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Pretty Link Lite

Shrink, beautify, track, manage and share any URL on or off of your WordPress website. Create links that look how you want using your own domain name!

8 reviews
Average Rating
4.2 out of 5 stars
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Warning redirect without your permission!
By , for WP 4.4.2

If you use the free version and a user click on your pretty affiliate Link and do nothing on the salespage, like scrolling etc. it will directly redirect to the memberpress salespage at https://www.memberpress.com/ without your permission!

Try your own link to test it!

If the user come to a salespage and a video appears and he will see it, the redirect comes in and steel your customer. This is a very bad way to work with trust of customers. For me, this people behind pretty link has died.
I delete this plugin instantly and use safe redirect manager for the same things. I'm happy to see this before i have buy the pro version! Never Ever!

What an "ugly" plugin!
By , for WP 4.4.1

This author removed some most basic functions to force you to upgrade to "pro" version.

You can't see a list of "pretty links" you created, in their place, is a big fat ugly YouTube video embed to "help you get started". Problem is, the video is at least a few years old, and the interface featured in the video does NOT look like what you see today any more - especially after they removed the most important screen that you rely on to keep track of things.

See it for yourself here: http://www.screencast.com/t/O3GQ6sbCFz

One more thing, this plugin caused frequent "connection lost..." problem while composing posts and pages. The problem went away as soon as I disabled it.

Needless to say, this piece of ugly plugin will be uninstalled from my site asap!

CANNOT DELETE
By , for WP 4.1.1

Once you make a pretty link and delete you can never use it again.
The author says to make sure there are no pages, posts, tags, categories connected to the link.

I did that also went into the database to delete them and there are NOT there.

This is a great tool but after a little while all your links are screwed. (After testing it ALL my Vanities were dead)

Go somewhere else for another solution.

I have purchased the PRO VERSION and there is ZERO SUPPORT.
All the threads pertaining to this issue have been closed.

The author states it is resolved - But when you go see the threads you will see that is NOT TRUE.

Product Really Out-of-Date
By , for WP 3.9.2

This classic plugin doesn't get much love or many updates from its developer.

Last update was: Last Updated: 2013-12-9

I'd be happy to give it five stars, if the developer would simple keep the product up-to-date, especially for those of us that have the pro version and would simply NOT want to add plugin after plugin to get the features that this one does half-baked. For instance:

1. Will you add support for the Google+ in the Social Bar? When?

2. Will you add options for Google+, Facebook Badges, like you do for Twitter? When?

3. Will you add support for other kinds of Comments other than Twitter?

Hey, Twitter is Great but man, it isn't the only social media option out there.

I've got other suggestions if the developer would actually take an interest . . .

Regards,

Jeff

no support
By , for WP 3.9.2

developer provides no support at all. you gotta pay money to get some support, that's how it works here. i was planning to turn premium, but if they behave free users like this, they certainly do not deserve to be paid.

Plugin Author Ignores Premium Support Requests
By , for WP 3.8

If you are considering purchasing the premium version of this PrettyLinks plug-in I would strongly advise against it. The plug-in author promises premium support. He even provides a premium support email form page. However he will completely ignore any support requests sent via this form.

He will continue to send you his email promotions of other products he is promoting.

"Warning: This plugin puts banner ads on the WordPress dashboard."
By , for WP 3.6.1

"Warning: This plugin puts banner ads on the WordPress dashboard."

"Warning: Banner ads are not loaded locally but served from the plugin maker's website."

Please add these warnings to the Description page for this plugin.

The first is common courtesy (get the user's consent to add banner ads to the general dashboard) and the second is a matter of privacy (by failing to load images locally your plugin is phoning home and allowing you to track user visits to their own dashboard).

For future reference, please note that both practices go against the Detailed Plugin Guidelines published by WordPress:

http://wordpress.org/plugins/about/guidelines/

"7. No "phoning home" without user's informed consent. This seemingly simple rule actually covers several different aspects:

...

All images and scripts shown should be part of the plugin. These should be loaded locally. If the plugin does require that data is loaded from an external site (such as blocklists) this should be made clear in the plugin's admin screens or description. The point is that the user must be informed of what information is being sent where.

In general, things like banner or text link advertising should not be anywhere in a plugin, including on its settings screen... If the plugin does include advertising from a third party service, then it must default to completely disabled, in order to prevent tracking information from being collected from the user without their consent. This is the method commonly known as opt-in."

Thank you. Best Regards.

Be Prepared - This Plugin Pushes Self-Promoting Banner Ads To Your Dashboard
By , for WP 3.4.2

This plugin is okay, but the call to home for the purpose of pushing ads earns it a 1 star rating. Not only do ads get pushed to the plugin itself, but to the Dashboard also. Sorry, in my opinion, self-promotion in this manner amounts to spam.

Dude, if you're going to bother developing a free version of your plugin, don't use it to spam. If I really want a "Cyber Monday" deal on your plugin, I'll come to you. Don't come to me.

Refer to paragraph 3 of section 7 of the Detailed Developer's Guidelines - In general, things like banner or text link advertising should not be anywhere in a plugin, including on its settings screen.

I would think this ESPECIALLY applies to the Dashboard.

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