Like many other bloggers, I display 125*125 pixels ads on my blog, and earn some money with it. Currently, I own 6 different ads, and most of them change every week. I became bored of editing my sidebar template everyday, so I asked my friend X-OR to write a cool widget to manage thoses ads. Let’s review it together.

What the Show125 widget can do for your blog

I always loved the concept of widgets: drap n’ drop, easy to edit, easy to place, easy to remove. Most of todays themes can handle widgets, so there’s many chances that the theme you use haven’t any problem with it.

In addition to the basic widgets advantages, Show125 gives you many option and a true control over your ads. Let’s see:

  • Display from 1 to 8 ads
  • Available in English (default) or French
  • Display all your ads together, or in an eye-candy Mootools slideshow
  • Optionally add the target=”_blank” attribute to links, if you want ads to open in a new tab.
  • Show (or not) a title for your ads block
  • Easy to install
  • Clean code
  • Add custom css class to links for styling it your way
  • And more!

Installation

Nothing hard here: First, download the widget. If you want to see a “live demo”, just have a look at x-or’s blog, where you’ll be able to see the slideshow mode of the widget.

Once you unzipped the widget to your hard drive, upload the entire directory to your wp-content/plugins directory. Then, go to your WordPress administration panel and activate the plugin.

In Design » Widgets, you’ll be able to drag n drop the Show125 widget to your sidebar (or any other widgetized part of your WP theme) and set the options.

Once you filled the fields and saved your changes, you’ll see your ads in your sidebar. Managing your ads with Show125 really makes money earning easier!

Jean-Baptiste Jung is a blogger/web developer/web designer who lives in the French-Speaking part of Belgium. Jean-Baptiste maintains two blogs: Cats Who Code.com where he and other authors write about Web Development, Web design, Blogging tips and WordPress, and WPRecipes.com where Jean shares useful WordPress snippets on a daily basis. When he's not blogging or having fun with codes, Jean loves to spend time with his wife and cat, and traveling everywhere he can.

  1. Leland says:

    I was looking for something exactly like this. Simple plugin, but very useful. Thanks for the post.

  2. jbj says:

    You’re welcome x-or, I didn’t wrote this article just because you’re a friend, but because your widget is very useful :)

  3. x-or says:

    thanks for your post jbj, i’m glad to see interrest in my widget.

  4. Michael says:

    I’ve been using WPAds to do a similar task but this might be a great replacement, it seems to be a lot simpler and much more clean then WPAds is.

  5. Keith Dsouza says:

    Nice plugin, definitely useful since I keep on changing my banners every week or so :)

  6. Candy Addict says:

    Can these be used in multiple locations on a blog and non-widgetized locations?

  7. J Mehmett says:

    I think this was the idea of Justin Tadlock’s Options theme. It was the first theme to bring that functionality, back to January this year…

  8. Jeffro2pt0 says:

    I’m not sure what this widgets problem is but I couldn’t get the configuration screen to load on my local install. So after installing it to the public version of my site, I’ve ran into a few more problems which I have published here http://performancing.com/ads/displaying-ads-show125-plugin not sure if the problem is on my end, or the widgets. But it sure is weird.

  9. xheartlessx says:

    I love this widget but just out of curiosity *me being a noob* would it be possible to change the size from the original 125*125 to another dimension? thx

  10. izoel says:

    great plug in,but for such a banner management is more to adding sometime like the date when that banner start till the end.

  11. Dan Massicotte says:

    See, I tried X-or’s widget, but it wasn’t as easy to use as this one. This one is much easier to get the hang of and enter the URL in the order you want.

    I just need to do some planning now.

  12. Kathleen says:

    I’m a newbie to both WP and affiliate programs, so I apologize if my question is painfully dumb…

    I installed the plugin with no problem, and found affiliate ads with no problem. I added the chunk of code for the image and the chunk for the affiliate link. (This was a little confusing because none of my affiliate links give the image and program URL separately so I had to figure out which was which.)

    So, I put the code in the appropriate boxes, and…nothing. Nothing displays in the sidebar except the Title (if I turn it on.)

    Then I noticed that, in your screen capture, it appears that you’re hosting the images on your own server. Does this make a difference?

    I tested the affiliate code by posting the whole chunk into a generic text widget on the same page, and it worked fine (but of course, doesn’t look cool like your widget).

    Any help would be appreciated!

  13. angelie says:

    Hi! Thanks for this awesome plugin! Just want to ask, how can I customize it the positioning of each ad further? Where can I modify the css? Thanks

  14. Wanted to download, but the link is a 404 ???

  15. mel says:

    The download isn’t working?

  16. Andreas says:

    I am also not able to download / see the link!

  17. Adrian Niculae says:

    Hello. I have a problem and know how to fix it. I installed the plugin but I try to sit down boxes side by side but not working. I sit them in one other

  18. I cant seem to be able to download this plugin. The link gives a 404 error. Have they completely given this up or what? If you don’t want to continue developing it, I’m willing to take it over if you don’t mind

  19. cnwintech says:

    cannot download, 404 not found!
    Cyber News

  20. mohammed says:

    Hi, Thanks for post but i can’t find the plugin. please refresh the link

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