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Compete widget



  • WordPress 2.2 or 2.0.x/2.1.x with WordPress Widgets
  • PHP 4.3.0 or greater (needed for function file_get_contents)
  • API Key from (You can use the one supplied, but that is limited to 1000 requests a day)


  • Displays data about your site or any site you choose
  • Edit nearly all aspects of it via widget admin
  • Caching for large traffic sites


You can edit ‘Widget Formatting’ to change how the info is displayed. To access the variables, use this formatting:

  • %rank% – Rank of the site
  • %icon% – The icon relating to your traffic rank (large or small depending on options)
  • %count% – People count
  • %host% – Hostname used in lookup
  • %link% – Link to the compete page for the host
  • %compete% – The compete link –

The default formatting is:

<span style=”float:right;”><img src=”%icon%” alt=”%rank%” /></span>
<a href=”%link%”>%host%</a><br />

Ranking: %rank%<br />
People: %count%<br />


  • Default Display
  • Admin Panel


  1. Download
  2. Extract and upload compete.php to the plugins/ directory
  3. Enable Compete Rankings in the Plugin admin panel
  4. In widget admin panel, place Compete in the sidebar, and edit it to enter your API key (optional)


Nothing shows up when I try it or I get an error that file_get_contents doesn’t exist

This script relies on the function file_get_contents to fetch the RSS feed. If your host doesn’t allow the use of it, but allows the use of curl, you can replace

$stories = file_get_contents($uri);


$ch = curl_init();
$timeout = 5; // set to zero for no timeout
curl_setopt ($ch, CURLOPT_URL, $uri);
curl_setopt ($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, 1);
curl_setopt ($ch, CURLOPT_CONNECTTIMEOUT, $timeout);
$stories = curl_exec($ch);
What does cache time mean?

It’s the number of seconds before the content will be requested again. You can set this to be 0 or -1 to not use the caching system. If you edit any of the widgets in the widget admin panel, the cache is cleared.

Contributors & Developers

“Compete widget” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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