Prints a count of the number of hits your blog has received, tracked in the database.
Once the plugin is installed (described below), you can display the count by putting code like this somewhere on your page:
<?= simplehitcounter_hit(); ?>
That will both increment the counter and display its value. There is no method for getting the value without incrementing it. I suppose I could write such a thing if anyone likes.
There is a minor race condition. First the plugin updates the database by one (atomically), then it queries for the current count. Therefore in heavy traffic it is possible for two updates to happen before either select. In that case, the counter will correctly increment, but the number displayed may be the same for each user, representing the total page hits. As far as I can tell, this race condition is inevitable without locking the table. It seems trivial enough, though I guess you should be warned if you run a contest to give away a free car to the 1,000,000th user.
By default the plugin keeps its data in a table called
You can change this by editing the