Not only is it breaking my site on the back end (trouble editing posts, viewing the media library, etc.) ... but it's also impossible to deactivate and remove the plugin.
Additionally, the obnoxious advertising overlay for AdRodate Pro comes up on EVERY page load of the admin area.
Normally I would not post this kind of thing here - I would take it directly to the developer, but he has "banned" my domain on his support forum. No idea why - never had a problem with him, but here I am.
Just an FYI, this is a revision to my earlier Five Star review. I'm not likely to use this plugin again on any site.
It's just not what I was looking for.
i totally agree with other reviewers complaining on the mean business practice: what was offered for free now has been removed and charged for. this is mean. i feel stupid now to have contributed with tips on their forum... shame...
It seemed to be a good plugin, but then logged back in to manage an add and discovered that all of the functionality had been stripped. I'll find another solution. It's one thing if the pro version offered NEW features or if the free included a trial of pro/etc, but to take features OUT of the free version is unacceptable. I'd recommend anyone looking to look elsewhere.
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.
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