • Luke

      We do have a carousel and slider now, but it does not have an option to place HTML text on top of images yet. That is not currently on our list but I’ll check into it and see and get it added to the list.

      Thanks!

  17. delawaregrad

    How does the new registration affect local setups? I have local versions of most of my 20 avada websites.
    Does this mean I can’t keep two set-ups at one time, so i can test changes?

    I don’t use the Fusion Page Builder, I type in the shortcodes.  How will this affect me? It sounds like all of
    your shortcodes have been renamed, so if i use any of the html (like for columns), I will need to redo everything?

    The last large Avada update was a nightmare for me, and as much as I like the theme, I’m thinking it
    may be best to start using a theme that doesn’t require substantial re-coding of my websites so often.  It wouldn’t be such a big deal, but I have so many and was planning to buy two more until I read this.

     

    thanks,

    Julie

    • Luke

      Hi Julie!

      As long as it is from your same Themeforest account, then one token key will work for local installations. No issues.

      You can still use the shortcodes, there is never a need to use the builder if you do not want to )although I think you will once you see the new one :).

      In fact, we’ve enhanced the shortcode generator (now called Element Generator for consistency) but it acts the same was as before so you can continue to use it. No you will not have to redo any shortcodes because we renamed them, the conversion we use takes care of all of that. No issues.

      In regards to your last comment, that is simply not the case. If you are required to do recoding then something is wrong. We had one single update (3.8) that changed class names so custom css needed changed so it had “fusion-” appended to it, but that was all. Nothing else like that. You should not have to redo work and we spend a heck of a lot of time ensuring backwards compatibility for our 240,000+ user base. I’m not sure why this article made you think that, I assure you that is not the case.

      The entire reason why we update the theme with major updates is for our user base, for new features and technologies. That is only a good thing and should be done, we work extremely hard every day adding newly requested features, optimizing our codebase and enhancing things which all improve a product. In our eyes, that is the type of theme you want and we believe our customers agree which is why Avada has been the #1 selling theme for 4 straight years. You mentioned yourself that you’ve bought a few licenses or were planning on it, that’s great and we hope you do! We have customers who have been with us since v1.0 and have bought over 50 copies. The point is, updating should be nothing like you described.

      If you had a nightmare updating the last large update we had, then there is a logical reason behind it. Our support team would gladly assist you in that and help explain what and why if you can submit a ticket with more information. That certainly should not of happened unless you are talking about the 3.8 update in which case it was simply a css class name change to prepend all with fusion-, which was an easy change if you were using any.

      Also, we beta test EVERY major update with 200+ beta customers. If you would like ot help us beta test new versions, you can always signup for beta testing here: https://theme-fusion.com/forums/topic/avada-beta-testing/

      Lastly, any time you update a theme or plugin, you should use best practices and always make a backup. That is true for any theme or plugin you use, regardless of changes involved.

      Thanks

      Cheers
      ThemeFusion!

      • Julie

        Thanks for your response, Luke. I appreciate your efforts to keep evolving with technologies, but there are very often glitches that take time to troubleshoot and I have difficulty explaining to my 20 Avada clients why, 2 months after the last big
        update, I need to spend a handful of hours again to keep things looking the same. I end up eating the time, and that’s the main issue that I have with the theme.

        Support
        Your support is awesome and that’s a large reason I keep buying Avada (20 and counting). Without it, I would have been gone long ago!

        Shortcode/HTML changes
        My question was more about changing the html behind the shortcodes. For ex, I use your columns in CF7 and need to use the HTML from the shortcode. I also do that to nest columns. Would those type of customizations need redone because the html/classes change?

        Update to 4.0
        I did have a lot of issues going from 3.9.4 to 4.0, and found many others had the same ones, where the header/footer/typography reset to defaults. Almost half of my websites needed to be essentially restyled. I did reach out to your support at first, but in the end, it seemed faster to redo everything myself. I absolutely backup my websites, but it didn’t make sense to revert back to 3.9.4 – I’m not sure what I would gain, since the website had gone through a large database change.

        I am anxious to test out the update, and again, I do appreciate the time you all put in.

        • Luke

          Thanks Julie 🙂

          Could you explain a few of these glitches? Are they from customizations or are you referring to new features? Again from our side, that is not something we see. We certainly see some bugs after a release, every software does, that is why they send out quick x.x.1 updates to fix them, it’s impossible to find everything because each customer sets things up differently. But overall, that is not something we see. Something tells me there is a missing gap here,if you have a support ticket # that explains when one of these times happened I can look into it and see.

          Glad you like our support, we strive to offer the best we can and work around the globe, around the clock on it.

          Shortcodes/HTML – no, that is not going to change. We have not changed HTML, we changed class names for SC’s to be pre-prended for the new builder, but that is taken care of in conversion. We already have 200+ customers using Avada 5, it is done when you update. The article above explains the process in “3. Fusion Builder Page Conversion”.

          Update to 4.0 – That is the first I’ve heard tbh, it sounds like your conversion did not happen. How exactly did you update the theme? It sounds like conversion did not run if settings were reset to defaults. Or, if the theme name changed, that will happen. The theme name must stay the same, tjat is why we always call it “Avada.zip” which unzips to a folder called “Avada”. If you rename it to anything else, when you upload, you have to make sure it has the exact same name it did before or things like that will happen. That is true for any WP theme btw.

          For example, if widgets or menus are messed up, it is due to that: Thanks Julie 🙂

          Could you explain a few of these glitches? Are they from customizations or are you referring to new features? Again from our side, that is not something we see. We certainly see some bugs after a release, every software does, that is why they send out quick x.x.1 updates to fix them, it’s impossible to find everything because each customer sets things up differently. But overall, that is not something we see. Something tells me there is a missing gap here,if you have a support ticket # that explains when one of these times happened I can look into it and see.

          Glad you like our support, we strive to offer the best we can and work around the globe, around the clock on it.

          Shortcodes/HTML – no, that is not going to change. We have not changed HTML, we changed class names for SC’s to be pre-prended for the new builder, but that is taken care of in conversion. We already have 200+ customers using Avada 5, it is done when you update. The article above explains the process in “3. Fusion Builder Page Conversion”.

          Update to 4.0 – That is the first I’ve heard tbh. The only common thing in 4.0 was FB was turned off instead of on, which was a conversion issue. Users just had to go to theme options to turn it back on. How exactly did you update the theme? Did the theme name change? If so, that will happen. The theme name must stay the same, that is why we always call it “Avada.zip” which unzips to a folder called “Avada”. If you rename it to anything else, when you upload, you have to make sure it has the exact same name it did before or things like that will happen. That is true for any WP theme btw.

          For example, if widgets or menus are messed up, it is due to that: Thanks Julie 🙂

          Could you explain a few of these glitches? Are they from customizations or are you referring to new features? Again from our side, that is not something we see. We certainly see some bugs after a release, every software does, that is why they send out quick x.x.1 updates to fix them, it’s impossible to find everything because each customer sets things up differently. But overall, that is not something we see. Something tells me there is a missing gap here,if you have a support ticket # that explains when one of these times happened I can look into it and see.

          Glad you like our support, we strive to offer the best we can and work around the globe, around the clock on it.

          Shortcodes/HTML – no, that is not going to change. We have not changed HTML, we changed class names for SC’s to be pre-prended for the new builder, but that is taken care of in conversion. We already have 200+ customers using Avada 5, it is done when you update. The article above explains the process in “3. Fusion Builder Page Conversion”.

          In regards to nested columns, that was never possible before in FB, but will be in v5. It was possible to a degree before v5 if using the SC generator but it was technically not suppose to be, but worked. It had issues though and only worked some of the time. Whenever a user asked us if they were possible, we told them no. Using SC gen allowed it to be partially done. However the nested columns will still use Fusion-layout-column class as they did before so you should not have problems. But I must say here, this is a great example of what we deal with throughout the user base, there are some situations we simply cannot test for and there are many factors involved. This is why we started beta testing with customers from 3.9 and up. Currently we have 230 beta members http://d.pr/i/Ahzo … I’d highly recommend joining.

          Update to 4.0 – That is the first I’ve heard tbh, it sounds like your conversion did not happen. How exactly did you update the theme? It sounds like conversion did not run if settings were reset to defaults. Or, if the theme name changed, that will happen. The theme name must stay the same, tjat is why we always call it “Avada.zip” which unzips to a folder called “Avada”. If you rename it to anything else, when you upload, you have to make sure it has the exact same name it did before or things like that will happen. That is true for any WP theme btw.

          For example, if widgets or menus are messed up, it is due to that: https://theme-fusion.com/knowledgebase/i-lost-my-widgets-and-menu-during-update/

          I would check out the beta group if I were you, sign up here with a Github username (accounts are free and it allows us to share development versions with people): https://theme-fusion.com/forums/topic/avada-beta-testing/ … it’s awesome that you have bought 20+ copies, that is what we strive for 🙂 But updating should be much, much easier and there has to be explanations for things that go that badly. We’re currently on beta 5 so things are still a WIP, we are about to upload beta 6 today, then get close to an RC (Release Candidate). A RC version is the closest to live versions, there are always still some things found that we fix before we go live, but that is just part of dev and thsoe things are always small.

          It’s always recommended to never beta test on a live site, since you work locally you can backup one of your live sites, install it locally then update to beta 6 or beta RC when it is out to see what it’s like. Doing something like that will fully prevent you from updating a live site then having issues, at least from the clients side of things, which is what matters the most.

          Thanks!

  18. MJ

    When will the Avada 5.0 be available? I deciding on whether to continue with Avada or move over to Theme X.

    • Luke

      As soon as we have finished all items and have securely tested everything. Developement can unfortunately take longer than expected, one item you think will take 3 days can end up taking two weeks because of things that come up, that is the nature of dev.

      If you have bought an Avada license in the past and would like to help us beta test new versions, you can always signup for beta testing here: https://theme-fusion.com/forums/topic/avada-beta-testing/

      Cheers!

  19. Hi. Really like your theme. Used it over the past few months to start building 2 projects that can potentially be quite large.

    http://www.toxno.com.au/articles  and http://www.foodsynergy.com.au

    Could you please indicate –

    Upon upgrading will the following custom codes be maintained
    Custom CSS
    custom text block widgets with code
    custom menus

    And imported plugins and
    other custom modifications

    • Luke

      Hello!

      Thanks for asking. Thius all depends on how you modified it. Any custom CSS put in CSS field, or through a child theme is fine. Same for any other custom modificcations (should alwys be done through child theme)

      Custom text block widgets with codes will be fine, it’s same as it is now, same for custom menus.

      But other modifications will depend on how you did them. And always take best practices when updating, make a backup of your database / theme folder.

      If you would like to help us beta test new versions, you can always signup for beta testing here: https://theme-fusion.com/forums/topic/avada-beta-testing/

      Cheers!

  20. Also one other quick question. This one has me bamboozled. The ability to determine the image size when inserting an image into a post or page seems to be inconsistent. Sometimes one is given an option to determine the size while mostly when inserting the #1 featured image – no option is given. This also applies to slider image insertion.

    This is an important issue for me as I use high-resolution images and as you pointed out in another comment here – image size WILL affect page load time.

    Any light you can shed on this would be much appreciated.

    Love your theme and the attention to quality and especially the “System status” section. Very cool.

     

    • Luke

      Thanks for the comments!

      Yes currently the 1st featured image is the only one that pulls the default WP image sizes (thumbnail, medium, large). However, we are fixing that and adding that functionality to it, unfortunately it was the default setup.

      One thing to note, if using any portfolio or blog layouts, you can upload the largest size you have and we automatically take care of it through image resizer function we have built. We are also adding this to other areas of the theme like sliders. Here is a screenshot of the feature from our 4.0 promo page: http://d.pr/i/TVyM

      Also, if you would like ot help us beta test new versions, you can always signup for beta testing here: https://theme-fusion.com/forums/topic/avada-beta-testing/

      Thanks!

  21. Wow… that sounds so cool:-) I can’t wait:-)

    In particular,  I’m looking forward to working with the fusion builder. I think it holds a huge potentail.

  22. Catherine

    Super excited for the new fusion builder!

     

    One question about the registration: does this mean we will be able to auto-update Avada via WordPress now? While I don’t have a problem copying new .zip files in the FTP, many of my clients have absolutely no knowledge of what an FTP even is and it would be very very useful to update with a simple box tick (at the moment it says it cannot be updated because folder already exists).

     

    Thank you for all your hard work!

    • Luke

      Hello!

      Yes it does mean you can auto update, actually we’ve had this feature since Avada 3.5 https://theme-fusion.com/avada-doc/install-update/how-to-update-theme/ … however since Envato changed their API we’ve had to change our auto updater to match, so best to wait til 5.0 to set it up because it won’t work with the old method anymore. But when used, it works exactly the same as other WP products, when you have an update for a theme or plugin, it will show under the “Dashboard > Updates” menu like this: http://d.pr/i/12pyV

      Keep in mind, WP only checks for new updates every 12-24 hours, so after you set it up in 5.0, if we release a 5.0.21, it could take up to 24 hours to see that an update is ready. That comes from WP core and not able to be changed from our side.

      BTW the “folder already exists” error will happen if you try to upload via WP and already have Avada installed. Check out that link I showed you above, look under “Method 2: Manual Update > How To Update Avada Via WordPress” … it tells you how to get around that.

      Thanks!

  23. Marco

    Will there be new elements?

    Will there be ability to add caption text on image?

    • Luke

      Yes new FAQ element and some new options for other elements. There is no SC for captioned text yet or styles setup, but that is on our list.

      Thanks!

  24. Eddie

    So how much longer for Avada 5.0?

  25. Hi – with the update to version 5, I hope that you will make the theme lighter. While there are many wonderful theme options, I typically don’t even need them and much prefer to keep site load speed down.

    Also, what are you doing for Accelorated Mobile Page integration? This is necessary to compete online and is also more important than sytling options, in my opinion.

    Hope you don’t mind the questions. Thanks.

    • Luke

      Hi Jeannie!

      Thanks for the questions, we don’t mind at all 🙂

      For theme lightness, there is a misconception about this. First and foremost, a theme can have a lot of features and still be light. Avada is optimized as you can verify fro our own demo tests. Much more goes into this, your host/server being one of the most important followed by your own content (images), along with any extra plugins you use, then last is probably the theme.

      Also you mentioned you do not use a lot of the features, are you aware of the theme options panel under “theme options > advanced > theme features” that allows you to disable features you are not using? There is a whole panelw ith 20+ optiosn to disable things: http://d.pr/i/MYGW

      Also in 5.0 ,each Fusion Builder element can be disabled if you do not use it, see this: http://d.pr/i/153AG

      In addition, make sure you have our css compiler turn on here (this is also in current version): http://d.pr/i/10Uk8

      All of those things help with having a lighter theme, but in general your server/host and image content plays a huge role in your speed scores.

      Trust me when I say we feel those are more important than styling options, which is why we’ve already taken care of them and you can get incredible speed scores with the current version of Avada as our demos shows, and even more so with each new version because we are always making new optimizations when possible.

      If you need help with your own site, please do submit a ticket so we can look at it in detail and help explain what is going on. One thing to note though, if you are on shared hosting, that is a huge part of it, and will be for any premium level theme. Submit a ticket here: https://theme-fusion.com/support-ticket/

      For Accelerated Mobile Page Integration (AMP) we are integrating that as well, just not in 5.0 … it did just come out and is something rather new. However it is on our dockett for 5.1 🙂

      Thanks!

      • Luke

        Hello! We had a server migration the other day and it’s possible some comments on post were lost, if that was one of yours we deeply apologize, it was out of our hands. But everything is moved now by WPE and should be good, so feel free to repost 🙂

  26. tassawarr

    Luke we need a new header with logo in the middle.

    • Luke

      No need to bold 🙂 It’s o our list and who knows, it may even be at your doorstep soon.

  27. Luke

    Hello! We had a server migration the other day and it’s possible some comments on post were lost, if that was one of yours we deeply apologize, it was out of our hands. But everything is moved now by WPE and should be good, so feel free to repost 🙂

  28. fearRacious

    Can I still do Manual update.. It just im comfortable doing it.. Dont want on the next few hours my site got some issues when updated automatically?

    • Luke

      Helo!

      Yes, but updating automatically simply uses WP way of updating it.

      Auto updates still require consent on your end. So the way it works in WP is when an udpate is ready for a theme or plugin, it goes under the “Dashboard > Updates” menu, like this: http://d.pr/i/15eUF … once you click on it, you will see the themes and plugins that have updates ready to install. Simply follow prompts and they will be updated 🙂

      Thanks!

  29. Matt

    I often build a site on a test server using Avada. When everything is ready I port it over to the customers server, purchase a new license and put in the registration info. This is so a clients site isn’t down while it’s being built. This applies when redoing a website. With this new registration process this can’t be done, because you don’t have access to the premium plugins. It is disappointing I must say.

    • Luke

      Actually no, that is incorrect. If you are the one building the site for them then your own key will work, then once done, get them to make their own key.

      This new process is much, much better in many ways. Nothing is perfect, there are always pros and cons, but the pros far outweigh any cons.

      What you stated above will be fine, you will not have issue. I assure you.

  30. Matt

    Awesome… Good to know Luke. Thanks for clarifying.

  31. Peter

    Hi there,

    I have been using your theme since 2013 and loving it! I like to suggest something:

    please have more demo themes and have them have more pages! It really helps development. I have been using only one of your demo, Church, and change it to my client’s (or my own) liking.

    Just a suggestion!

    • Luke

      Hello!

      Yes we are always making more demos! Each major update brings more and more 🙂

      Also something to consider, other themes with a lot of demos simply stack up their demo numbers due to one page demos, we don’t do that nearly as much. The majority of our demos are full complete demos, no less than 5-6 pages. We prefer to make full demos that truly fit the industry they should be used for, like Church demo for example, all the images, content, layout even text are all thought through to ensure the demo fits the industry correctly.

      Quality over quantity is what we do 🙂 With that being said, we already have about 20 more that are close to completion or being worked on. Some of them require new features to fit that industry, so those ones are not just a design demo, but also involve development.

      But never fear, we will keep making demos and release them with each new update! Just always keep in mind, you can do virtually anything with Avada through our options network 🙂

      Thanks for the input!

    • Luke

      Also thank you for being with us since 2013, that’s awesome!

      Just wait until you see all that we have in store for you, very exciting times 🙂

  32. Tyler

    Hi Luke,

    I’ve been researching themes on Themeforest the last few days and have been itching to get going on a new personal blog project I’ve been procrastinating on forever. 😉

    Avada looks epic! Honestly, I am shocked at myself for not having used it earlier. I attribute it to tunnel vision on several high stress multiyear projects, I suppose.

    I see that you have a conversion method in place for your users to go from 4>5. But it also seems like the new Fusion Builder is significantly different in 5. As in, if I were to buy and install right NOW, I’d be learning the theme during a total ‘lame duck’ period.

    Most definitely I will be purchasing a license, BUT my question is: Should I wait until 5.0 drops before actually diving into the theme? I am well versed with WP and complex themes, but it just seems to me like right at THIS moment is a poor time to take the plunge as a brand new Avada user, no? Only you would know the level of difference between the two versions to give an honest opinion.

    Thanks!

    • Luke

      Hey Tyler!

      Thanks for the comments! And I totally understand about tunnel vision and high stress 😀

      Yes there is a conversion for 5.0 just to make sure that previous pages built with the older Fusion Builder will be converted over to the new Fusion Builder format, that’s all.

      Yes the builder is different, but more i the way of features and performance. There are some differences i how you use it also, but the learning curve is very little. We have 250+ beta testers who have already been using Avada from v1-v4 and not one has mentioned any type of confusion on the new builder.

      But the choice is yours for sure, if you prefer to wait it should not be much longer, we cannot give an exact date but are currently wrapping up a few last minute items, getting some new demos ready and finishing up beta testing.

      Thanks!

  33. Matt

    Hi Luke, a few posts above I asked about the new registration process and how it will effect it using a testing server.
    I have an envato account and I have purchased a few licenses for the sites I have done. If I want to create a site in future using Avada 5 on a testing server. I can use my current API Key, and I can install the premium plugins, but then you mentioned they need to purchase their own key? But I normally handle this from my account and the customer doesn’t get involved. I’m sure this applies to most web developers. Unless each license get it’s own key? Sorry if this is confusing, I’m trying to make sense of this how the new process would work!?

    • Luke

      Hello!

      Hmm yeah I do apologize but having a hard time following. Basically it is still done from your own account, if you buy all the licenses yourself, then your one token key will work for each license you buy. Customer does not have to be invlved unless you want them to.

      I’d suggest signing up for beta testing to get a feel for how it works, and you can post any questions or issues you see directly to our dev team. You can signup here: https://theme-fusion.com/forums/topic/avada-beta-testing/

      If you do signup, be sure to read this comment along with the guideline links, we are currently in beta 6, and very close to getting a Release Candidate.

      BTW, that link above will only work if you signup and are added to beta team. So first post your github username in this thread and then I’ll add you, then you will have access to Avada 5.0 beta files.

      Thanks!

  34. mostafa

    hello

    avada have one problem in update

    i changed my theme name from avada to test

    but after auto update , avada cant find my theme. and i have 2 theme , test and avada.

    best regards

  35. Hey, I just got on the Avada train back on 4.0 (LOVE IT!) My mom does a ton of web work as well and I’ve about convinced her to make the switch.

    But there is one item that hopefully can be added at some point. I’m not anywhere near as gifted on the code side as you guys so take my suggestion knowing it’s from a point of .0001% knowledge.

    I was wondering if there could be a Theme Option added that combines all coloring options into Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary. Once these are filled it would automatically change the colors of the corresponding points of the site.

    For this to work: A. You would have to check mark it and then select the colors so that it overrides the normal ways of selecting the colors for individual points. B. There would have to be a way of allowing an override so that if you wanted to customize one point differently than the auto option selected.

    I’m thinking from a design point of view if I have a bunch of clients and I don’t want to spend forever going through each and every little color pick point for the site it would help a ton to knock it out in one area.

    If that doesn’t seem to make sense because I butchered it let me know and I’ll write it out with more examples.

    And finally.. any update on 5.0? =)

    • Luke

      Hello Brandon!

      Thanks for the comments! Actually, we have something very similar in mind that you mentioned, it would be a certain “mode” you activate. I wish I could tell you more, but it should definitely do as you need and more 🙂

      We’re in beta testing for 5.0 right now and wrapping up final issues. We’re close to an RC so should not be to much longer, but we can’t give out an exact date yet.

      Thanks again!

  36. Attila Nagy

    When?

    • Luke

      Hello,

      When Avada 5.0 is released and done in beta stages. We are currently wrapping up a few items and beta testing. Can’t say an exact date, sorry!

  37. When do you hope to release version 5?  Just bought Avada, should I hold off development?

    • Luke

      Hello!

      There is not a need to hold off, we have 240,000+ users who will be updating 🙂 So we take a lot of time making sure updates are smooth, that is part of the reason why we beta test with over 260+ customers.

      However, the choice is yours for sure, it depends on how well you know Avada. Really the only thing that is changing is the Fusion Builder, but if you’ve used a page builder before, there should be a very very little learning curve from v4x to v5

      Thanks!

  38. Are we there yet? 🙂

    • Luke

      Deja vu! I always asked my parents that when driving in the car 😀 Are we there yet, are we there yet, what about now, are we there? (rofl) Ah good memories!

      Soon, we are not fully there yet, but getting much closer. An RC1 should be out by end of this week. Which means we are very close.

      Thanks!

  39. Robert

    Hi. I just purchased v4 and will hold off installing until v5 drops. Sounds like changes to PHP memory aren’t necessary with v5.

    • Luke

      Hello!

      Well I don’t see a need, the PHP limits will depend on your server tbh. While we saved a ton of space in v5, it all depends on what your server limits are. If your upload limit is low, you can simply upload the theme via FTP and work on it now 🙂 See FTP video on this page: https://theme-fusion.com/support/video-tutorials/avada-videos/

      • Robert

        Hi Luke,

        I managed to break my site installing Avada 4 and changing the wp-config.php and .htaccess !!! Luckily Dreamhost managed to fix it fast :).

        The way I read it is Avada 5 negates the need to add more memory, etc, by offloading the plugins.

        • Luke

          Hey!

          Hmm that’s odd about v4 unless configs were low, that is probably what Dreamhost changed. 5.0 does require much less so that should not be a problem. The odd things is it did not change from v3 to v4 so your host may of dropped them without you knowing if they saw things were running fine. If you are on a shared host, they do things like that to save resources based on how your site is running. If it is running fine and they see the resources are higher, they can pull them away for other areas. I’m not saying that is what happened, but it’s the first thing that cones to mind since you said you updated to v4 and it happened. Strange indeed!

          If you have bought an Avada license in the past and would like to help us beta test new versions, you can always signup for beta testing here: https://theme-fusion.com/forums/topic/avada-beta-testing/

          Cheers!

  40. Are we going to get more control over the “My Account” in the menu option? currently I have to override avada_add_login_box_to_nav (afaik the only way) and add my other menu options (other then “log out” manually to the output HTML or even to change the case of My Account if you want to have all caps menu titles (like in the modern shop example)

  41. So, still no support for Visual Composer?

    • Luke

      VC works with Avada … but we do not have plans to support it officially or grow with it, especially when we have our own builder that our users love and in 5.0 will be even better 🙂

  42. Juan

    Hi, do you plan to replace sidebar/widgets with elements builder so we would not be limited by the single post template anymore?

    I have a great and complete menu on my blog page but a different and limited one on my single post page because I have to use this old fashioned sidebar…

    That’s my only big issue, everything is so great. Thank you for your amazing job:

    • Luke

      Hello!

      Actually uou re not limited now 🙂 There is a Fuion Builder Widget Element that you can place widgets whereever you want, and on single post pages, turn the sidebar off and make a normal page layout as you please, both for blog and portfolio 🙂

  43. Tom

    Sorry to ask, but are we still really close to the drop? Keep up the great work!

    • Luke

      Thank you for apologizing 😀 We do get this question daily and we’d love to say “tomorrow! or next week!” … but we can’t because we are unsure and we do not want to be held to anything. Yes this has taken us longer than expected but it’s all for the good. we have over 270 beta testers helping us test every aspect of the theme, and our entire team is also, as well as developers sneaking in new features here and there. We’re getting there, very close to an RC (release candidate) to test.

      If you have bought an Avada license in the past and would like to help us beta test new versions, you can always signup for beta testing here: https://theme-fusion.com/forums/topic/avada-beta-testing/

      Cheers!

  44. Michael

    Hey there, I‘m very excited and looking forward for the new update 🙂

    But one question:

    in the past I had a local installation of avada for testing (before i changed my live system). especially when I liked thinks in your demos, I used a local installation to take a look how you have implemented these things. if I have understood correctly, I cant do that no longer in the future, unless I buy another license? or is there another way to test (demo) features without destroying my live system? 🙂 thanks

  45. Amanda

    Here we are…. August 30th.

    When will it be released?

    I have clients waiting!

    • Luke

      Hi Amanda,

      As explained in many comments, it’s not ready yet. You can easily build client sites with Avada 4.0, it is still the industry leader 🙂 We will not release it until it is 100% ready to go.

      If you have bought an Avada license in the past and would like to help us beta test new versions, you can always signup for beta testing here: https://theme-fusion.com/forums/topic/avada-beta-testing/

      Thanks

  46. Hi, Luke

    Did U plan to add a feature that the ajax load the pages and posts in avada.

    • Luke

      Yes we do, but not in 5.0 … sometime in future updates though

  47. fjordan4th

    I know that we’re all anxious for 5.0, but I think we should put things into perspective.

    This will be the second new version in less than a year—most themes see major updates every 12-18 months—so we’re already ahead of the game as users.

    I’ve enjoyed using a number of themes; some are fast, others are aesthetically stunning, and a few are quite unique. One theme was particularly striking and, after extensive refactoring, quite fast. Unfortunately, the new version seemed rushed—there were a number of bugs that persisted over several updates, and while the issues appeared to have little effect on sales, current customers were quite vocal in criticizing the new version (to their credit, the theme’s authors later acknowledged that they should have done things differently).

    In my experience, Avada strikes a good balance between having a rich feature set, good performance, striking aesthetics, and solid reliability. I’ve had virtually no issues with bugs or compatibility, and though I’m excited about the new builder and other improvements, I’d rather have a stable update in a few weeks than a buggy new release tomorrow.

    • Luke

      Hello!

      Thanks for the comments, very much appreciated 🙂 Our team works super hard on these updates and have amazing plans for them.

      Thanks!

  48. Abhishek

    i have a question.

    avada 5 has  new demo or not…..?

     

    • Luke

      Yes it will have a few new demos, gotta wait for release though to know which ones, it’s a surprise 🙂

  49. Gabriel

    ¿Avada 5 will have search engine in the mobile version?

    • Luke

      If you use header 4 or header 6, then yes it is possible now. however, nothing else will change in 5.0 for that topic … but soon! We want to do several things with mobile menu i regards to search and mega menu features.

  50. Hi,

    Will the social share open in a pop-up window like the proper sharing plugins? Or will continue the legacy way of opening in a new tab?

    Thanks

    • Luke

      You can easily change that 🙂 It’s typical to open items like that in a new window, you can modify that with target_self if needed.
      If you have further questions or need assistance with anything, signup at our support center and submit a new ticket. Our support team will gladly help! 🙂

      Click Here To Create An Account & Get Avada Support

      Thank you!

  51. Hi Luke,

    Sorry it seems that you did not understand me. I am not after “support” on the theme. I already have support.

    I did talk to the Avada support before about this point and it was not available in the current version.

    What I mean is that the social sharing plugins open a small popup window showing only the information to be sent to the social network.

    what Currently Avada does, is that it opens a new tab in the browser, and show the same information as the small popup, but in a very less fashioned way.

    The Avada supporter at the time of my question said that you might be looking into implementing the new modern way in the new version, and that’s what I am asking about.

    Try to share anything using the Easy Social Share demo here (item on Codecanyon), and compare it to what happen when you click the share buttons on Avada, you will get what I mean.

    here is the demo:
    http://fb.creoworx.com/essb/

    thanks

    • Luke

      Sorry for the misunderstanding, at first it jsut seemed you wanted to open the social info in the same window. My apologies.

      We use the sharing API’s from each of the places that allow sharing, so most of it comes from them. What our support person meant was that we are adding new design features for sharing, but as for what comes up, that will have to be something the devs look into to see what is possible. We prefer to only do what each platform allows natively, if not then it can continue to produce issues down the road with custom implementations, but nevertheless I’ll leave a ntoe for them to check it out as well.

      Thanks!

  52. If the Avada theme is going to wait that long before rolling out Accelerated Mobile Page integration, do we have the option to create a full custom HTML page so we can move forward with AMP page by page on our own?

    Your theme is not working well with the WordPress AMP plug on my live marketing website, where as I don’t have the same issue currently with other themes.

     

     

    • Luke

      Hello,

      We’ve checked this out and have not found any issues, as documented on https://wordpress.org/plugins/amp/ you have to add ?amp=1 to the URL. It works fine with that and serves a minimal content-only version of the site. For example, single post page: http://d.pr/i/GFjt

      We do have plans to look at it in full in 5.1, but from what we see it is working without issue.

      Yes you can always create any type of customization you need so that is no problem. But I’d suggest opening a ticket with our team to discuss this further because our tests have come out fine with the current version of everything that is live.

      Thanks

  53. websenseuk

    Hi Luke,

    How far is 5.0 to dropping?

    • Luke

      Hey Ben!

      We’re currently testing the RC internally for the build as well as normal hosting testing, which is our normal process. Then we will let our beta group test 5.0 RC, then release. I could not give you an exact date, but we’re close.

      If you have bought an Avada license in the past and would like to help us beta test new versions, you can always signup for beta testing here: https://theme-fusion.com/forums/topic/avada-beta-testing/

      Cheers!

  54. Xiluvanogcosta

    What´s going to happened with the portfolio pages that we already created?

    • Luke

      Hello!

      They will be converted to the new Portfolio element offered through Fusion Builder 🙂 This gives you way more flexibility and design options!

      Thanks!

  55. Xiluvanogcosta

    In Avada 5.0, it will have more social media like Snapchat, Vine, Periscope, ….?

    • Luke

      Currently no, however you can add custom social icons even now in 4.0. In fact, you can add as many as you wish, it’s unlimited 🙂

  56. Happy Avada User

    Dear Avada team,

    I really like what you are doing with Avada: Another great update this year. And I can understand that you want to advertise your new version and features early on.

    Personally, I do not have a problem when the update comes out in September instead of July or August if I had not expected it to be released earlier. But always postponing the release date does not seem to be received very well by many of your customers including me. Maybe you could just announce a new version without a release date – unless it is really ready to be released? That way, users would not be disappointed when the release date is moved (again).

    • Luke

      Hello Happy Avada User,

      Yes, that is exactly what we are going to be doing. However please note, we get hundreds of emails/comments a week from customers asking about the next update, so naturally we are inclined to keep them as informed as possible.

      Nevertheless, the RC will be released as soon as our team completes the full round of internal testing.

      This includes testing everything from the changelog, top to bottom fusion builder testing, testing all the new processes in various ways, testing conversion and imports on 4 different low end hosts that can cause problems due to low resources, and possibly the updating of our live demos, which would come last in our testing. All of this takes time.

      We are working around the clock and even on weekends in various ways to get this done. This update involved every department from development, design, marketing, support, documentation and videos.

      Thanks!

  57. I’m super excited for Avada 5.0! I have a suggestion for your future Avada releases, it’s regarding SEO.

    I have a client who has 1000+ portfolio items on their Avada website and they are running into several SEO challenges. Google thinks they have duplicate content on their website with all of their portfolio items. For example, this portfolio link here: http://www.gatorwraps.com/gallery-items/color-change/?portfolioID=16034 with the Portfolio ID # in the slug URL is the same link as this one http://www.gatorwraps.com/gallery-items/color-change/ Google thinks this is duplicate content and lots of times won’t even index the page. It’s a very technical SEO issue and a bit difficult to fix, I’ve been manually setting up 301 Redirects in the mean time but it’d be great to add this “fix” somehow for your future Avada releases. Hope this helps and keep up the good work!

    • Luke

      Hi Cristian!

      Thanks, we’re super excited as well, we’re nearing the end of RC testing and are getting close!

      For the suggestion, I’d recommend sending it in via a ticket so our developing team can interact with you on it, that is the best way to get something like this discussed and possibly added to the theme. You can submit a ticket here: http://theme-fusion.com/support-ticket/

      Thanks!

  58. Any updates on the release date?

  59. I am currently shopping around for a base theme for a freelance project and have decided on Avada. Question is, should I sign-up for the 5.0 beta and build with that or stick with the release and update when 5.0 is official?

    My concern is duplicating efforts. I don’t want to build in 4.x and then have 5.0 drop, causing lots of changes around the time of launch.

    What do you suggest?

    • Luke

      Hey Brady!

      Awesome, Avada is the right choice 🙂 We have closed off adding new beta testing members at this time as we are close to release. So based off what you said, you could wait for the release of 5.0. However, we have 250,000 users who will be updating, you won’t have to rebuild anything or duplicate your time. We take great effort in ensuring updates are seamless for our users. So if you build a site in v4 which is live now, when you update, it will be the same, just on the newer version. All updates are free as well when you buy a license 🙂

      Thanks!

  60. tomconnell

    Is there ever going to be an audio player option with Avada?

    Thanks.

    • Luke

      There is one now 🙂 It’s built into WP itself, if you copy an audio file into the editor field, it will dislay an audio player on the frontend. Just make sure you are on WP4.6+.

      And Avada also has a SoundCloud shortcode in case you use that service

  61. GardnerTackle

    Hi there,

    Our site currently uses the portfolio posts as a way of displaying and categorising videos. What will happen to these custom posts in the 5 update? Will they still be available as custom posts with their own custom categories, independent of the main posts?

    • Luke

      Hello!

      Nothing will change there, portfolio posts are still portfolio posts. THe only thing that has changed is portfolio page templates are replaced by the new Fusion Builder Portfolio element … so if you used a portfolio page template in the past, it is simply converted to a Fusion Builder Portfolio element.

      If you’ve done custom work, as in modified our own code, then we cannot promise the results, but if you have only used out default options then there won’t be an issue.

      Thanks!

  62. Ter747474

    Could you promise one thing?
    There are probably many of us who are not rushing into new updates.
    One thing you could do to set our souls at ease would be to promise us, that previous versions of Avada
    (e.g. 4.x versions when 5.x comes to live) would receive WordPress compatibility updates
    for at least a year, after a new major Avada update has been released.
    I assume that with your current patcher tool this would not even be a problem.
    Could you do that for us?

    Tero

    • Luke

      Hello,

      That already happens 🙂 All future updates are free, regardless of when you bought Avada. We constantly update Avada, and as long as you have a license for the site you are updating, you will receive it for free. These follow Envato’s rules.

      Thanks

  63. Ter747474

    Judging by your answer, you probably didn’t understand my question. Yes, license owner of Avava can receive free updates as long as Avada exists. That has been clear to me since day one.

    What I meant was, if a customer wants to remain using the 4.x version of Avada after the 5.x version is released, could you make sure that also the 4.x versions are kept compatible with the latest WordPress releases and they would receive bug fixes for at least a year?

    If my question wasn’t clear enough, I’m hoping that you would treat your product like PHP versions are treated. PHP 7 rolled out in January, but nobody is not yet forced to update to the latest version. 5.6 is still supported for some time. Usually your support’s first question is: “Are you using the latest version of Avada?”.

    Tero

    • Luke

      You are right, I definitely did not understand your question that way.

      Unfortunately no, we cannot keep old versions compatible in the future, you would need to update. In fact, Themeforest only allows one version of the item to be downloaded, so even if we wanted to do this we would not be able to unless we setup a specific system on our own site, which would be a big hassle, need Envato’s approval and something we would not do.

      Themes and plugins are updated for this very reason, to stay compatible. Most likely 4.x will staty compatible with WP for awhile, but I can’t say how long as it 100% depends on what WP does in their updates.

      PHP versions are not comparable to a theme or plugin. I’ve not heard of anyone doing that to be honest, developers update their themes and plugins, but do not maintain old versions.

      Thanks!

    • Squig

      This is why we’re reluctant to more forward with new designs in 4.0.

      • Luke

        Hello,

        Why would that make you reluctant, I apologize but I’m not following. That has always been true, he is referring to continue support on older versions of Avada, which we have never done.

  64. Will there be some new blog style options in Avada 5.0?

    • Luke

      There are not, 5.0 is mainly focused on the new Fusion Builder. It’s an entirely new builder that had to be built and also conversion created so our custoemrs can update and keep their old pages and be converted to the new structure. We do have many new features for Avada also outside of the new Fusion Builder, but new blog layouts are not part of them, although we do have them planned along with a magazine demo. You can achieve some very awesome layouts with the current ones we offer (9 different layouts in total with blog and recent posts elements).

      Thanks

  65. Hello,

    I hope you will also include in this release the possibilty to set fix height on flip-box and content-box..

    • Luke

      Hello!

      5.0 des not have that, however it has been requested often and is on our list so will be done soon in a future release. At least for flip boxes, content boxes are usually used without a background so it would not matter there, although they do offer a background color so it would make sense to do both.

      Thanks

  66. Hallo, wer kann mir helfen?

     

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  67. camillek

    I had just about the worse day of my life yesterday after updating my sites to 5.0

    I had to contact my host and change the core file and backup my site to be working again. all codes and buttons were all over the place as if the new version wasn’t supporting it.

    I am now back on the 4.0, has any one experienced the same issue?

    • Luke

      Hello,

      All that means is you did not update Fusion Core and Fusion Builder plugins. That is part of the update process per usual. You said “all codes and buttons were all over the place as if not supported” … that would mean those plugins were not updated.

      For Avada support, please check out this link: https://theme-fusion.com/avada-doc/getting-started/avada-theme-support/ … our support experts can help you out 🙂

      Thanks

  68. Is the problem with the modal popup not stopping running video when closing it solved in 5.0?

  69. Luke

    Hello Everyone!

    Avada 5.0 is now live and is FREE to anyone who has purchased a license in the past. Comments are now turned off on this post as all new ones are support questions, please use our ticket system for any questions you have, sign up by following these steps.

    Thank you for your awesome support!

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