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Feature Request: A more powerful ad manager


chromaniac

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It's nice to see an ad manager in the admin panel but it is very restrictive in nature. I moved to IPB from vB and the thing I dislike the most is the lack of options in the ad manager.

What I want is for it to support at least the options offered by its primary competitor in the market...

1. More places for ad placements. I had really like the option for an ad in the first post of the thread right aligned. And I want it to show just to guest visitors. This is just an example.

2. More options especially related to which user groups are shown which ad blocks.

Right now I just have the option of show ad blocks to everyone or no one.

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Right now I just have the option of show ad blocks to everyone or no one.

Wrong. I have it so that admins and moderators don't see ads. Looks like you may not have found the ad settings. Here's the first part of them. This is without IP Nexus.

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Well. Yes. I have that option. What I was trying to say was that it is all or none for user groups. I cannot have different block of ads for different user groups. For example: I want to have fewer ads for logged in members. I want no ads for moderators. I want all ads for myself (same as guests) as an administrator (I prefer it so that I know immediately if something has gone wrong with the ad codes) and so on.

vB's system is quite powerful in this regard. I can setup individual blocks differently for different user groups. I can even program them based on the number of posts and loads of other parameters. I want something comparable. Hence this feature request.

I use these blocks for social media buttons and other html codes too. So, I would really like a more powerful console so that I can have different sets of ads and html blocks for different type of users.

I ask this because I have been looking for details on template modifications for similar ad placements and am unable to find them anywhere. Here is a thread for one such code request.

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I do not have IP Nexus. I assumed it is designed to be used for selling products through the forum? My forum is purely a discussion based platform with no paying structure for members. Do I get more powerful ad placement options if I get it for my forum?

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Found the code for restricting to usergroups:

<if test="IPSMember::isInGroup($this->memberData, array('4', '5', '6') )">
*REPLACE THIS LINE*
<else />
</if>

Now looking for code to restrict this to the first post of the thread. I wish there was detailed documentation available somewhere. Or maybe I am yet to locate it!

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You should be able to add the if statement and code into the "Code to display after first post" code box which is on the same page in the ACP as what I showed you above.

it won't execute.

Found the code for restricting to usergroups:

<if test="IPSMember::isInGroup($this->memberData, array('4', '5', '6') )">
*REPLACE THIS LINE*
<else />
</if>


Now looking for code to restrict this to the first post of the thread. I wish there was detailed documentation available somewhere. Or maybe I am yet to locate it!

To do that, you would need a template hook or to modify the skin template.The ad locations you refer to are simple settings, and do not parse template logic.

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To do that, you would need a template hook or to modify the skin template.The ad locations you refer to are simple settings, and do not parse template logic.

Thanks. A little more guidance would be very helpful! If possible can you create a hook/add-on and add it to your amazing marketplace offerings? I would rather pay for a supported hook rather than edit around the template on my own? Existing plugins are not working on my forum.

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If possible can you create a hook/add-on and add it to your amazing marketplace offerings? I would rather pay for a supported hook rather than edit around the template on my own?

Now why would I code and maintain a rounded many-times-over wheel?

There exists advanced ad management in both first party(Nexus) and many third-party mods both free and paid.

Existing plugins are not working on my forum.

o.0 very generally, that is something that provokes looking into the why of, and should seek support for from the author(s?).

Could be skin-specific, could be some bug just stumbled upon in the mod... heck could be many things, but it is counter-productive to wise management of my time to produce, support, and maintain a mod in ground so well-covered both first-party and in the MP.

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hehe alright. Here is one of the two plugins i tried. both gave the exact same error in my apache logs.

i would continue to explore my options. thanks!

I would have to agree with the mod author there.... by that error(and the fact it is repetitive with other hooks as you say)... no hook will work, ever, check your perms on /hooks/ and ensure the files actually are getting generated on installing a hook.

If all else fails, tis general support, and would encourage you submit a ticket for closer examination/assistance.

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ok. would do that. i was assuming that 3.4.3 broke something as i saw the exact same error on google searching on loads of forums. i am also using a bunch of other hooks that are working fine. some of these are template mods. I would check the hook installation again. thanks.

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