What a deceitful and underhanded way to con a quick buck from the people who supported you.
You've effectively destroyed your reputation in the WordPress Community.
Trust is hard to gain online and once it's broken it's damaged forever.
You sir, are a disgrace.
After made the upgrade to 3.8 (plugin version) it's not working. The ads doesn't show up and the manage page doesn't update the status of the ads.
Just downgrade to 3.7
You have to buy the Pro sh*t version now.
I can echo what so many others are saying here. It was a great plugin for free albeit a bit buggy. Then many of the features in the popular free version were moved to the new pay version, leaving everyone else out in the cold. Granted, $33 (US) is not a huge amount of money, but this is an underhanded way to get people to upgrade. Worse, he was no longer supporting the old version, and had made "security updates/hardening" to the new version that had the features removed, implying that if we didn't upgrade, we'd open ourselves up to security risks.
I understand the authors need to make an income, but his method of doing it only alienates the users who have put up with all the buggy releases along the way (though the paid version has had bug fix updates every day since its release, which isn't exactly encouraging). I'll be switching to a different plugin, not because of the cost, but because of the principal.
When I purchase a premium theme or plugin, I do it because it offers me something more than the free version. Obviously, your Pro version now offers something more than the free version, but only because you have reduced the functionality of that version. I don't think I'm alone in thinking that this is the wrong way to encourage people to upgrade.
As others have already noted - "Recently some of the main/basic features were moved to a PRO version (paid version) since v 3.8."
I don't mind paying for a decent plug in but I do mind being conned. Avoid.
The old bait and switch. Classy.
You think I would know better by now about updating plugins. It seems like they only get worse as time goes on. This is the case for Adrotate. After the upgrade everything was broken and not working how it should. Sad when a developer can not be UPFRONT and HONEST when making changes.
What was once a very good free plugin has been ruined. I upgraded the 3.8 version of the plugin and found it did not work at all for me. I have since degraded back to 3.7 and will continue to keep there until I find an alternative.
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