Support » Plugin: WP Statistics » Big Change in Visits/Visitor after Last Update

  • Resolved BigDogSF


    Hi Greg,

    First off, thanks for this plugin. You’ve put a lot of time into developing and maintaining it.

    This is more of an observation than a support issue.

    I am running the “Google Analytics Dashboard for WP” by Alin Marcu in addition to the “WP Statistics” Plugin,

    After the last update, I reviewed the WP Stats Plugin settings and made some changes…unfortunately, I am not 100% on all the changes I made.

    Prior to the update, WP Stats was reporting approx 40,000 visits per day. After updating I am now seeing approx 700 visits per day. The visitors has remained about the same, between 150 to 200 visitors per day.

    The Google Analytics plugin reports about 75% less visitors per day, between 30-40, and about 85% less visits, so around 75-80 per day.

    Any thoughts on the changes? And also, could you explain why there is such a big difference between the Google Analytics results and Wp Statistics results?

    Will Wilson

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  • Plugin Contributor Greg Ross


    The change in visits is probably because you excluded something (like the login page or enabled the browscap.ini) which dumped one or two visitors off your list that were hitting your site quite often (like a brute force password attack).

    From the FAQ:

    = I’m using another statistics plugin/service and get different numbers for them, why? =

    Pretty much every plugin/service is going to give you different results for visits and vistors, there are several reasons for this:

    * Web crawler detection
    * Detection method (javascript vs server side PHP)
    * Centralized exclusions

    Services that use centralized databases, like Google Analytics, for spam and robot detection have better detection than WP Statistics can. The trade off of course is relaying on an external service.

    Thanks Greg…Excellent answer…and yes, I did enable the browsecap.ini feature.

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