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Analytics Spam Blocker 2.6 – New API, Better API!

Welcome to an all new API for Analytics Spam Blocker. Now with faster response times, better handling of requests and you get some insights in the API’s Analytics, too.

Blocklists are updated daily, as before. The reporting routine has been updated and modernised a bit to work better.

Analytics Spam Blocker has been tested to work on the new and fancy WordPress 5.0. If you find any weirdness or bugs, let me know. Thanks!


  • [change] WordPress 5.0 update
  • [change] Insights in API stats
  • [change] Updated dashboard
  • [change] Uses APIv2

Last ride on the Versys-X

I’m preparing for my departure from the Philippines. This pic was taken last month on one of the last rides I made into the mountains.

AdRotate Pro 4.16 – Improved Stats

This update improves a bunch of things in stats. Graphs draw now faster. Some numbers where shown incorrectly. This has been fixed.
More exciting is a new option for support.

Let me see

A common problem when solving problems is that the user (you) can’t explain very well what goes wrong and some are so bad to even get stuck at “it doesn’t work” (pretty much). This is frustrating for you, because in your perception my support sucks. And it’s frustrating for me, because I can’t see what’s wrong.

This has been made a little easier in AdRotate Pro 4.16 where the support form in your dashboard now has a checkbox to send me login details so I can take a look at your dashboard.

A invasion of privacy? No, if you don’t like it, don’t tick the box.
Is that useful? For the more complex problems it can be very useful and speed up finding a solution.
Is it safe? Just as safe as you sending login details in a follow-up email. The account can easily be deleted if you don’t want it anymore. Keeping your own admin account (and password) out of sight.

And here is what it looks like;


  • [new] Share an account via the support form
  • [fix] Display of stats for “best” performing advert
  • [fix] Display of stats for “least” performing advert
  • [fix] Date picker format more visible
  • [change] Faster drawing of graphs
  • [change] Dashboard tweaks

Recently I went on a little road trip from Dumaguete to Bacolod for a few days. A fresh set of clothes, no laptop, and a fistful of pesos. Quite enjoyable 🙂

AdRotate Pro 4.13 – Fixing Google Analytics!

A lot of small changes in this update, most notable I finally retired the old widget to make room for the newer and faster widgets. The old widget has been on the todo list to remove for some time with it’s description indicating it would happen soon.

Google Analytics has has a good look and a number of things have been fixed and improved in that area.


The old widget has been removed from the plugin. You should upgrade to/replace them with the new widgets which have been included about 2 years ago.

These “new” widgets support all new features, unlike the old one, and are much easier to use.

Switching them out is simple. The old widget is gone, so you can simply drag in the current widget and select the advert or group you want to use.

Aside from that, if you’re on a Multisite network you now have a Network widget available to you, which allows you to load advert groups from other instances/sites on the network. This should make things a bit more easy to set up with easier to use widgets. The current group widget no longer supports networked groups – But that function never really worked well, so this is a big step forward for Multisite widget compatibility.

Date Pickers

AdRotate (Pro) Switched to use modern datepickers a few versions ago. I did some research and every browser seemed to be on board to use a natively supported widgets which also happens to be included in WordPress – I just had to load it and adapt AdRotate Pro to use it’s format. Easy…

Then Safari users reported in that it didn’t work for them. Turns out that Safari (Desktop) does NOT support native date pickers. Sigh…
AdRotate Pro now has a fallback for unsupported browsers in the form of a basic but functional datepicker. This should work for older versions of other browsers as well. I can’t test on that because I don’t use older browsers, but I did test this thing to work on current Safari versions.

Google Analytics

Google Analytics stats has been a bit dodgy since the gtag introduction.
The dropdown menu to select gtag.js now actually works. And so does reporting. All variables are now passed correctly again and reporting should return as usual. Without errors, just like it did in version 4.10 and older.


  • Legacy widgets removed, set up new widgets!
  • [new] Delete unused advert images from Maintenance
  • [change] ‘AdRotate (Old)’ widget removed
  • [change] Widgets loaded via WordPress method
  • [change] Dashboard tweaks and improvements
  • [change] Caching notifications optimised
  • [change] Redid the maintenance dashboard
  • [fix] Google Adsense event names inconsistent
  • [fix] Google Adsense showing wrong banner names
  • [fix] Google Adsense output incorrent
  • [fix] Google Adsense not applying data values
  • [fix] Export column headers mixed up for some users
  • [fix] Datepickers not working in Safari (macOS)
  • [fix] Not being able to select gtag.js in settings
  • [fix] Nothing showing in network widget on primary site
  • [fix] Nothing showing in network widget if there are no groups

Lost in the Mountains

Sort of… We took a wrong turn thinking it was a scenic route. Before long the pavement stopped. But not deterred we powered through… Often it’s just a few missing bits. But it kept getting worse. The sights kept getting better though.
After an hour of bumpy “road” we gave up and went back.