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How to use WP AdCenter plugin for an Advertisement Solution

WP AdCenter Plugin is a complete advertisement solution for a WordPress site.

Here’s a step-by-step guide for WP AdCenter.

WP AdCenter Installation

1. Download the wp-adcenter.zip file & unzip it into the plugins folder
which can be found at /wordpress/wp-content/plugins
2. Go to WordPress Dashboard -> Plugins -> Installed Plugins

activate wp adcenter

3. Activate WP AdCenter.
4. Go to WordPress Dashboard -> WP AdCenter

wp adcenter dashboard

Managing WP AdCenter

You will need a page where advertisers can signup, to do this, create a new page by visiting Dashboard -> Pages -> Add New. Name the page what ever you’d like and then just paste this code into it :

[html] [Ad] [/html]

Now save the page and visit it on your site and you will see the signup page has been created.

Ad pages SignUp

Your advertiser can now go through the form and fill out their name and email address which will be there login details once you approve the order. They can also upload their banner and put the URL it is to go to. Once they click “Submit” they are taken to a confirmation page, clicking “Submit” again takes them to PayPal to complete payment, after which you will receive an email with the order details.

signup info

1. Settings : If you wish to sell advertising on your site provide the details. If you don’t, then no need to fill it in.

Your Paypal Email : Enter your PayPal email here.
Currency : Select which currency you would like to accept payments in.
Auto Refresh Ad : Enable / disable to auto refresh your adds.

Settings

Click Save Options.

2. Advertisers : If you wish to sell advertising on your site provide the details. If you don’t, then no need to fill it in.
[dont know what this does???] 2.1 Add a New Advertiser : Adding advertisers on your website. If you are placing your own adverts this will be yourself or enter details of another advertiser.

  • Advertiser Name : Name of the advertiser.
  • Advertiser Email : Email of the advertiser.

add advertiser
Click Add Advertiser.

2.2 Current Advertiser : Manage all the advertisers of your website. Clicking their name will let you edit the advertiser or you can delete them from the system.

advertiser list

3. Ad Zones : Ad Zones are simply places on your website that you want to show advertising in. You can create as many as you like. Go to WP Ad Center -> Ad Zones.

Ad zones

3.1 Add an Ad Zone : Create new Ad Zones for your website.

    • Zone Name : Name for the ad zone.
    • Banner Size : Choose a banner size from the drop down menu. If the size you require isn’t listed, then choose “Custom” and enter the dimensions.

banner size custom

  • Zone Description : Description of the ad zone for advertiser.

3.2 Multiple Banners : Choose how many banners to show vertically & horizontally at the same time.

  • Horizontal : Choose how many banners to show horizontally.
  • Vertical : Choose how many banners to show vertically.

3.3 Extra Setting : Manage extra settings for ad zones.

  • SignUp Page Link : URL for the SignUp page.
  • Enable Advertise Here : Enable the advertise on the SignUp page you have specified.

Click Save Ad Zone when done. This generates codes for the ad zone which you can paste in your theme files or the pages/posts directly.

generated code for ad zones

3.4 Current Ad Zones : Manage all ad zones on your website. Clicking their name will let you edit the ad zone or you can delete them from the system.

current ad zones

4. Campaigns : Now you have your Ad Zones created, you can create a campaign – a campaign is set of banners which will run in a specific Ad Zone. Go to WP Ad Center -> Campaigns.

campaign settings
4.1 Add a Campaign : Add a new campaign.

  • Campaign Name : Name of the campaign.
  • Advertiser : Name of the advertiser from a drop down list.
  • Starting Date : Starting date for the campaign.
  • End Date : End date for the campaign.

campaigns

Click Save Campaigns. Now you can add banners to your campaigns.

4.2 Running Campaign : List of running campaigns on your website. You can add a banner to the campaign, pause & delete the running campaigns. Clicking their name will let you edit the campaign or you can delete them from the system.

running campaigns
4.3 Paused Campaign : List of paused campaigns on your website.

4.4 Finished Campaign : List of finished/expired campaigns on your website.

5. Banners : Banners are the images that are displayed for advertisements. Go to WP Ad Center -> Banners.

banners settings

5.1 Add a Banner : Add a new banner for campaign.

  • Advertiser Name : Name of the advertiser from a drop down list.
  • Campaign Name : Name of the campaign.
  • Banner Name : Name for the banner.
  • Ad Zone : Ad Zone in which the banner is to be displayed.
  • Link URL : URL for redirecting from the banner.
  • Target1 : Specify where the banner will redirect. _blank | _self | _parent | _top
    • _blank : Redirects the banner in a new tab.
    • _self : Redirects the banner in the same tab.
    • _parent : Redirects the banner to the parent page.
    • _top : Redirects the banner to the top of the page.

5.2 Choose A Banner Type : You can then choose to upload a banner from your computer, link to an external banner’s URL or paste in code (HTML or Javascript).

  • Upload from Computer : Upload a banner from your computer.
  • Link to external file : Link to an external banner’s URL.
  • Paste Ad code : Paste ad code (HTML or Javascript).

adding new banner

Click Save Banner.

5.3 Current Banners : Manage all banners on your website. Clicking their name will let you edit the banner or you can delete them from the system.

current banners

6. Packages : If you wish to offer advertising space on your site that people can purchase online, you will need to create a package. A package is simply the deal that a person is buying, you can offer time-based packages or impression-based packages. Go to WP Ad Center -> Packages.

packages settings

6.1 Add a Package : Add a new package to your website. You can create a time-based package or impression-based package.

  • Package Name : Name of the package.
  • Ad Zone : Ad zone for the package from a drop down list of existing ad zones.
  • Package Description : Description for the package.

6.2 Set Time Package : Set a time-based package for the selected ad zone. An example of time-based would be “One Months Banner in Sidebar”.

  • Package Cost : Cost of the package you want to sell it in.
  • Duration : Duration of the package.

6.3 Impressions Package : Set a impression-based package for the selected ad zone. An example of impression-based would be “10,000 impressions in top bar”.

  • Package Cost : Cost of the package you want to sell it in.
  • Impression : Calculated on the basis of the number of times the page has been visited.

add new package

Click Save Package.

6.4 Current Packages : Manage all packages on your website. Clicking their name will let you edit the package or you can delete them from the system.

current packages

7. Statistics : View statistics of your campaigns, print & export them to an excel sheet.

statistics settings

Campaign : Select a campaign you need to view the statistics of.
Start Date : Select start date you want to generate the statistics from.
End Date : Select end date you want to generate the statistics till.

statistics settings edited

Click View Graph / Export Excel.

7.1 View Graph : Generates a graph for the campaign selected. You can print the graph or download the graph image to your system.

view graph

7.2 Export Excel : Exports the statistics to an excel sheet.

export excel

8. Advertiser Status : When an advertiser purchases an advert via your website, you will receive an email notification ( make sure you have your correct email setup in WordPress and can receive emails).

new account details

Users : List of users who have purchased a package on your website. You will see the new advertiser listed there – you can then accept or decline the advertiser. Once you accept, their ad campaign goes live on your site. When you approve, the will also receive an email saying they have been accepted which contains a link for them to login with their details.

approving users

9. Ad Zone Placement : There are 3 methods to place the Ad Zones into your WordPress theme.

  • 1. With a Shortcode : Paste a generated shortcode in any Post or Page.
  • 2. Into Theme Files : Paste a generated PHP snippet anywhere in your WordPress Theme.
  • 3. With a Widget : Drop a widget anywhere in your theme where they are supported.

So that’s pretty much what you need to know in order to use WP AdCenter effectively. If you know of any other tips that I may have missed, do let me know by leaving a comment here.

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3 Comments


  1. Dale

    June 10, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    We’ve gone through all the directions for setting this up on several sites after purchasing the plugin, and even though we can export the Excel files we yet been able to see any graphs for any of the campaigns.

    Reply

  2. Pallavi

    June 11, 2015 at 11:02 am

    Hi,

    Do you mean that your are not able to see the stats graph for campaigns ? Can you please raise your issue at support@wpeka.com along with site details and we will get back to you promptly.

    Reply

  3. mykola

    September 16, 2016 at 3:49 am

    I had installed wp adcenter lite plugin and create new page and added shortcode [Ad]. but in this new page I cannot see “ad page setup”. I am seeing just word [Ad]. how to use this plugin? what is my error?pls help me .thank you. I am waiting you. Best Regards.

    Reply

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