When we add new things to Avada, many factors are taken into account; usability, support, interface, customer feedback and more. As you know, Avada contains the most advanced options system in any theme on the market.
Our options network allows you to build virtually any type of design with one theme.
Demos will continue to be added with each major update. However, each new demo that we add makes the overall Avada zip file larger. The typical hosting company only allows about an 8-10MB file to be uploaded via WP admin.
We often get support requests for this issue because some of our customers cannot install Avada.zip through the WP admin because the zip file is larger than what the hosting company allows. With that being said, it can easily be installed via FTP and our team will help you do that, or you can ask you host to up the file size limit.
However, we aim to please and do everything we can to avoid that scenario. This is why we built a brand new system for “demo and premium plugin offloading” via the new Envato API Token key registration. Everything will look the same once registered (see the next section in regards to new registration process), but behind the scenes, the registration process has changed.
In Avada 5.0, we’ve built a new system based off the new Envato API that allows any demo we create to be installed outside of the theme zip via our own server. So instead of including all the demo content inside the Avada zip file, we keep it on our server. In addition, the two premium plugin we include (Slider Revolution and Layer Slider) will work with this new system.
When you click to install a demo or install/update a plugin, it pulls all the content from our server and installs it on yours. Not only does this bring the size down of the theme zip fie which will help a lot of customers, it is also faster, more efficient and allows for easier future maintenance.
To allow demos and plugins to be offloaded requires a token key from the new Envato API, which leads us to the next item.