It can be a bit confusing at first, because there are many things that go by the name OpenX. The company OpenX is the developer of the OpenX Ad Server software, available for download as OpenX Source, and it operates two hosted version, OpenX OnRamp and OpenX Enterprise. It also offers an online real time advertising market place called OpenX Market.
What is OpenX Source ad server?
OpenX Source ad server is a free, open source ad server system. It is available for download, and can then be installed on your own server. There are a number of specialized web hosting companies that offer outsourcing services for the software.
Support for OpenX Source ad server
OpenX Source ad server is a large system, and it will take a bit of effort and energy to get acquainted with it. If you’re switching from another ad server, it will look and feel different for the first few days or weeks. Training for administrators and ad operations staff can help you get started. More advanced techniques (like targeting or tight integration with other website management systems) may also require some external assistance. And if something goes wrong, trouble shooting or recovery services could be very welcome.
For enterprise-level premium services, the team at OpenX Professional Services makes their in-house specialists available. In addition, OpenX maintains a list of consultants, ranging from very experienced, full time specialists to less experienced contractors. I’m also on this list of consultants, but you can also contact me directly for OpenX support by submitting the form on this website.
What is OpenX OnRamp and OpenX Enterprise?
In addition to operating a self-hosted OpenX Source Ad Server system, publishers and advertisers can also use the free hosting services offered by OpenX, called OpenX OnRamp. It is free for any volume up to 50 million ad impressions per month
For larger volumes, there is the paid version called OpenX Enterprise, which uses software version 3.0 that is not available for download or licensing.
What is OpenX Market?
OpenX Market is an online, real time market place for display advertising. Publishers can use it to auction their unsold inventory, while keeping full control over the minimum price and acceptable ad categories for their site. Advertisers can use the market place to easily reach a large number of specialized publishers, bidding to have their ads displayed on well targeted websites.
Using OpenX Market with an OpenX ad server
All of the various flavors of the OpenX Ad Server software mentioned above can be used by publishers to participate in OpenX Market. And advertisers can use OpenX Ad Server too, to manage and measure the ad campaigns they place into the OpenX Market.
What is OpenX.org and OpenX Ltd.?
The company that develops the OpenX Ad Server software, and runs the OpenX hosted services and OpenX Market products is called OpenX Ltd, officially located in London, UK. Most of the operations are concentrated in a subsidiary called OpenX Technologies, Inc., which is based in Pasadena, California, USA.
Booklet: OpenX Reference Guide
This 32 page guide provides a comprehensive description of the OpenX Source Ad Server, an explanation of all important concepts and terminology, and a detailed description of the process of creating advertisers, campaigns, banners, websites and zones. Next there is a section on more advanced subjects, including the algorithm for the calculation of ‘probabilities’ and targeting of banners.
Download: OpenX Reference Guide
Updated: August 7, 2010
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