When you run a WordPress blog, there are several things you need to take interest in for planning and control purposes. One of those things is page views as well as post views. You need to know how many people are viewing your posts and those viewing your pages. That will help you know the content on your site which brings traffic and also those that do not bring traffic a lot.
When you what to monitor the number of views on your posts as well as pages, you need to make certain decisions. One of the decisions you need to make is who should view those statistics. You can set the statistics to remain the preserve of the admin but sometimes you can also set it to remain for other users like admin, author, editor as well as contributor. This is very important so that no useful statistics go to the wrong ones.
Authors love to see the statistics of their posts so that they know which type of article draw more people. Subscribers may not be keen on such information as they have no interest in the success of the posts. So you decide who should see the statistics and how.
The other decision you need to make is which plugin to use. This is very important as well because of three reasons. One of the reason is that some plugins don’t work with a few other plugins and may cause some error. So you need to see which plugins work well with other plugins, especially those you have installed. Secondly, you need to decide whether the statistics will be hard coded in the theme so that it be part of the theme or whether it will be rendered through a plugin. Either option has advantages and disadvantages. So it’s up to you to decide which works for you.
Lastly but certainly not least is to decide which plugin will help you carry out this need. You can choose the free plugins form WordPress plugin directory or use the paid plugin which are available on independent plugin stores or developer store. These paid plugins are much more powerful and deliver a lot more information with better support than the free one. The choice is yours as a website owner who want to monitor the traffic.
Once you have decided on which plugin to sue, go ahead and get the plugin and install it. Do any customization should such be required then render.