What this means is that you will now see a notification within your WordPress control panel in the plugins panel whenever a new version of CrankyAds is ready for download. You can download and update the plugin right there with one click, you won’t have to do any manual uploading.
The CrankyAds plugin can now be found within the plugin search in the WordPress control panel too, which hopefully means there will be a whole new bunch of CrankyAd-ers who find us and fall in love with our service.
One of the key areas we plan to develop new features for CrankyAds is the statistics we offer you about your campaigns.
I’m pleased to announce that Walter has just finished a roll out of new updates to the live CrankyAds service that includes our first statistics update.
It’s a basic update that many people have asked us for, one of many new statistic features we hope to offer in the future. You can now break down the number of impressions and clicks your campaigns receive on a per day basis.
This data is presented in a graph that looks like this –
For a long time CrankyAds has operated on a free service model. We want everyone to have the chance to use CrankyAds without incurring cost, so we can learn more about what you want and continue to make the service better.
We still want people to be able to use CrankyAds for free, however the time has come where as a company we need to make changes so we can continue to offer our service.
In order to continue to justify putting in the man hours to develop new features, we need to start recouping some costs.
The CrankyAds web hosting server went down, which is why during the last 24 hours or so you may have had trouble loading our sites. The ads running via crankyads on your site may have not loaded as well.
The down time happened late here in Australia last night, and we immediately contacted our host to see what was going on.
They said they fixed the problem, but when we woke up this morning, it was still broken, so clearly something wasn’t fixed. They have since restored our services, but we are a bit dubious about what exactly went wrong, so we are looking into it further so this doesn’t happen again.
Since we are pretty upset that the down time lasted as long as it did, we are looking to switch to a better host. We also have some new architecture in the 2.0 version of CrankyAds (coming in our next update) that is designed to ensure that even if our servers are down for extended periods of time, we have back-ups in place, and if the back-ups fail, the service itself will still work, it just won’t update with any new ads until the server is back online.
This is important because obviously we don’t want to bring down any sites using crankyads if our hosting servers go down – even the backups.
From the team at CrankyAds we apologise for any downtime we caused on your website. We are doing our best to make sure this cannot happen again.
Our lead developer Walter is still plugging away updating CrankyAds with new features and bug fixes. Here are his latest updates…
Ad buys made via the CrankyMart.com will only show up in your pending list (and send email notifications) once payment have been made. Previously we sent you emails and put ads into your pending list even if payment had not been confirmed yet. Obviously this was confusing, so now if it appears you know money has been received.
For Ad Buys that you make directly from your website (Not CrankyMart.com purchases) they will always show up as pending in your manager control panel and send out email notification BUT now there will be a “Check PayPal” status indicating that you should check for yourself inside your paypal account to make sure payment was received. If the link is orange we could not get any data on payment, if it is green then there’s a good chance payment was made via paypal, but you should still double check before approving the ad.
Previously there was a bug if you were using the WPTotalCache plugin at the same time as CrankyAds. Ads were not rotated properly and as a result impressions weren’t delivered evenly. This bug fix ensures that different ads are displayed per page refresh. It does not affect ad zones where all ads are already shown, for example, if you have 3 ads and 3 spots showing every page load, but it does fix the bug if you had 3 ads but only 1 ad showing each pageload.