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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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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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