As I type this, my eyes are swollen with tears. The reason behind this is because Google will be “deprecating”, which is a fancy word for TRASHING, its official WordPress plugin for Adsense by May 2017. I have come to enjoy this plugin in this and other sites because of the versatility and ease with which you can manage ad placement in every type of page found in your website.
We do not know for certain, but many speculate Adsense scrapped this WP plugin because the new alternatives lead to faster page loading times, so not all is bad. This makes sense knowing Google, who has been promoting site speed with measures such as the AMP(Accelerated Mobile Pages) initiative. The letter below is what I received via email from the Google Adsense team informing me of this grave and somber news.
|In the coming months we’ll be deprecating the official AdSense Plugin for WordPress. You’re receiving this email as you’re currently using the plugin for your WordPress site.|
|What is happening?|
|The official AdSense Plugin for WordPress will be deprecated in May 2017. You will no longer be able to edit your ad settings and ad units directly through the AdSense Plugin. Your existing ad units will keep showing ads but you won’t be able to make any changes.|
|For a better user experience on your site and to be able to make changes to your ad units, we recommend you follow these steps:|
|Learn more about this upcoming change in the AdSense Help Center.|
|The Google AdSense Team|
Right now I’m still trying to make sense of how Adsense killed its very own plugin with no remorse. It will be sorely missed, R.I.P. WordPress Adsense plugin, may we meet once again in another time in another universe.