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  • Hello,

    -I’m using Theme Fusion’s Avada Theme for 2 websites & it’s my first experience via WP.

    -I’ve Custom Css & Inline HTML elements added to Avada’s theme. I’ve been assured by Theme Fusion I don’t need a Child’s Theme for updating.

    -Since Oct 2015 – Avada’s had 7 updates and a few have required days to repair my site. Many elements on site become completely changed, different and terrible looking. Theme Fusion support is very helpful.

    -I’m now dealing with Avada’s recent update to 4.0.2. This time I updated on a “test” website via my Host to sort through the issues again.

    Question:
    Are all WordPress Premium Themes basically the same when it comes to updating issues? I had a simple website from 2010 made by a Web designer, and never had to do updates- so “updating” issues are new to me.

    I understand the importance of updating, but would you know of amazing Premium Themes to purchase that are easier with updating OR would a Child’s Theme for Avada help?

    I’d be so grateful to hear your opinion? . . Sorry this was kinda long.

    Many thanks!
    omni

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  • Well you don’t HAVE to update, just don’t click the button. 😉

    If the update notification annoys you, just feed your favorite search engine with “wordpress disable theme update”

    If you use a lot of custom css, creating a child theme is adviseable.

    Hi anchises, thank you.

    Isn’t it best to “update” due to security reasons – especially if security patch is mentioned in Changelog, right?

    Also thank you about mentioning child’s theme – I don’t know why Avada keeps saying I don’t need it, but I think I’m going to go ahead with it as you advise.

    **If anyone knows of WP Premium Theme that is easier to use when it comes to updates – I’m very interested to know?

    Thx again!
    omni

    Isn’t it best to “update” due to security reasons – especially if security patch is mentioned in Changelog, right?

    This is correct.

    I’m also confused why you would be advised not to use a child theme, but I’d be interested to hear their reasoning on that.

    Child themes are the recommended way to customize WordPress themes, as is stated on the Codex page about them.

    However, child themes aren’t a magic bullet. The parent theme can still change things that can potentially break customizations made in a child theme.

    The only way to really have peace of mind is to take a backup before clicking the update button. More information can be found on the WordPress Backups page of the Codex.

    This is a good habit to get into anyway, not just prior to updating premium themes.

    That way, you can roll back if there are any issues, and possibly contact the premium theme company support staff for assistance in upgrading, sans panic attacks. 🙂

    Much thnx Leland for reply.

    Theme Fusion mentioned to me about Child Theme & Avada:

    It is not necessary to use child theme simply for custom CSS because only the theme files will be replaced on update and not your Theme Options in which Custom CSS is restored neither your inline custom CSS, because both of these are stored inside your database.

    You are right about “child themes aren’t a magic bullet.” An Avada user w/child’s theme is currently having issues with recent Avada update 4.0.2.

    The only way for me to do Avada updates these days is to make a “test website” to see how much work I’m going to need to fix. I also “backup” beforehand.

    Are all Premium WP Themes similar when it comes to updating & needing to fix? I get super anxious when an Avada update comes out (and they are sooo many & frequent.)

    Thank you again,
    omni

    If there is a “security patch” mentioned, then yes, you should update. If it’s just cosmetic stuff or features you don’t use anyway then you don’t have to update immediately (regarding theme-updates. Core- and plugin-updates are a different matter.)

    Also: An update should never break your site unless you have customized its core directly.

    How often updates are published is entirely up to the developers, there is just no general answer to that.

    Looking at the theme and its glorious presentation it seems to want to satisfy all needs (“multi-purpose”) and have a lot of features. Perhaps more features than the developers can handle.

    So the question you have to ask yourself is: Do I even need all these features or am I better off using a more simple theme?

    Okay. Yes, for Custom CSS that’s stored in the database, no child theme is necessary to preserve your updates. For some reason I thought you were talking about other customizations besides Custom CSS.

    Are all Premium WP Themes similar when it comes to updating & needing to fix? I get super anxious when an Avada update comes out (and they are sooo many & frequent.)

    No, not all premium themes are like that.

    Some premium theme developers, like myself, don’t agree with the “everything but the kitchen sink” philosophy that seems to permeate the industry.

    However, this means far less theme options (sometimes even none at all), no bundled slider plugins, and no built-in page builders.

    Just high-quality code and design, in a theme where most of the decisions are made for you.

    To conclude, I’ll quote the above poster:

    So the question you have to ask yourself is: Do I even need all these features or am I better off using a more simple theme?

    Thank you anchises and Leland!

    Excellent info. I researched online for “answers” and had no luck prior to turning to WP support forum. . . so glad i did.

    Many tnx again,
    omni

    PS Leland, Themetry themes are super lovely.

    You’re very welcome! Glad we could help.

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