With WordPress Popular Posts, you can show your visitors what are the most popular entries on your blog.
First thing to do is read both FAQ and Installation sections, they should address most of the questions you might have about this plugin (and even more info can be found via wp-admin > Settings > WordPress Popular Posts > FAQ). If you're having problems with WPP, my suggestion would be try disabling all other plugins first and then re-enable each one to make sure there are no conflicts. Checking the Support Forum is also a good idea as chances are that someone else has already posted something about it (and if not, you are always welcome to create a new thread). Remember: read first. It'll save you (and me) time.
There are a number of reasons that might explain why you are seeing this message: no one has seen or commented on your posts/pages since WordPress Popular Posts activation, you should give it some time; your current theme does not have the wp_head() tag in its <head> section, required by my plugin to keep track of what your visitors are viewing on your site; WordPress Popular Posts was unable to create the necessary DB tables to work, make sure your hosting has granted you permission to create / update / modify tables in the database.
WordPress Popular Posts won't count views generated by logged in users. If your blog requires readers to be logged in to access its contents, this tutorial is for you.
Make sure that: your host is running PHP 4.3 or higher; the GD library is installed and enabled by your host.
By default, WordPress Popular Posts will try and use the Featured Image you have selected for each of your posts and use it to create a thumbnail. If none is set, a "No thumbnail" image will be used instead. You can also tell WordPress Popular Posts to get the thumbnails from the first image found on each post, or specify the path of your thumbnails using a custom field. To do so, simply go to wp-admin > Settings > WordPress Popular Posts > Tools and pick the choice of your preference.
Make sure you have assigned one to your posts (either by attaching an image to your post, selected one using the Featured Images functionality), or assigned one using a custom field and told WordPress Popular Posts what the custom field name is in wp-admin > Settings > WordPress Popular Posts > Tools. Otherwise, my plugin will show this image by default.
Check that the cache subfolder exists (wordpress-popular-posts/cache/) and it's writable (chmodd it to 777 if you're unsure about this). Also, Timthumb uses the PHP GD library to generate images. If it's not installed/enabled, Timthumb will fail and thumbnails won't be generated.
Yes. You have two other ways to achieve this: via shortcode: [wpp] (so you can embed it directly on your posts / pages), or via template tag: wpp_get_mostpopular().
You can find it via wp-admin > Settings > WordPress Popular Posts > FAQ, under the section "List of parameters accepted by wpp_get_mostpopular() and the [wpp] shortcode".
Simply add your custom post type to the Post Type field in the widget (or, if yo're using the template tag / shortcode, use the post_type parameter).
WordPress Popular Posts is flexible enough to let you use your own HTML markup. To do so, simply activate the Use custom HTML markup option and set your desired configuration; or if you're using the template tag / shortcode, you can find the equivalent parameters in the section mentioned above.
If you go to wp-admin > Settings > WordPress Popular Posts > Tools, you'll find two buttons that should do what you need: Clear cache and Clear all data. The first one just wipes out what's in cache (Last 24 hours, Last 7 Days, Last 30 Days), keeping the historical data (All-time) intact. The latter wipes out everything from WordPress Popular Posts data tables - even the historical data. Note that this cannot be undone so proceed with caution.
While it's not officially supported, other users have reported that my plugin runs fine on WordPress Multisite. According to what they have said, you need to install this plugin using the Network Activation feature.
Yes, but there are no predefined styles (well, almost). WordPress Popular Posts will first look into your current theme's folder for the wpp.css file and use it if found so that any custom CSS styles made by you are not overwritten, otherwise will use the one bundled with the plugin.
Since this plugin does not include any predefined designs, it's up to you to style your most popular posts list as you like. You might need to hire someone for this if you don't know HTML/CSS. Asking questions about styling / CSS at the Support Forum might not get an answer from me, either.
You need to copy your custom wpp.css file to your theme's folder, otherwise my plugin will use the one bundled with it by default.
Simply add the following code to your theme's functions.php file:
<?php wp_dequeue_style('wordpress-popular-posts') ?> (or disable the stylesheet via wp-admin > Settings > WordPress Popular Posts > Tools).
If it fits the nature of my plugin and it sounds like something other users would like to have, there's a pretty good chance that I will implement it (specially if you actually provide some sample code with useful comments).
Updates will come depending on my work projects (I'm a full-time web developer) and the amount of time I have on my hands. So please, don't ask for ETAs.
There's a PO file included with WordPress Popular Posts. If your language is not already supported by my plugin, you can use a gettext editor like Poedit to translate all texts into your language. If you want to, you can send me your resulting PO and MO files to hcabrerab at gmail dot com so I can include them on the next release of my plugin.
Chances are that your question has been already answered either in the Support Forum or here in the FAQ section, so I will simply ignore your thread. It could also happen that maybe I just haven't read your post so please be patient (in the meanwhile, search the Support Forum for an answer).
For the time being, the Support Forum is the only way to contact me. Do not, please, do not use my email to get in touch with me unless I authorize you to do so.
Requires: 2.8 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.4.2
Last Updated: 2013-5-15
20 of 45 support threads in the last two months have been resolved.
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