Upgrade AdRotate to AdRotate Pro

Difficulty: Easy | Updated: May 2, 2020
If you’re upgrading from AdRotate Banner Manager to AdRotate Professional then all your AdRotate data from the free version will be available in AdRotate Pro!

As a service

If you don’t know how to upgrade from AdRotate to AdRotate Professional 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 and upgrading usually only takes a few minutes. Follow the steps below for a smooth migration.

From your 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. De-activate AdRotate Banner Manager or AdRotate.
  5. Activate AdRotate Professional.
  6. When activated, navigate to AdRotate Pro > Settings > License and activate your license to receive Premium Support, access to AdRotate Geo and Automatic Updates.
  7. If you still have AdRotate installed you can follow the dashboard notification to remove AdRotate Banner Manager.

Upload 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. De-activate AdRotate Banner Manager or AdRotate.
  6. Activate AdRotate Professional.
  7. When activated, navigate to AdRotate Pro > Settings > License and activate your license to receive Premium Support, access to AdRotate Geo and Automatic Updates.
  8. If you still have AdRotate installed you can follow the dashboard notification to remove AdRotate Banner Manager.

Check your widgets

After activating AdRotate Professional, 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 may be disabled or gone.
AdRotate Professional tries to capture the existing AdRotate widgets. But this does not always work.

If this happens to you, simply reconfigure your widgets with the AdRotate Professional widgets.
If you prefer to use the WordPress Text Widget or Gutenberg text block you can use that as well, in there you can use the Shortcodes from AdRotate.

No AdRotate currently installed?

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

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