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
For those who visit this site to download the adsense sidebar widget for WordPress, I have some good news for you. I spent some hours to rewrite the widget and now release the code to public. This version offers the same functionality with the previous version which is displaying Google Adsense on the sidebar. However, it’s been known the previous version has compatibility problem with recent WordPress. If you’re a fan of simple widget, this one might also fit you.
More information about this widget is provided below:
Widget Name: Amikelive Google Adsense Widget
Widget Version: 0.5
Feature: Displaying Google Adsense on sidebar based on given Adsense info
Compatibility: WordPress > 2.8.x
In my earlier post, I contributed my updated version to Google Adsense Sidebar Widget on WordPress based on previous work by Mike Smullin. I received some comments about errors in implementing the widget. This weekend, as I mentioned earlier, I decided to take further investigation to know the root cause of the malfunction.
I compared two references i could find. The first is right from the dashboard of my Google Adsense publisher account and the later is Google’s documentation for Adsense API. There should be another reference from Mike Smullin’s own work but since he’s now charging for the plugin, I’d better have someone send me the plugin to be analyzed and synchronized with my update.
After reading the documentation and toying with my account, I’d like to provide some notes regarding google adsense implementation:
1. Google Adsense API
This API provides programmatical way to modify and manage the ads. It uses SOAP web service with available callbacks listed in its published WSDL. The API will enable a user to manage his adsense account without logging in into his Google Adsense account. Instead, the third party application communicates with Google server to update the modification executed by user while utilizing the application.
However, WordPress widget expects simple configuration values for each of the widget. Rearchitecting existing widget to support SOAP communication is a bit out-of-boundary and redundant. I’ll explain this in the subsequent point. Continue reading
I have seen comments flowing to my blog and it’s nice to see that some come from people who know what they are talking about and have been in their field for significant time (This means that they are pretty popular and have audience listening to their advices). Anyway, since the internet is shielded with anonymity and there is not such visible way to prove that it was the same person leaving the remark and not another Joe claiming the fame, a workaround needs to be arranged to address this issue.
Thanks to WordPress because there is OpenID plugin available so that it less time is consumed to develop a custom solution and the nitty-gritty of authentication problem is partially solved. Hence, if you’re stumbling on this blog and would like to leave some comments regarding the content of the article, i’d like to thank you while hoping you to authenticate using OpenID so that I know that the comment is authorized.
In the meantime, you can read my article about OpenID which provides basic information about OpenID.