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AdRotate

The popular choice for monetizing your website with adverts while keeping things simple. Start making money today!

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Do NOT use for Multisite with post-injections
By , for WP 4.4.2

I have a multisite network, and one of the subsites uses a post-injection for the article page and sidebar widget for archive pages. This worked beautifully....until we attempted to use the plugin on another subsite. The post-injections from the first site somehow crossed over to the second, even though the ads/images do not exist on the second site. So strange.

Paid a lot of money to the developer for this to work on multisite networks, and all he can offer is that I'm stupid and set up my sidebar widgets incorrectly. What???? I'm questioning my post-injections, not the sidebar.

Don't waste your money if you have multisite...he obviously doesn't have a clue what he's doing there.

Flaky, Resource Heavy
By , for WP 4.4.1

I write this review with reluctance, and I'm prepared to change it depending on the author's response.

You see, I encouraged the author to create a way to migrate content from WP-Ad-Manager, a fork of Ad-minister. Both have been out of production for several years and it was time to make a chance to a more featured plugin.

After migrating two sites to AdRotate, I ran into a glitch. When I brought up one of the sites, which had a block of four separate banners, on atop another, with separate shortcodes and positioning, one ad would repeat itself, meaning the actual fourth banner would not be visible. A refresh would fix it until I brought up the site again, but clearing browser caches and using different browsers didn't change anything. The duplicated banners would also sometimes change. It wasn't just one.

When I brought this to the attention of the author, with screenshots, I was told on several occasions it had to be my fault. I must be a dummy and somehow duplicated the banner code. But that's not so. I checked it. The duplicated banners sometimes changed, and a browser refresh would fix it.

So how could it just be duplicated banner code?

I wrote the author again and made it crystal clear what the problem was and that the banner code, shortcodes and positioning were correct..

Crickets.

One the problem, or at least a symptom: With AdRotate installed, the two sites have four times as many MySQL queries (120 versus 30). The author's sarcastic dismissal: Well, that's because AdRotate does more. I have a dedicated server with a multicore processor, so perhaps it's not a big deal. But it might be on a shared server.

I made the code changes on a copy of the original theme. I've since restored the original theme at WP-Ad-Manager to restore proper functionality.

Blaming a problem on the customer doesn't solve it, or dismissing a problem with an offhand crack, doesn't address either situation.

That's why I cannot recommend this plugin.

Gene Steinberg

Uninstalled it but remaining files stick on your site
By , for WP 4.1.1

Hi, I was happy with the advert until I actual tried to remove it from my post and I cannot. The shortcode remained in my post and I CANNOT remove it. I looked at all support but no help here.

Very dissappointed with plugin and would like to warn others that this plugin is not worth the headache that I am experiencing right now.

Not happy :(

Too heavy on the server, and possibly unethical ad impressions
By , for WP 4.0.1

There are ethical questions that arise in this plugin. If you use dynamic ads (rotating every few seconds) they record impressions on every view as they rotate. So, when people are just sitting at a window looking at your website, the impression counter is continuing to climb ...and climb. If someone leaves your page up, and walks away from their running computer, the impression count is astronomical (and unethical, as well as against many ad-server agreements like Google Adsense). Also, for every page view, there is a hit on the server as well, so conceivably you could have thousands of hits to the server coming through just from a few dozen people leaving your page up on their unattended computers.

Error, no group ID set! Check your syntax!
By , for WP 4.0.1

And no solution found. You waste my time.

AdRotate 3.11.5 Widget sidebars not working
By , for WP 4.0.1

Latest update 3.10.15 Widget sidebars are still not working. No ads are displaying just a red text error.

Not Very Good
By , for WP 4.0.1

Every time a new update something does not work. I have been testing it on my websites. Now after the latest update, with adverts not showing in posts. Which has happened before. As a business I cannot afford the adverts not to show every time an update happens. More than 2 days not and this issue is not fixed yet.

Now I will remove this plugin from my sites and I personally I would not recommend this plugin if you run a business, as it is not reliable.

Painful and unsuccessful setup
By , for WP 4.0.1

Installation was non-eventful. Good thing!
Figuring out what, when, how to do things? Painful!

I figure I have more intelligence than a bag of rocks... but this developer give NO video, or guides as how to setup. I just can't figure this out.

Older version much better
By , for WP 4.0

Disappointed. Used the older versions and had no problems, last couple of updates have been challenging. After every update (lately) "There was an error locating the database tables for AdRotate." it can be fixed but what a waste of time. Never mind the instruction to upgrade to PHP 5.5.

Update caused massage PHP errors and white out of site
By , for WP 4.0

So disappointed. Used the older versions and had no problems. Since the upgrade, it totally crashed our site (white out). When trying to activate it, we get this error:

AdRotate 3.10.8 and up requires PHP 5.3 or higher. You have version 5.2.17. Contact your hosting provider about upgrading your server!

So, we updated our PHP server to 5.3 and it still doesn't work. :(

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