WordPress.com stats on self-hosted blogs

One thing that I really like about WordPress.com blogs is the blog stat part of the dashboard. Simple and straight forward. Now, Automatic has made a plug-in available for non-Wordpress.com hosted blogs (that are running WordPress, of course) to get the same stats. You just need to put in an API Key (which you’ve already done if you’re using Akismet for spam handling). To see the stats, you need to view them at a WordPress.com global dashbard instead of on your own site’s dashboard. The plug-in will give you a link to get where you need to go.

It takes a few seconds up install the plug-in by uploading one file to your wp-content/plugins/ folder. 20 minutes later, and stats are coming through thanks to a tiny little image file (looks like a smiley) that loads at the bottom of the page. If you are logged in to WordPress.com, your visits won’t count, which is good.

I still have my OpenTracker account which gives me historical trends and browser data. But this is quite nice on a daily basis, with no load on my hosted server.


4 responses to “WordPress.com stats on self-hosted blogs”

  1. Very cool — the dashboard is definitely a great benefit of using WordPress.com. I’m going to be delving into the world of self-publishing with WordPress — my husband needs to set up a blog for a client. I hope I can do it with calling on you and Betsy to explain how to do things to me! 🙂

  2. can you please tell me, how i can set opentracker in my wordpressblog?

    i got the html tags to set in wordpress, but i dont know where to copy paste it.

    thanks in advance for your help!

  3. I doubt you can use OpenTracker on WordPress.com blogs, since unless I’m mistaken, you can’t edit the theme files. I’m assuming of course, you have the free version since I think it’s only possible with VIP hosting. But I’m not 100% sure.