Upgrading Avada from version 3.0.1 to 3.4.3
It had been a while since I’d updated the Avada theme that this website uses and it seems the longer you leave it, the more there is to consider – what will I need to backup, what about WordPress versions, what about my plugins etc?
Anyway, I finally took the plunge today and my website is now back up and running with the latest versions of Avada 3.4.3 and WordPress 3.9 – all seems ok so far, after some tweaks here and there.
Below I’ll detail the steps I went through, in the hope in helps someone else in the same situation:
1) First of all, I checked out the following URLs which Avada support advised me to look at before upgrading:
2) Downloaded the latest Avada theme files, version 3.4.3
I made sure I had backups of the following:
Avada theme folder at wp_content > themes – I used FileZilla to download this to my iMac
Revolution Slider – used the Edit CSS File option and copied and pasted the CSS to a text file.
Avada theme options – backed them up, by copying them into a text file
Google Analytics Tracking Code – backed this up from the Theme options, into a text file
As for a complete site backup, I’ve been playing around with trying to get BackupBuddy to work properly – without luck so far, in terms of a Full Backup – but did manage to get it to backup my site’s database and also the content in 3 separate backups. Therefore, I hopefully had a fullback if it all went tits up – as this is my business site, I obviously want as little downtime as possible.