Last week, a new version of AdPress is released: 0.9.8. This version marks an exciting milestone. First, it introduces add-ons. And second, a huge number of bug fixes. Add-ons support is probably the most interesting in this release. You’ll now be able to extend AdPress capabilities and functionality by adding external extensions. These extensions are regular WordPress plugins, but they only function when AdPress is installed and activated.
Why we are introducing Add-ons
As AdPress grows, customers keep asking for new functionality. It has become obvious that AdPress, the main plugin can’t bundle all of this functionality in one plugin. This will result in one big, and slow plugin. The price of AdPress will also increase as the functionality is added, thus becoming more expensive.
The solution for this is to use add-ons. Then, you only add functionality that you want; and you don’t get functionality that you don’t need. And the good thing is, this makes customizing AdPress easier.
Right now, only one add-on is published: PowerAd. We are planning more add-ons in the future, and hope that developers will join forces and independently extend the plugin.
The following is the list of add-ons we are working on, and will be soon available.
- Front-End purchases: This will enable buyers to purchase Ads without logging to the WordPress admin dashboard.
- Payment Gateways: We are planning to add a number of payment gateways as add-ons, notably PayPal, Stripe, and Skrill.
- Geolocation: Ads are only displayed to a particular geographic location.
Future development of AdPress
There are many improvements that are in the work for AdPress. While we are focusing most of our energy on add-ons now, there are many things planned for the main plugin.
- Auto-updates: Probably the biggest one. You won’t have to upload and replace the AdPress package again.
- Ads History: Currently, AdPress removes any details and statistics about Ads that expired. This is also an area that requires improvement.
- Video Tutorials: Many users are lazy to read the long documentation. We know that and we think videos are much easier to consume and understand.