Official WordPress Plugin for StatCounter

For all you 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 blog and enjoy the full range of StatCounter stats!

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


How do I use the StatCounter 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 “”.
  • Follow the remaining instructions and hey presto!

How do I add StatCounter to my 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 “”
  • Follow the remaining instructions and Bob’s your uncle!

What’s 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 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. blogs. We’re sure though that, if enough of you request the full StatCounter code on your 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. Hi!

    Statscounter for WordPress does not seem to be working properly. Wassup (another stats plugin for wordpress) reports more than 600 visitors to one of my blogs, while Statscounter reports 50-some.

    So one of the is wrong, and in this case I think Statscounter. I have installed the plugin, and everything indicates that it is working as it should, so what is wrong here?


  2. I have a slightly diff. question than those who posted above asking why the need for a plugin if they already have Statcounter code installed in their blogs.

    I’m assuming that the plugin won’t provide any more features or track traffic differently than the Statcounter code we’ve inserted into our footers/headers. Am I right? Because if it will work differently then it might be worthwhile to install the plugin. I’m doubting that’s the case but curious about the answer.

  3. What a new Year surprise!I moved to my self-hosted WP blog a few weeks ago.This will be an exciting additional plugin to my WP blog. Keep it up guys 🙂

  4. This is great, next time I do maintenance of my server I will upgrade to the statcounter plugin, until now I have been running with the java tag in the page footer, but if the plugin runs just as well (or better) than the footer will be cleaned for the java tag. I use SC to give me a review of trafic for all my and my wife’s projects, and it is very interesting to see the trafic development on different projects.

    Keep up the good work

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