A weblog authored by Carthik about the latest in the WordPress world.

Sunday, August 01, 2004

Statistics packages

Filed under: — Carthik @ 4:14 pm

This article introduces two GPL licensed website statistics packages that can work with WordPress.

The first is ShortStat. It looks very neat, as you can see from the WordLog Shortstat page (you may have to type in the URL http://wordlog.com/shortstat in teh browser address field, since linking to the shortstat URL is disabled), and the less the clutter, the better, right? I find ShortStat to be a good substitute for Reinvigorate, which incidentally, is also released under the GPL.

The relative advantages of ShortStat are :
1. It is all on your server, and easier to setup to run off of your server than reinvigorate.
2. It gives you a list of repeat offenders referrers, so it’s easier to see how many times a particular site has referred folks to your site.
3. It uses php, and does not mess with Java or Flash or anything else.

To install the latest ShortStat, get Version 0.3b running, and then upgrade to Version 0.34b. Version 0.34b is only an upgrade, and so does not include the files required to install ShortStat, hence the need to install v0.3b first. You can use information in the wp-config.php file from your WordPress install to configure the database variables for ShortStat.
Chris says ShortStat takes up some space in the database, but that should be okay, now that v0.34b includes a way to empty the tables.

The second statistics package is BBClone and Ollie provides some instructions for making it work with WordPress.

These stand-alone applications supplement the list of Statistics Plugins available for WordPress.


  1. just wanted to let you know (which i discovered a little bit ago the hard way since i also use shortstat) that you cannot link to your shortstats to help deter spammers taking advantage – so you have to go copy and paste the url in. :)

    Comment by Jina — 8/1/2004 @ 8:00 pm

  2. Yes, I forgot to mention that. So please type in the URL :
    http://wordlog.com/shortstat in your browser to see the demo.

    Comment by Carthik — 8/1/2004 @ 8:57 pm

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