Few years ago, I developed a WordPress plugin named Amikelive Adsense Widget. I was enthralled to see thousands of downloads for the plugin despite its simplicity. This post is not an announcement about a new release of the plugin despite the absence of simple-yet-powerful Google Adsense widget in the plugin repository. It’s rather a guide on how to display Google Adsense on the WordPress blog sidebar without using any Adsense plugin or widget. The steps are fairly simple, without any coding experience needed.
If you happen to be using Amikelive Adsense widget, it can be necessary to note that the plugin is not actively developed anymore and I don’t have any plan to release newer version anytime soon or sometimes later. Such widget functionality is now built into WordPress, which we can simply take advantage of without reinventing the wheel.
Now on to the ad configuration part.
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I have been away for a while from posting contents on this blog. I was a little bit occupied with exciting things at work. However, don’t worry. I don’t abandon the projects I started and am always trying to find some spare time to update them.
As you notice, there are errors with Amikelive Adsense Widget. It seems that the plugin has stopped working since Google updated their Adsense interface. I am now working on the fix and also complete some new features that I was working on but had to be temporarily stopped because of other activities. I hope I can post a new release at WordPress plugin repository this week.
In this post, I’d like to highlight another feature of PHP, the command line interface (CLI). In my personal experience, PHP CLI can be an alternative to some administrative tasks. Linux users may have been familiar with shell scripting for carrying out system management and configuration tasks. So, why must PHP? The answer is portability. The same PHP code should work not only on Linux but also on Windows. Some critics may argue that other languages may also have answer for portability. I concur to that criticism while at the same time emphasizing PHP as another viable option.
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It is very exciting to notice that Amikelive Adsense Widget 0.5 has reached around 1450 downloads after a month and one and a half week. My brain calculator says, there are around 35 daily downloads for the plugin. The number, despite still far from giga numbers, is frankly beyond my expectation. It is since the plugin is very simple by nature and the codes were created from scratch and tested for less than a day.
I would like to extend my gratitude to users who have been using this plugin on their WordPress blogs by continuing the development and improving the features. Amikelive Adsense Widget 0.6 is now on the way to the public release. One incremental feature in this release is streamlined Adsense configuration of the widget. On version 0.5, users have to manually copy and paste several Google Adsense parameters into the form. While I personally think that this does not require much time, some busy users out there may feel happier if this process can be simplified. And yep, I hear you. The configuration will be as easy as flipping your palm.
This version is scheduled to be available on downloads at WordPress from August 31st, 2010. So, stay tune!
I have some good news for those who have been using adsense sidebar widget from Amikelive Tech. Starting from today, the plugin will be available for download at WordPress.org website. The widget has also been officially renamed to Amikelive Adsense Widget. Since I have a plan to improve its features over the time, you are welcome to post feature requests in the previous releases and report code malfunction so that I can improve the quality. Please write comment about your experience using the widget in this post along with malfunction report and suggestion or idea for improvement.
The most up-to-date version of the widget for download will be available only at WordPress plugin repository. However, you can still see some posts related to the development of the plugin in this blog.
Visit the plugin homepage at WordPress to download: Amikelive Adsense Widget on WordPress