Join Morten Rand-Hendriksen for an in-depth discussion in this video Setting up Jetpack Site Stats, part of WordPress Plugins: Analytics.
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Once Jetpack is installed, activated, and connected to your wordpress.com account, site stats automatically kick in on your self hosted WordPress site. Now you can set up the configuration options for this feature. And you find them by going to the Jetpack button on the left hand menu in your Admin panel. And then going to this card here that says wordpress.com stats. Now, I know it's a bit weird that it says wordpress.com stats, when you're working on your self host at WordPress site and the reason for that name is that the statistics that are run on your site are stored on wordpress.com.
So, your site is now connected to your wordpress.com account. That also means you can access the stats for your self hosted site from wordpress.com itself and we'll look at that a little bit later on. For now, let's take a look at the default settings for the site stats. You can do that by going to the Jetpack tab here and then finding the wordpress.com's stats card and clicking on Configure. Here you have a limited set of settings and they start off with this Admin bar option. The Admin bar option puts a small chart in your Admin bar on the front end of your site that shows the last 48 hours of views on your site.
So, if I go to the front end of my site, you'll see up here I have this new stats bar. And you can see that because I installed Jetpack just for this course to demonstrate this feature, and I did some trickery behind the scenes, you're only seeing the stats for yesterday, because there is only one day of stats currently available. That's why a flat line's here on the left hand side, but as you use your site and this feature you will see this stat go up and down, and it gives you a kind of a flash view of exactly what going on on your site, how much traffic is coming into your site.
Next, we have the option to count the page views for registered users who are logged in. By default, Jetpack will not count your administrators, and authors, and editors, and contributors, and subscribers. Because you generally don't want the stats information for those people. If you're like me, you'll probably log into your site 100 times a day. And you're going, go through it and make changes, and answer comments and things like that. And you don't want to count yourself into your stats because that makes no sense. But, in some cases, you may want to check contributor and subscriber if you think that the stats for these people are important.
This is especially true for a subscriber, if you are mandating that anyone who wants to comment on your site has to be a subscriber. Or if you have a site where you set up custom user accounts and you want people to be able to contribute in another way. In that case, you want to track their behavior and then you want to toggle this on. The smiley option is one that I'm very happy has been included into wordpress.com stats and I always check this option. If you uncheck it, you get this little smiley icon that appears at the very bottom of your site and in the past, that icon was impossible to remove unless you use some CSS trickery, but now you can simply turn it off by checking this button.
So I encourage you to do that. Finally, you have report disability, and this is where you get to decide who gets to see your stats when they are logged into the back end of your site. By default, it's set to Administrator, Editor and Author. And that means, when an administrator, an editor or an author goes to the Dashboard page of the Admin panel, they'll see the site's stats. And they can also navigate to the site stats by going to Jetpack and Site Stats. For the rest of the users, they won't be able to see that content.
So, now that you're familiar with the Configuration options, in the next movie we will go and look at the actual stats.
- Installing and activating the plugins
- Configuring settings
- Connecting to a Google Analytics account
- Setting up Piwik on your server
- Viewing stats