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I'm a web designer with a client who wanted to use Revive as a Self Serve Ad Buying platform across a number of sites he owns. I discovered Revive, put it on a server to test and fell in love.  I have a client with a network of sites that he wanted to sell ads on.

When I visited what I thought was the best-known plugin developer, I found many plugins that seemed to overlap in purpose. But I figured that I couldn't be the first to want this functionality. So I asked a question: "What plugins do I need to turn Revive into a self-service platform."

I got a reply listing 4 plugins.  The client approved the $240 and we waited. Instead of plugins to Revive, I received a collection of files to copy directly into the system. That should have been my first clue.

I next discovered all the files were encrypted.  The pages created were horribly designed and we couldn't change them.  I complained and got some unencrypted files.  I soon discovered the functionality was as poor as the design.  I could create an ad package and you could log in and buy it.  But there is no way to see what was purchased for the buyer - or the admin.  I complained and got a few new files and some of them were unencrypted so I could style the pages - but there was still a lot of missing functionality. I started asking for a refund.

Long story short, I was asked what the process should look like - so I laid out a simple workflow.  Then I was told we would need to purchase the source code for a number 2.5 times our original investment.  after at least a dozen emails I finally was told that buying the source code wasn't going to give me that functionality, instead would need to spend 10 times our original investment.

I saw another post where a developer said they were unimpressed with a plugin maker. I wish I had seen it before dealing with this one. I think Revive is a great project but beware of the people trying to make money off of it with plugins that don't work.




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14 hours ago, AngryWarrior said:

Hmm.. 🤔

It would be interesting indeed to know the name of this bad developer company's name so others will not burn their fingers and waste money too @McColley and @Ian vM..

I am of course speaking for myself included too. 


In an earlier post I mentioned a party you can trust. Try them.

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I been searching for that too @Display Name

Like a list over approved and verified developer companies that does a good job out there for their clients in terms of Revive server.

It would be nice if Revive team created such list!  😉

Edited by AngryWarrior

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On 6/20/2018 at 7:33 PM, Ian vM said:

Yes I know which developer you mean. There are some legit ones out there though like https://www.adserverplugins.com/

Hi. Which plugin developer site it? I am considering getting plugins from https://www.reviveadservermod.com but most of the description of their plugins overlap and no reviews from previous customers, having second thoughts now.

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