Trying for the last half-hour to make this work for me... and I'm a developer. The author does not make it easy to use this plugin. Giving up and trying something different now.
Tried to install, but gives cryptic note about database not found even though I JUST installed it.
Provides link to website for product, but FREE version has NO SUPPORT. ZERO. ZILCH. All it does it send you to page to make you BUY a support level (starting at 20 euros) to ENABLE access to support. Clicking "Install - Upgrade" link or "Support" link sends you to same "pay for support" page.
There's no guide on author's website, nor a getting started or anything link.
This is a sham and should be removed from wordpress.org as it's apparently now completely PAY for use commercial software despite the fact that there is an allusion to be some level of a free version. Apparently I'm not the only one who ran into this after wasting time downloading and clicking activate only to find out it's useless.
Why put wordpress users at risk of corrupting installation only to allow this deception? I just don't get it.
Completely and utterly disgusting business practice - if you want to create a Pro version, add new features and create a Pro version. Don't cripple the existing free version and then try to charge for the exact same features.
I'm curious, when the WordPress built-in upgrade said there was a new version, did it actually say "This upgrade will remove 2/3 of the features you've got and make the plugin useless. But you can always buy them back."
After the update, the plugin is nothing as crippleware which is missing the important functions.
If you do not have this, do not install it. If you have it and it is working NEVER UPGRADE!
The author has removed functionality from every upgrade to try to sell the Pro version, so people with substantial ad databases have been his beta testers without their knowledge. Actually, there is a lot of stuff here that you won't use if you are a small blogger which could be basis of a commercial version, but the basic stuff is being removed too. So if you are a small guy with many ads you are SOL.
If you have a small database, consider replacing this now. If you have a large database, back it up and back up your working version of the plugin in case you accidentally upgrade or have to adapt to WP changes.
Free functionality has now become paid.
Was an amazing plugin, not any more...
The authors underhanded method of removing features with no notification to existing users has left a bitter taste in my mouth. I had every intention of purchasing pro and would recommend to many clients who also would be pro users, now going to look for an alternative and not recommend.
Good coding skills, bad business acumen.
Note the comment in the "crippled" thread.
I will paraphrase..."if you want that feature you have been using, you have to pay for it now"
I was using your plugin since a while now, but I am very desapointed with this new version. All the good features have been removed and placed on the pro version. Only for that I will never buy your pro version [ needless personal comment redacted ]
Besides, when I tried to downgrade to the 3.7 version, I am not able to create ad groups anymore. Why?
Author moved features from this plugin to the paid Pro version. I have no problem with paid plugins, but they should offer more features than the free version, not strip existing features out.
As someone who has used AdRotate for a few years now and made a donation to the plugin previously, I'm now evaluating alternatives and will quit using AdRotate or downgrade to 3.7.
Author should have terminated development of the this plugin tree and offered two new plugins.
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