I have been looking around for a good WordPress stats plugin that would allow me to display stats of my blog inside my Admin area. I have tested a few good ones out there, but I think so far WP SlimStat is the best one I tried.
If you use Google Analytics for your blog then you probably don’t need this option, but I like the idea of real time stats 🙂
Anyway, WP SlimStat is a free plugin and you can download it here. You can also get it from inside your Admin area by searching for it through the Plugin Search function. Simply click on “Plugins” then “Add New”, type “WP SlimStat” in the search box and hit the Search button. You can install it now within seconds.
Once the plugin is installed it’s going to add the “SlimStat” tab under Dashboard section inside your WordPress Admin area.
When you click on it you will see how powerful this little plugin actually is. At first there will be no data, but if you get nice steady flow of traffic it will quickly start showing all the info you need.
So let’s check it out.
The main dashboard will look like this
Obviously I needed to blur out some data here 😉
The WP SlimStat gives you more data than you possibly need in my opinion. I kinda like it a lot though.
The main tables I always check on the main dashboard are Recent Keywords, Known Visitors, Popular Pages, and Traffic Sources.
Some of the tables can be expanded by clicking on the little “More” link which will give you even more in-depth data.
The main navigation menu looks like this
The WP SlimStat is a really useful stats plugin for WordPress. I don’t think I have to tell you how important it is to track all this data about your blog.
Here is just some of the info it provides:
– Shows top countries
– Recent visitors and IPs
– Recent keywords
– User agents hitting your site
– Languages and operating systems
– Top traffic sources (domains and search engines)
– Bounce rate (recent bouncing pages)
– World map (Shows top countries where you get most of your traffic from)
The more I get used to it the more I like it. It’s a very useful tool for any serious blogger and it’s 100% free, so that’s cool.
You can also apply different filters while analyzing your data.
Overall, I think it’s better than the official WP Stats plugin. It’s just more powerful and gives you a lot more insights about your blog’s traffic.