Most of WordPress self hosted bloggers use Google Analytics to analyze their blog visitors and pageviews. There are even Plugins available to insert Google Analytics dashboard to your WordPress blog Admin page.
Here is another plugin, which is awesome and I am using it. I like this plugin for its main features like “current visitors online” and “Spy visitors” feature. Yes, I am talking about the "Wassup plugin”. There are so many other options available in this plugin, which is not available in Google Analytics plugin.
WassUp plugin for WordPress can track your visitors in real-time. It has a very user-friendly and fancy admin console to keep track of your visitors that gives you a complete view into almost everything your users are doing on your site. You will have the knowledge of what your visitors do when they surf your site. By using this amazing “Wassup Plugin”, your visitors data can be customized by time periods, visitor types, search keywords, and much more.
There are 4 admin submenus comes with Wassup plugin for viewing your visitors’ activities and customizing.
- There is a fancy "Visitors Details" view with search capability, view filters, plus a chart and top 10 summaries that allows you to see almost everything about your visitors and what they do on your site.
- There is a tab "Spy visitors" view (like Digg Spy) that lets you monitor and geolocate your visitors, live.
- There is a "Current Visitors Online" view that shows a summary of your online visitors in real-time.
- There is an "Options" view with lots of customizable settings for WassUp.
- There is a nice Dashboard widget that shows a line chart of hits over time (24 hours default) and a count of current visitors online and their latest activities.
- There is also a useful sidebar Widget (fully customizable) that shows the count of “current visitors online” (default) and that can display recent searched terms, recent external referrers, top browsers, and top Operating systems.
- WassUp works with two anti-spam functions to detect and omit referrers spammers and comment spammers. It also detects and records unauthorized users’ login attempts, script injection, and other exploit attempts. Note a point here, that WassUp just records exploit attempts. It does not block them or otherwise protect your site. You need a separate security plugin for that.
The in-depth details of a visitor by using Wassup plugin:
- pages viewed
- complete user agent
- ip / hostname
- search engines used
- search engine result page
- operating system / language / browser
- name of user logged in
- name of comment’s author
- spam and hack attempts
There are many options to customize how Wassup tracks and displays data:
- Screen refresh minutes
- Screen resolution (browser width)
- User permission levels
- Enable/Disable recording (tracking)
- Record or not users logged in
- Record or not spiders and bots
- Record or not exploit attempts
- Record or not comment spammers
- Record or not referrer spammers
- IPs to exclude from recording
- Domains to exclude from referrers
- Email alert for table growth
Download the Plugin from WordPress Plugins Repository.
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