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Simple Welcome Ad


This is a super simple plugin which displays a full page welcome ad for visitors. I created this plugin out of necessity as I needed a welcome ad plugin that would adhere the new Google Ad Experience guidelines for interstitial ads. The requirements state that no content can be visible to a user before your interstitial appears, that means even if your content flashes for a split second before your ad shows your site will not pass.

Like the title of the plugin says, this is super simple. The welcome ad has only a few options, feel free to request new features and I can try to incorporate.

The welcome ad is designed to NOT show on mobile devices only Desktops.


  • Only displays on Desktop
  • Adjustable Second Countdown Timer
  • Set how long you want ad to be hidden for after someone closes ad
  • Ability to upload background image
  • Ability to change color of welcome ad background
  • NEW Ability to schedule start date and end date for welcome ad to run.


  • Settings Screen
  • Welcome Ad


  1. Activate the plugin through the Plugins menu in WordPress
  2. Browse through the Welcome Ad settings and enable ad


I really wish this plugin did XYZ, can you implement

More than likely! Feel free to contact me and suggest features and I will do my best to incorporate in.

Do you offer support?

Yes, I do the absolute best I can to support the free version of the plugin.


15 Meán an tSamhraidh, 2018
Our site was flagged by the Google Ad Experience report for the entry-pops we were using (mostly for serving welcome ads). Google said they'd start blocking ALL ads on our site on Google Chrome within 30 days. The problem is that most promo tool like Sumo, Thrive, ConvertPro, etc. show content on a page and then show the entry-pop. That violates Google's guidelines. But this plugin shows the entry pop / welcome ad first with a ghosted image of the site behind it ... before it ever shows actual content. For some reason, this does NOT violate Google Ad Experience guidelines. Bottom line, we can now serve our welcome ads again without violating the Google Ad Experience report. Plugin was easy to install and configure, and the developer has been responsive to new ideas and a couple of feature requests.
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  • UPDATE – Updated all vendor libraries


  • BUG FIX – Addressed issue where when running WP Rocket caching plugin, welcome ad would fire two times before staying hidden.
  • UPDATE – Updated all vendor libraries


  • BUG FIX – Corrected issue with latest version of chrome and e.preventDefault()
  • PATCH – Added in a patch for folks using ConvertPro Exit Pop plugin
  • UPDATE – Refactored javascript to load faster


  • BUG FIX – Fixed issue with welcome ad html being displayed on RSS feeds


  • Added in ability to specify countdown time
  • Added in WP Rocket caching support


  • Complete rewrite of codebase


  • Complete roll back


  • Added in ability to allow for scheduling of the popup


  • Initial Release