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[resolved] [Plugin: WP SlimStat] how to make it work with w3c total cache ? (12 posts)

  1. Moogle Stiltzkin
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    In the FAQ it mentions the plugin doesn't work well with page cache plugins, so i assume that means w3c total cache which is what i'm using.

    Is this still the case ? And if so, how do i get this to work with it ?

    Because the caching software is a must, as it reduces load time which helps SEO.

    Your plugin also helps seo by helping the site owner identify the trend of the progress of the site and what action needs to be done to improve it based on the info your plugin gathers.

    So any ideas or comments on this matter ?

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-slimstat/

  2. camu
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    See, the problem is that the two try to achieve completely different goals. Caching plugins want to serve the same exact page to ALL your visitors, to improve performance. WP SlimStat, on the other end, needs to serve a slightly different page for each visitor, in order to track his/her/its roundabouts on your website, also by associating a cookie to them. So, it's up to you to decide which functionality has the top priority: site optimization vs user tracking.

    Just so you know, though, I'm planning to introduce a Javascript-only tracking mechanism (à la Google Analytics, so to speak) in version 3.0, which will make this plugin compatible with all the caching plugins, by moving the tracking business to the client. This, of course, will only work if/when your visitors have Javascript enabled, just like it happens with Google Analytics.

    Best,
    Camu

    PS: a vote for my plugin would be a nice way to say thank you!

  3. Moogle Stiltzkin
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    i thought i already did, but i'll vote again.

    Anyways thx for the explanation :}

    well personally i prefer site optimization more for the practical and obvious reasons.

    But i'm still running your plugin and it does seem to be tracking some stuff, although regarding the compatibility in faq, i'm now not too sure if it's that accurate because of what you said.

    However it's good to know your thinking ahead and have something in the works to cater to cache plugin users such as myself (because lots of wordpress users use cache like w3c total plugin as well).

    Anyways keep up the good work :}

    PS: these days people have javascript disabled for sites due to virus/hackers. But at least even google analytics is in the same boat, so it's not as if slimstats is alone in this, and at least it's better than nothing. I doubt most users realize they need to install the noscript plugin, and prevent flash from playing unless they white list a trusted site.

  4. camu
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    Yeah, WP SlimStat will still work, even with a caching plugin active, but the data recorded is not really accurate for what I've seen.

    Camu

  5. Moogle Stiltzkin
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    your plugin seemed to think i was from the UK :x i luled... i'm actually from Malaysia

  6. camu
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    If you want a better accuracy, you may want to buy the PRO version of the database here:

    http://www.maxmind.com/app/country

    The free version bundled with the plugin sometimes is not perfect :)

    Camu

  7. Moogle Stiltzkin
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    even if i got that database, i don't know how to add it to your plugin :{

  8. camu
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    True, in that case you can contact me at

    http://www.duechiacchiere.it/contatto

    And I'll tell you how to convert the data and import them into the database. SlimStat 2.7 introduces an easier way to do that, indeed.

    Camu

  9. Did you by chance add in the JS tracking in the latest version? I would like to start playing with W3 cache for a new client site that is going to need some heavy caching, but I like your plugin so much that I do not want to find another solution.

  10. camu
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hi blobaugh,

    that's still on my todo list. For the next version I've been working on simplifying the user interface, adding contextual help, rewriting the shortcodes plugin etc. It was something that people had been asking for a while: make it easier to understand what all those numbers and codes mean. Version 2.8.1, which should be ready by the end of this month, addresses this problem. Or at least represents the first step in that direction. The Javascript tracking a-la Google Analytics will be added as soon as possible :) Hopefully by mid-June.

    Camu

  11. astrasuite
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I like how I see [resolved] in all comments about Slimstat, which means super support !

    Will wait for this enhancement, as I find that W3 Total Cache is really essential, every WordPress installation should have it, since WordPress is like a turtle in speed.

    It should be time that all WordPress installations should have WP-Slimstat too :)

  12. camu
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thank you for your kind words, and I agree that WP SlimStat should be included with WordPress by default (well, the Italian 'extra large' package includes it, indeed). Unfortunately I'm a little behind schedule and it will probably still take me a while to implement this functionality :(

    A vote for my plugin would be a nice way to say thank you, though!

    Camu

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