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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 🙁

Phasing out legacy licenses

With the next update for AdRotate Pro I’ll be phasing out all legacy licenses. This means that if you want to continue to use AdRotate Pro after that and receive updates, premium support and access to AdRotate Geo you’re going to need a new license key.

Who will be affected

Without exception, all licenses starting with 101, those sold before January 2015, will no longer receive updates and support. And, later on, will be excluded from AdRotate Geo as well.

If you wish to continue to receive updates, support and have access to AdRotate Geo you need a new license after the next update of AdRotate Pro.

Long overdue

The first of these licenses was sold way way back in 2012. The last one was sold in December 2014. In January-February of 2015 the current series was introduced.

The older licenses are imported from the old adrotateplugin.com website. Which hasn’t been online for years. The original idea was to introduce a new series of licenses every year or so. But that didn’t happen. Plans changed and I kept postponing any phasing out of any license.
The 101 licenses are well overdue for renewals. It’s time to make room for more modern systems and APIs. Time to move on.

What’s next

In the next update, which will be ready in a few weeks, users of these licenses will no longer receive updates for versions after that. You will be offered a upgrade path with a fair renewal fee. This will get you a new modern license in the new system.
This new license will give you access to updates, support and AdRotate Geo.

If you have any questions or concerns about this move, feel free to comment below or email me directly via the contact form.

Infrastructure upgrades and API changes

New infrastructure and servers

Over the last week I’ve been hard at work to finally resolve the issues with performance and up-time that plagued the AJdG Solutions website since mid December last year. MediaTemple kept denying any issues and couldn’t stop pointing fingers are everyone but themselves.

Very unprofessional for the stupendous amount of money I paid them monthly. But alas, their support was, as usual, completely inept. Too bad! So after a few days of frustratingly dealing with tickets and people pretty much ignoring me, I gave up and moved to a new hosting provider. So far that seems better and more stable.

I’m still ironing out some minor kinks, but so far so good.

Old AdRotate Geo API discontinued

Users of my AdRotate Pro plugin will know I offer various API for updates, AdRotate Geo and some other stuff.

Due to ongoing abuse of the older AdRotate Geo API, versions 1 and 2 will be obsolete effective immediately.

These API versions will soon be shut down and no longer return Geo Targeting information. If you’re still using AdRotate Versions 3.18.2 or older and you’re using AdRotate Geo, your geo targeting will no longer work in a few days.

Updating to the current version of AdRotate Pro will fix this and is the only solution. I’m not going to develop work-arounds or silly hacks. No need to ask… Just update the plugin!

A step-by-step update guide is available here.
If you need help with updating, or simply do not want to do it yourself you can use my AdRotate update service.

You are urgently advised to upgrade to AdRotate Pro 4 or newer. Version 4.11 has been released earlier today and is available for free for everyone who bought a license!