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AdRotate Pro 3.16 available now!

logo-512x512It’s been a busy few weeks and a number of improvements have been made. A bunch of bugs have been fixed and a few new features. Statistics (Using the internal tracker) has a few new tricks up it’s sleeve and can now also show this and last months totals for adverts.

Adblockers

A new and exciting feature called ‘Adblock Disguise’ has been added to AdRotate Pro. Using Adblock Disguise you can mask the CSS and Javascript Output from AdRotate so that adblockers can not easily cut out your adverts.

Adblockers work by looking for common phrases, a few of which include the CSS and Javascript from AdRotate. You can now dynamically change these from AdRotate Settings to trick the adblockers. Obviously if your advert uses other code or terms that are easily spotted this feature will have little effect. So be mindful of what you do.

Mobile support

The Mobile feature has had a bit of an overhaul and now uses the PHP Library ‘Mobile Detect’ to determine what’s what. This allows for a bit more control.
You’ll see that adverts that are set to be mobile only now can differentiate between Phones and Tablets. Check your advert settings to see how this works.

The Responsive feature is proving exceedingly difficult to set up and maintain. This feature will no longer see much updates and may eventually be removed from AdRotate (Pro) again. For the time being, the Mobile Feature is the way forward.

Changelog

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  • [new] Select if Mobile adverts show on phones and/or tablets
  • [new] Adblock disguise
  • [new] Switch to enable shortcodes in text widgets
  • [new] Current and last months clicks for adverts and groups
  • [new] Current and last months impressions for adverts and groups
  • [change] Use get_home_path() for files instead of own function
  • [change] Better rendering of live preview
  • [change] CSV exports of adverts no longer supported
  • [change] Dashboard optimizations and improvements
  • [fix] Rendering for live preview for advertisers
  • [fix] Don’t allow special characters in the banner folder name
  • [fix] Belgium not listed for Geo Targeting
  • [fix] Table layout for adverts, groups and schedules
  • [fix] Select box layout for Post Injection and Geo Targeting
  • [fix] Tracking error when using HTML5/JS/Flash ads
  • [fix] Geo Cookie life not saving properly
  • [i18n] New and changed translation strings

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Reminder: Less support

At the end of the month I’ll be travelling to the Philippines. Probably with dodgy internet until I arrive at my destination on Mindoro in early October.

Puerto Galera from the air

This means that between September 28th and October 5th I may not respond to email, forum posts, chat or tweets. If at all possible I will try to answer emails and possibly forum posts every few days. But I’m not sure if I’ll be able to.

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AdRotate 3.12.1 now available – Fixing blocks

logo-512x512A small update fixing 2 things that may break the output of groups in AdRotate – Most notably groups on block mode.

The width of groups was not applied correctly. Not every theme knows how to handle this and as a result may show a while area. This is now fixed with correct CSS for the width. Additionally, the %title% tag wasn’t converted as it should. Causing some warnings/notices for a few people.

Changes

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  • [fix] Block width not applied correctly for some users
  • [fix] %title% variable not converted correctly

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AdRotate 3.12 available now – Compatibility update!

logo-512x512A number of fixes, improvements and a overhaul of the settings pages. Most things aimed at WordPress 4.3 compatibility but also general usability and stability of the plugin.

Changes

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  • [change] Improved WordPress 4.3 compatibility
  • [new] Now uses the same status system as AdRotate Pro
  • [new] Complete overhaul of the settings page
  • [fix] Wrong variable used for default advert sizes
  • [change] Updated H2 tags to H1 for WordPress 4.3
  • [change] Updated Widget Class structure
  • [change] Tweaks to the dashboard
  • [change] Revised debug options
  • [i18n] New and updated translation strings

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AdRotate Pro 3.15 available now – Fixes and improvements

logo-512x512A few bugfixes that most affected larger sites. Most notable the usage of geo lookups has been reduced and the loading speed for larger groups has been reduced a bit.

Mobile adverts

Some users saw both mobile and desktop adverts appear for desktop users. This in itself isn’t that bad, but would affect impressions for both platforms a bit. This has now been fixed and because of how things are handled now may work a bit faster too on larger sites ๐Ÿ™‚

Geo Targeting

For some users too many lookups were used for Geo Services. This has now been fixed.
In certain combinations of settings a lookup may be performed even if Geo Targeting was disabled. None of that anymore ๐Ÿ™‚

Changes

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  • [change] Updated H2 tags to H1 for WordPress 4.3
  • [fix] User dropdown not loaded if advertisers are disabled
  • [fix] Better check if Geo Targeting cookie should be created
  • [fix] Better filter for mobile vs. desktop adverts
  • [i18n] New and updated translation strings

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AdRotate Pro 3.14 now available

logo-512x512A bit overdue, but here is AdRotate Pro version 3.14 bringing you a few new goodies and some fixes. Advert editing just got better, Geo Targeting got a bit of a update and the settings page got overhauled.

Live Previews

AdRotate Pro now has a fancy live preview. Type something valid in the AdCode field and you’ll see it immediately below the textarea without having to save the advert first.
Of-course to make the changes permanent you still need to save things ๐Ÿ™‚

Geo Targeting Regions

Geo Targeting has had a little update – You can not select regions such as east or west Europe to target a whole bunch of countries at once. This is sort of a shortcut to select sets of countries. After you’ve saved the region, all relevant countries will be stored for you.

Changes

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  • [new] Predefined regions when setting up Geo Targeting
  • [new] Live previews when editing adverts
  • [new] Complete overhaul of the settings page
  • [fix] Multisite ID for fallback not applied correctly
  • [change] Updated Widget Class structure
  • [change] Revised debug options
  • [change] Support form now uses Reply-To instead of From
  • [change] License API updated
  • [i18n] New and updated translation strings

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Manuals for AdRotate updated

advertisingToday I’ve finally, at long last, created a bunch of manuals for Mobile Adverts and HTML5 Adverts.

For both of these some improvements and support got added last month and never got around to actually documenting things. Today I did.

Check out the Mobile Adverts manual here, and the HTML5 adverts manual here.

Of-course, if you have any questions or having trouble setting things up. Check out the forums.

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AdRotate Geo Targeting regions.

logo-512x512AdRotate Pro keeps on growing, which is great! For the next version I’m looking to make it a bit more easy to set up Geo Targeting countries. This is of-course aimed at setting up regional banners more easily.

Currently I have this:
geo-regions

This means that with one click you can select all of Europes countries.
And with another click you select the United States and Canada.

What other regions should AdRotate Pro include?
North/South Europe? Parts of Asia? Africa?

If you can suggest your region and the countries that includes via the contact form or forum I’ll have a look at it and possibly include it in the next version. Be sure to specify the countries you want included in a region.

Thanks for your feedback!

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AdRotate 3.11.7

logo-512x512Some changes and improvements to Post Injection and the plugin in general. Post Injection finally got dealt with and has been redone to work more reliably.

HTML5 advert support has been improved a bit with usable examples next to the adcode. AdRotate Pro has even further improved support for HTML5 adverts making the uploading of assets even easier.

Changes

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  • [new] More ‘after paragraph’ options for Post Injection
  • [change] Removed all ‘every N paragraph’ options for post injection
  • [fix] Responsive class overwriting existing html classes
  • [fix] Post Injection cutting off content at the end of posts
  • [fix] Impression timer not always accurate for some users
  • [fix] Timezone notation not always valid
  • [i18n] New and updated strings

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Switching your WordPress site to SSL

Https for your domain makes sense these days for a bunch of reasons; You offer an encrypted link connection to your visitors which provides security. It’s not very expensive either. You can get affordable certificates via NameCheap (A popular hosting provider).

I got mine via MediaTemple because I’m rather lazy and their dashboard has this fancy thing to install a certificate with just one click. But you can get them cheap via NameCheap from ~$10 per year or so.

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