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How do you guys keep track of traffic? (16 posts)

  1. mastiff
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I'm looking for a way to get a feel for how many visitors I'm getting and from where. I'm not really into the super complicated things that cpanel offers. On another site I have, I use a referrer logger program and have it in the main header, so every visitor who links in is logged. It's still not ideal, because I don't see people who come direct.

    With WP, I can't even find anyplace to put such a referrer logger. It requires a PHP call, and if I put it in index.php, it breaks the feeds for some reason. Besides that though, with WP most of my readers could be via RSS and I'd never see them anyway.

    Any suggestions? I'm just starting up; I don't have 1000's of visitors, so at this point my ideal thing is just a chronological list of visitors with a referrer if available...

  2. Lorelle
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Well, I recommend you check with your host for what site analysis programs they use. Those are usually really extensive.

    http://dev.wp-plugins.org/wiki/wp-shortstat is good but very condensed.

    http://www.randypeterman.com/StatTraq/ is also very good.

    As for letting people "see" who is logged in and all that, well, I'm sure there are Plugins for that, too.

  3. jennmiller
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I use ShortStat and PathStat. They give several types of reports and they're super easy to use. They never break the feeds for me either. http://jehiah.com/projects/pathstats/

  4. tomhanna
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    CG-Referrers from the Chaitgear CG-Powerpack is what I use for internal (nonpublic) stats. For public viewing, I just have a Sitemeter button since it's the "official" stats of the TTLB Ecosystem anyway...

    http://www.chait.net/index.php?p=238

  5. mastiff
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    jenmiller: for pathstats, where do you put the include? index.php under the main wordpress directory?

  6. jennmiller
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I put it in the head of my template indexes.

    edit...it's actually an include for ShortStat and it handles both ShortStat and PathStat ;)

  7. Beel
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Boy, this thread looks familiar. One has to wonder if we have entered some parallel universe. If so, then there must be quite a few of 'em out there (and probably just as superfluous as this one).

  8. tomhanna
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Yeah, how many threads are there where somebody says "this thread looks familiar." It's like deja vu all over again.

  9. Beel
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

  10. Michael Bishop

    Posted 9 years ago #

    I use this plugin for displaying recent traffic on my site. It can be configured for a sidebar, but I simply created a page for site stats, using this, Bad Behavior Stats plugin, and a plugin that lists all your plugins!

  11. tauquil
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I'll join in again. I like StatCounter. Not a plugin but easy enough to install (just add the relevant code to somewhere like your footer.php). The results are fairly comprehensive and are displayed in a nice simple manner.

  12. richards1052
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I 2nd that motion for statcounter. It's better than most of the other stat counters I've used over the yrs. It provides lots of data & is easy to read & understand.

    Your host will give you good stat data by using things like Awstats, but I find some of the graphs & other data hard to read & follow. Awstats will give you more data than statcounter.

  13. StatTraq for me.

  14. aliferste
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I use Blogpatrol, I just inserted the code into the footer.

  15. kmdtkh
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Thats all for incomming traffic. What do you use for outgoing traffic? I would like to know which link is clicked most!

  16. sguler
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    No need to install a plugin for that! the best way is to use Addfreestats.com ...

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