Keeping statistics on your website allows you to detect how many visitors arrive at your site and how they go there, among other things. WordPress, one of the most popular and widely used blogging platforms, has various plugins that you can use to keep statistics about your visitors. One of the best plugins is Slimstat 2. A basic plugin, it requires you to have WordPress 2.9 or higher and only 5 MB of web space and DB space. You must also have MySQL 5.x or higher and PHP 5.1 or higher in order to properly install and run it. The information stores directly on your server and is completely private, so only you have access to the information.
It keeps track of user sessions for up to 30 minutes and tacks both outbound downloads and links, along with internal searches to allow you to manage and view how visitors are navigating around your site. So you can tailor your site to the majority of visitors, it also keeps track of the browser that your site was accessed on and the screen resolution. Your site should be designed to accommodate a variety of screen sizes and resolutions. Information about each visitor is recorded including their IP address, users, permalinks and how they arrived at your site. This enables you to track which links are generating traffic to your site. You can also specify the settings to exclude pageviews based on a specific browser, IP address, referrer or permalinks if you need to get them without factoring this specific set of viewers. The world map that comes with the plugin also enables you to see just where your visitors are coming from, literally.
If visualization is your preferred method of viewing information, the real-time charts allow you to view trends with visitors as they happen. The plugin doesn’t require you to do complex customization and can be enabled or disabled with a simple click. Thousands of users have currently downloaded and use the plugin to track their sites so they can be more responsive to their viewer’s needs. You can also get Slimstat as an wp-plugin on wordpress.org
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