Blog statistics provide blog owners a lot of information regarding the health and growth of their blog. Through statistics, the author can determine the number of visits/pageviews incurred daily, monthly or yearly, what pages were visited, who referred the visitor to the blog, what keywords were used that lead the visitor to the site. It also helps the author understand more about who the blog readers/visitors are, what pages they visit, what OS or browser they’re using and country they come from.
WordPress.com blogs have a built-in blog stats page but self-hosted WordPress blogs have to rely on third party web analytics like Google Analytics, Mint, Woopra, Reinvigorate, etc. some of which are commercial and some are free. There are also some WordPress plugins that keep track of blog statistics or analytics like the WordPress.com Stats plugin, Blog Stats by W3Counter and Firestats. The other day, I came across another blog statistics/analytics WordPress plugin called Cystats.
Cystats is statistics/analytics plugin created by Michael Weingaertner, that has a lot of features and is integrated in the WordPress dashboard or admin area. Although it hasn’t been updated since October of 2008, it still works on the latest version of WordPress which is 2.8.4. Below is the list of features or statistics that Cystats provide:
- Bounce rate, ignore-by-cookie, ignore-by-ip/post-id/user_agent lists
- hits, visits for day/week/month/year — human or robots
- Top referring pages
- Most read categories and tags
- Most read, most commented posts
- Most read feeds, number of feed visits today
- Internal/external search words
- Operating systems
- Daily, weekly, monthly and yearly statistics
- 404 error requests
- Browsers/clients/tools/…, w/o. version numbers
- Template tags for most read posts, user count,…
- Optional IP-anonymizing
- Multi language support (currently English, German supported).
- Optional tracking of admin area visits
The Cystats page is divided into several areas. Index, Blog, Clients, Referer, Robots/Tools, Pages, Time and Options.
Index page displays Hits and Visits, Pages and Comments, Referrers and Search Words.
Blog – recently commented posts, most active comment authors, Tags, Categories and Database statistics.
Clients – Browsers, Browser versions, Operating systems and Tools & Scripts.
Referer – Referer today, Referer yesterday, External referer and Search Engine referer.
Robot/Tools – Search Engines, Email/Feed reader, Tools & Scripts and Unknown user agents.
Pages – Most visited blog pages today, Most visited blog pages, Entry pages, 404 error pages and Page types.
Time – Visits per day, Hits per day, Visits per hour, Visits per weekday, Visits per week, Hits per week, Visits per month, Hits per month, Visits per year and Hits per year.
Options brings you to the page found in Settings > Cystats.
I’ve installed Cystats here on my blog to check it out and see how it performs. I can say that I like it alot and that it also provides accurate blog statistics. It provides alot of data and metrics like Google Analytics, Woopra, Reinvigorate and Firestats. If you’re looking for a different blog statistics plugin or web analytics service that’s built-in to your WordPress dashboard, then you should definitely give Cystats a try. It’s easy to install and user-friendly, just upload to your wp-content/plugins directory, activate and you’re good to go. It also has an Options page located in Settings > Cystats, where you can configure some of the plugin, database and tracking settings.
The advantage of using a WordPress plugin like Cystats is that you don’t have to login to a different site just to check your blog stats. The disadvantage of using it is that all the data gathered and kept by Cystats makes your WordPress database bigger and this can be a problem if you have limited disk space in your web hosting. As much as I like the Cystats plugin, I don’t plan to keep it because I like to keep my WordPress database as small as I can, which is also the reason why I stopped using the Firestats plugin. But then I might just change my mind.
Learn more or Download the Cystats WordPress plugin.
Anyone else tried the Cystats plugin? If not, what plugin or third party web analytics service are you using to keep track of your blog stats?