I am pleased to announce some major upgrades to the HomeBizRotator URL Rotator.
These changes were made at the request of owners of the rotator script, who have provided great feedback over the last several months.
So, here are the major changes.
URL Rotator Enable or Disable – In the past, if you wanted a link in the rotator to no longer be shown in the rotation, you had to delete the link from the rotator. If at some point in time you then wanted the same link to be added back in, you had to again add the link back into the rotator.
Now, if you want to remove a link temporarily, you can simply edit the link and select “No” for Enabled and remove the link from the rotation.
By default, Enabled will be set to “Yes” when you add a new link.
Maximum Number of Link Rotations – You may now set a maximum number of hits you want a link to receive before the link is automatically disabled. You can add the maximum hits upon adding the link, or edit the maximum hits at any time.
This feature is great if you are running an advertising coop and you base your coop cost on number of hits. For example, say some people want to buy 50 rotates, some 60, some 100 etc., you can vary the rotations by URL and have an URL automatically disabled after it reaches the maximum rotations.
If you leave the maximum hits at zero, there is no limit to the number of times the link is rotated.
Default URL Delivered When No Links Available for Rotation – You can now set a Default URL in the Admin Profile. This is due to the fact that if you are using the maximum hits feature, all URLs could potentially become disabled and incoming traffic would have no where to go. So, if this happens to occur, all hits will be delivered to the Default URL so your traffic is not going to waste.
Page Rotation Weight – You can now set a weight for each link being rotated. This weight will deliver the number of “weight” views to the link, before moving on the to the next link in the rotation. This is useful for coop advertising where you don’t charge by hit, but people can buy a number of spots. You can set a rotation weight based on the number of spots a person purchased. In the past, you would need to add the URL to the rotator multiple times for each spot in a coop.
You can also use the new Maximum hits feature and the Weight feature together for individual URLs. For example, you could set a Weight of 5 on a link and a Maximum hits of 50. This link would receive 5 hits in a row before the next link would be rotated. Then the next time the link would come up for rotation it would receive 5 more hits. This would repeat until the maximum hits of 50 was reached, then the link would be disabled.
Enhanced URL Rotator Admin Page – The Maximum hits and Weight information has been added to the main admin screen. You can quickly see the set Maximum link rotation and the rotated views delivered thus far, the Weight set, and the weight views delivered thus far, plus the next link due for rotation is in bold and italics.
Link Rotator Reset Stats Page Enhanced – I have added the Maximum hits stats, and Weight stats reset options, that allow you to reset the rotated page views delivered so far for each option. Once a link reaches the maximum hits and is disabled, this reset allows you to quickly reset the maximum hits counts to zero and re-enabled the link for rotation.
These enhancements make the HomeBizRotator URL Rotator even more valuable for the same low cost. If you have already purchased the HomeBizRotator, you can get the update for free, by using the login codes you originally received after your purchase.
Originally posted 2009-11-08 17:33:08.