Official WordPress Plugin for StatCounter

For all you wordpress.org users out there, we’re delighted to announce the release of our official WordPress Plug-In – this will allow you to easily install StatCounter on your wordpress.org blog and enjoy the full range of StatCounter stats!

We’ve also updated the install guide for wordpress.com to make it easier for you to add a html-only counter to your wordpress.com blog.

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How do I use the StatCounter wordpress.org plug-in?

  • Log into your StatCounter account.
  • Click the wrench icon beside your project name.
  • Click the ‘install’ code link.
  • Follow the wizard and when asked for your web editor choose “wordpress.org”.
  • Follow the remaining instructions and hey presto!

How do I add StatCounter to my wordpress.com blog?

  • Log into your StatCounter account.
  • Click the wrench icon beside your project name.
  • Click the ‘install’ code link.
  • Follow the wizard and when asked for your web editor choose “wordpress.com”
  • Follow the remaining instructions and Bob’s your uncle!

What’s wordpress.org?
Wordpress.org is the version of wordpress that YOU host on your own server. This means you have full access to modify the blog template as you wish i.e. you can add the full StatCounter javascript code.

What’s wordpress.com?
Wordpress.com is the version of wordpress that WORDPRESS hosts on its servers. This means that access to modify the blog template is restricted according to what wordpress allows i.e. you can only install the StatCounter html-only code.

What’s a html-only counter?
Where you can’t install a full javascript counter, StatCounter offers you the option to install a html-only counter. While a html-only counter can’t offer you the same range of stats as the full code can, it does provide you with information on hits, browsers, location of visitors. You need to install the full javascript code to see referrers – the html counter can’t capture this information.

Why won’t wordpress allow javascript code?
For security reasons wordpress don’t allow you to install javascript code on blogs hosted by them i.e. wordpress.com blogs. We’re sure though that, if enough of you request the full StatCounter code on your wordpress.com blogs, then Matt & Co would be happy to oblige! We would certainly be happy to work with wordpress on this. So get emailing and don’t forget to pop back here to let us know how you get on!

PS: Thanks to Luke Stevenson for developing the first StatCounter plug-in for wordpress!

Update: Any problems installing the plugin? Let us know!
A few members had trouble installing the plugin. We believe this may have been a problem with the difference between return characters in windows and unix. If you try to download and install the plugin again it should work now. If it is still not working for you we would love to investigate the problem for you. Please send us the login details of your blog and server and a report of the problem you are experiencing.

186 comments on “Official WordPress Plugin for StatCounter

  1. This is a brilliant move – so many were forced to use other stats that simply did not have the full range of features that StatCounter has.

    Sitemeter is also great – but sometimes geeks needs two or more to get all the analytic features they crave. 😀

    Hopefully, more blogs will allow their clients to take advantage of StatCounter – and hopefully they will allow them to take advantage of the JavaScript version.

    It really adds an extra dimension to a blog to know what referrers and keywords were used to get there.

    In future versions, could there be an option to organize search terms by search engines AND time frames – for real in depth SEO analysis.

  2. Putting the StatCounter code into your footer.php is a fine solution. The plugin has the advantage of being very easy to install and won’t be effected by wordpress software upgrades.

    StatCounter Team

  3. Nice. 🙂

    I’ve always loved both StatCounter and WordPress. I’m already using StatCounter on my WordPress, though. It’s working very smoothly.

    What difference does this plugin make? Isn’t it just a simple matter of inserting the code on your footer.php file? Are there additional features?

  4. WOW! That’s a great plus for StatCounter.com – hopefully you’ll see why other Blogging s/w or CMS like Drupal and/or Joomla too might need it.

    This is great news! Thank you for sharing.

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