I’m looking to integrate ads on a new Discourse instance. At the moment, there are a few possibilities, in terms of plugins, with varying features.
- The official Discourse Google DFP plugin. GitHub repo is: here. It hasn’t been updated in 9 months.
Supports Google DFP
- Supports Google AdSense
The Team Melbourne RGSOC2015 Discourse AdPlugin. Discussion here. GitHub repo is here. Created by @ladydanger and seems to be supported by core Discourse team member @neil and previously @eviltrout. It was updated recently.
- Google AdSense
- Google DFP
- Amazon Affiliates
From a flexibility perspective, the third is most appealing, since it incorporates multiple platforms. I’m concerned about the maintenance and support of all of these, including the official one.
I wanted to create this topic just to open a more general discussion about advertising integration in Discourse. While nobody loves ads, they’re an important revenue source for many small sites and I think it’s important to have solid, flexible, official support for them.
Given the flexibility, what are the chances of adopting the third as the official plugin and supporting it as Discourse continues to grow and change?