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Pretty Link Lite

Shrink, beautify, track, manage and share any URL on or off of your WordPress website. Create links that look how you want using your own domain name!

3 reviews
Average Rating
4 stars
4.2 out of 5 stars
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1 star
Plugin Author Ignores Premium Support Requests
By , for WP 3.8

If you are considering purchasing the premium version of this PrettyLinks plug-in I would strongly advise against it. The plug-in author promises premium support. He even provides a premium support email form page. However he will completely ignore any support requests sent via this form.

He will continue to send you his email promotions of other products he is promoting.

1 star
"Warning: This plugin puts banner ads on the WordPress dashboard."
By , for WP 3.6.1

"Warning: This plugin puts banner ads on the WordPress dashboard."

"Warning: Banner ads are not loaded locally but served from the plugin maker's website."

Please add these warnings to the Description page for this plugin.

The first is common courtesy (get the user's consent to add banner ads to the general dashboard) and the second is a matter of privacy (by failing to load images locally your plugin is phoning home and allowing you to track user visits to their own dashboard).

For future reference, please note that both practices go against the Detailed Plugin Guidelines published by WordPress:

http://wordpress.org/plugins/about/guidelines/

"7. No "phoning home" without user's informed consent. This seemingly simple rule actually covers several different aspects:

...

All images and scripts shown should be part of the plugin. These should be loaded locally. If the plugin does require that data is loaded from an external site (such as blocklists) this should be made clear in the plugin's admin screens or description. The point is that the user must be informed of what information is being sent where.

In general, things like banner or text link advertising should not be anywhere in a plugin, including on its settings screen... If the plugin does include advertising from a third party service, then it must default to completely disabled, in order to prevent tracking information from being collected from the user without their consent. This is the method commonly known as opt-in."

Thank you. Best Regards.

1 star
Be Prepared - This Plugin Pushes Self-Promoting Banner Ads To Your Dashboard
By , for WP 3.4.2

This plugin is okay, but the call to home for the purpose of pushing ads earns it a 1 star rating. Not only do ads get pushed to the plugin itself, but to the Dashboard also. Sorry, in my opinion, self-promotion in this manner amounts to spam.

Dude, if you're going to bother developing a free version of your plugin, don't use it to spam. If I really want a "Cyber Monday" deal on your plugin, I'll come to you. Don't come to me.

Refer to paragraph 3 of section 7 of the Detailed Developer's Guidelines - In general, things like banner or text link advertising should not be anywhere in a plugin, including on its settings screen.

I would think this ESPECIALLY applies to the Dashboard.

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