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.
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.
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