WordPress Stats Plugin
Add highly available, highly versatile statistics similar to WordPress.com to your WordPress.org hosted blog.
Plugin Vision (Features)
Wordpress.com has had a very nice statistics package for its users for some time. This plugin adds the same statistics to a WordPress hosted blog. Automattic does require that every user have a WordPress.com API key for the installation but it is very painless to get and the statistics generated are fantastic. There has been a lot of good press surrounding this plugin and Andy and the Automattic team have done a bang up job on it.
Lots of items are monitored by the statistics plugin and the usual suspects are available. You can access the statistics through your blog admin and the page redirects to a WordPress.com admin page where the stats are available. The main statistics page displays a flash graph of your daily visits for the past 30 days. Other items displayed in text include two days of statistics of the following:
- Top Posts Viewed
- Search Engine Terms used to visit your blog
- Click throughs from your blog to the outside world
- Total Views, Best day Evar and todays’ views
- Incoming links from Google Blogsearch
Each of the items listed can be drilled down further with graphical statictics for each item. Don’t pass up this feature. It is very interesting to see how slowly the posts go out of favor or become obsolete. Some posts of mine are still popular after years or after a Google bomb of some kind. WordPress Stats FAQ states that statistics are updated every 3 minutes or so and it takes upto 20 minutes for the first stats to show up. Your own hits are not counted and your theme must have the default wp_footer function for things to work right.
I have been using the plugin for some time and I love the features. The biggest benefit for me has been the load or the lack thereof. The plugin does not add any load to my servers and yet it is available from the backend of this blog without any muss or fuss. In addition, I like the click counting and the per page statistics. One other feature that people might overlook is that once you are logged in with the plugin enabled, your WordPress.com backend becomes your backend and vice versa. You can get to your own hosted blog’s admin right from any WordPress.com blog’s navigation bar. I am a sucker for stats and this plugin is just the ticket. The best part of the installing the plugin is the simplicity of installation and forwards compatibility for newer features that might be added.
As for a wishlist, I wish there was an API to tap into the statistics. I can only imagine the possibilities. Top Posts, Top Clickthroughs, Top Referers and so much more could be done if we only had some access to the data.
However, the service if free for most (I pay for Akismet) and is hassle free, comprehensive and will serve most WordPress bloggers quite well. Are there any features I missed or any benefit/advantage that you experience with this plugin that you would like to share? Are you using WordPress Stats?
PS: Thanks Andy!