Originally posted on April 16, 2007 @ 4:35 am
Everyone who discovers this WordPress plugin loves it.
I’ve been using it for about 8 months now, but haven’t taken the time to announce it publicly as my favorite WordPress plugin. You know, the one plugin that I install on every WordPress installation (the only one beside Askimet that I actively use on each blog).
The plugin is called WP-ShortStat. It’s a brilliant, simple little stat program that shows you everything you want to know about your blog visitors. Here’s a sampling of what it shows you:
- Total uniques and hits per day
- Common keyword phrases
- Most recent keyword searches
- Most recent visitors and resource visited
- Top referring sites
- Geographical location of your visitors
All of that on one single page. Want to track your most recent submission to Reddit or Digg? WP-ShortStat gives you an almost real time picture of not only your most recent visitors, but the precise minute during which they visited. This allows you to see the volume of traffic at any given moment. Very cool indeed.
There is one caveat to all this. WP-ShortStat is database intensive. If you’ve got a consistently high-volume site, and you notice that WP-ShortStat is taking minutes, not seconds to load, then it’s time to uninstall the plugin!