House Ads in the official Ad Plugin

Hi @neil, what would be the approche to integrate ad network’s javascript with the house ads ? It there a theme component that is doing this ?

Many thanks

You would probably need to create a plugin that is similar to the AdSense and Ad Manager part of the official ad plugin. House ads is the wrong place to do non-house ads.


Great feature! I have a long list of sponsors, about 20. In my site I randomize them, and would like to here, otherwise I always get the first one on every topic page.

I see three possible solutions:

  1. The feature could add a randomizer. Just a checkbox to randomize the list once before each display, then do each on in turn.

  2. The feature could allow an optional URL to a script which would offer up a random single ad on each call.

  3. I could call that same script in the ad content. I wrote the script but can’t seem to call it. I tried this:

< link rel=“import” href=“”>

but it didn’t work. Is there a way to fetch from an URL which would be supported by this implementation?

The plugin already starts on a random one and cycles through them evenly in order. Are you sure you added all your ads to the topic list top inventory?


Oh my… now I see what it’s doing. Thanks for the point-out! Lots to learn.

While the granularity is handy and allows each to be selected, it would be nice to have an ‘all’ option, or a multi-select UI. I’m imagining a list of ads down the left side and columns of checkboxes for each ad location… although that is not a UI format I have seen used so far.


Is there a possibility to track views and clicks on the House Ads?

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Tracking clicks is easy enough with bitly. Not sure about views.

Wauw It took me some time to find where you download this plugin.

Therefore I paste a link: - it might save some time for others…?


Quick suggestion: I think it would be awesome if some of the global ad plugin options were available for each individual ad.


  • no ads for personal messages
  • no ads for groups
  • no ads for categories
  • no ads for tags

Also, perhaps a new option for ‘no ads on homepage’ (both for global and individual ad settings).

Then you could target house ads, showing different ads for different categories/tags and the homepage.

An alternative would be for the targeting to be positive instead of negative, so you actively select the locations where the ad will be displayed - instead of where it won’t be displayed.


This is fantastic! Great job y’all!!!


Any chance of having settings per ad? I’d like to create an ad that displays only to one group. But I don’t want to turn off ads completely for all other groups.

Edited to add this question: Can this perhaps be achieved by editing the CSS for the particular ad I want to display only to the one group?

Yes this is a way to do it. The primary group of the current user will be used to add a class to the body tag on the page. Since my primary group here is “team”, the body tag has a class “primary-group-team” for me.

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Hmmm… I can only target the primary group, though? That’s not going to work in my situation.

Do you check in Settings -> Ad Plugin?

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We don’t support settings per ad, so there’s no way to do that without looking at the primary ad group.


Quick followup question. Is it possible to target users without a primary group? If I could just create an ad that was shown to people who hadn’t joined any groups yet, pushing them to join a group, I’d be a happy camper.

Hi Neil, did you ever create an option to restrict an ad to nominated categories? if so, or if you have a work-around, that would be brilliant. In my case, each advertiser is typically only relevant for one category.


No that feature hasn’t been created and we don’t have a spec for it yet. There isn’t a good workaround other than using a css class to hide ads when they’re in the wrong category.


But it’s a valid point, showing ads for specific category is definitely useful. I use discourse with category as different language, so using different language ads for specific categories would be nice.

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I am trying the official Ad plugin for in house ads and I am wondering if it is possible to show ads to custom locations (other than #available-locations-for-ad-display).

I have added a custom HTML/CSS header using the Edit HTML/CSS feature and would like to be able to put in house ads managed in the admin with the plugin in my custom header.

Is it something doable ? Thanks !

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