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Offline APeter

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website plugin question
« on: November 19, 2017, 04:28:08 PM »
Can anyone recommend a WordPress plugin that will show me the number of visitors to my website, BUT that will not be visible to anyone visiting the website? I just want to get a feel for how many people are visiting my website, assuming I have any.  :D

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Re: website plugin question
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2017, 06:43:47 PM »
From the mention of plugin, I assume you have Wordpress?

Here are a few options:
  • the Jetpack plugin has a web traffic tracking feature,
  • I like Statcounter, but you'll need to set up an account,
  • Google Analytics is a good option, although it takes a little more work to set up
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Re: website plugin question
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2017, 05:59:35 AM »
Jetpack works for me.
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Re: website plugin question
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2017, 07:17:17 AM »
I'd go with Jetpack, too.

If you're trying to optimize your site speed, the Google analytics have one drawback. They always load an external copy of their code, ga.js (even if, as I do, you have a plugin that enables you to use a local copy and update in the background). Then Google turns around and dings you for having an external resource loading.  :o Google analytics data is valuable, but what I do is bookmark the appropriate page for my website and look at it when I want info instead of looking it up on my own dashboard.



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Re: website plugin question
« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2017, 07:28:16 AM »
Thanks for the input.

Jetpack is one of the plugins recommended for websites, and it was already running on my system. But I'd never closely examined its functionality. Oh well, live and learn.

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Re: website plugin question
« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2017, 10:43:15 AM »
no problem!

Jetpack has a lot of features, and it's hard to remember all of them.
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