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New widgets for AdRotate Pro coming soon?

It’s been a bit overdue I guess… Or perhaps neglected. The widget for AdRotate Pro is basic and clunky to say the least. I’m not exactly sure what to do with them but making them compatible with Post Injection is probably a nice start, right? If you have ideas for widgets please send them in, as well. Keep in mind that any options must appeal to a broader audience than your site alone.

New widgets

This will be a big change for widgets, and most of it will not be compatible with the current widget. So when these get added AdRotate Pro will sport 3 widgets total. Of-course there will be the current widgets. Which will continue to do it’s thing just fine. Eventually (think 2017-ish) this old widget will be removed from the plugin.

In the meantime you can start using this one, which is specifically crafted to show groups.

It does the same as the current widget in group mode, you can show a group and select a ID. Just a little bit more easy. If your selected group has Post Injection for Widgets enabled the Widget will detect that and switch to use it automatically.

I’m also working on a widget specifically for single adverts. But it’s not in any state to show off yet. The group widget is for now far more interesting ๐Ÿ˜‰

Post Injection for Widgets

As for setting up Post Injection, you’ll get a new option in the already familiar settings for Post Injection. This is very easy to get going.

This feature will be available in the next update for AdRotate Pro.

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AdRotate 3.14.1 – Compatible with WordPress 4.4

logo-512x512A small update with a few tweaks to the overall dashboard. AdRotate 3.14.1 is tested to work on WordPress 4.4 with no known issues. An obsolete field in the database has been removed, old adverts will be migrated over to the “new” system which was introduce almost 2 years ago.


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  • [change] Few dashboard updates, better wording and such
  • [change] Removed obsolete ‘link’ column from database
  • [i18n] Updated translation strings


Phoney hamburgers

When you order a hamburger you expect a round pattie. Some lettuce, tomato and a circular piece of ground beef.

Not this –

Even though the taste was ok, it’s not a hamburger.

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Automatic update bug – Fixed, but…

ajdg-logo-compactWhile updating the slug for AdRotate Pro I’ve discovered a bug in the automatic updating system for AdRotate Pro and Merchant E-solutions for WooCommerce. While building the system I never accounted for plugin slugs that have a dash in them. So I happily used dashes elsewhere. This breaks the downloads of updates. Yay! ๐Ÿ™

AdRotate Pro

WordPress may not see the update for AdRotate Pro 3.18.2. In my tests I would get the update for AdRotate Free or no update at all. On 2 of the 3 sites I tested this on I got no update notification at all.

If you’re missing the update notification or get an update for AdRotate Free instead you should update manually. Accidentally installing AdRotate Free will not break your adverts but will disable the AdRotate Pro features (including having multiple schedules for adverts).

You can do a manual update quickly and easily following this guide – Upgrade AdRotate Pro to a newer version.

Merchant E-Solutions

For Merchant E-Solutions things are a bit more straightforward. The plugin already has the right slugs. Now that the update server can understand the ‘merchant-esolutions’ slug updates will be offered as advertised.

When running into trouble

If you’re having trouble with updating to AdRotate Pro version 3.18.2 or Merchant E-Solutions version 1.0.1. Let me know as soon as possible via the contact form.

Include any errors or notifications you saw while updating. Also create/share an admin account for your WordPress dashboard and a (s)FTP login so I can go in and fix things quickly. Sending complete and accurate information will get this sorted faster.

Golden skies!

If you’re on a boat at the right time, you may see this.

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AdRotate Pro 3.18.2 – WordPress 4.4 compatible

logo-512x512A small update with a few tweaks and a minor fix for Geo Targeting. A few people using old settings were affected. AdRotate Pro 3.18.2 is tested to work on WordPress 4.4 with no known issues.


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  • [change] Tweaks to Geo Targeting settings
  • [change] Dashboard tweaks
  • [fix] Telize/GeoBytes not redirecting to AdRotate Geo properly
  • [i18n] Updated translation strings


I’ve met the Mayor!

I’m not much of a christmas guy. But the lights are fascinating. Over the past days they’ve prettied up the Municipal Hall in Puerto Galera. I met Mayor Hubbert Dolor as he was walking to his car. A nice guy and very approachable, we shook hands ๐Ÿ™‚


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AdRotate Pro 3.18.1 – Geo updates

logo-512x512A small update mainly aimed at Geo Targeting and some maintenance. The settings dashboards have had some tweaks so options are better explained. Some on/off settings were ambiguous. While updating that I came across a slew of strings that were in the translation files, but weren’t actually translated. This has been fixed too.

Geo Targeting

With the closing of Telize as a public Geo Lookup service AdRotate will no longer support Telize. Their offering of free data for money is not something I wish to support. AdRotate Geo uses the same database and is free to use to AdRotate Pro users.

If you currently have Telize selected it will silently fail and redirect to AdRotate Geo starting with AdRotate 3.18.1. Also starting with this version of AdRotate Pro you’ll get 75000 free lookups per day, up from 50000. The AdRotate Geo API has been updated to version, which versions 3.18.1 and up will utilise. This API should be a tiny bit faster, too. Win win!

Another nice update is that ipv6 now actually works for both MaxMind and AdRotate Geo. It sort-off kinda worked already. But using the updated AdRotate Geo API the ipv6 IP’s will actually validate and work as-is. AdRotate Geo API 1 would accept, but not validate the IP.
MaxMind already quietly supported ipv6 IP’s.

Name change

After updating AdRotate Pro, the plugin may not re-activate for some people.
This is related to the main file name changing name. WordPress is standardising their stuff and requires all plugin names and such to be up to date.
AdRotate Pro still used the slug for the free version – Which works fine. But this is no longer allowed.

In my tests on a development site and live site the plugin update went fine. No re-activation required. But for you this may be different. Just activate the plugin manually and things will work again.


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  • [new] ipv6 support for AdRotate Geo
  • [update] AdRotate Geo now allows 75k lookups per day
  • [update] ipv6 support for MaxMind
  • [change] Telize no longer supported
  • [change] Few dashboard updates, better wording and such
  • [change] Removed obsolete ‘link’ column from adrotate table
  • [fix] i18n text domain for some strings
  • [i18n] Translation files updated


How many houses

I passed by these slums while walking towards the harbour this afternoon.
Guess how many houses are in this picture?