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IP.Board 3.1.0 Dev Update: Ad Code Integration

Josh

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Advertising integration has been an often requested feature for a long time, so we're pleased to announce that IP.Board 3.1 will include this feature! We've create a simple system that will allow you to insert ad code at various locations throughout the forum. The integration is not specific to any ad platform, so you can use this for Google AdSense, or any other platform that you may use for your site. We did not want to choose any specific advertising platform to keep the system flexible plus IPS would never get between you and your advertising revenue.

There are several predefined ad spots, all you need to do is paste the code for your ads into any of these locations.


Header and Footer Ads

The first two locations you can place ads are in the global header and footer, these ads will show on every page in the forum, except for redirect screens.

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As you can see in the screen shot, this system uses a simple settings page for adding ad code, you can paste anything you want into these boxes. In addition, there are several areas that can override the global header and footer code with page specific header and footer code. The Board Index, Forum View, and Topic View are able to use this override feature, so that you can either not show ads on one of those areas, or show different ads.

Aside from the headers and footers, there are three other locations that you can place ads:

Board Index Side Bar

A simple hook will allow you to place ads in the sidebar of the forum index, you can use the existing hook ordering system to determine where on the sidebar the ad will be displayed.

Forum View & Topic View

You can also specify ad code that will be displayed inline with topics in forum view and posts in topic view, these ads will be displayed after the first topic or post. Here's a screenshot of each:

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As you can see, this is a basic and easy to use system for placing ads in IP.Board. We have ideas for future enhancements to this system and will be improving things as we go but, even with this basic implemenation, you can now easily disperse advertisements throughout your community.

We hope that you find this helpful, and as always, we look forward to your feedback and suggestions!




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[quote name='Nervosa' date='28 January 2010 - 08:34 PM'] Any ideas of what features will be added to this later on, or is that still up in the air?
Even if you plan on keeping it simple, would love to see a type of random / rotating add system.

We've just implemented and announced "v1" of this feature. We don't have info on what will be in v2 of a system when v1 isn't even out yet. ;)

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[quote name='InvisionHQ' date='27 January 2010 - 09:26 PM'] Pls add a feature to display Side Bar also in forum and topic view.
This is a must have for who use ads

This would be an awesome feature. :)

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Really great guys! To vouch for others and give you guys VERY important suggestions, here goes: Like someone said, if we could choose which forums to display these mods in. So if we had the option of which forums to exclude with a textbox (that lets you highlight individual or multiple forums), it would really work out very well. Also as many others said, it is essential to have group permissions, BUT, I believe in the sense that it can be chosen per each ad. So lets say I want members to still see ads, but just a limited version, say 1 big ad and one smaller ad. BUT, if they are a subscriber they have no ads. And then as a guest there are even more ads than a member. So, basically, if we had some way of creating ad groups then allowing us to manage where each ad is, say with a checkbox "Include in board footer", "include in profile view", and so on for the other areas, this would be great. Just obviously with limitation of having like 5 of the same ads in the same place :P

In addition, it really doesn't matter, but if we had the option to input our own text besides just the code for the ad, it would be great (likely already included I think). I.E.
<Ad Code Here>
<br></br>
Tired of all the ads? Register <a href="RegisterLink">here</a> to remove this ad completely!

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[quote name='Nuclear General' date='28 January 2010 - 07:39 AM']
In all honesty, this kind of sucks for the third party ad mods that were designed for IPB. Because those mods, including mine, are damn near obsolete because of this new feature. And I know it's exciting to some people, but to modders who design these, they lose their business cuz of it. I for one vote -1. I mean no offense to IPS in any way, but seriously... :( :(


Your Mod does not have all or most of the important sizes of banners to display for instance you do not have 336x280 and 300x250 ad placements.

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Now from what I see in this post.
http://community.invisionpower.com/topic/305126-possible-migration-from-vb/page__view__findpost__p__1916556
"- Advertising coming in 3.1 and we'd need our own rotation scripts. Hmm that is a concern as I'd not have an idea how to write such scripts.

IP.Board basically gives you a textarea to insert your ad code into. How do you insert your ads now? I assume it's some sort of javascript code you put into your templates, right? If so, you can do the same thing in the upcoming version of IP.Board. You don't need to write a rotation script - however IPB can't rotate ads for you, either, so what you insert is what is used."

I would think that having a rotating ad would be better for the people do have different ads up at different times and don't have to keep manual adding them all the time. What is IPS stances on this and would be included in the final run? Could users add more then just code but like a simple banner or something and point the clicker to a different website or location as well?

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Kuro, heres a powerful rotation script i recommend to use along side IPB 3.1

clippersoft.net

i use it on all our networks. - no issues and works great.

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I agree Craven having rotating banners would be a plus! I love this new feature and i can't wait for the release.

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It would be great if there was a mod which would allow certain user groups e.g. paid members, to have the choice to turn advertising on or off. Looking to integrate this into my site if anyone has any ideas :-)

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How would you add Google ads? Just copy and paste the Google Adsense coding into the box?

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I probably am stupid, but it doesn't work on my site... I don't even find any resource with some explanations...

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Hey, I am just now getting to know the IPB app. I can't figure out how to use the ad feature or where to go to manage ads. Can you point me in the right direction? Thanks!

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