Upgrade AdRotate to AdRotate Pro

Difficulty: Easy | Updated: May 8, 2019
When you have purchased a license for AdRotate Pro you can download the plugin through your account on this website.

As a service

If you don’t know how to upgrade AdRotate to AdRotate Pro on your website or something went wrong and you need help with installing AdRotate (Pro) take a look at the Installation Service. This professional service usually takes only 1 to 2 business days to complete. Get AdRotate installed for you!

However, most people can manage just fine upgrading usually only takes a few minutes. Follow the steps below for a smooth installation.

Via the dashboard

  1. Log in to your WordPress dashboard and navigate to the Plugins dashboard page.
  2. On the Plugins page click Add New and select Upload.
  3. Upload the adrotate-pro.zip file and wait for WordPress to tell you it’s finished. This may take a few seconds.
  4. Navigate to the Plugins dashboard page.
  5. If you have AdRotate (Free version) installed, de-activate it. But do NOT click delete.
    To remove AdRotate Free, check the optional steps below.
  6. Activate AdRotate Professional.
  7. When activated, navigate to Settings > License and activate your license to receive Premium Support and Automatic Updates.
  8. In Appearance > Widgets make sure your widgets are still in place. More information below.

Via (s)FTP

  1. Access your hosting account using your favourite (s)FTP client.
  2. Navigate to /wp-content/plugins/ (or wherever you keep your plugins)
  3. Unzip adrotate-pro.zip file and upload the resulting adrotate-pro folder to the plugins folder.
  4. Log in to your WordPress dashboard and navigate to the Plugins dashboard page.
  5. If you have AdRotate (Free version) installed, de-activate it. But do NOT click delete.
    To remove AdRotate Free, check the optional steps below
  6. Activate AdRotate Professional.
  7. When activated, navigate to Settings > License and activate your license to receive Premium Support and Automatic Updates.
  8. In Appearance > Widgets make sure your widgets are still in place. More information below.

Check your widgets

After activating, navigate to Appearance > Widgets and make sure your Widgets are still there. Because of a limitation in WordPress where widgets are tied to one plugin they’re probably disabled or gone.

If this happens to you, simply reconfigure your widgets with the AdRotate Pro widgets. Instead of one widget for everything, there are 2 widgets (3 if you have a Developer License in a Multisite Network). Use the widget you need to configure your adverts and groups again. This is a one time thing.

If you prefer to use the Text Widget you can do so too, in there you can use the Shortcodes from AdRotate.

Optional but recommended

  1. Log in to your website files with your favorite FTP Client.
  2. Navigate to the wp-content/plugins/ folder.
  3. Delete the AdRotate folder.
If you’re upgrading from AdRotate Free to AdRotate Pro then all your AdRotate data from the free version will be available in AdRotate Pro!

No AdRotate currently installed?

If you do not have AdRotate installed you can follow the normal installation steps on this page.

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