Support » Plugin: AdRotate - Ad manager & AdSense Ads » So much better than rolling my own

  • Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)

    (@ipstenu)


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    For a while (3+ years) I was manually managing ads. Now I’m using AdRotate, and I doubt I’ll ever look back. If you have one or two Google Ads, sure, your own is fine. I’ve got a bunch now, multiple ad networks too, and they often have expiry dates. AdRotate makes it easy to get all that done!

    Why four stars? It’s cosmetic.

    1. The sidebar icon is green and not an SVG that can match the color pattern of my wp-admin screen, so it stands out unnecessarily.

    2. Every page promotes AdRotate Pro. I get it, I do, but I don’t need it yet, and all those reminders feels naggy, especially since the first two menu items are promotional.

    3. The middle section of options on the per-ad edit page are greyed out (being pro or features I don’t use) and I can’t hide them or dismiss them. Which means when I add a new ad, I do the basic work and then scroll all the way down to set the groups.

    4. Usage is repeated multiple times on the per-ad edit page.

    5. It would be nice that if statistics (in settings) is set to DISABLED, that the menu item went away.

    6. The Dashboard Banner for notifications is on every page. It would be nice to just have a Main Dash widget ( https://developer.wordpress.org/apis/handbook/dashboard-widgets/ )

    But again, those are ALL cosmetic. None interfere with anything functional, and I am happy as two clams with this decision to use AdRotate.

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  • Plugin Author Arnan de Gans

    (@adegans)

    Hi Mika,

    – Not sure if you mean #4 as a good or bad thing, how would you change it?
    – I’ll look at #5, that indeed would be better.
    – For #6, AdRotate (Pro) used to have a dashboard widget with info and statuses but people complained all the time they couldn’t find/see what was going on. So the status banner is more prominent by necessity. All non-essential banners (2 or 3 of them) are on the AdRotate pages only and can be clicked away.

    Otherwise, thanks for your kind words and encouragement.

    Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)

    (@ipstenu)

    🏳️‍🌈 Plugin Review Team Rep

    The recent update made the ad edit page so much cleaner!

    – #4 is … redundant? I don’t need to see a reminder on every section for “Here’s how you use shortcodes!” Mind, now that you have ONE section for usage, it’s much better (for me at least 😉 )

    – #6 Yeah I had a feeling that was the case. I may make an addon for myself then, so I can have a quick look 🙂

    All non-essential banners (2 or 3 of them) are on the AdRotate pages only and can be clicked away.

    I do question that since at the bottom of almost every page (literally every page except the support one has the footer banner), I see “Need help fast?” which also asks for a rating and promotes pro. Which isn’t bad, but it’s just … a lot, y’know?

    So this means on all but one of your pages, you are upselling with banners. For some, like if you don’t use groups, it becomes the majority of the page. I don’t know that that’s actually ‘essential’ anymore.

    To be clear, the ads are not an issue for me in the long run! I understand you’re using the locked out content like stats and schedules for upselling, which is laudable and I am supportive of that method to show people what they’re missing.

    Plugin Author Arnan de Gans

    (@adegans)

    Cleaner indeed, the ‘locked’ pro block was fine in itself, but reviewing the other dashboards, say groups or schedules, which does NOT have such a big block, it felt inconsistent to keep it.

    #4 Maybe you don’t but some people have longer dashboards – For instance if they have a ton of groups a reminder at the end is useful.

    #6 The footer is not considered a banner, even though is has the shape of one. ‘Banners’ are of-course in reference to the ones at the top similar to the WP notifications and status bars.

    And yes, upselling pays the bills. So as long as that works, those have to stay 🤣

    Anyway, thanks again for the feedback.

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