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AdRotate

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

8 reviews
Average Rating
4.2 out of 5 stars
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Good Plugin. Irritating Developer
By , for WP 4.5.3

The plugin is great. But the developer is MOST IRRITATING.
God alone knows why he has to push updates every alternate day - guess he has nothing better to do. And just updating isn't enough, you have to click another update button.
Plus the amount of nagging messages he has - messages which cannot be hidden.
"Your AdRotate Banner folder is not writable or does not exist. Set up your banner folder."
Why can't he stop NAGGING about this? Lots of people use only HTML codes from ad servers.

Single ads work, rotation + groups does not
By , for WP 4.4.2

I tried to use the plugin's widget, however I only get echo adrotate_group(1, 0, 0, 0); instead of the actual ad image.
I'm disappointed, because it seemed like a good tool :(

Meh
By , for WP 4.4.2

Analytics gave me problems. Switched to Advanced Ads which costs more but is super awesome.

What I like and Dislike when using Ad Rotate
By , for WP 4.5

This plugin is really useful,--especially a free version of Ad Rotate!
What I like about Ad Rotate; I can sort ad types for my posts and pages. I'm still currently working with these groups. These groups are important to me because, I can categorize these ads without any effort.
This plugin still works on a recent version of WordPress.
I can able to use both AdSense and Chitika together without cluttering my site. Whenever you had multiple ad networks what you're using, or self-hosting your ads.
This plugin also alerts me if my ads need attention.
It's easier for me to organize my ads without needing to paste different ad codes at once!
I can manually implement a PayPal button per group,--so I can easily sell Ad Slots with a subscription. Just go to PayPal, and create a button, name it that corresponds with an ad slot. Whenever your ad slot is below the fold, above the fold, at the sidebar, or inside content. Just place the button code at the wrapper code box that goes after an ad itself. And now you can easily allow an advertiser to purchase an ad slot. This is useful if you wanted to host your own ads without any clunky ad networks.
Whenever you've been screwed by AdSense, and other ad networks; no loss of revenue when hosting your own ads.
You can host your own text, video, audio, social, or any type of ad.
What I dislike is the following:
It doesn't have a flag icon to report a problem with a self-hosted ad.
It doesn't have a built-in PayPal payments system, that requires me to manually implement a button.
It doesn't have any specialized warning messages that warns the user about a bad ad that is deceptive.
It doesn't have a built-in order form to enable advertisers to purchase ad slots easily.

Weird integration with the theme
By , for WP 4.2.2

I tried unistalling the plugin and all my website get blank! The only way I fixed was installing back again the plugin, grrrrr
Seems like if I left the shortcode for the ads in my pages, and the function for the shortcode doesn't exist, the website crash!

Constant problems
By ,

My livelihood revolves around this plugin and the advertisements that come with it. I can't tell you how many times the ads have simply disappeared. I've lost so many days of work and business as a result of this. This plugin has literally cost me thousands and thousands of dollars. On top of that if you have a problem the only way to fix it is leave a message on the support message board, cross your fingers, and hope to hear back from the plugin designer.

Lacking some crucial display options and no hooks in the code
By , for WP 4.2.2

This regards the premium version. In all fairness I see a ton of great features for tracking, scheduling and allowing various users to manipulate their ads. Those are probably great but I am not touching those features much so cannot comment on them. The things I want most I cannot achieve with this plugin without hacks and workarounds. I would like to put a bunch of adds in one group and make them load in a widget in the order I choose. This doesn't appear to work. By default the ads load in random order. Its really a bit maddening. I would also like to have certain ads show up in the widget but only for certain categories. No luck there either. Category specific ads do not work in the included widgets. I also find there is a COMPLETE lack of action and filter hooks in the code. If you want this to do something a bit different than what it does, you have very few options

Should Change Name to AdUpdate
By , for WP 4.6

Never have I seen a plugin that requires so many constant updates. Wouldn't normally be a problem except you need to log in and finalize the update each and every time. Total pain in the butt when you run several blogs. Poor coding.

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