We released a new WordPress plugin yesterday, “Post Volume Stats“. It is free to download here.

At the moment we’re at an early stage of development and we hope it’ll grow into something much bigger and more useful. For now, we hope it is useful and interesting.

If you have downloaded and installed we’d like to say thank you.

To view the project as it grows check it out on GitHub.

It started off as a very simple “Hello Dolly” type plugin and it was going to be a plugin to show the stats to the public. At the beginning it just wrote a comment after the post with a list of the post volumes in it as you can see from the initial test. Then, it became an admin area plugin with it’s own page where the data could be presented nicely.

Because I based it on “Hello Dolly” the PHP wasn’t an OOP to begin with. Then I changed it back to OOP (some of the code comes from another project that was OOP) but it needs some tidying up.


  • I have many ideas of additional ways to display the data graphically.
  • I’d also like to make a settings page, or just a settings form on the same page, for some user input to change the displays.


These screenshots show examples of how the plugin looks and show the different stages of development.

Post Volume Stats Screenshot, 2016-07-14

Post Volume Stats Screenshot, 2016-07-13

I’m focusing on simple websites that scale down for mobile devices. Also, I’ve been doing some work with APIs, using XML and JSON. At the same time I’m working on some mobile apps for android. Also, doing the usual work for clients.

I’ve been putting some tests and experiments on this website: exp-sd.com. There should be some newer tests posted there soon.

We’ve also just added a new Shortdark logo to the header by Gillian Ludlow.

Trying to learn something new every day, whether that be technical for work, or whether it’s to do with health/nutrition, or something else.

This website hasn’t been updated for a long time so I’ve just updated it and done a little spring cleaning. I’d like to do a little bt on this website every month or so. The same goes for updating the other Shortdark sites so that they look more current, and adding stuff to social media.

I’ve just been moving things around. I don’t update the portfolio very often so that’s moved from the main blog to being a side-section in the navbar. I’m thinking that the main blog could be an area for when I have something vaguely work-related to say.

Having been busy with work, like the bug in the rug, I’ve started to kick myself into action and copy Google’s 20% rule by improving my knowledge and learning new things for a proportion of the day. Like the 20% rule I tend to be end-product-focused in that I’ll think of something it’d be good to see if I can develop then I’ll research what I need to know in order to make it happen, thus learning new things.

I’m currently learning Linux administration so that I can move an older website that is having technical difficulties on it’s current managed hosting onto the new HAAS that I control. The tests I’ve done so far have looked very promising indeed so I can’t wait to finish off making sure I know roughly how to do everything and get the website moved over.

The flavour of Linux is Ubuntu 13.10, however I don’t believe this is one of the major releases with long-term support so I may close this one down and start with the 14.04 version when it is released next month (April 2014).