Thanks for all the comments and help on my last post title “Best WordPress Stats Plugins“. But there is an update for you all. A great plugin, which not only looks really sweet but also does a lot of neato things.

I didn’t find this plugin. All credit goes to Dave, who created the plugin, and found my blog decided to leave a comment. Honestly not 100% if it was a almost spam automated comment, but I don’t care. This is a cool plugin which I had to make a post about!

It’s called WP-Stats-Dashboard. It does exactly as the name states: It puts stats on your dashboard. But that’s not all. It also has a lot of Social media metric and data. You can link many of your social profiles to it:Best WordPress Stats Plugin Update - Social Media Metrics

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn

Also add some other web 2.0 services:

  • Digg
  • Reddit

Also it can get metric about:

  • Page rank
  • Yahoo rang
  • # of backlinks
  • Bing links

and a heck of a lot more.

But I’m not giving this plugin full praise just yet!

This plugin requires a heck of a lot of setup. Not that that’s exactly a bad thing, because there is just so much to configure. Adding all your services and choosing what you want shown. It’s not a problem, but setup PLUS getting the dashboard PLUS little instructions make this a troublesome plugin.

But did I mention is really is sexy lookin? And I mean very sexy! The screenshot on the right is from the authors page. His looks better than mine :) Bigger numbers.

The biggest problem with this plugin is installtion.

Yes, installing this plugin can be very troublesome.

For me, once I installed it through my blogs interface I got a “file not found error” and a whole bunch of other error related to this plugin.

I quickly found out what it was.

This plugin, for some reason, has trouble creating it’s cache folder. So, what you need to do is once you install this plugin AND IF it gives you trouble: try these steps:

  1. FTP/SSH into your blogs/site account
  2. Go into the wp-content folder
  3. IF there is no “cache” folder … create one. Give it these permissions: 755. If there is, skip to step 4.
  4. Navigate into the cache folder
  5. There probably will not be a “wp-stats-dashboard” folder. Create it. Also give it 755 permissions.

Reload your admin interface and it should be fine.

My one other problem with this plugin:

Best that I show you first (click on the image to enlarge it):

Best WordPress Stats Plugin UpdateI’m not sure if in my haste to test it I configured something wrong? Or maybe the plugin is broken? Or does it just need time to work? But most of those boxes have no information in there and I have no clue why.

Oh well. I’ll let it run till tomorrow to see what happens.

So far, I’m liking the metrics this plugin gives and I plan to use it further.