High tide. Surfers love it. Boat captains love it. Fishermen love it. But if you love WordPress, and we know you do, you’ll love the benefits the OceanWP update High Tide is bringing to you!

We know you fancied the OceanWP Panel Makeover and the Starboard update. But our work is never done and the summer is not over yet ๐Ÿ˜‰

The High Tide OceanWP update release brings you powerful improvements and an exciting new feature. For example, the improved Google Fonts local hosting we introduced to you in the OceanWP Breeze Spring Update release. Battling GDPR regulations can be tedious, and we’ll do our best to help you as much as possible by providing you with the right means.

But the novelty we believe you’ll be interested the most is the Ocean Elementor Sections Library feature, which is tied to the Ocean Core Extensions Bundle and the Ocean Pro Demos plugin.

The OceanWP High Tide Update has been published on August 9th 2022, and in this article we’ll cover the highlights.

Table of Content:

OceanWP Update Release 3.3.4

Load Elementor Google Fonts from Site

GDPR should not stop you from using one of your favorite page builders.

As you know, when enabling Elementor to rely on theme typography settings instead of its own, as long as all typography values in Elementor are set to default, you won’t be experiencing any problems with Google fonts but only if you’re using the OceanWP theme option to load Google fonts locally (from site).

The same sentence as above but in plain English:

  1. Set all desired font families via Customize > Typography in OceanWP;
  2. Enable Google Fonts from Site via Customize > Typography > General;
  3. Make sure Elementor is set to inherit theme’s typography settings via Elementor > Settings;
  4. When editing in Elementor, make sure the font family is always set to “Default”;
  5. No problemo.

But, Elementor’s default settings include running Elementor fonts instead of the theme’s, therefore many users are unfamiliar with this option. In addition to it, any time you’d like to make changes and select a different font family instead of the ones you assigned in the Customizer, you’d encounter a problem – Elementor would load fonts off the Google site.

This has become an issue for everyone who take GDPR seriously, especially since the free version of Elementor (which we use in our website demo templates) does not allow you to use local fonts.

OceanWP to the rescue!

This new OceanWP feature allows you to load Google fonts in Elementor from you site with a single click – no pro features required, no font upload required, no mess, only joy.

All you need to do is make sure to set Elementor to rely on theme font settings, via your WP dashboard, Elementor > Settings, then check the option to Disable Default Fonts (and colors if you wish).

how to make Elementor WordPress plugin use WordPress theme fonts

After that, navigate to Customize > Typography > General, and check the option to load Elementor Google fonts from site.

OceanWP update allows using Google fonts locally with Elementor

You can also bookmark our help document, which explains how do host Elementor Google fonts locally with OceanWP.

You’ve successfully eliminated all obstacles that stand between you and the perfect design ๐Ÿ˜‰

Important: This feature requires the free Ocean Extra plugin to be installed and active.

Improved Google Fonts Front-End Rendering

Whether you use plugins or child themes to load fonts from site (aka custom font upload), or the new OceanWP feature that allows you to load Google fonts locally with a single click – browsers will not display “custom” fonts that are considered as insecure file types. Instead, your content will be rendered using the browser’s default font, which is usually Arial or Times New Roman.

Why is this happening and what does it mean?

This means that your WordPress website installation is using the http:// URL which is considered as unsafe (see WP Dashboard, Settings > General), or that the SSL certificate is not correctly applied, or is unable to cover everything coming from your site (fonts, images, etc).

Because of this, some OceanWP users were unable to use the OceanWP Google Fonts from Site option aka the chosen font did not render on website’s front-end. But, the OceanWP development team has made sure no one is left behind ๐Ÿ˜‰

If you’re facing issues with the incorrect installation URL or SSL, after the 3.3.4 OceanWP update nothing will stand between you and local Google fonts.

All you need to do, and in case of any problems, is navigate to the OceanWP Panel > Admin Settings, and Regenerate Local Google CSS files by running the Clear Data option.

Important: This feature requires the free Ocean Extra plugin to be installed and active.

OceanWP update allows everyone to load Google fonts from site, even if the SSL certificate is not correctly applied

OceanWP Panel: Admin Settings Section

The High Tide OceanWP update brings one brand new section to the OceanWP Panel – Admin Settings.

The Admin Settings section contains the most important features visible or available only to website admins. You’ve already seen the feature to Regenerate Local Google CSS files. But allow us to introduce you to two more features at this time.

For more information on the Admin Settings section of the OceanWP Panel, please make sure to visit our document.

Disable Edit Links on Blog Archive Pages

The option to access any post’s WordPress edit page (and save you a couple of clicks) was introduced with the OceanWP Breeze update.

access post WordPress edit page directly from the archive pages

No matter how helpful, some website admins and owners prefer the old-school way. Instead of hiding these options with CSS, you can now disable this feature directly from the Admin Settings OceanWP Panel.

Important: This feature requires the free Ocean Extra plugin to be installed and active.

Disable Ocean News Notifications

What’s this you may ask? Well, it’s our brand new feature that will allow you to stay up to speed with the most relevant OceanWP news, including news about updates, promotions, webinars, courses and more.

In fact, we’d prefer dedicate an independent heading to this feature.

High Tide OceanWP Update and Ocean News Feature

The Ocean News feature will become available to everyone who updates OceanWP to the new 3.3.4 version and Ocean Extra to 2.0.3 version.

WordPress feed is awesome. But, as expected, it’s often overseen.

screenshot of the WordPress dashboard news feed
WordPress Dashboard News Feed (Home)

In spite of regular newsletters and blog posts, most of our users have asked for a way to be up to speed tad differently, because emails are easily missed or forgotten about.

The OceanWP News feature will ensure you’re in the loop with all relevant info from the OceanWP world, which includes blog posts, updates, webinars, promotions, tutorials and more.

Of course, you can count on us to reach you with the most important news only as your privacy and trust matters to us.

Whenever a new info becomes available, the new OceanWP option in the admin bar will let you know about the number of fresh notifications.

High Tide OceanWP Update release brings a new feature that allows OceanWP users to be up to date with the most important news from the OceanWP theme world

Once you select the Notifications option, you will be greeted with the recent news.

screenshot of the brand new OceanWP News feature in WordPress dashboard

If you dismiss a news (click the “X” button), one and the same news will not appear again for you.

If you prefer to leave all these just in case, you can simply navigate to any other page of your WordPress dashboard or the OceanWP Panel. In this way, all notifications will still be available for you to revisit when using the OceanWP admin bar Notifications option.

And now, let us present to you the gem of the High Tide OceanWP Update release – the Ocean Elementor Sections Library.

Ocean Elementor Sections Library is here!

You love OceanWP full WordPress website demo templates. Especially since we’ve revamped and modernized them, but also made sure to include royalty-free images and icons which you can use on your website following the OceanWP cooperation with Freepik and Flaticon.

If you’re considering on importing one of our full website templates, we highly recommend to choose from the Freepik Images Included category (we will remove the category once we’ve modernized all demos).

But, sometimes the pages that come with templates are not enough or you’d just like to build your own pages from scratch. However, even the greatest professionals need little inspiration or a “push”. And that’s why we’d like to present you with the new Elementor Sections Library.

The Elementor Sections Library is available to all Ocean Core Extensions Bundle license owners. While the Personal plan license owners will have access to the limited amount of section templates, the Business and Agency plan license owners will enjoy FULL ACCESS.

OceanWP Summer Jam promotion banner

If you’re considering an upgrade, remember we have an awesome up to 50% OFF promo which will be active until August 13th. Now, if getting access to all the latest features at a highly discounted price isn’t tempting, we don’t know what is ๐Ÿ˜‰

Also, did we mention all sections come with royalty-free images and icons? You only need to worry about design, the rest is on us.

How does Ocean Elementor Sections Library work?

To make use of the new Ocean Elementor Sections Library, you need to update:

  • OceanWP to its latest 3.3.4 version,
  • Ocean Extra to 2.0.3 version, and
  • Ocean Pro Demos to 1.4.0 version.

Once done, edit any of your existing pages or simply create a new page.

When the Elementor editor loads, you will see a brand new option available.

Click on that cute “O” icon and explore the options available.

preview of the brand new OceanWP prebuilt Elementor sections library

The initial release brings a total of 60 various Elementor sections from different categories, like the Footer, About, Hero and more.

If you hover over the thumbnail of a section, you will have the option to insert, preview or both.

preview on how to import new OceanWP Elementor sections

You also have the option to filter through different section categories.

If you need to save time and focus only on specific categories, you can disable the categories you don’t need via your WP Dashboard, OceanWP > OceanWP Panel > Elementor Library.

At the same time, you also have the option to entirely disable the Ocean Elementor Sections Library from loading or you can simply disable Ocean Pro Demos plugin. The choice is yours and we’re happy as long as we have loads of options to share with you.

Remember, the OceanWP knowledge base is always there to have your back, and you can always revisit the Elementor Library help document.

OceanWP Update: How to Prepare Your Website

Although this isn’t a major update, as always, we recommend the same update procedure and precaution measures.

The correct update order is:

  1. Update OceanWP via Appearance > Themes, then
  2. Update all Ocean plugins via Plugins > Installed Plugins.

Before you update, make sure you have taken necessary precaution measures.

Test the Update Before Updating Your Live Site

The best practice is to test new changes on localhost, test or staging environments.

If you donโ€™t have the option to test the updates anywhere, do not update immediately. Wait for a couple of days or even a week, until weโ€™ve gathered feedback and made sure itโ€™s safe for you to update.

Remember, even if everything is fine, something can always go wrong during updates. After all, the bad thing about software is โ€“ itโ€™s software.

Make sure to backup your websites properly. Do not rely on hosting backups alone, take manual backups as well and store data in a safe place. If youโ€™re using the WordPress Reset plugin (not to be confused with WordPress Database Reset), you can also create website snapshots.

Important: remember to purge cache thoroughly after the update, multiple times if necessary. The same goes for the CDN (cloud) cache.

Updating a Live Website

Website update preparation To-Do list:

  1. Before updating the theme, create a backup of your website.
  2. Place your website in the Maintenance mode.
  3. Update OceanWP theme to its latest version via Appearance > Themes.
  4. Update all Ocean plugins to their latest versions via Plugins > Installed Plugins.
  5. Clear browser, website or CDN (cloud) cache.
  6. Inspect your website.
  7. If everything is in order, deactivate the Maintenance mode.
  8. Enjoy all new OceanWP updates and features!

In case you need to roll back, you can download older versions of the OceanWP theme, as well as the older versions of the Ocean Extra plugin.

New to OceanWP? Download the latest version directly from WordPress entirely for free.

What’s Next for OceanWP?

Our features kitchen is open 24/7.

We’re working on a brand new plugin (hush, hush, it’s still a secret), website improvements, a completely awesome September event we’ll announce soon, brand new sections, revamped demos, and not to forget all those fine details that mean a lot, especially when it comes to accessibility.

We really want to know your opinion and we’ll here to listen to all your ideas and suggestions. Think there’s a feature, document, demo or a video OceanWP users would really need? Let us know about it by filling out the OceanWP feature request form.

And remember, if you’re an Agency Bundle license owner, you can also influence our plans and collaborate with us more closely.

LOS; INR. (Long or Short, I Never Read):

We are releasing updates.

Take website backups, including manual backup, before updating OceanWP and Ocean plugins.

The best practice is to test all updates on test, localhost or staging environments. If you donโ€™t have the opportunity to test the updates, do not update immediately. Wait with the updates a couple of days until weโ€™ve gathered feedback.

In case of any problems or issues, inform us about possible bugs or submit tickets.

Now, let’s talk about features you’d like to see in OceanWP ๐Ÿ™‚

This Post Has 14 Comments

    1. MarkoS

      Hi! Yes, the OceanWP theme supports RTL and is RTL ready. However, if you ever notice any problems, you can always get in touch with us and we’ll get right on it ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. sababar60

    I can not open my localhost website made with oceanwp theme.

    It shows this error:

    Fatal error: Cannot redeclare oceanwp_webfonts_enqueue() (previously declared in C:\xampp\htdocs\wordpress5\wp-content\plugins\ocean-extra\includes\compatibility\ocean.php:94) in C:\xampp\htdocs\wordpress5\wp-content\themes\oceanwp\inc\customizer\controls\typography\webfonts.php on line 128
    There has been a critical error on this website.

    Please guide help resolve it.
    Thank you and with regard
    S. A. BABAR

    1. MarkoS

      Hello Babar! Luckily, the localhost problem is the easiest one to resolve. Download the latest version of Ocean Extra from WordPress, then copy/paste the new files into the wp-content/plugins/ocean-extra folder of your localhost installation. Make sure to check the option to overwrite (replace) the files.

      If you find this confusing, just delete the ocean-extra folder from your installation, then paste the new folder (make sure it’s the original folder, where files are displayed immediately when you access it) in wp-content/plugins and problem solved ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Shanu

    Hi Sir, I use the OceanWP theme on one of my websites, I have a question, how can I make my website faster and lighter than G…..press without any premium plugin and how can I remove unused CSS and Javascript from my OceanWp site?

    1. MarkoS

      Hello Shanu, thanks for reaching out and for running OceanWP ๐Ÿ™‚ Unfortunately, there’s no mutual solution as each website is specific, otherwise optimization experts would be out of business. Most of the plugins like WP Rocket would take care of that, but recently some users have become fond of the plugin called Nitropack (there’s also a free version in the WordPress repository). However, whatever experiments you perform, I would recommend checking on your staging site first until you find an optimal solution for your site

  3. kkotko

    Are the plus options only for the business plan subscribers?

    1. MarkoS

      Hi Kkotko, thanks for reaching out! Yes, when it comes to the Elementor Sections Library, the Plus options are available for import for Business and Agency plan license owners

  4. aksharmakwana8

    Hello OceanWP Theme,
    You need to add more options in the theme
    Add free demo like other option

    1. MarkoS

      Hello aksharmakwana8, thanks for stopping by. I believe OceanWP has the most options available in comparison to other themes, including freemium templates (demos), which can be found in combination with the free Ocean Extra plugin. You can check the documentation (and videos) on demo import to get a sense of how things function

    1. MarkoS

      Hi Thomas, thanks for stopping by! There’s a simple explanation for it – actually do what the majority of our clients and users need and want the most ๐Ÿ™‚ Gutenberg is not there yet as a page builder, but we definitely plan to support it all the way. There are some things that always go unnoticed. For example, we also added Gutenberg support for custom templates (OceanWP > My Library) which you can use to create custom header, footer, or any other template to display via Shortcodes (OceanWP Settings) or custom codes. WordPress offers a lot of options and we have lots of products but the goal is to bring great value to the community ๐Ÿ™‚ Of course, if you have any suggestions or ideas, you can share those with us by filling out the features request form ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great weekend

  5. andrew jackson

    Google Fonts are easy to implement, but they can greatly impact your page load times. Let’s explore how we can load them. if top priority is performance Font-display use is optional. This strategy is the most effective one.

    1. MarkoS

      Hi Andrew,
      Thanks for stopping by. With OceanWP, Google fonts are already implemented and can be applied with a single click. The same goes with hosting Google fonts locally. And when fonts are hosted locally, the speed depends on the website itself

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