Archive for March, 2006

WordPress.com Stats – more than meets the eye – you can customize them to show stats for as many days as you’d like

Posted on March 27, 2006. Filed under: blogging, feature requests, WordPress.com |

It's nice that WordPress.com provides us with the ability to view some vital items from our blog's statistics in the Dashboard|Blog Stats area. And I love the graph that shows the traffic over the past 30 days (although I wish you could click on any of the points in the graph and have it show you detailed stats for that particular day, rather than just the number of visitors).

However, it's disappointing that wordpress.com is setup by default to just show you your detailed stats for the previous seven days. But while there isn't a link for it on your stats page, you CAN actually see stats for as many days as you'd like – you just need to modify the URL.

For example, when you click on Referrers from your Blog Stats, it shows you all of the referrers for the past 7 days. But what if you want a more detailed history of referrers to your blog? No worries! Simply change the url from the default one of:

https://YOURSUBDOMAINGOESHERE.wordpress.com/wp-admin/index.php?page=stats&view=referrers&numdays=7

to replace the 7 at the end to the actual number of days you want stats for – 30, 60, 90, 100, the choice is yours to make!

The same logic holds true for viewing Search Engine Terms – just change the 7 in the below URL to whatever number of days you'd like:

https://YOURSUBDOMAIN.wordpress.com/wp-admin/index.php?page=stats&view=searchterms&numdays=7

 

And, of course, the same is also true for Top Posts – replace the 7 below with the number of days you want to see Top Posts for:
https://YOURSUBDOMAIN.wordpress.com/wp-admin/index.php?page=stats&view=postviews&numdays=7 

 

You can even change it for Summarized Stats of Top Posts – change the 30 below to your chosen count and presto:

https://YOURSUBDOMAIN.wordpress.com/wp-admin/index.php?page=stats&view=postviews&numdays=30&summarize 

 

 Hope that helps some of you access some of the stats for your blog that you may have thought were buried 🙂

And thanks, wordpress.com, for keeping our stats for so long and making them accessible – now if only we could have a user interface from the dashboard to get at them instead of tweaking the URLs (hint hint – and while I'm at it, how bout offering summary reports for Referrers and Search Engine Terms, as well?) 

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Problem with posts disappearing days after importing them from TypePad to WordPress 2.0.2

Posted on March 27, 2006. Filed under: blogging, problems, WordPress 2.0, WordPress 2.0.2 |

I asked for help on this in WordPress Support, but got no response from anyone in the community:
One of my posts has disappeared and I can't reimport it from TypePad, either!!
On friday I noticed that two of the posts that I had originally created while still hosting How to Blog
at blogging.typepad.com but which I'd since ported over to WordPress had up and disappeared. I had exported all of my
posts/comments/trackbacks from TypePad and then imported them into WordPress 2.0.1 on March 7th (and then later upgraded to
2.0.2).

The posts *did* originally get imported, comments
and all, and were reachable at:

http://www.emilyrobbins.com/how-to-blog/starting-a-new-blog-get-your-own-domain-name-do-not-use-a-subdomain-of-typepadcom-wordpresscom-blogspotcom-etc-334.htm

http://www.emilyrobbins.com/how-to-blog/trackback-spam-a-nightmare-for-typepad-users-while-wordpress-anti-spam-filters-and-plugins-make-for-smooth-sailing-291.htm

Now when one clicks on either link, it generates a 404 error.

The first post is entitled, "Starting a new blog? Get your own domain
name! Do NOT use a subdomain of typepad.com, wordpress.com,
blogspot.com (etc)", and the second one, "Trackback spam a nightmare for TypePad users, while WordPress anti-spam filters and plugins make for smooth sailing".

I have NO idea how and when these posts all of a sudden disappeared but I can guarantee you I sure as **** didn't delete them.

I figured – don't panic – I can just reimport the posts with all of their comments and trackbacks. So I logged back into my old typepad
account and exported my posts and then found the posts in question and
created a txt file that just contained those posts, and their corresponding comments and
trackbacks. I then went to wordpress's IMPORT feature, and chose to
import from movabletype. When I browsed to the file and told it to
import it, I get the following error message:

1. Post Starting a new blog? Get your own domain name!
Do NOT use a subdomain of typepad.com, wordpress.com, blogspot.com
(etc) already exists.

Yet any searches for any of the text from the title or the body of
those posts (either from w/in the blog search itself OR the admin search)
do not turn up either post. The posts aren't listed in my archives, and as
I mentioned, going to their original link now returns a 404 error.

I'm more than a little bit concerned here, for a number of reasons:

  • How did these posts disappear? Why aren't they showing up anymore on my blog (not even as a draft) when I manage my posts?
  • As the posts no longer appear to exist on my blog, why won't
    WordPress allow me to reimport them (and it's comments and trackbacks)?
    How can it say that the posts already exists (which they should…) if they aren't accessible anywhere on the site or from within the wordpress
    interface?

Very disturbing – and also troublesome that noone in WP support bothered to even take a stab at addressing my question..

Has anyone else experienced problems with posts disappearing from their WordPress 2.0.2 sites?

Update: I've been able to import the posts themselves by subtly changing the post names — yet WordPress 2.0.2 still refuses to import all of the comments and trackbacks for those posts!  This is so bizarre – and I really don't get it, because when I was still in the phase of deciding whether to move from TypePad to WP, I'd experimented with exporting from typepad and importing into wordpress in the location How to Blog currently resides, although I hadn't announced the move and still left the TypePad site up with comments open.  When an existing post would get new comments or trackbacks, all I had to do was re-export the site from typepad and re-import it into WordPress for it to discover the new comments and trackbacks….so why can't it find them for these 'vanishing posts'??

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WordPress.com has an import feature — but where’s the export feature (UPDATE – we now have it!)

Posted on March 20, 2006. Filed under: feature requests, WordPress 2.0, WordPress 2.0.2, WordPress.com |

Update: Export feature now exists!  Access it through Manage|Export menu – thanks wordpress.com!
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It’s great that wordpress.com offers the easy ability to import posts, comments, and trackbacks from other blogging systems. But I find it very surprising that there is no similar option to export your existing wordpress.com blog so that it can be imported elsewhere. Even TypePad provides users the ability to export any or all of their blogs.

At the very least I’d think that this feature would be available for those who start out blogging on wordpress.com and then realize that they would like to utilize the additional power and customizability of the full version of wordpress (available at wordpress.org) and host their blog on their own domain name. But as it stands now, unless I’m missing something (and if so, please let me know by commenting on this post!) if someone wanted to move from wordpress.com to a wordpress blog that they installed on their own server (so they could use adsense, plugins, additional themes, whatever) – they would have to manually copy and paste each entry and comment to create the new blog. That’s just insane!

I love wordpress.com and the community feel that comes with it. However, I think it is very arrogant and short-sighted to not provide an export option and assume that everyone who starts a wordpress.com blog will find it to be their perfect blogging solution – especially when the company’s own product, WordPress 2.0.2, offers users so much more flexability. (Although it also doesn’t seem to have an export option either…)

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‘How to Blog’ blog finally moved from TypePad to WordPress

Posted on March 8, 2006. Filed under: blogging, WordPress 2.0, WordPress 2.0.1 |

Well it’s official! I finally moved my blog on How to Blog from it’s old location at blogging.typepad.com on TypePad to a new WordPress powered site at http://www.emilyrobbins.com/how-to-blog/

Please check it out and update your bookmarks, inbound links, and RSS feeds accordingly 🙂

I’m really excited to finally have my main blog powered by WP, but right now am stuck in the awful tedium that accompanies making such a switch (especially since I didn’t use my own domain name for my TypePad site..) — I hope I don’t lose all of my traffic as a result of the switch since TypePad doesn’t support 301 permanent redirects — I’ve gone from PR6 to PR3 and hope it my pagerank and traffic are restored soon…

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