I have placed the following code fragment in the footer.php code for the theme TwentyEleven:
<i>Page Read Count:</i>
<?php simplehitcounter_hit(); ?>
When I open the site I see the text prompt but there is no vlaue shown.
When I look into the database, there is a single record for the relevant web site and a non zero hit count value.
I suspect I have done something wrong, however I am unable to post anything on the author's web site.