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  • Resolved aprilia


    Hi – I am new to bot WordPress and HTML. I am up and running and am trying to add a hit counter to my blog. I have the StatCounter code, but it assumes that I have a regular “index.htm(l)” root file.

    My questions: Where is the code for my home page using word press? What is the filename I need to add the content to?


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  • What version of WordPress are you using?

    If 1.2.x, look at the index.php in your blog’s root directory.

    If 1.5, look in your current theme’s directory (wp-content/themes/), but which file to add it to depends partly on if the stat counter is displayed, and where you want to display it.

    In either case, your WordPress PHP files/templates are basically HTML files that allow you to embed PHP code. So for that part of the task, entering the code they’ve given you should not be a problem.

    I am using 1.5…sorry about that. All of the free hit counters state that I must place their code between the <body> & </body> tags. I downloaded the theme at but that shouldn’t matter, right? Heh-I just can’t find the file with the body tags. Again, new to WP & HTML

    Typically, the “body” tags are in the index.php within the wp-content/themes/yourthemechoice/ folder.

    I recommend if you are going to use one of these free hit counters you put it at the very bottom of your page, usually below the footer.

    Also, I found that when using these free hit counters, several nasty things happened. Now it might have been a coincidence that my over sexed email spam started arriving by the gross, unwanted in my email, but who is to really know. What I do know is that my page loading slowed down a lot. If that isn’t important, who cares, but I believe that there are some free and worry-free hit counters as plugins. Check out the page to see what is available. Since these tend to work directly with your site and not from something offsite, they are usually fast and more accurate.

    And honestly, these can be fun, but most people know they can be faked and are gimmicky, often cluttering up a page. It’s up to you how you use it, just my opinion. It took me a while to get over them. The site statistics were more important to ME than my viewers.

    Moderator James Huff


    Halfelf Minion 🚀

    Aprila, make sure that you’re using the “W3C Compliant” code and place it in footer.php right after the sentence or last word and before <div id="footer"> closes. I’ve been using StatCounter without any problems for the past 3 months.

    After weeks of BBClone vs WordPress 1.5 frustration I ran into this post. I put the StatCounter “W3C Compliant” code in foother.php and it works like a charm! Thanks! Syl

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