Support » Plugin: WordPress Popular Posts » [Plugin: WordPress Popular Posts] All time -> average daily views problem

  • jenseo


    Hey there!
    This plugin works perfect for me on my site, I’ve been running it for almost a year now and I’m very happy with it, except for one thing!

    When I try to change the settings to display all time combined with average daily views, the message Sorry. No data so far. displays.

    It works like a charm with all time combined with total views. All other combinations seems to work as it should as well (Last 30 days + Average daily views etc…)

    The site in question is (in Swedish, top 6 popular posts on the right, at the moment last 30 days + average daily views.)

    Any idea what the problem might be?

    Thanks for a great plugin!

    // Jens.

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  • Plugin Author Hector Cabrera


    Hi Jens,

    Sorry for the long delay. I’ll be taking a look a this and report back and/or push a plugin update if necessary as soon as I can. It’s been a while since I last took a look at WPP’s code so it might take sometime for me to fix whatever needs some fixing.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Thanks Héctor for your reply!
    I’m looking forward to hear about the solution!

    Take care!
    // Jens.

    Hey again Héctor,
    I just updated to the latest version of your plugin, and unfortunately now the thumbnails wont show in bigger size than like 20pixels or something anymore. I had them customized to be bigger.

    See the sidebar of


    // Jens.

    Plugin Author Hector Cabrera


    Hi Jens,

    That’s not a bug. A few days back, the WordPress Team warned me that my plugin (and others as well, I suspect) was causing security issues to many blogs around because of the TimThumb script. This is a third-party php script my plugin was using to create thumbnails, however it appears that someone found a flaw and exploited it which is why I had to remove it.

    My plugin now relies on WordPress’ Post Thumbnail feature (a.k.a. Featured Image) to let the users select their own thumbnails. Bad news is you’ll have to select a featured image for all your popular posts, but first you’ll need to add this two lines of code to your theme’s functions.php file:

    // Enable post thumbnails
    set_post_thumbnail_size(width, height, true);

    … where width and height are the dimensions of your thumbnails. For example:

    // Enable post thumbnails
    set_post_thumbnail_size(80, 80, true);

    I know this is annoying, so my apologies for the troubles caused.

    Hey Héctor,
    that’s no problem, I already use that function on all my blog posts. The problem is, the plugin seems to resize the images, they are not being displayed the size they actually are…

    // Jens.

    Plugin Author Hector Cabrera


    Mmm I think I know what the problem is. Please open wordpress-popular-posts.php, find this code (around line 717):

    $thumb = "<a href=\"".get_permalink($wppost->ID)."\" title=\"". $title_attr ."\">" . get_the_post_thumbnail($wppost->ID, array($tbWidth), array('class' => 'wpp-thumbnail', 'alt' => $title_attr, 'title' => $title_attr) ) ."</a> <!-- $tbWidth $tbHeight-->";

    … and change it for:

    $thumb = "<a href=\"".get_permalink($wppost->ID)."\" title=\"". $title_attr ."\">" . get_the_post_thumbnail($wppost->ID, 'thumbnail', array('class' => 'wpp-thumbnail', 'alt' => $title_attr, 'title' => $title_attr) ) ."</a>";

    Let me know if it fixes your thumbnail issue, please.

    Thanks, that did the trick! 🙂

    Plugin Author Hector Cabrera


    Good, I’ll be sure to include this patch on the next release. Thanks for pointing that out!

    No problem! Thanks for a great plugin and for your help!
    // Jens.

    (I’m not changing to resolved, since my original question isn’t resolved yet)

    Hi, I tried to add a link underneath my thumbnail list, only to find that my thumbnails shrunk from 108 pixel squares to 15 pixel squares after I updated my plugin settings.

    Then I implemented both code changes suggested above. I specified 108×108 pixels for my thumbnail image in my functions.php. While that did make the image bigger than 15×15 pixels like it was before, the images resized to 135×135 pixels, which is the size specified for thumbnails in my media settings. I don’t want to change that size under media settings because 135×135 is the correct size for other thumbnails on my site.

    Had I known that trying to tweak the plugin this morning would cause so much trouble, I wouldn’t have messed with it at all. Now it looks all wrong and I have spent over thirty minutes trying to fix it. 🙁

    If you don’t have a solution, do you know when you will have an update for the plugin? I absolutely loved the way it looked before and would hate to remove it altogether for now.

    Thank you,

    Hey Kate,
    you should be able to add a custom sized thumbnail to your functions.php file, and then specify it in the plugin.

    Add this to your functions.php file:

    add_image_size( 'popular-thumbnail', 108, 108, true );

    And then change this in your plugin file:

    $thumb = "<a href=\"".get_permalink($wppost->ID)."\" title=\"". $title_attr ."\">" . get_the_post_thumbnail($wppost->ID, 'thumbnail', array('class' => 'wpp-thumbnail', 'alt' => $title_attr, 'title' => $title_attr) ) ."</a>";

    To this:

    $thumb = "<a href=\"".get_permalink($wppost->ID)."\" title=\"". $title_attr ."\">" . get_the_post_thumbnail($wppost->ID, 'popular-thumbnail', array('class' => 'wpp-thumbnail', 'alt' => $title_attr, 'title' => $title_attr) ) ."</a>";

    Thank you so much for your help, Jens! I implemented your changes and they almost work just right, except that my images are no longer cropped into a square. So my horizontal images are 108 pixels high by 72 pixels wide, and my vertical images are the opposite! It’s producing a collage-like effect in my sidebar: Do you happen to know how to fix that?

    Just out of curiosity, what happens if you upload a new picture? It might be that you need to re-upload your pictures, since this only will apply to new pictures, not the ones already uploaded.

    There’s a plugin that does this automatically, so you don’t need to manually upload all pictures again, but first, try it by uploading a new picture to one of your popular posts.

    // Jens.

    Thank you, Jens! I just re-uploaded each of the six featured images, cleared my cache, and it worked. I doubt that an older post will appear in the popular posts section, but I’ll keep an eye out for it and re-upload the featured image for those posts if necessary. Thank you so much for helping me resolve this issue!

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