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How do I reset my Avada theme

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As one of the most popular premium WordPress themes, Avada powers over 925,000 websites with its versatile design options. But sometimes your Avada site needs a fresh start.

Resetting the theme allows reviving its full features if issues emerge or for installing design updates. Thankfully, restoring Avada requires just a few quick steps.

When to Reset the Avada Theme

Before walking through the reset process, let’s explore common reasons for needing to revive your Avada install. These scenarios typically warrant hitting the refresh button:

Applying Major Theme Updates – Avada releases new versions a couple times per year. Resetting gets a clean slate for the latest features and optimizations. Backup your site, updates Avada, and reset for smooth sailing.

Resolving Theme Option Errors – If changes to things like your logo, fonts or colors suddenly stop showing properly, resetting can fix glitchy theme options. This restores defaults without losing content.

Switching Design Styles – Want a fresh look? Resetting Avada then switching to a different included design style equates to a quick site transformation.

Fixing Page Builder Content – If Fusion Builder elements seem unresponsive, resetting often gets them fully functional again. Just remember it removes previous drag-and-drop additions.

Restoring Theme from Backup – In dire cases of hacking or crashes, restoring an Avada backup from earlier pre-issue date allows resetting everything via the rewind.

Of course you can always reset Avada just to start customizing from square one again. Now let’s get into the step-by-step process.

Backup Your Avada Website

Before modifying any site files or database, properly backing up your Avada install protects you from potential (although rare) data loss.

Use a plugin like UpdraftPlus to create a full site backup locally or on cloud storage. This archive contains all WordPress files, the database, images and any other assets.

Should anything go wrong with the reset, at least you can fully restore your website. So don’t skip taking this quick site backup precaution!

Reset Avada Theme via Database Only

The fastest way to reset Avada requires using phpMyAdmin to clear your database tables housing the theme settings and page builder content.

  1. Log into your site’s hosting account and open phpMyAdmin. Click your site’s database.
  2. Search for these seven tables starting with avada_. Selected them all then choose “Drop” from the upper menu bar which deletes the tables.
    • avada_images
    • avada_image_sizes
    • avada_layouts
    • avada_portfolio
    • avada_sidebars
    • avada_widget_areas
    • avada_widget_mappings
  3. Return to your WordPress dashboard. Navigate to Avada > Theme Options to run the activation process again. Click “Enter License Key” then input the one from your Envato purchases.

That’s it! Avada resets with the 7 main database tables deleted. Theme options must get reconfigured but your pages and content remain intact. Much faster than other reset methods.

Reset Avada Using Factory Reset Function

For those uncomfortable messing with the live database, Avada does include a built-in factory reset function. This achieves nearly the same results as the above for reviving theme capabilities and defaults.

  1. Go to Avada > System Status in your WordPress dashboard. Then click the “Factory Reset” tab.
  2. Under “Database Reset”, choose whether you want to restore Fusion Page Builder content after resetting. Selector either saves or deletes existing page builder data.
  3. Select each theme feature you want to reset such as options, widgets, etc. Or choose “Select All” for a full revamp.
  4. Click the “Reset Avada” button to initiate. This resets stored settings for features chosen back to defaults.

Bear in mind the factory approach saves all Fusion Builder content by default. Manually clear out outdated page builder rows/columns/elements after resetting for true fresh start.

Reset Using Avada Child Theme

Power users can create an Avada child theme to streamline additional resets down the road. This houses copies of customized code snippets and features to easily re-implement again post-reset.

  1. Set up an Avada child theme using this official guide. Migrate over any code changes from the main theme. Test that the child functions properly before reset.
  2. Return to Avada’s System Status page and reset using “Factory Reset” method above. This clears everything without harming child.
  3. With Avada refreshed, activate the child theme again from your WordPress dashboard. Then migrated code additions automatically get implemented avoiding tedious work.

While more complex, the child theme approach lets you safeguard customizations between resets. Just be sure to fully test before and after!

Reset Specific Avada Pages or Sections

For small fixes, consider resetting only certain troubled pages rather than all site content. Troubleshooting where the issues originate allows narrowing the reset scope.

Reset Particular Pages – Delete and fully re-build individual pages from scratch using Fusion Builder rather than blanket site reset. Often page-specific problems get fixed rebuilding.

Reset Sections – Similarly, identify and remove solely the problematic Fusion Builder sections giving grief on some pages that otherwise are fine. Adding new sections clean resolves many quirks.

Surgical resetting prevents need to restore site-wide settings unnecessarily. Isolate where glitches start for confined refreshing rather than mass restoration.

Troubleshooting Common Reset Issues

While rare,Avada resets can have minor hiccups. Double check for these two common snags if running into trouble:

License Deactivated – Every reset runs Avada’s activation sequence again. Be sure re-entering your valid purchased Envato license key properly or else full theme capabilities won’t enable.

Asset Regeneration Stalled – During reset Avada regenerates some CSS/JavaScript files powering site front-end. If this gets interrupted, pages may show incorrectly. Try manually deleting your Avada cache folder.

Outside these, reset rollbacks are quite smooth for most. But taking a quick site backup before any reset remains wise just in case!

Conclusion

With great power comes responsibility. As the most feature-packed WordPress theme available, Avada empowers building virtually any custom site design. But occasional hiccups may necessitate resetting its settings to restore flawless functioning again.

Quickly backing up your Avada site provides protection should anything go awry. Then utilize one of this guide’s database reset methods for cleanly reviving the theme’s capabilities from defaults. Or consider selective page/section refreshing if pinned down fewer troubled elements rather than full restorations.

Hopefully these steps demystify how straightforward it is to complete your own Avada resets when needed. Simply remember your valid Envato license key and take proper backups to smoothly refresh this theme workhorse driving your site!

Let me know in the comments if you have any other Avada reset questions. And don’t hesitate to reach out for help troubleshooting should any post-reset issues arise!