How to Show Blog Statistics on Your WordPress Site
Statistics are the way best for you to see proof that you have an audience and they are listening to what you are saying. They also allow you to easily monitor your site’s growth and plan strategy specially for beginners who find it a bit difficult to get more traffic and increase the time users spend on their website.
Stats like the number of registered users, posts, and comments prove to be very useful as they can show other users that your site is growing fast. It encourages user engagement and builds trust.
For example, if your post has less number of comments, you can try to get more comments on your posts. If you allow user registration, then you can do more to encourage more users to register.
Having said that, let’s take a look at how to easily display simple blog stats on your WordPress site.
Use Simple Blog Stats in WordPress
The first thing you need to do is install and activate the Simple Blog Stats plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.
Upon activation, you need to visit Settings » Simple Blog Stats to configure plugin settings.
Simple Blog Stats allows you to add blog stats using shortcodes and template tags.
You can display all the stats by adding a single shortcode
[sbs_blog_stats] in a post, page, or a sidebar widget. It will display a list of all your blog stats.
You can also show specific stats like the total number of posts by using different shortcodes.
Click on the shortcodes tab to expand it, and you will see the complete list of shortcodes you can use.
Each shortcode has a description below it which explains what information it will show. You will also see two text fields containing the HTML it will add before and after the information.
For example using the shortcode
[sbs_comments] will output this HTML:
You can then use the
.sbs-count-comments class to add custom CSS styles of your own. You can also change the
<span class="sbs-count-comments"> </span> to anything you want.
Don’t forget to click on the save settings button to store your changes.
Here is a list of shortcodes offered by the plugin with description.
[sbs_posts]displays total number of posts on your site.
[sbs_pages]displays total number of pages on your site.
[sbs_drafts]shows total number of drafts on your site.
[sbs_comments]shows Total number of comments including those approved and those pending approval.
[sbs_moderated]shows number of comments in pending approval.
[sbs_approved]shows number of approved comments.
[sbs_users]displays total number of registered users on your site
[sbs_cats]shows total number of categories
[sbs_tags]shows total number of tags.
[sbs_updated]shows last updated date and time
[sbs_latest_posts]shows latest post
[sbs_latest_comments]shows latest comments
[sbs_blog_stats]displays all blog stats in a bulleted list.
Some of the shortcodes may display information that you probably don’t want to show like the number of drafts, comments pending approval, the number of categories and tags.
But you can still create a list of blog stats using individual shortcodes. These shortcodes also come in handy when you just want to show specific stats like the total number of comments or the total number of users on your WordPress site.
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