While working on my OmniCard plugin and KeyGenerator plugin for WooCommerce I suddenly had an idea for AdRotate. Those 2 plugins are designed from the ground up to be easy to use and super simple to understand with *everything* they do. Literally everything;
- The KeyGenerator plugin has 1 button and does 1 thing. Generate license keys. No settings no technical shit. Just a button. It can’t be simpler.
- OmniCard has just over 10 options and with that the most flexibility of any payment gateway, but it’s so simple to control even the biggest of bigger idiots can use it.
AdRotate Blocks is not like that anymore. It has bolted on fields and options. People often misunderstand the actual idea of blocks and use it in the wrong way. This means that I did something wrong with Blocks. I’m not entirely sure what. But if the feature no longer makes sense to people or to me, something is wrong.
Therefor I came to the very unsophisticated conclusion that blocks as a feature no longer has a place in the vision of AdRotate. It has to go. Be removed and destroyed! Restore the simplicity. I firmly believe it is a waste of time to further develop and fix the blocks as they are now.
Nope! While the Block as a feature has no place in the idea of AdRotate the idea of blocks must remain. This is a very important change for the future of AdRotate. Ultimately it will make things better and simpler for everyone.
With the introduction of blocks they worked sort of like a group but with multiple ads. Their special purpose would be to generate a grid and show ads in a special way. Awesome! Perfect for the then new and hip 125*125 ads. Now, 3 years or so later, the functionality of blocks eludes me.
The idea was a layered approach, Ads go into groups, groups go into blocks and they would all work together and everyone would be happy. It doesn’t quite work as I want it to and I generally dislike how blocks turned out overall.
Yep! Groups have a future. And all they need is some love and a grid option. Yes, a grid. So you can still make blocks. Except it’s a group. Less layers, less clutter. Which means less confusion and greater ease of use. Oh imagine the joy …
So the very top of my Todo list now looks like this;
I want to make blocks obsolete before years end. Changes can be expected soon.