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Using a Button to Rotate Links

I had a customer ask me if they could use a button, instead of a text URL to rotate links.

Yes, you can do that! (All links below open in a new tab if you want to try each one.)

Instead of using a straight link like http://wpurlrotator.com/wplinkrotator/ or using link text like Click Here to Learn More, you can use a button, or image.

You need to have a web page, or blog to do that as I will demonstrate here.

I have created a button (A great free button creator here).

 

 

Each time you click on the button, or any of the links in this post, you will be presented with a different website, eventually seeing the same websites again as this rotator only contains 10 links to rotate.

If you have questions, you can always contact me at my help desk.

 

404 Error When Clicking the Rotator Link

On my Hostgator account, when I install WordPress from the QuickInstall in Cpanel, I have seen 404 errors generated when navigate to the rotator URL.

I can add rotators and links fine, but going to the rotator link gives the 404 error. This is with version 4.7.4 of WordPress.

I noticed that the normal .htaccess file that has been automatically created for years on WordPress installations is not being created. WordPress works fine, but the WPURLRotator needs the .htaccess file. I know there are other plugins that require this file as well.

I don’t know if the issing .htaccess file is new to WordPress 4.7.4, or if it’s related to the QuickInstall in Hostgator Cpanel.

An easy way to see if you have a .htaccess file, is to install the “WP htaccess Control” plugin.

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Activate the plugin and find it under the Settings menu.

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After loading htaccess Control, you will probably see the “Current htaccess files as it is generated by WordPress” being blank. This indicates you don’t have the .htaccess file.

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Click on Save all changes, even though you haven’t made any changes.

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Now you’ll see content in the Current htaccess file as generated by WordPress (Yours may look different than mine, that’s okay.)

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Test your rotator, it should now work. You can now Deactivate the WP htaccess Control plugin and delete the plugin.

If this doesn’t work for you, I would he happy to have a look. You can submit a help desk ticket here. To troubleshoot, I may need access to your WordPress admin area. Others have created a user account for me with admin rights. Then when I am done you can delete that user account.

404 Error when creating a rotator

 

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404 Error When Creating a Rotator

Here are a few things I have seen that could cause 404 errors when trying to add a rotator.

1. I had a customer who had HostGator WordPress only hosting, and I couldn’t get it to work on that hosting. He had HostGator convert his hosting to a Linux hosting plan, installed WordPress and it worked.

2. I have seen this caused by a security plugin. You might try temporarily disabling plugins you think may be conflicting and see if it’s related to that. You may need to temporarily deactivate all plugins to check for conflicts. If there is a plugin conflict, if I know what plugin it is, I may be able to modify the rotator.

3. Make sure the wprotator file is wpurlrotator.zip and not wpurlrotator(1).zip. I have had customers download the plugin in twice and use the “(1)” file. This messes up the path that script needs to find the rotator files. You can make sure the path is correct by going to plugins, then Editor. Select the WP URL Rotator from the “Select plugin to edit” drop down and press the select button. You should then see Editing wpurlrotator/wpurlrotator.php. If you see something like wpurlrotator1/wpurlrotator.php (with the “1”) the plugin didn’t install in the correct folder. NOTE *** WpURLRotator version 2.3 should take care of that. You can download it from the JVZoo product purchase area.

If none of that works, I would he happy to have a look. You can submit a help desk ticket here. To troubleshoot, I may need access to your WordPress admin area. Others have created a user account for me with admin rights. Then when I am done you can delete that user account.

404 Error when clicking the rotator link

WordPress Unlimited Rotator Plugin

Due to popular demand, The WP URL Rotator will soon allow you to rotate unlimited URLs, in unlimited rotator campaigns.

Currently the WPURLRotator allows only one rotator campaign to rotate unlimited links, in a sequential fashion. Rotating links in sequence means each link will get the same number of views, regardless of the amount of traffic sent to the rotator.

Most rotators, rotate links in a random fashion because a random rotator is much easier to create than a rotator that rotates links in sequence. Adding the ability to allow for multiple rotator campaigns to rotate multiple links in order, was no small feat.

Due to the work involved, I may increase the price of the WordPress rotator plugin to $29 from the current price of $17. That will still a great deal due to all of the features of this professional WordPress rotator.

Here are some screen shots of the new multiple rotator campaign feature.

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Add new rotator campaigns.

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Manage rotator campaign links.

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I will be updating the main page when the multiple campaign rotator is released.

Anyone who has already bought, or will buy the WP URL Rotator before the updgrade is complete, will get the upgrade for free. Since I may be increasing the price upon release of the multi-campaign feature I suggest you get it now.