The holiday season is upon us. Thus, it was about the right time to share some insights on what is next regarding Avada. We do have some exciting news for the Avada community.
Our next release, Avada 7.11.3, is around the corner, and it includes some new features and enhancements, as well as code updates and fixes, to ensure a stable and robust working platform for all our users. While this update will cover you for the holiday season, more is on the horizon for 2024.
Avada 8 is going to be our next major release. Our team has been working diligently on it for some time, but there will be an extended timeframe for this release. This deliberate pacing is required due to the scope of the work being done.
Version 8 won’t just be another update; it will be a transformative leap forward, reflecting a commitment to excellence and a vision for the future of Avada. It is the culmination of the progress made in the major releases 6.0 and 7.0. Each version laid the groundwork, introducing incremental advancements and setting the stage for what lies ahead.
This release is going to be the biggest and most significant update that we have ever delivered. While it is in the works, we will keep you posted regarding the development progress, Beta testing, etc. What will Avada 8 be all about?
Here are some essential teasers:
The Main Focus
The essential focus behind Avada 8 is a major code refactor, which will not only meet but exceed the high standards of our user base, ensuring the long-term success of their projects. This code will utilize technological upgrades to ensure the future stability of Avada while increasing the overall performance of both the Builder and the front end.
Goodbye Shortcodes, Hello Blocks
With Avada 8.0, we bid farewell to traditional WordPress shortcodes. Going forward, Avada will store Post and Page content using the Block data structure, similar to what is done in Gutenberg. The saved data will be more efficient due to fewer saved Element parameters. It will make it possible to access the structure of an Avada post in Gutenberg and, likewise, the Gutenberg block structure in the Avada editor.
We have you covered! The update will provide an automatic migration of your Post and Page content over to the new data structure, allowing your existing Avada websites to run on Avada 8.
A Big CSS Overhaul
How Avada utilizes CSS will change majorly. We will be using the BEM methodology and will refactor all existing Element CSS to match. This will slim down the selector chains and overall CSS size. Additional mechanisms to load styles conditionally will improve performance further.
A Comprehensive 8.0 Beta Testing Phase
Before the official release of Avada 8.0, we will open the gates for a Beta testing cycle (by invitation). This will be an exclusive opportunity for our community to engage with new features, provide invaluable feedback, and help shape the final release.
Prebuilt Content for the Holiday Season
Apart from product development, our design team is constantly working on bringing tons of prebuilt designs and Studio content your way. Whether it is for the upcoming Black Friday sale, Thanksgiving, or Christmas, new Avada Studio items will have you covered.
Furthermore, one of the most requested prebuilt Avada websites, Avada Real Estate, will be released very soon.
In summary, the Avada 7.11.3 release is imminent. The next major release, Avada 8.0, is going to be a groundbreaking update, setting a new standard for what beginners, marketers, and professionals can expect from a website-building platform. Its extended development cycle reflects our unwavering commitment to quality and innovation. And our Avada Studio library will continue to grow with everything you need for your web design toolkit.
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