SAM Pro (Free Edition)

Description

SAM Pro (Free Edition) is an easy to use plugin that provides the flexible logic of display advertisements. The successor of the Simple Ads Manager plugin.

Features

  • Flexible logic of the banners rotation based on the ad weight and the restrictions
  • Ad rotation by page refresh
  • Scheduling and limitations by impressions/clicks.
  • Restrictions by the site page types.
  • Restrictions by posts/pages ids, categories, tags, custom taxonomies terms, custom post types.
  • The automatic embedding of ads into the content of posts/pages.
  • Any type of ads (Image, Flash, JS, PHP, etc.) supported
  • Outputting using widgets, shortcodes and functions is available.
  • Customizable accuracy of the bots and crawlers detection
  • Full statistics of the impressions and clicks
  • Safe data migration from the Simple Ads Manager plugin.
  • Google DoubleClick for Publishers (DFP) supported (GPT and GAM)
  • Any caching plugins supported
  • bbPress supported
  • Wptouch supported
  • Localization ready
  • Addons API

The public version of SAM Pro (Free Edition) also available at GitHub. You can fork it and make your own improvements.

Requirements

Server:

  • PHP 5.3.3+
  • MySQL 5.1+
  • 128 MB memory limit
  • 128 MB WordPress memory limit

Admin Client Side:

  • At least 2 Mbit data transfer rate
  • Any Modern Browser

Visitor Client Side:

  • No limits

Available languages

  • English
  • Russian

Available Addons

  • XAds – This addon provides extended visualization of ads served by SAM Pro (Lite and Free edition). It adds possibility of displaying ads as popup ads, fly-in ads, background ads and corner ads. All single Ad Objects (Ad, Place, Zone) can be used as content of XAds addon.
  • Ad Slider – This addon adds to SAM Pro (Free Edition) possibility of rotating ads by the timer.
  • Advertising Request – This addon adds to Sam Pro plugin possibility of creating pages of requesting of advertising on the site from potential advertisers.
  • Geo Targeting – Using this addon you can restrict showing of your ads basing on global location of the visitor.

Screenshots

  • Settings. Tab "General"
  • Settings. Tab "Embedding"
  • Settings. Tab "Mailer"
  • Settings. Tab "Tools"
  • Ads List
  • Ad Editor
  • Place Editor
  • Zone Editor
  • Block Editor
  • Statistics
  • Tools

Installation

By FTP

  1. Unzip the downloaded sam-pro-free.zip file into the suitable folder.
  2. Log into your hosting space via an FTP software.
  3. Upload the extracted SAM Pro Free plugin folder (sam-pro-free) into wp-content/plugins folder on hosting. Correct path after upload will be wp-content/plugins/sam-pro-free
  4. Activate the installed plugin.

By WordPress

  1. Navigate to Plugins > Add New
  2. Enter “SAM Pro (Free Edition)” at the search field than press Enter
  3. Find SAM Pro (Free Edition) in the plugins grid and click “Install Now”
  4. Activate the installed plugin

More info about plugin installation on the project site

FAQ

Installation Instructions

By FTP

  1. Unzip the downloaded sam-pro-free.zip file into the suitable folder.
  2. Log into your hosting space via an FTP software.
  3. Upload the extracted SAM Pro Free plugin folder (sam-pro-free) into wp-content/plugins folder on hosting. Correct path after upload will be wp-content/plugins/sam-pro-free
  4. Activate the installed plugin.

By WordPress

  1. Navigate to Plugins > Add New
  2. Enter “SAM Pro (Free Edition)” at the search field than press Enter
  3. Find SAM Pro (Free Edition) in the plugins grid and click “Install Now”
  4. Activate the installed plugin

More info about plugin installation on the project site

How to transfer data from the Simple Ads Manager plugin into the SAM Pro plugin?

If you use the plugin Simple Ads Manager, you can migrate all the data from this plugin into the SAM Pro Free plugin.

The data structure of plugin Simple Ads Manager is different from the data structure of plugin SAM Pro Free, thus you need to use plugin’s tool for safe migration of data.

Reviews

Way too complex for simple tasks.

I know that some people find this plugin useful, but honestly, to achieve a simple task – showing 12 random ads in a sidebar – takes at least a couple of hours of work, and manually dividing your ads into separate groups, adding each of those groups to separate places, then assigning those places to an ad block, and telling the ad block to display randomly.

The pro (Lite) Version is no better, and the documentation is confusing as all get-out.

It’s too bad, because the functionality is there, but it makes something that should be simple unnecessarily difficult.

After thorough testing, here is what you need to know…

Advertising is not easy. Managing advertisements isn’t either. This plugin makes the task as easy as possible Without hiring someone dedicated to doing the task themselves or spending a premium for a “for dummies” type of plugin.

There is some time investment into learning what to do and how to do it. Once the setup is learned, this plugin becomes a very powerful tool.

I feel the 1-star reviews this plugin received recently do not do it justice. Either they are from folks who are unwilling to invest time learning the system or from competitors bashing the software. Either way, they’re wrong.

If you are on a budget and need a free solution to manage your ad spaces, this plugin is essential.

Not working

“Ads places” return internal error when trying to open. Once set up, currently can’t change settings.

Horrible

I tried this as a continuation to simple ad manager, and nothing worked.
1. couldn’t migrated data.. even had php soap enabled.
2. couldn’t save new ads
3. support forum not helpful.. couldn’t confirm email link to post

Not worth the headaches. I will be finding another plugin for my client.

Just the best plugin for ads

This is the only one plugin that you need to get ads profit from your site. And the best one available not only for WordPress but also at all the market.

We are an online newspaper and we had to find something new when we changed our theme for more modern. Now we are using SAM for about a year and we can say the following.

1. Yes, it works out of the box. New versions and pro version can be installed with no problem and with no need to change something.

2. This plugin has so many features that even for professional use we explore only part of them.

3. There are a lot of plugins that help us to insert Google Adsense code. This one gives us a chance to use Google Adsense and at the same time to look for direct advertisers to increase profit.

4. If you get a direct advertiser you also do not need anything else to provide the best services. Much better than the competitors

5. Always the best support if you need it. But the most likely you don’t need it because as I said everything works right from the box.

This plugin should be installed as soon as possible because it gives the possibility to insert ads as you like. It is easer to do so from the very beginning. As for me, if I start a new project I install it immediately after WordPress installation.

After a year of use of a free version we turned to a payed one. My investments to purchase the Pro version of this plugin have returned in 2 days. Should I say something else?

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Contributors & Developers

“SAM Pro (Free Edition)” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

Changelog

2.4.1.92

  • The bug of the Zone Editor has been fixed

2.4.0.91

  • The Place Container and Block Line styles helpers have been added
  • The positioning of Ad Objects has been improved
  • tinyMCE bug has been fixed

2.3.4.88

  • The bug of encryption/decryption has been fixed

2.3.3.87

  • Some minor bugs have been resolved

2.3.2.85

  • The bug of the Link Ads action has been resolved

2.3.1.84

  • The bug of using OpenSSL has been resolved

2.3.0.83

  • Deprecated methods of Mcrypt have been replaced with OpenSSL methods (PHP 7.0 warnings)

2.2.0.81

  • Visual representation of ads has been improved
  • Some bugs in JS scripts have been resolved

2.0.1.76

  • The bug (unlogged user) has been resolved

2.0.0.75

  • New functions to main plugin object have been added
  • Some bugs have been fixed

1.9.9.73

  • The bug has been fixed

1.9.9.72

  • Plugin API has been improved
  • Some bugs have been fixed

1.9.8.70

  • Some improvements on admin side

1.9.7.69

  • Some changes for preventing Local File Inclusion (LFI) vulnerability have been made

1.9.6.67

  • Bugs of the rules for the tags and the homepage have been fixed
  • The bug of the interface on the statistics page in Google Chrome has been fixed

1.9.5.65

  • The problem with the empty dates has been solved
  • The minor bug of localization has been solved
  • The third-party library has been upgraded

1.9.4.62

  • The Statistics Chart has been improved
  • The Settings Page has been improved
  • The third-party software has been updated

1.9.3.59

  • Some bugs are fixed

1.9.2.57

  • The bug on advertiser list is fixed
  • The bug on the statistics page is fixed

1.9.1.55

  • Possible vulnerability was excluded
  • Addons API improved

1.8.2.51

  • Ads request builder is improved
  • Checking of the plugin’s DB tables is improved

1.8.1.49

  • The bug of transient data with some date formats resolved
  • The bug of outputting ads resolved

1.8.0.47

  • Inline ads added
  • Custom Taxonomies Terms Restrictions for pages added
  • Preventing ad blockers improved

1.7.0.44

  • Added support for Google AdSense page-level ads for mobile devices.

1.6.3.43

  • Addons API improved
  • Some bugs fixed

1.6.2.41

  • The bug of changing maintenance date fixed
  • Interface improved

1.6.1.39

  • Some interface improvements
  • Several minor bugs fixed

1.6.0.37

  • Ready for WordPress 4.5

1.5.6.36

  • Minor bug resolved

1.5.5.35

  • Data grids (admin side) navigation improved.

1.5.4.34

  • Minor bugs resolved

1.5.3.32

  • The bug of the showing Zone as item of Block is resolved.
  • Disabling ad serving on a page added

1.5.2.30

  • Statistics for individual ad is added
  • Made some improvements

1.5.1.28

  • Delete confirmation dialog added

1.5.0.27

  • Addons API added
  • Some minor bugs are fixed

1.4.2.25

  • Made changes to work correctly under PHP 7
  • Added filtering in the data grids

1.4.1.23

  • Initial upload. Version is synchronized with other editions of the plugin.