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  1. Mike Schinkel (@mikeschinkel)
    Mike Schinkel (@mikeschinkel) April 23, 2013 at 23:53 | | Reply

    @jean Didn’t know about the issues with AdRotate; thanks for pointing that out. One thing to consider about CrankyAds; it’s a plugins that front-ends an ad server and it appears they take a 25% cut on all ad sales so even though I mention it I’m not sure I’d ever use it unless I simply misunderstood their policies.

  2. Mike Schinkel
    Mike Schinkel April 23, 2013 at 22:05 | | Reply

    Really glad to see this review! I’m about to evaluate ad plugins so am really happy that you’ve helped me kickstart that process.

    BTW, I found two others to consider and if you are so inclined a follow up review of them would be great! (hint, hint 🙂

    – AdRotate – http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/adrotate/
    – CrankyAds – http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/crankyads/

  3. Casey Dennoson
    Casey Dennoson April 29, 2013 at 01:10 | | Reply

    I was just about to mention crankyads – Yaro Staraks startup. I haven’t tried any of the others, but I’ve heard of two of them.

  4. Jason Luck
    Jason Luck May 3, 2013 at 14:08 | | Reply

    Thanks for the tip about Cranky Ads. I will try it out.

    Any further recommendations for free plugins for the noob?

  5. Bailey
    Bailey January 1, 2014 at 09:16 | | Reply

    Great post!
    I personnaly use ad-minister plugin for WordPress.. good but do not permit targetting…

  6. Deryk Wenaus
    Deryk Wenaus January 28, 2014 at 16:39 | | Reply

    Thanks for posting this plugin comparison – I find them so helpful to sort through all the plugins out there. Very helpful.

  7. Eric G.
    Eric G. May 19, 2014 at 21:43 | | Reply

    if you can’t edit campaigns in AdPress, that’s a huge shortcoming, which it seems like you can’t after some testing.

  8. Louis
    Louis June 25, 2014 at 12:17 | | Reply
  9. sarah
    sarah August 29, 2014 at 20:12 | | Reply

    Do you happen to know how the plug-ins compare as far as affecting the page load time of the website? I’ve heard a few complaints that OIO Publisher slows the website down considerably but I wasn’t sure if those complaints were trustworthy

    1. Jessica
      Jessica December 3, 2014 at 20:33 | | Reply

      Sarah, We use OIO publisher and while it is a good plugin overall — yes it does slow our site down. It is one of the largest resource hogs for our CPU usage. It’s not as lightweight as we would like. Looking for lightweight and comparable alternatives in the meantime.

  10. Tim
    Tim May 16, 2015 at 00:06 | | Reply
  11. Akhil K A
    Akhil K A August 7, 2015 at 12:51 | | Reply


    I like AdSanity because I’m using it for my website and I’m totally happy about its performance.
    This was a good chance for others to share their experiences. Thank you for sharing these kind useful tips for others. Keep posting.

  12. Mel
    Mel August 12, 2015 at 23:53 | | Reply

    Thanks for this great review. I’ve been using WP AdCenter for some time and found it to be quite good but recently upgraded to a newer version and all of the existing campaigns I had have been lost from the dashboard. I’ve contacted them about this and am waiting to hear back regarding the best way to ensure that old campaigns etc are seamlessly updated when plugin versions are updated.

    I’m also wondering what folks have found to be the best solutions for allowing geotargeting?

  13. Susan
    Susan November 17, 2016 at 05:17 | | Reply


    I started to work with AdRotate after their bait-and-switch-move and was more or less happy. It is a good working free tool with (very) limited options and is enough for webmasters, who just want to manage ads in groups or work with planned ad dates. But if you want to optimize your ads, make A/B-tests, handle sites although they are cached or deliver ads fitting to the (mobile) device of your users, you should try Advanced Ads (https://wordpress.org/plugins/advanced-ads/). In my honest opinion, this is contemporary the most powerful plugin for ads in WordPress.

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