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Add-on Which Ad Managment System do you use?

QenTox

Well-known member
#1
After 3 years of runing my site I've decided to start to get some money back by placing ads on my siste. I see a lot of resources for this and I am really not sure what would be the best for me. I use XenPorta as homepage and want to try to place like 1-2 ads at the beginning.

Not sure if I found all the options, but here is what I found:

XenCentral Ad Server by @XCentral
Ad Manager by @Robbo
[bd] Rotating Ads by @xfrocks
Digital Point Ad Positioning by @digitalpoint

Here are my questions:

1. Are there any others?
2. Which one would you recommend me to start with?
3. Which one do you use and why?
4. What are really the differences between the Ad Managment System listed above? I am kind of lost in them.

Thanks to all your replies.
 

craigiri

Well-known member
#4
If you are just starting out and going to enter a few on your own, do what the above say - add the code yourself.

If you want some to rotate, try the very simple [bd] rotating ads add-on (free, I think).

Digital Point add-on puts them inside a post......which works well. You can have it just for guests if you like, so your members won't complain.
 
#5
I'm an old OpenX user, and still have it running on my server. I've got an openx modification/lockdown process that works well for me, but wouldn't recommend OpenX for newcomers.

However, I'm currently considering alternatives that better support responsive website designs.
 

HWS

Well-known member
#6
I'm an old OpenX user, and still have it running on my server. I've got an openx modification/lockdown process that works well for me, but wouldn't recommend OpenX for newcomers.
You just need to lock down all POST requests at server level to be secure with OpenX.
However it's days are counted for sure. DFP will take over.
 

QenTox

Well-known member
#7
I forgot to mention, that I also want to disable ads for certain user groups. I am no good with conditionals and these kind of things, so this is one of the reason, why I was looking for add-on.
 

Martok

Well-known member
#8
I forgot to mention, that I also want to disable ads for certain user groups. I am no good with conditionals and these kind of things, so this is one of the reason, why I was looking for add-on.
The first example in Brogan's guide uses a conditional to show it only to visitors, so you could use that to help. In addition, he's also written a guide on conditional statements

http://xenforo.com/community/resources/conditional-statements.1604/

Honestly, it's not that difficult. This has all been new to me since I moved to Xenforo back in March. You shouldn't have too much problem picking it up and there's plenty of help in the discussion threads for those resources.

As for Adsense, there is a responsive ad in that (currently in beta but it seems to work well) that will cover you displaying different adverts on various screen sizes.
 
#10
I have been using rotating ads by @xfrocks to serve responsive adsense ads to guests only. Very easy to configure multiple locations. Next month I'm going to switch to the add-on from @digitalpoint to see if there is any revenue improvement.

Additionally, I use this to show in house ads -
Sharing how I got Google DFP to show responsive ads:

For reference: https://support.google.com/dfp_premium/answer/3423562?hl=en#

My code for just before ending </head> tag in PAGE CONTAINER:

Code:
<xen:comment>  BEGIN DFP HEADER </xen:comment>
<script type='text/javascript'>
var googletag = googletag || {};
googletag.cmd = googletag.cmd || [];
(function() {
var gads = document.createElement('script');
gads.async = true;
gads.type = 'text/javascript';
var useSSL = 'https:' == document.location.protocol;
gads.src = (useSSL ? 'https:' : 'http:') +
'//www.googletagservices.com/tag/js/gpt.js';
var node = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0];
node.parentNode.insertBefore(gads, node);
})();
</script>

<script type='text/javascript'>
googletag.cmd.push(function() {
var mapping = googletag.sizeMapping().
addSize([1500,900], [970, 90]).
addSize([600, 600], [728, 90]).
addSize([500, 500], [320, 50]).
build();
googletag.defineSlot('/xxxxxx/Leader_Responsive_Test2', [320, 50], 'div-gpt-ad-13893xxxxxxxxxx-0').
defineSizeMapping(mapping).
addService(googletag.pubads());
googletag.enableServices();
});
</script>
 

Fred.

Well-known member
#14
I'm using Ads Manager by Siropu and I'm very happy with it. There are so many options. It works great.
I'm not a code specialist but I believe this is a high quality add-on.

I don't know anything about the other one.
 

Mouth

Well-known member
#15
I use XenCentral Ad Server, easy to manage with many possibilities.
Recent reviews have been poor, and despite saying 2 months ago they were continuing development and adding features there's been no update

I use Ad Manager v1.3 located here:
Ad Manager
Thanks, I'm looking at introducing something which allows clients/users to purchase their own advertising and potentially move away from BSA.
 

AndyB

Well-known member
#17
Thanks, I'm looking at introducing something which allows clients/users to purchase their own advertising and potentially move away from BSA.
For admins that want to host advertising banners as images and wish to sell advertising directly I suggest the Banner v3.1 add-on located here:

Banner