Love the concept and capabilities of this plugin, can see we'll be long-term users and fans - but at present we're encountering issues with images that are selected for ads just randomly becoming unavailable, and the process of relinking them is tedious and time-consuming. Once this problem is solved, I think we'll we ardent fans.
Generally a good plugin for advetising when you are the only one publishing ads in your blog or on your website. When you have a multi-author / advertiser site the plugin can cause unnecessary work, because every little change done to the ad by the advertiser must be submitted for review. The Banner ID - essential to know when placing the ad - is not provided to the advertiser via the control panel of the plugin, but must be provided by the admin "by hand" - again causing work that the admin can do without. Another issue I'm having with this plugin is, that throughout the individual panels and settings visible to the advertiser the programmer advertises his plugin -potentially causing confusion for the advertisers who aren't aware that they don't need to buy any licences.
Everything works pretty fine, except the automatic inline ads, and while that was some nice cake on the side, it's not essential.
While the plugin used to be just perfect, I don't like it that much anymore:
- blocks grouping as removed
- some features moved to paid version (well i could live with that)
- unreliable tracking - i mean script doesn't check if the JS library was included properly
Besides throwing some jquery errors (maybe it's my theme), loading its (not so necessary) jquery is breaking other plugins functionality (such as WP-Members). Too bad. Moving to another solution.
The plugin works well, but if you run several WP sites the constant (almost daily) updates can be very annoying since you have to physically go into each site and click the update button. Even when using InfiniteWP you need to manually go into each site after the update and click the big green button. When you are running 100's of sites, this is very time consuming.
I've used AdRotate Free for a couple of years.
I've since tried out various paid competitors such as AdSanity, OIO Publisher and AdPress. All gave me various issues after working hard with them for a couple of weeks. Then I went back to AdRotate and decided to go for the paid version AdRotate Pro.
Overall, I've come to the conclusion that AdRotate Pro is the more stable and more intuitive of all the ad management plugins for WordPress. Any bugs are usually sorted out very quickly by the plugin author.
The only factor that prevented me from giving this plugin the full 5 stars is the fact that there currently is no option to automatically have rel="nofollow" and target="_blank" added to the outputted code. These basic features are essential in my view and I really hope they're added soon. (The plugin author said he'll consider it subject to demand). The "workaround" is to manually add the code into each ad. Not ideal. I docked 2 stars from the rating as I see this as really important. I'd happily give 5 stars if the plugin had these options added to the settings.
All the reason I chose this plugin are now only for people who want/can afford to pay for the service. Scheduling, weight, advertisers, email notifications, monthly stats and more are now require the pro version which costs €24.99 and up depending on the version you select. So now I am stuck with finding another ad manager again. Otherwise it was a fantastic ad manager, but there are some easier to use ones that have the same functions as the free version of this plugin.
USED TO BE.
The best free ad/banner management plugin for WordPress IMO.
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