Support » Plugin: Google Analyticator » PHP7 Compatibility EASY FIX use __construct()

  • Resolved Jer Clarke


    PHP7 has a new deprecation warning that forces us to define classes slightly differently. Rather than being able to use the class name as the label for the constructor method, the constructor method must be called __construct(). PHP7 is about to explode in popularity because it is terrifically faster than PHP5 and the new Ubuntu LTS version featuring PHP7 is about to see final release.

    Here’s the type of error I get from Google Analyticator running on PHP7:

    ( ! ) Deprecated: Methods with the same name as their class will not be constructors in a future version of PHP; GoogleAnalyticsStats has a deprecated constructor in /[…]/wp-content/plugins/google-analyticator/ on line 8

    They happen all over the site when WP_DEBUG is enabled because just loading that code into memory triggers it, so it’s extremely important that the warnings be removed, as it will fill up the server logs of anyone who uses the plugin.

    The solution is super simple, and just requires you to match the code style to what the rest of WP has already done (in

    	 * HOTFIX: Replace class name as constructor with __construct()
    //	function GoogleAnalyticsStats()
    	function __construct()

    Here are the places in your plugin that need updating:


    //function GoogleAnalyticsSummary($shortcode = FALSE)
        function __construct($shortcode = FALSE)


    //function GoogleStatsWidget($shortcode = FALSE) {
    	function __construct($shortcode = FALSE) {

    and the example above.

    Thank you for fixing this if you can. Please review the other tickets about notices/deprecation in your plugin as there are several other EASY fixes that would mean I could start using the vanilla version of your plugin again.

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  • +1 and thumbs up. Was just about to post the same since I ran into the same issue. Luckily got it easily fixed.

    Thanks, I keep forgetting about this when temporarily setting PHP7 to be very strict… and then I get always surprised at the sheer amount of notices I get!

    Google Analyticator is not really among the worst plugins out there… it’s easy enough to fix.

    Easy to fix but that applies to both us and the developer. Fixing it upstream would mean users who don’t and shouldn’t edit PHP are able to keep using the plugin.

    Also because this plugin uses external API it MUST be updated, so users can’t avoid updating to new versions to maintain their hacks. Really a bad situation.

    Hoping the devs can integrate these fixes soon.

    Plugin Author grimmdude


    Hi There,

    Thanks for the ticket, this has been fixed in 6.5.1.


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