How To Update The Avada Website Builder
Last Update: March 14, 2023
We want to ensure your Avada update goes as smoothly as possible. And so, we’ve created a comprehensive guide to help you with this process, regardless of which Avada version you’re currently on, and what methods you prefer to use. Please read this in full so you’re informed of how to best update your Avada site. Take note of our Table of Contents section to the right to help guide you through this post’s content.
There are basically two ways to update Avada. The first method is our Auto Update feature via WordPress, which just requires you to register Avada via Purchase Code Registration. The second is to update Avada manually, either via FTP or WordPress. These method require you to first download the Avada files from ThemeForest.
Before you update, it’s best practice to always check our Important Update Information article which is updated for each new version, and to make a full site and database backup. This will ensure you can revert to a working version if anything unexpected occurs. Read on to find out all there is to know about updating Avada, and watch the video below for a visual overview of the Auto Update method in WordPress.
Best Practice With Updating
Important Update Information
Before you update to a new version of the theme, it’s important to always check our Important Update Information article. This article is regularly updated and changes every time a new version is released.
Updating To Avada 7.3
If you’re updating to Avada 7.3, there is an extra step you are required to undertake, to re-register your purchase. As the registration system has changed with this version, from a token key system to a purchase code registration system. Please see the linked article below for more information.
Updating From Older Avada Versions
If you’re on an old version of Avada, it’s important that you update in a sequential process. Please see the linked article below for specific information for your old version.
Auto Update Method
The easiest way to update Avada is to use our Automatic Update feature, which requires you to register your product. Once you have registered the product and an Avada update is released, you will receive an update notification in the WP Dashboard > Updates section of your installation and requires user acknowledgment to complete the update. NOTE: To ensure you receive the notification, make sure you have a second, backup theme installed, such as Twenty Twenty Three.
How To Update Via The Auto Update Method
Step 1 – Register your purchase.
Step 2 – Navigate to the WP Dashboard > Updates section of your installation.
Step 3 – Under the ‘Themes’ section, you’ll see the Avada update notification. If you don’t see the update and know one available, click the ‘Check Again’ button on top of the page to refresh the updates list. Make sure you also have a second, backup theme installed, such as Twenty Twenty Three.
Step 4 – Check the checkbox beside the Avada update, then click the ‘Update Themes’ button to start the update.
Step 5 – Wait for the update to complete. A success notification will be displayed once the theme is updated successfully.
Step 6 – Don’t forget to update the required plugins.
Manual Update Methods
With the Manual Update Methods, you can either choose to upload the theme files manually via FTP or WordPress. Before you can update manually, you have to download the theme files from Themeforest. Continue reading below for instructions on how to download the theme files and how to upload them.
How To Download The Avada Files From Themeforest
Step 1 – Login to your Themeforest account, navigate to your ‘Downloads’ tab and locate your Avada purchase.
Step 2 – Click the ‘Download’ button and choose to either download the ‘Installable WordPress file only’, which is just the Avada.zip file or choose to download ‘All Files & Documentation’ which is the full Avada package.
Step 3 – After downloading the files, you need to decide if you want to upload the theme files via FTP or WordPress. For instructions on both methods, please continue reading below.
How To Update Avada Via FTP
If you update via FTP, it’s important that you delete (not replace or overwrite) the old Avada folder. If you only overwrite the folder, then any files that were removed in the new version will remain in your site’s theme files. This is because it only updates exactly matching file names. This will cause issues in the theme, including fatal errors. When you update via the WordPress admin, the folder is automatically deleted first in the installation process.
Step 1 – Log into your server using FTP and navigate to the wp-content > themes folder. Here you’ll find a folder called ‘Avada’.
Step 2 – Backup the ‘Avada’ theme folder by saving it to your computer. Once that’s completed, you can delete it from the server. Deleting the theme files won’t remove your content. Your content such as pages, options, images and posts will not be lost or erased by doing this. However, any customizations to the theme’s core files, such as PHP files, will be lost unless you’re using a child theme.
Step 3 – Retrieve the theme files you’ve just downloaded. If you’ve downloaded the installable WordPress file, then you only need to extract it once to get to the ‘Avada’ folder. If you’ve downloaded the Full Theme Package you must extract it once to access the secondary ‘Avada.zip’ file, and then extract the secondary ‘Avada.zip’ file to get to the ‘Avada’ folder.
Step 4 – Once extracted you can drag and drop the new Avada theme folder into the wp-content > themes directory. Make sure the Avada theme folder is named Avada and not Avada.zip.
Step 5 – Don’t forget to update the required plugins.
How To Update Avada Via WordPress Manually
When you auto update via WordPress, your old theme folder will be deleted automatically, so you won’t need to do that yourself.
Step 1 – First you need to deactivate your current Avada theme located in the WordPress Dashboard > Appearance > Themes section. To deactivate, simply switch to a different theme. For example, the default WordPress Twenty Twenty-One theme.
Step 2 – After deactivating, you can go ahead and delete it. To do this, hover over the theme thumbnail then click ‘Theme Details’. In the bottom right corner of the window, click the ‘Delete’ button. Your content such as pages, options, images and posts will not be lost or erased by doing this. However, any customizations to the theme’s core files, such as PHP files will be lost unless you’re using a child theme.
Step 3 – Retrieve the theme files you’ve just downloaded. If you’ve downloaded the installable WordPress file, then you do not need to extract it. If you’ve downloaded the Full Theme Package, you have to extract it once to access the secondary installable ‘Avada.zip’ file.
Step 4 – To install, navigate to the WordPress Dashboard > Appearance > Themes section of your installation and click the ‘Add New’ button near the top of the page. Then click the ‘Upload Theme’ button.
Step 5 – Click on the ‘Choose File’ button and select the installable ‘Avada.zip’ file and upload. Once uploaded, click ‘Install Now’.
Step 5 – When this has completed successfully, re-activate the theme by clicking the ‘Activate’ button.
Step 6 – Don’t forget to update the required plugins.
Updating The Required Plugins
Avada has two required plugins – Avada Core and Avada Builder. Without these plugins, Avada won’t work properly. With every update, there’s always an update for the required plugins. Make sure you update the required plugins after updating the theme to ensure that you don’t run into any compatibility issues. To learn how, please follow the link below.
‘Are You Sure You Want To Do This?’ Error Message
If you get the “Are You Sure You Want To Do This” message when installing the ‘Avada.zip’ file via WordPress, it means your server has an upload file size limit, which is set by your host. If this happens, install the theme via FTP, or contact your hosting company and ask them to increase the limit. We recommended an upload limit of 32M.
Theme Install Failed ‘Destination Folder Already Exists’
You may be getting this error because you have a duplicate ‘Avada’ folder. This error happens because WordPress only allows you to have one theme with the same name when uploading the theme via WordPress admin. We recommend updating the theme via the Auto Update method to get around this, or you can update the theme via FTP.