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    question 1)
    It is important to us that we keep the settings of the current free edition of your plugin which is installed already on our 2 websites.
    How can we “upgrade” to the version that we just purchase both to free plugins? Or export/import the settings to the pro plugin?

    question 2)
    We need the pro plugin to be installed on our 2 main WP installations (but on 1 single domain): mainwebsite.com and members.mainwebsite.com.
    How do we deal with registering/licensing/installing the pro plugin on 2 different installations but on the same domain?

    question 3)
    Follow a previous conversation exchanged by email with Ernest. Please follow up on our customisation corporate design requirements (a), b), c), d)).

    Thanks a lot
    Kind regards


    Yes, the paid product support forums is our first priority, then we do the other tasks.

    Best regards,
    Ernest Marcinko 
    codecanyon portfolio | wp-dreams.com

    On Tue, Nov 20, 2018 at 11:53 AM <[email protected]> wrote:
    Ok, so did I understood correctly that by purchasing the pro and opening the ticket I will get the answers I need in a preferential way than the forum that is mainyl used by free users… right?

    Pls confirm me that and I will go ahead with the purchase.

    Thanks a lot for now for the time you dedicated to me Ernest!

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    On Tuesday, November 20, 2018 10:38 AM, Ernest Marcinko <[email protected]> wrote:


    I understand that, but for organizational purposes I prefer the forums, as I recieve hundreds of messages weekly, and the forums and the Pro version ticket system helps me with that.
    The Pro version uses a support ticket system as well, as we are required to validate the purchases. We will of course help you with any question you have, including minor customizations, as in your case.

    Best regards,
    Ernest Marcinko 
    codecanyon portfolio | wp-dreams.com

    On Mon, Nov 19, 2018 at 2:28 PM <[email protected]> wrote:
    I thought of using classes and then “!important” at the end to overwrite the info specified in the plugin…. isn’t this a good method?
    I can surely draw you schema of the changes I need to do on the search bar appearance but I don’t have the time to make WP account and ask those 5 questions using the link you provieded.

    If I purchase your plugin and provided that I give you the schema on what are the changes to be made, will you be able to help me directly so that I get the result in my first email (ie. points a, b, c, d, e)?

    Thanks a lot Ernest and have a nice day!

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    On Monday, November 19, 2018 2:14 PM, Ernest Marcinko <[email protected]> wrote:


    For that I have linked you the support forums URL, as I need more specific details on which parts you need, and how would you like to change them. Using css class selectors is often not enough, as CSS specificity is also important when constructing custom CSS, otherwise the rules may have no effect whatsoever.

    Best regards,
    Ernest Marcinko 
    codecanyon portfolio | wp-dreams.com

    On Mon, Nov 19, 2018 at 1:57 PM <[email protected]> wrote:
    Hello Ernest,

    that’s ok to use my theme CSS, I know it doesn’t make any difference… but as I asked you in the previous email: “how do I know the classes of the various elements you use in your search” ?
    e.g. I would love to change the background but as you mentioned I don’t want to change that on the WP editor of your plugin, otherwise changes will be cancelled on the next update… I need to overwrite those changes in my main theme CSS… but I need to know the name of the classes/id to be able to make the changes.

    Thanks a lot
    Dr. fung

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    On Monday, November 19, 2018 1:20 PM, Ernest Marcinko <[email protected]> wrote:


    I’m sorry, I have mistaken, I looked at the upcoming features list, and did not check the back-end on the lite version. There is no custom CSS section there yet. You can however use your theme custom CSS section as well, it does not make any difference.

    If you need help with anything regarding the lite version, please use the support forums here: https://wordpress.org/support/plugin/ajax-search-lite
    Thank you!

    Best regards,
    Ernest Marcinko 
    codecanyon portfolio | wp-dreams.com

    On Mon, Nov 19, 2018 at 12:55 PM <[email protected]> wrote:
    Hello Ernest,

    thanks for your answer.
    I am happy to test on those CSS customizations on the free, before buying the PRO, which I have seen having incredible added functions anyway.
    You mentioned that I can use CSS under THeme options… but I didn’t find that menu in the free version of the plugin: where is it?

    Also I don’t know the classes of the various search elements…  pls instruct on how I can change all of that.

    Thanks a lot

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    On Monday, November 19, 2018 10:44 AM, Ernest Marcinko <[email protected]> wrote:

    Hi Benny,

    Using custom CSS is always the best option, as making changes to core stylesheet files will be reverted on plugin updates/or reinstallation, as WordPress automatically replaces them. Both the free and the Pro version allows using custom CSS, under the Theme Options panel, which is permanently stored during update events as well.

    In the Pro version, you can additionally make direct changes to the layout via the back-end interface:
    a. Yes, it is possible via back-end options
    b. Percentage width always follows the parent container element, so it depends on where the box is placed. Using media queries via custom CSS is a very good solution in these cases, where with a few lines of custom CSS you could define different search box widths for different device widths.
    c. Yes, this is possible via back-end
    d. Yes, also possible on the back-end
    e. Via custom CSS (by changing the container to an inline-block and adding vertical alignment), as the plugin container is a DIV element, which is rendered as a block by browsers, and blocks cannot have vertical alignments.

    Feel free to check the back-end demo as well, where you can experiment with most of the plugin features: https://ajaxsearchpro.com/admin-demo/

    Best regards,
    Ernest Marcinko 
    codecanyon portfolio | wp-dreams.com

    On Mon, Nov 19, 2018 at 12:10 AM Ajax Search Pro <[email protected]> wrote:
    From: Benny <[email protected]>
    Subject: ASP – Pre-purchase questions

    Message Body:

    we tried your free plugin and we would like to buy the pro. But for us aesthetic and code-freedom access via CSS is a must.
    We would like to style your search appearing via CSS, is this possible with the pro?
    Specifically we need you to answer if it’s possible to style (via CSS or through your pro options) the following:

    a) having a transparent background… e.g. instead of white, having more opacity on the background
    b) manage the width but in a more complete way than what is available on your website: e.g. if I set to have it 100% or even 30em, it doesn’t scale on mobile and gets cut
    c) float it to the right
    d) adjust the height (how this it appears,  e.g. in your curvy black style is very massive in height)
    e) vertical align it vertically when on a navbar

    Thanks a lot
    kind regards

    This e-mail was sent from a contact form on Ajax Search Pro for WordPress demo (https://ajaxsearchpro.com)



    q1) The Free and the Pro plugins are two separate installations, to perserve the settings, in case you decide to switch back. They work a bit differently, so there is currently no option to export the options from one another, to prevent any compatibility issues across different releases.
    You can find the same options in the Pro version as you had in the Free version, and more.
    If you are looking for the themes/layouts within the free version, those are included, and can be found here: https://i.imgur.com/LzTDj40.png
    It’s worth trying more of them. There is a preview window as well, so you don’t have to save and look at the front-end to check the layouts each time.

    q2) Two separate installations would require two separate plugins by our platform licensing terms, to be honest. However I have made the activation script to recognize test, staging and other well-known partial domains. I have added the “members” subdomain to that list now as well. If you activate on both ends, it should work.
    Note: The activation is not required, only for automatic updates, so if it does not work, it will not limit the plugin in any way. You can still upgrade it manually.

    a) You can change the overall background, as well as the input background separately for each theme. It accepts transparent colors as well.
    b) This depends on the exact specification. The default width, that applies in all cases, can be set here. Using custom CSS width media queries to choose the device widths is probably the best option. I usually recommend something like this for mobile width changes:

    @media only screen and (max-width: 720px) {
        .asp_m {
            max-width: 600px !important;
    @media only screen and (max-width: 480px) {
        .asp_m {
            max-width: 480px !important;

    The first one is for devices below 720 pixels width, the second one is for devices below 480px width. You can change the values to any pixel value, as well as percentage, if that fits better. You can also copy/make more of these, just make sure, that they are in a descending order by screen sizes.

    – c) Here: https://i.imgur.com/YF57PaA.png
    – d) Here: https://i.imgur.com/7QlHa9x.png
    – e) Also depends on the nav-bar implementation. It is probably an inline-block, so something like this may do the trick:

    .asp_m {
      display: inline-block !important;
      vertical-align: middle !important;

    But again, this depends on the exact layout/navigation. For flex or block layout this can be very different.

    Ernest Marcinko

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