Tag Archives: annoying

AdRotate Geo temporarily shut down

Today I woke up to 22 emails that my website was offline-online-offline and so on. Turns out some users are once again abusing AdRotate Geo by sending millions of requests to my API.

AdRotate Geo serves around 3 million requests per day. And scales pretty well for small to medium sites. Currently there are a couple of hundred users subscribed to AdRotate Geo. But getting upwards of 40 million requests per hour is a bit too much for my servers.

So, DDoS then, again… But they’re all real AdRotate Pro users as far as I can see. Valid authentification keys and api access… After some digging it turns out that it was AdRotate Geo being hammered with traffic from a bunch of AdRotate Pro users sites. Millions of requests per site? Come on. That’s not real traffic. Can’t be… Or is it.

After a while I got fed up with it and shut AdRotate Geo down until further notice. Sorry for the inconvenience…

Please use ipstack instead. You can make a free account to get free lookups per month. Or, if you want the more accurate MaxMind GeoIP2 that’s of-course an option too – But not for free 🙂

If you have any questions of comments, please let me know below or via the contact form. Thanks.

I’ll try to figure out what to do with AdRotate Geo in the meantime 🙁

No-Bot Registration 1.3 – Trap those bots

If you’re tired of fake accounts, spam accounts and other useless crap registering on your WordPress website you should get No-Bot Registration and protect your sign up forms with a simple human friendly security question.
Now with added security to trap bots and prevent them from getting through.

Changes

  • [new] Bot trap in registration forms
  • [new] Bot trap in comment form
  • [change] Updated dashboard
  • [fix] Improved input filtering for form fields

Post Injection redone and reinvented

The next update for AdRotate Pro and AdRotate Free will be all about Post Injection. The whole system is going to be redone.
I’m tired of theme incompatibilities. And over the last few months, based on user feedback and comments, I’ve pretty much pinpointed the limitations how Post Injection currently works.

I’m not entirely sure how I’m going to fix things, but I’ll probably take the whole option set away from groups and make it a separate thing. This should allow for greater control (hopefully) of where and how many adverts show up in places.

I’ve looked at some other plugins on how they do it, yes I’m cheating a bit, and have some ideas on how to make things right.

So far I’ve always tried to patch things up based on the current mindset, clearly it’s not working and as much as I dispise ever inventing Post Injection, it is a popular feature that is important to a lot of users. So we’re stuck with it, pretty much.

Stay tuned for fanciness and working Post Injection.