You no longer need to hack Adrotate as the latest version allows for multiple widgets.

To get more then the 2 widgets that are enabled with Adrotate you need to modify the following files.



After making a back up just in case!! .Do the following.

For adrotate.php add the following code after

add_action(‘widgets_init’, ‘adrotate_widget_init_2’);
Do this for each extra widget you require changing the number after ‘init_’ to a unique reference.


For adrotate-widget.php copy and paste the follwoing code

Name: adrotate_widget_init_2

Purpose: Widget for the sidebar

Receive: -none-

Return: -none-


function adrotate_widget_init_2() {

if ( !function_exists(‘register_sidebar_widget’) )


if ( !function_exists(‘adrotate_banner’) )


function adrotate_widget_2($args) {

$options = get_option(‘widget_adrotate_2’);


echo $before_widget . $before_title . $options[‘title’] . $after_title;

echo ‘<ul><li>’;

echo adrotate_banner($options[‘group’], $options[‘banner’], $options[‘block’], false);

echo ‘</li></ul>’;

echo $after_widget;


function adrotate_widget_control_2() {

$options = $newoptions = get_option(‘widget_adrotate_2’);

if ( $_POST[‘adrotate-submit-2’] ) {

$newoptions[‘title’] = strip_tags(stripslashes($_POST[‘adrotate-title-2’]));

$newoptions[‘group’] = strip_tags(stripslashes($_POST[‘adrotate-group-2’]));

$newoptions[‘block’] = strip_tags(stripslashes($_POST[‘adrotate-block-2’]));

$newoptions[‘banner’] = strip_tags(stripslashes($_POST[‘adrotate-banner-2’]));


if ( $options != $newoptions ) {

$options = $newoptions;

update_option(‘widget_adrotate_2’, $options);


$title = attribute_escape($options[‘title’]);

$group = attribute_escape($options[‘group’]);

$block = attribute_escape($options[‘block’]);

$banner = attribute_escape($options[‘banner’]);



<label for=”adrotate-title”>Title: <input class=”widefat” id=”adrotate-title” name=”adrotate-title-2″ type=”text” value=”<?php echo $title; ?>” /></label>

<br />

<small>HTML will be stripped out.</small>



<label for=”adrotate-group”>Group: <input class=”widefat” id=”adrotate-group” name=”adrotate-group-2″ type=”text” value=”<?php echo $group; ?>” /></label>

<br />

<small>Group IDs. If multiple, separate them with commas (ie. 2,3,12,5).</small>



<label for=”adrotate-block”>Block (Optional): <input class=”widefat” id=”adrotate-block” name=”adrotate-block-2″ type=”text” value=”<?php echo $block; ?>” /></label>

<br />

<small>Sets the amount of banners in a block.</small>



<label for=”adrotate-banner”>Banner (Optional): <input class=”widefat” id=”adrotate-banner” name=”adrotate-banner-2″ type=”text” value=”<?php echo $banner; ?>” /></label>

<br />

<small>Leave empty for multiple groups or when using a block! Do NOT enter multiple numbers here!</small>


<input type=”hidden” id=”adrotate-submit” name=”adrotate-submit-2″ value=”1″ />




$widget_ops_2 = array(‘classname’ => ‘adrotate_widget_2’, ‘description’ => “Add banners in the sidebar.” );

wp_register_sidebar_widget(‘AdRotate_2’, ‘AdRotate 2’, ‘adrotate_widget_2’, $widget_ops_2);

wp_register_widget_control(‘AdRotate_2’, ‘AdRotate 2’, ‘adrotate_widget_control_2’ );


Change all references to the number 2 to a unique number that matchs the changes you made to adrotate .php.

The above changes to both adrotate.php and adrotate-widget.php needs to be done for each extra widget you require.

Upload your changes to the Adrotate folder and now you have extra AD widgets.