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How to Monitor WordPress Website Statistics from the Admin Area

updated on Nov 10, 2016
How to Monitor WordPress Website Statistics from the Admin Area Accurate website statistics are essential for evaluating a website's success and making any improvement/marketing plan. So you should always get the visitor stats, page views, bounce rate, search queries, referrers and more at hand.

At present, Google Analytics is the most popular tool for collecting website statistics because it is powerful and easy-to-use. But if you want a simpler interface that allows you to monitor the basic statistics from the WordPress admin area, WP Statistics should be a good choice.

In the following parts, we will show how to use a popular plugin – WP Statistics – to monitor your WordPress site's statistics.

Get Started with WP Statistics

Being used on thousands of websites, WP Statistics is simple-to-configure, and it includes all the basic statistics you may need to support your content marketing strategy, such as the online users, total visits, top visitors, top browsers, referring sites, search engine referrals, search words, etc. Besides, it can be set up to send email reports for the statistics.

There are several requirements for WP Statistics to run. For example, you have to use WordPress 3.0 or a newer version, and your server must be installed with PHP 5.3 and MySQL 5.0. Of course, new versions are more appreciated. Besides, the memory allocation for your site is recommended to be 128MB or more, and the cURL extension should be enabled if you want to use the GeoIP function in the plugin. If you are uncertain about some of the required specifications, ask your hosting provider.

After making sure that all the requirements are fully met, you can install the plugin easily from the plugin installer in the WordPress dashboard. If there is no problem with the installation, activate the plugin to let it start working.

Monitor WordPress Website Statistics with WP Statistics

Configure the Plugin before Using It

After the activation, you can first go to set up the plugin so that it works in the way you like. In Statistics > Settings, you will be faced with various options. Below are some things you can do there.

Under the "General" tab, you are able to deal with some general settings. These include:
  • Enabling/disabling the records of users' IP address.
  • Enabling/disabling the statistics for online users, and selecting the frequency for new user check.
  • Enabling/disabling the tracking of visits, visitors and pages.
  • Enabling/disabling the search engines. The available options include Google, Yahoo, Bing, Yandex, DuckDuckGo and Ask.com.
  • Showing the tracking stats in the admin menu bar.
Deal with General Settings

After configuring these settings, you can open the "Notifications" tab if you want email reports. A valid email address is required, and you are able to enable email reports for updates.

Set up Notifications

The other settings are good-to-use, but you may still need to learn the following information about different tabs on the settings page because you might want to make a change.
  • Dashboard/Overview: Disable dashboard widgets, post editor widget and map globally.
  • Access Levels: Select the user roles with the capability to view and manage the plugin.
  • Exclusions: Exclude certain user roles, robots, hosts and IP addresses from the data collection.
  • Externals: Enable GeoIP, browscap usage, and Piwik referrer spam blacklist.
  • Removal: Remove all the data and settings included in WP Statistics before uninstalling the plugin.
Remove Data and Settings

Check the Website Statistics and Make Analyses

WP Statistics provides an easy way for you to view the statistics it has collected. In Statistics > Overview, all the available statistics are shown. For example, there is a summary which displays the number of users online, the search engine referrals, and the total visitors and visits on the current day, in the last week, in the last month, etc. Also, a chart is made to show the daily visitors and visits, which allows you to see the traffic easily.

Statistics Summary

Besides, several other columns are available on the page to show the latest search words, top referring sites, the top 10 pages on your website, and the recent visitors.

Statistics Overview

For all the statistics, such as browsers, users online, visits, search words, referrals, top visitors and pages, WP Statistics provides more details you want in the corresponding submenu of Statistics. For instance, in Statistics > Visitors, you can see the recent visitors and know their IP addresses, browsers, the page they have read, the time they stay on your site, etc. The information allows you to better analyze your visitors and produce content that is more targeted.

Check Visitors

Export the Statistics and Clear the Unwanted Data

If you want to export the statistics so that you can discuss with your team members, WP Statistics offers you the tool. In Statistics > Optimization, you can open the "Export" tab, and then select which table to be exported and the export file type. The export tables include pages, visits, visitors, search words, etc, and the file types include XML, CSV and TSV.

Export Statistics

In the case that you want a clear export file without the data you don't need, you can open the "Purging" tab to delete the data. At present, the plugin allows you to purge the records which are older than 30 days or any other longer period, and to purge the visitors who have more hits than the number defined by you. The latter feature helps clear the useless hits of bots.

Clear Unwanted Data