Additional Skins add-on extends Shortcodes Ultimate with new styles for Heading, Spoiler, Tabs, and Quote shortcodes. This guide contains complete information on how to install the plugin, activate your license, and start using new styles.
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Premium add-ons are distributed as separate plugins in the zip format. To install the add-on, you should download it first. Use the download link from the email you’ve received after purchase to download zip-archive with the add-on. Then follow the simple steps below.
Your license key must be activated in order to enable automatic updates for the add-on.
An email with a license key will be sent to you right after the purchase of a premium add-on. If you’ve lost the email, please visit the Restore Purchase page to recover that information.
Follow the steps below to activate your license key.
You can clear the License key field and click Save Changes to deactivate license key later.
The following errors may occur upon activation of a license key.
This error may occur if you’re trying to activate
XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX (four groups of four digits/letters, separated by hyphens).
This error may also occur in local development environments. If you’re trying to activate a license key on local site, for example, WordPress.wp or mywp.develop, you’ll get this error.
However, you can activate license key on the following local domains: *.dev, *.local, localhost. If you’re using other domain name for local site, you can still activate license key manually. Follow this guide to do that.
If you’ve purchased a license key with a limit on the number of websites (Single Site or 2-5 Sites options), you could only activate it on the specified number of websites. This error indicates that your license key has reached its activation limit. You should deactivate this license key on other websites to be able to use it again. Just clear License key field on any previous site to deactivate license key on that site. If you do not remember at which site(s) you have activated license key, please contact support.
Each license key is intended for use with a specific add-on. It means you can not activate Extra Shortcodes add-on (example) using license key of Shortcode Creator add-on (example). If you are feeling confused about purchased license keys, please contact support.
If you’ve faced this error, it’s most probably that your site unable to connect to the activation server. In this case, you’ll need to activate your license key manually. This article will guide you through manual license key activation.
This error should never happen. If you’ve faced it, please contact support immediately.
On multisite installations, license key must be activated only on the main site. The plugin should be updated only on the main site too.
The main site is the site in your network that lives on the same domain as your network admin. For example, if your network admin is accessible with the following URL example.com/wp-admin/network/, you can access the dashboard of your main site by going to example.com/wp-admin/.
You can activate a license key on the following local domains:
Activations made on a local domain won’t be counted. If you’re using another domain name for a local site or for a staging site, you can still activate the license key manually. Follow this guide to do that.
Open up functions.php file of your active theme and paste the following code:
// Use this code to activate Extra Shortcodes add-on
update_option( 'su_option_extra-shortcodes_license', 'ENTER-YOUR-LICENSE-KEY-HERE' );
// Use this code to activate Additional Skins add-on
update_option( 'su_option_additional-skins_license', 'ENTER-YOUR-LICENSE-KEY-HERE' );
// Use this code to activate Shortcode Creator (Maker) add-on
update_option( 'su_option_shortcode-creator_license', 'ENTER-YOUR-LICENSE-KEY-HERE' );
Replace ENTER-YOUR-LICENSE-KEY-HERE with your license key.
Open any page of your site (no matter front page or any admin page). This will run the code in functions.php file.
Now your license key successfully added to the database and you can remove the code from the functions.php file.
Check your license key status by navigating to Dashboard → Shortcodes → Settings page.
You need to activate your license key to enable automatic updates. See the Activating the license section to learn how to do that.
This add-on can be updated as a regular plugin from within the Dashboard of your site. To install an updated version, follow the instructions below.
If you see the “Update package not available” error, read the Fixing “Update package not available” error article.
If you’re unable to install an update automatically for some reason, you can always update the add-on manually. Follow the instructions below.
If you need to update the plugin over FTP, it’s as simple as installing the plugin. Follow the steps below.
Please note, since you’re updating the existing plugin on your server, the shortcodes-ultimate-skins directory already exists. So, just replace it with the new one.
When you install and activate the plugin, new styles will appear in the Insert Shortcode window for the following shortcodes:
You can find new styles by choosing a shortcode from the list and changing its style.