Using HTML to Format a StatCounter

Did you know that when you generate your StatCounter code, you can choose a “Counter Image” or a “Text Counter”?

Counter Image
With a “Counter Image”, you can choose the digit and background color of your StatCounter within your StatCounter account. You can also set the minimum number of digits to be displayed and choose a font style. Here are a few examples of the Counter Images available with StatCounter:

Sometimes though, members want to be able to further customize their StatCounters…

Text Counter
If you would like to format your StatCounter to your own specific requirements, you can choose a “Text Counter” when you generate your StatCounter code. With a Text Counter, you can format your counter using HTML. This way you can change the font, use borders, add background colors and images and create your very own unique StatCounter. Take a look at some of the examples that we created here…

The Basics
Here are some simple HTML codes you can use to customize your StatCounter. Note that there are several different ways to achieve the effects that we describe – we’re just showing a selection of techniques here.

Note also that while we are using HTML codes, formatting your website using CSS usually produces a better result. It’s generally accepted that CSS is a more powerful and efficient method of applying formatting to a website.

Further, some of the tags we are using here such as <font> have been “deprecated” – this means that these tags have been superseded and are no longer recommended for use by the W3C. That said, these tags (currently) continue to be generally recognized and supported globally.

    Change the Counter Font Color
    Add the following code to the source code of your website, on either side of your StatCounter code:

      <font color="#0C4908">StatCounter Code</font>

    #0C4908 is the hexadecimal code for a dark green color – use any of the following hexadecimal codes to format your StatCounter:

    #0C4908   #f3b044
    #e3007b   #acacac
    #648dc7   #412700

    Check out this link or this link for more hexadecimal color codes.

    Change the Counter Font Size
    Add the following code to the source code of your website, on either side of your StatCounter code:

      <div style="font-size:25px;">StatCounter Code</div>

    25px indicates the size that you want for your counter in pixels. Here are some examples of pixel sizes:

    10px  15px  20px  25px

    You can experiment with different text sizes to find the most appropriate one for your site.

    Bold the Counter Font
    Add the following code to the source code of your website, on either side of your StatCounter code:

      <b>StatCounter Code</b>

    Italicize the Counter Font
    Add the following code to the source code of your website, on either side of your StatCounter code:

      <ins>StatCounter Code</ins>

    Center/Left-Align/Right-Align your StatCounter
    Add the following code to the source code of your website, on either side of your StatCounter code:

      <center>StatCounter Code</center>

      Example – Center

      <div style="text-align:left;">StatCounter Code</div>

      Example – Left-Align

      <div style="text-align:right;">StatCounter Code</div>

      Example – Right-Align

    Change the Font of your StatCounter
    Add the following code to the source code of your website, on either side of your StatCounter code:

      <font face="arial">StatCounter Code</font>

    You can experiment with various fonts to find which suits your site. Here are some examples:

    arial   verdana
    helvetica   arial black
    courier   courier new
    georgia   impact
    palatino   times new roman
    trebuchet ms   garamond

Full Examples
You can experiment with the following sample codes to create your very own unique StatCounter!

<div style="font-size:32px;">
<font face="Verdana" color="#800080"><b>

<!– Start of StatCounter Code –>
<script type="text/javascript">
var sc_project=4296912; …
…</a></div></noscript>
<!– End of StatCounter Code –>
</b></font></div>

<table background="snow.jpg" width="75px">
<tr><td align="center" valign="middle">
<font color="#000080">
<div style="font-size:30px;"><b>

<!– Start of StatCounter Code –>
<script type="text/javascript">
var sc_project=4296912; …
…</a></div></noscript>
<!– End of StatCounter Code –>
</b></div></font></td></tr></table>


<table border="1" bgcolor="#9781b7">
<tr><td align="center" valign="middle">
<table border="1" bgcolor="#d2a6c7">
<tr><td align="center" valign="middle">
<table border="1" width="45px" bgcolor="#aa99c5">
<tr><td align="center" valign="middle">
<font color="#5c3e90"><b>

<!– Start of StatCounter Code –>
<script type="text/javascript">
var sc_project=4296912; …
…</a></div></noscript>
<!– End of StatCounter Code –>
</b></font></td></tr></table>
</td></tr></table>
</td></tr></table>


<table background="molly.jpg" width="100px"><tr><td align="right"><font color="#ffffff"><b>
<!– Start of StatCounter Code –>
<script type="text/javascript">
var sc_project=4296912; …
…</a></div></noscript>
<!– End of StatCounter Code –>
</b><br/><br/><br/></font></td></tr></table>


<table border="10" bordercolor="#0C4908" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tr><td><font color="#0C4908" face="impact">
<!– Start of StatCounter Code –>
<script type="text/javascript">
var sc_project=4296912; …
…</a></div></noscript>
<!– End of StatCounter Code –></font></td></tr></table>

<table border="3"><tr><td><div style="font-size:8px;"><font face="courier"><b><ins>
<!– Start of StatCounter Code –>
<script type="text/javascript">
var sc_project=4296912; …
…</a></div></noscript>
<!– End of StatCounter Code –></ins></b></font></div></td></tr></table>

<table align="left" valign="middle" bgcolor="#ed717a"><tr><td><font face="comic sans ms" color="#ffffff">
<!– Start of StatCounter Code –>
<script type="text/javascript">
var sc_project=4296912; …
…</a></div></noscript>
<!– End of StatCounter Code –>
</font></td></tr></table>


Thanks go to StatCounter Team member Rory for his assistance with this post.

If you have any suggestions or comments (or if you spot any errors in our codes!) please post below…

37 comments on “Using HTML to Format a StatCounter

  1. Stat Counter is excellent for tracking indivual visitors for free which no other free package could come near to.

    Collective reports can be made more powerful by allowing viewing customizations to webmasters.

  2. I totally agree that you can indeed produce nice-looking stats boxes from raw HTML – on my blog, I’ve put together my own (HTML table-based) visitor stats box to mimic the FeedBurner readers stats box. This, after all, is basically what most bloggers would like their stats to look like.

    But all the same, I think you’d have to agree that this kind of formatting hackery should really be done with a slab of industrial-strength CSS, right? 😉

    Cheers, ….Nick Pelling…. // Cipher Mysteries

  3. Hmmm… CSS is now an absolutely central part of the whole Web 2.0 thing, so I’m somewhat mystified why the (otherwise quite sensible) StatCounter blog treats it so emptily here. Using tables to style your visitor counter (as most of your examples here do) is just wrong on so many levels!

    Please revisit this topic with a post on CSSifying statcounters for bloggers as soon as you can!

    StatCounter Team Response:

    Hi Nick,

    We’ve already responded to a similar comment above – please check it out here.

    Many blogs do not allow the use of CSS but do allow the use of HTML formatting, therefore, providing CSS codes could create confusion.

    We felt that adding CSS codes would overly complicate the post – but anyone with a working knowledge of CSS is, of course, more than welcome to use it to format a StatCounter if they wish. Our post is meant to illustrate ideas only.

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