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Adsense Wordpress Plugin Deprecated

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6:51 pm on Mar 2, 2017 (gmt 0)

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The official Adsense Plugin for Wordpress will be deprecated in May 2017.
7:12 pm on Mar 2, 2017 (gmt 0)

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Wow. Kind of tone deaf to the needs of WP publishers. WP publishers tend to use convenient solutions like plugins, especially publishers who are more writers and professionals than coders.

From the official AdSense Plugin Page: [wordpress.org]

This is being deprecated... If you are an existing publisher, your ads will be unaffected but from 5 April you will no longer be able to modify your ad layouts and 3 May you will no longer be able to visit the frontend of the plugin.

From the official AdSense support page: [support.google.com]

We frequently review our products and features to ensure they're providing maximum value to our users. After reviewing the AdSense Plugin for WordPress, we've decided that going forward we can better support WordPress publishers through new innovative features like our automatic ad formats and other upcoming initiatives. As a result, we will be deprecating the AdSense Plugin for WordPress in May, 2017.

For a better user experience on your site and to be able to make changes to your ad units, we recommend you follow these steps:
1.Back up your WordPress site.
2.Deactivate the official AdSense Plugin for WordPress.
3.Create and place ad units by inserting the ad code in WordPress widgets:

...We recommend that you switch to using QuickStart or ad units, so you can make changes to your ads going forward.

About QuickStart:

What is QuickStart?
If you're an affected publisher, you will have received an email from us that suggests using QuickStart. QuickStart is a new page-level ad format that we're rolling out. For more information, see how to use QuickStart.

Then you have to go to yet another web page [support.google.com] to read this:

QuickStart uses the same code that you put on your site when you connected your site to AdSense to show ads. We call this type of code "page-level ad code". One big advantage of page-level ad code is that once you put it on your page, you only need to flick a switch in AdSense and ads will start to appear automatically.

After you've placed the code in the <head> tag on every page you want to show ads, follow these steps to switch on QuickStart:
1.Sign in to your AdSense account.
2.Click Get started on your AdSense homepage.
The "Page-level ads" page opens.

3.In the "Page-level ads" section, either switch on: •Turn on all formats (recommended)
or switch on:

•QuickStart ads and optionally Anchor/overlay ads and/or Vignette ads.
7:21 pm on Mar 2, 2017 (gmt 0)

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QuickStart will automatically replace the adsense plugin?
9:00 pm on Mar 2, 2017 (gmt 0)

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ok i tested out the new quickStart they replaced plugin with quickstart and work perfect.
7:06 pm on Mar 5, 2017 (gmt 0)

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Why you use plugins for adsense? Plugins slow down your website and they are not so flexible. Also coding your adsense dynamic code is quite easy and using plugin for it, is wasting your site speed, which is quite important these days.

I rarely use plugins on my main site. For example I have some static Adsense Ad slots, but some dynamic e.g. I want some ads appears specific place in the content, then I just use <!--banner_mid--> tag in the content. The code is defined in functions.php.

There is one good advantage. If one day I decide not to you such ads anymore, then I just remove code, and no marks are in the content, because <!-- whatever_text --> between tags "<!-- -->" is pure HTML comment out.
4:45 am on Mar 6, 2017 (gmt 0)

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ranka: Why you use plugins for adsense?

Why using Wordpress, sorry couldn't help, yes I've used it and yes many use it, it's another option. But yes I agree with you on not being too difficult on avoiding this.
2:29 pm on Mar 7, 2017 (gmt 0)

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I mean using plugins is normal, but people using plugins where they shouldn't. I mean, for example using Cache plugin is reasonable because writing Cache plugin from the scratch is way too big job.

But using plugin for sticky widgets, adsense code, background plugins, popups, scrollboxes, most viewed/read etc. etc is way too much. These plugins are quite easy to code. You do not need even coding knowledges because you can find very easy solutions with full code in internet.

Yes, I am overusing plugins too but only on the sites which are not priority sites to me. My main sites, I am using only 3 plugins - SEO, Cache and Image Smush. Last one is quite easy to add manually too, but it won't affect site speed because it's loaded only if I upload images to content.
7:29 am on Mar 17, 2017 (gmt 0)

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Why google deprecated adsense plugin, reason behind it?