Development

Post Volume Stats

WordPress plugin, “Post Volume Stats“, is free to download here. It displays the user’s posting patterns and you can also limit the graphs to study a specific year.

History / Development

“Post Volume Stats” 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.

There were originally lists with the charts, I found that the lists got in the way of the charts, especially on mobile platforms. If I had a lot of categories and tags they were always there, whether I liked it or not, and I had to scroll through them all to get to the next chart. Rather than just re-order the charts to have potentially large lists at the bottom, I decided to move the lists into AJAX popups. Now, no matter how long the list they are still available but on-demand. This frees up space, and seems to work much better on mobile platforms.

A recent addition was to add user input. There used to be a settings page but now you can specify a year on the main plugin page itself by clicking on the “Years” bar chart. Then, all the stats (apart from years) are based on the data from the one year you’ve selected.

Now, there are subpages where the lists are re-introduced to the HTML, as opposed to AJAX. The idea for the additional pages is to make exporting the data easier.

There is a script timer at the bottom of the page to show how long the script was working for. A small blog will probably be a few hundredths of a second whereas much larger blogs may be several seconds, depending on the number of posts. Selecting a specific year may also make things take longer because of the way the data is collected. I’m very interested to find out how quickly the plugin works for different blogs. Any feedback is much appreciated.

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

Feedback

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

If you would like to give me any feedback or criticism I’d love to hear it! Please go to the Contact Me page.

Also, please post a review if you like the plugin, or you can donate money here.

“Post Volume Stats” Demo

There is no sound (so do not adjust your speakers) but here is a fairly short visual demo of the plugin. I’ll try to keep it fairly up-to-date…

Future

  • Improve the page design.
  • Different ways to display the data graphically and different data to display.
  • Show differences between years, e.g. how the top tags change over the lifetime of the blog.

Screenshots

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

Wordpress Plugin: Post Volume Stats Screenshot, 2017-01-16: Custom Taxonomy added to main page and also has it's own subpage
2017-01-16: Custom Taxonomy added to main page and also has it’s own subpage.

Wordpress Plugin: Post Volume Stats Screenshot, 2017-01-16: Compare years
2017-01-16: Compare years.

Wordpress Plugin: Post Volume Stats Screenshot, 2017-01-16: Author filter on subpages
2017-01-16: Author filter on subpages.

Wordpress Plugin: Post Volume Stats Screenshot, 2017-01-16: New settings page
2017-01-16: New settings page.

Wordpress Plugin: Post Volume Stats Screenshot, 2016-10-14: Blog Post
2016-10-14: Blog Post

Wordpress Plugin: Post Volume Stats Screenshot, 2016-10-14: Export
2016-10-14: Export

Wordpress Plugin: Post Volume Stats Screenshot, 2016-10-05
2016-10-05

Wordpress Plugin: Post Volume Stats Screenshot, 2016-09-06
2016-09-04: Category and Tag lists can now be exported to HTML which can be copy/pasted into a blog.

Wordpress Plugin: Post Volume Stats Screenshot, 2016-09-04
2016-09-04: Horizontal lines added to bar charts and subpages added.

Wordpress Plugin: Post Volume Stats Screenshot, 2016-08-14
2016-08-28: You can now select a year by clicking on it on the “Years” bar chart.

Wordpress Plugin: Post Volume Stats Screenshot, 2016-08-14
2016-08-14: Year selector moved to the plugin page and categories/tags are now limited to the year too.

Wordpress Plugin: Post Volume Stats Screenshot, 2016-07-30
2016-07-31: Limit the time-based stats to a single year

Wordpress Plugin: Post Volume Stats Screenshot, 2016-07-28
2016-07-28: More charts and draggable AJAX data lists

Wordpress Plugin: Post Volume Stats Screenshot, 2016-07-14
2016-07-14

Wordpress Plugin: Post Volume Stats Screenshot, 2016-07-13
2016-07-13: Data presented as charts in the admin area.

Wordpress Plugin: Post Volume Stats Screenshot, 2016-07-03
2016-07-03: Data presented as a comment in single posts.