Our First Theme Update For 2019
Performance, New Features, Functionality, Demos.
New year, new update! Avada is the #1 selling WordPress Theme on Themeforest marketplace for over six years because our team does not rest on their laurels.
The Avada 5.8 update includes impressive performance improvements and user-requested features to enhance usability and improve your workflow. We have integrated Progressive Web App (PWA) functionality that will make Avada feel like a native app on any device, providing an immersive user experience. Lazy Load for images to improve page-load. Use your Font Awesome Pro subscription with Avada to expand your icon usage when designing. Two brand new demos and numerous Element improvements.
RELIABLE AND ENGAGING
Service workers enable a Progressive Web App to load instantly, regardless of the network state and when launched from the user’s home screen ensuring an instant and reliable experience for your end-users.
Designed For Performance
We have integrated PWA functionality into Avada so that you can provide your end-users with a fast, reliable, and engaging experience that can be deployed from the home screen even with uncertain network conditions.
Focused Mobile Experience
Progressive Web Apps are installed live on the end user’s home screen, without the need for or access to the app store. Once loaded, users will encounter a fast and silky smooth experience leading to improved conversions.
Avada as a Web App
A host of valuable options exist so that you can tailor your visitors’ experience to best suit your website’s focus. Decrease abandonment, increase conversions and ensure fast, reliable loading of your site no matter how limited the visitor’s network may be.
A Wealth of Options
In true Avada fashion, this new integration comes with a wealth of settings and options to let you fine-tune the experience. We have endeavored to keep the theme lightweight and extend the choice to you of whether or not to enable or disable the PWA on your site.
In addition to integrating PWA, Avada 5.8 includes numerous performance enhancements for desktop and mobile usability gains. Built into the Avada core, new Theme Options, Element Settings, and optimized image handling are designed to give your website a boost in load time and overall performance.
Lazy Loading Images
Lazy Loading is a technique that defers the loading of non-critical resources when your page is loading, in this instance, images that are not in view and only loaded as the user scrolls.
Font Face Rendering
We give you choices on how to display your custom fonts on the front-end of your site. You can choose between Swap or Block. Swap renders fonts faster; however, Block is cleaner.
By popular request and brand new for Avada 5.8; Utilize your Font Awesome Pro subscription & access to all 5,082 icons from within the theme.
CRAFTED WITH CARE
As is the tradition with all major Avada releases, our team has designed two brand new niche demos for you to use as a starting point for your new site design or even a head start for client work. All demos are included with your purchase of Avada and can be installed at the click of a button.
BY POPULAR REQUEST
Font Awesome Pro,
Font Awesome Free now offers 1,500 icons, with version F.A. 5.7+ providing access to the new Winter and Holiday category packs, various new brand icons and additions to the Buildings, Hands, Spinners, Users & People, and Vehicles categories. Avada 5.8 also focussed on performance gains, with a new Theme Option to choose which F.A. subsets to load.
Avada 5.8 gave us the opportunity to extend the Gallery Element functionality, adding effective options for more engaging user experiences when viewing your Gallery. Not stopping there we also enhanced protection against SPAM and non-human traffic for your contact forms with the inclusion of the most recent reCAPTCHA library (version 3).
Using the Gallery Element in Fusion Builder has never been as simple as we’ve made it in Avada 5.8. We have optimized the Gallery interface, which allows you to select and configure each image individually. Avada 5.8 also gives you the ability to add a custom link to individual gallery images.
Contact Form Spam is an epidemic, and for Avada 5.8 we have updated our reCAPTCHA libraries to the most recent version to give you more peace of mind, and more secure contact forms. You can choose set the ReCaptcha version you want to use for your contact form, either V2 or V3.
Easy Demo Single Page Import
We have further improved the single page demo import method via the Fusion Builder Library. Choose any page from one of the online Avada Demos, copy the URL and paste into the Library inside Fusion Builder. Voilà! Your desired demo page is imported and ready to for you to edit.
Events Calendar Sidebar
For Avada 5.8 you can choose where you’d like the Events Calendar Sidebar to display, you have the option to retain the the Events Calendar Sidebar on the side, below the content, or turn it off completely. This has been implemented to give you greater design flexibility.
The Complete List of Avada 5.8
New Features, Fixes and Improvements
As is our tradition the latest release of Avada is feature-rich and packed with tools to improve your creativity. We have painstakingly, expertly and attentively designed, built, tested and deployed our new features, improvements and fixes for free to all existing customers. Thank you to all 500,000+ of our rapidly growing community.
Single demo pages can now be imported by directly pasting the page URL in Fusion Builder demo library
Preview images are now available for different image elements for easier re-ordering
Added option to disabled WP’s emoji script for better loading performance
Option to show events meta data below events content or to disable it (sidebar can now be removed)
2 New Professionally Designed Demos
Added image lazy load functionality for all kinds of images
Added support for theme-color meta data used for installable website apps
Added easy integration for Font Awesome Pro for users having a valid pro license
Added an option to only load specific subsets of Font Awesome icons to improve performance
Added an option to easily set the font display mode for Google fonts and custom fonts to improve performance
Added a padding option to flyout menu Theme Options to control spacing between menu items
Add link and link target option to individual images in gallery element and change to standard parent/child layout
Added reCaptcha v3 to contact form, so now either visible v2 or invisible v3 layouts can be used
Added our advanced responsive images setup to single portfolio posts
Added our advanced responsive images setup to events element
Added our advanced responsive images setup to post slider element
Added our advanced responsive images setup to recent posts element
Added our advanced responsive images setup to slider element
Added a performance tab to Theme Options to combine performance relevant option in one place (incl dynamic CSS & JS)
Added a check for WordPress block content on pages to remove native block stylesheet if it is not needed
Styling compatibility issues with The Events Calendar v4.7+
The Events Calendar filter bar text color Theme Option not working on the “View as” drop-down
Menu role accessibility error in header menus
Sticky header animation not being fully smooth when using header layouts with top header
Imported demo page options not being removed on demo uninstall
Contain mode for Vimeo videos not working in Fusion Slider
Buttons in Fusion Slider requiring two clicks when slide animation is used
Clone slide option in Fusion Slider only working for users on admin level
Lightbox not working for featured images on a page with 100% width page template
Incorrect variable image showing when using WooCommerce composite products
Password field for new users on WooCommerce checkout page not being validated correctly
Error message on WooCommerce address edit screens covering update button
Event ticket thumbnails not showing on WooCommerce order received and view order pages
A WooCommerce native issue leading to a PHP notice in is_shop() function
jQuery mouse events firing too often on WooCommerce product archives
Incorrect option dependencies for WooCommerce ordering Theme Options
Google font files being downloaded too often when using locally hosted font files
PHP division by zero error happening for some setups for portfolio image
FAQ Categories string in Fusion Core not being translatable
Double bottom border on last child page element in pages widget
Incorrect top margin on some mobile layouts, if custom mobile sidebar order is used
Addition vertical separator line on footer widgets in RTL mode
Sticky header logo not working on mobiles if mobile flyout menu is used on header v5
Page option import failing on Windows machines
Google maps centering not working correctly in some cases when using multiple markers
Header background color not working when responsive mode is disabled
Line breaks in modal element contents causing the element output to breaks
Some strings on the FAQ admin page not being translatable
Incorrect check for border size in chart element causing border size of 0 to not work
Bottom shadow alignment in image element not being correct in some cases
Icon spin child option not correctly inheriting from parent in flip boxes element
Line height option in title element not working when no custom font size is set
Display issue with title element preview for center aligned titles
Equal height columns not resizing automatically after a toggle was opened and closed
Post slider with attachment layout not displaying thumbnails when multiple sliders on same page
Element generator button being added to 3rd party editor fields
Button click in content boxes element opening two tabs when using entire box as link area
PHP notice in Fusion Builder’s helpers.php
Adjusted calculation system for responsive image to be even more precise
Updated several option descriptions and dependencies for better usability
Renamed “Widget Section” to “Widget Area” on widget main page for more consistency
Font awesome now is on version 5.7.1 offering 1500 icons
Added the new WP 5.0 post type labels to our CPTs
Added the Starter Guide documentation link to the support tab