With very little fanfare, Avada 7 has been released. This release has quite a few significant changes and I am a bit surprised by the lack of hype around it – could be the times we are living in. If you are an Avada user or want to be, make sure to take a look at “What’s New in Avada 7” from Theme Fusion.
The Loss of Fusion
One of the first things you will notice is the new interface and the transition from Fusion Builder to Avada Builder. In fact, almost all of the “Fusion” labels have been replaced with Avada. I for one am a fan of the change as it signifies to me the focus on Avada rather than some theme updates and some builder updates. Hopefully, Fusion White Label will be rebranded as well.
While Theme Fusion wants to focus on the new header builder (terrific but complicated), the addition of Flexbox in the design tools is my favorite new feature. Much of what you can do in the header theme is dependent. This will open up a whole host of design possibilities. The implementation is not 100% perfect, but pretty close. Having participated in the beta I can say that the final product is significantly better than the first iteration. Now if we could get CSS Grid into the action – without writing custom code – that would be great.
My biggest disappointment is the lack of styling that can be done with feed-based elements – blog, recent posts, and portfolios. This would be similar to title styling and the new text styling capabilities. I know that there are plans to add some blog features that will help create a newspaper layout, but that is not soon from what I was told. Maybe a new blog theme editor is next
Keys to Using Avada
While the marketing around around Avada touts that it is a platform that doesn’t require custom code, but whether you’re a novice or a seasoned pro, that is almost never the case if you want to move beyond the basics. Having said that, the theme does provide an immense range of options and sometimes it takes thinking about what you want to create, and then start piecing together the elements. If you are familiar with photoshop or painting, many times you have to look at the layers you are wanting to add, and then start to apply – containers, columns, and nested columns are layers and each can have a wide range of styling applied. Then you add titles, text, and other elements.