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OIO Publisher Ad Manager Plugin Review (& How to Guide)


  1. Royal Paine says:

    Man, you’re unreal. No B.S superfluous 300 word garbage Posts by Sugar Rae. Really appreciate the work you do and the passion you put into teaching.

    Thank You,

    • Rae Hoffman says:

      Ha – thanks. :) I appreciate the feedback – I always joke that my stats tell me y’all love these “how to” posts, but hardly anyone comments on them. :)

  2. Wasted an hour trying to get rid of ‘powered by’ in footer before I came across your post. I think they made it hard enough to remove it :)

    • Rae Hoffman says:

      Hey Jason – yeah, as I mentioned in the review, I wasn’t too thrilled about that aspect considering I paid for the plugin. Glad my post was able to help though!

  3. Stewart Kelly says:

    HI Rae, Great article. I am planning on selling advertising space and wanted control over the advertising too. Wondering what you thought about the WP Adcenter plugin? It seems to have a lot of control and ease of placement. Thanks.

  4. Kostas Chiotis says:

    Thanks for sharing this Rae. It is always nice to get your thoughts and input on various plugins.

  5. Hi, I own OIO publisher myself, and while I love almost every aspect of it, I can’t get passed the clunky hard to understand purchase pages. Most buyers struggle here.

  6. Thanks for telling me about this plugin. I just started work on a site where a lot of banner management will be involved and this looks like it would be a great solution to make things easier on myself.

    As far as comments go: I’m always excited to see a new Sugarrae email arrive in my inbox or a new blog post and wish there were more.

  7. Great post Rae, fully detailed =)
    I was wondering if it would be possible to set the plugin to use it without any payment method. I mean, would it be possible to create banner areas, new banners and rotate those banners without making the advertisers to pay via our website? Or is it the payment method a must?

    Thanks in advance,

  8. I agree with regards to the Genesis framework with OIO Publisher.. I made a contribution that hopefully will help other Genesis users..


    You can see the result of my method here:

  9. bobbi wisby says:

    Are you available for consult on this? We are having a heck of a time trying to even get an ad to show up on the WP site. I have read tons of documentaion, tried php code into theme templates, tried using the codes in text widgets, with the oio widgets in there too. Any help or guidance would be appreciated.

  10. Hi Rae,

    I´ve heard OIO publisher is a resource hog that slows down your site. How true is this? Do you know anything about it?

    Is there a better advertisement plugin out there?

    Excellent review by the way, very thorough.


    • Never had an issue with it slowing down the site, but the main site I run it on isn’t a huge site (clocks in at about 500 pages). I never noticed it bogging down the site any more than AdSense does. At the time I went looking, OIO was the best option. Since I’ve been pleased with it, I haven’t gone looking since.

      Glad you enjoyed the review!

    • Also, you can use this free plugin: https://wordpress.org/plugins/p3-profiler/ to run a test and see which plugins on a WordPress based site are using the most resources. That should help you gauge exactly how resource intensive OIO is. :)

      • Thanks for your suggestions Rae!

        It´s good to know that OIO publisher has been working fine for you.

        I´ll take a look at that P3 profiler plugin


  11. Great info. I’m looking at this plugin…I have a website that gets about 150K visitors per month, that I could stand to make a little more money with. Are you still recommending this plugin, Rae? Their website looks sooo 2006, it makes me a bit uneasy to try and give such an important part of the business over to them.

    Are you able to make some money with it, signing up advertisers through it? And in the example…$150 for a month of that zone…I’m thinking more like $1K? Am I nuts? Thanks Rae!!!

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