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Database Only Visitor Entropy Statistics


This plugin is primarily geared for the system administrator\webmaster who is interested in gathering data about their site(s) unique visitors. THIS PLUGIN DOES NOT DISPLAY DATA BY ITSELF. DOVES will only record data in a local file located at /var/log/wordpress/visitors.log

This plugin only records unique visits, i.e. this plugin will record all visits that are not referred to by the host server. For example, someone clicking a link on your site that goes to another page of your site will not be recorded.

The primary purpose of this plugin is so that administrators that use their own OS level reporting mechanisms such as LogWatch, nagios, Big Brother, etc. can create their own reporting plugins for these tools, all the while keeping their WordPress database and admin panel nice and tidy.

I will be offering external plugins to LogWatch and other things. Check my site for these tools.


  1. Upload ‘doves.php’ to the ‘/wp-content/plugins/’ directory
  2. Create the directory ‘/var/log/wordpress’
  3. Provide write permissions to that directory for the web server user
  4. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress


Is my plugin working? I don’t see any data.

To view your data, try tailing the new log file (eg. tail -f /var/log/wordpress/visitors.log).

Contributors & Developers

“Database Only Visitor Entropy Statistics” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.



  • Major redesign of the plugin. I am no longer using a local database as that proves difficult when writing ancillary scripts for monitoring and reporting.

  • doves table structure has been removed.

  • uses /var/log/wordpress/visitors.log file for logging.


  • fixed Author and Plugin URIs


  • Original release.