Since I’m the curious sort (and I like to see if people are actually reading my blog posts), I spent a bit of time looking into WordPress statistics plugins. Unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be any free “standard” plugin the everyone uses, so I had to conduct my own review.
Google Analytics seems to be popular and I saw a few WordPress plugins that integrate the service, but I don’t really want to use external statistics tracking. For internal statistics tracking, I found a few tools that looked promising:
- Lightstats looked good, but I wanted cold numbers rather than fancy graphics. I was also a little concerned about the load it might put on this (old, old) server.
- Quickstats seemed tidy and popular, but a little too simplistic for me.
- Firestats looked rather impressive and I did go to the trouble (not much) of installing it and checking it out. It worked without a hitch despite the highly visible “this is beta software; use at own risk!” warning on the homepage.
- Counterize is something I came across while installing Firestats. (Firestats asked if there was pre-existing counterize data it could import). Looks good, but I didn’t try it out because I finally settled on…
- WP-SlimStat! It looked great, but I initially had trouble installing it on WordPress 2.0. It actually broke the rest of the blog when enabled! According to various forum posts, this seemed to be a common problem. I found this post on deep jive interests that resolved the problem and it now runs fine (and looks great!)
I’m happy with WP-SlimStat thus far. It integrates SlimStat which is based on ShortStat, which is the same code that a popular commercial statistics package, Mint, is based on. (All this is mentioned in the deep jive article I mentioned before).
I hope this helps someone else looking for a decent statistics package for WordPress. If you find something better, please let me know and I will add it to this list!